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The Vile Turn Virtuous

When Sagram happened to see a silver bangle lying on the road, he covered it with dust, lest his wife should be tempted to pick it up - especially in this time of severe famine. But his wife was made of a nobler moral core and believed others' possessions as mere dust. The lost bangle was restored to its owner. He expressed gratitude by offering a gift to Sagram who declined it, saying, "This is my duty." Having learnt of the transformation of Sagram from the vilest to the virtuous, the King of Bhavnagar invited him to his palace and asked him if Lord Swaminarayan had shown him any miracle. Sagram replied, "The fact that I, a Vaghari by caste am sitting beside you, the King, is in itself the greatest miracle of my life. Lord Swaminarayan has transformed my life."
Poet laureate Nanalal has said, "Religion preached by Swaminarayan benefits us in life, both here and hereafter."


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