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For decades Swamishri has been

guiding others towards God.

Inspiring them in times of

hardship; consoling them in

times of sadness, he has been a

constant source of light in their

lives when there has been only

engulfing darkness. But what

has been his source of inspiration

over the years? How has he

managed to remain composed

during incidents of both honour

and insult? What drives him to

push himself night and day in the

service of others? Delving into

the depths of his heart we find

the source of his light...
    His Source of Light
    Shastri Narayanswarupdas, Guru Shastriji Maharaj...

Purshottampura. A small village in Gujarat. Everywhere one treads, there are memories of Shastriji Maharaj. Young Narayanswarupdas often accompanied his Guru when he used to come here, and returned many times for work as President of the Sanstha. In 1986, now himself the Guru, Swamishri once again came to Purshottampura. In the presence of sadhu disciples he began to relive incidents with his Guru...
    Question 3
When Shastriji Maharaj was building the temples of this Sanstha, he was literally creating something out of nothing. Everything, from money to manpower, was in short supply. All the sadhus and devotees had to join in the work. Often one would see Yogiji Maharaj and Shastri Narayanswarupdas (Pramukh Swami) lifting heavy stones or mixing cement! Those were days of hardships and everyone was expected to contribute. It was a case of making the most of a `bad' situation. Once in Bochasan...

Janmangal Swami : Did you ever have to cook?

Swamishri : Yes, in those days we had to cook for ourselves.

Did Shastriji Maharaj ever fill your pattar till it overflowed?

Swamishri : Swamishri used to enjoy serving food. If there was a sweet item he’d serve it to us.

Did you ever sit beside him (as this sadhu is beside you) with a hand fan?

Swamishri : If the need arose we would sit beside him, but in those days we did not have any ‘electric’ so we spent the whole afternoon fanning him. We never slept.

You liked Shastriji Maharaj a lot, didn’t you?

Swamishri : Why only me? Everyone liked him.



Swamishri : A sadhu never feels tired. If he has affection for God’s form, how can he ever be tired? Did Shriji Maharaj, Gunatitanand Swami, Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj, Yogiji Maharaj ever get tired?

They were divine. They would never feel tired.

Swamishri : One who wants to please such divine beings will also never feel tired.

(20 February 1989, Bochasan)

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