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The Compassionate Lord

Jivan Koli, a hesitant, poor, low caste man approached Sahajanand Swami who was seated in the midst of devotees on the bank of the lake at Jetalpur. He lovingly offered Him a half-baked rotlo plus greens. Lord Swaminarayan started eating it. The devotees asked for prasad. After eating some portion of the half-baked rotlo they realised that the Lord had responded to the boy's love. God yearns for love and not worldly dishes and riches.
Torrential rains in Sarangpur - a small village - played havoc on a shepherd's cattle-shed. Its beam was about to collapse and trap the animals. The shepherd's cry for help aroused the Lord sleeping at Jiva Khachar's home. He rushed to the spot and propped up the beam until the animals were removed to safety. Indeed a noble example of compassion.
Kishorelal Mashruwala remarks, "Sahajanand Swami elevated nearly all the down-trodden of Gujarat in a true sense."


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