of Love Between the Guru and the Disciple:
the festival of Ramnavami, Jaga Bhakta arrived in Vadtal from
Junagadh. Yagnapurushdasji came into contact with him, and pleased
him with his services. From Vadtal Bhagatji Maharaj went to the
villages of Gujarat. Some haribhaktas were going for the darshan
of Bhagatji Maharaj. Yagnapurushdasji sent with them a garland
of buds of jasmine flowers and a gourd, both consecrated by Shriji
Maharaj, to be offered to Bhagatji Maharaj as gifts. Dajibhai
gave these gifts to Bhagatji Maharaj at Chansad. Bhagatji Maharaj
was greatly pleased at this and exclaimed : "Oh, blessed
be your soul, Yagnapurushdas! Blessed be your soul! You have taken
so much pain for this Pragji Bhagati!" Thus Bhagatji expressed
his love for Yagnapurushdas.
Bhagatji Maharaj arrived at Vadtal from Chansad. Here Yagnapurushdas
and the other disciples of Bhagatji Maharaj discussed the pre-eminence
of Bhagatji Maharaj and prompted one and all to commune with him.
But many sadhus in Vadtal did not like this. They, therefore,
complained to Bhagatji : "Your sadhus seem to be very ostentatious.
They talk day in and day out only about your greatness, assert
that the key to Akshardham (divine abode) is in your exclusive
custody and that you alone are the gateway to moksha (emancipation).
They extol your name on every house-top and every nook and corner
of Vadtal. This is intolerable." Hearing this Bhagatji replied
: "I shall speak to them."
When they specifically complained against Yagnapurushdasji, Bhagatji
explained : "He is still young. But I shall certainly reprimand
the others." The next day Bhagatji Maharaj left for Nadiad.
Yagnapurushdas and Bhaktijivandas also accompanied him and listened
to the talks going on in the group. Then Bhagatji said : "You
two are held guilty of singing the glory of Pragji Bhakta. Therefore,
both of you should go back to Vadtal, apologise in the general
meeting and appease the sadhus." On hearing this, both the
sadhus went back to Vadtal, apologised by prostrating at the feet
of all in the general meeting and reached Nadiad the same evening.
The next day Bhagatji asked Vignandas and the other saints of
the group to go to Vadtal and apologise before the sadhus there
in a like manner. Thereupon one of the sadhus asked : "Will
Yagnapurushdasji also accompany us ?" Bhagatji replied :
"He has paid penalty already. Why should he go again? "For
Yagnapurushdasji had gone to Nadiad only after duly tendering
his apologies. Thus Bhagatji used to stand by him in support.
With the increase in popularity of Bhagatji Maharaj and his disciples,
opposition towards them also grew. These sadhus talked about the
attributes of a true saint and a fake one, whereby all pseudo
sadhus were exposed. Day by day the feelings of the sadhus at
Vadtal towards the saintly group of Bhagatji Maharaj grew venomous,
and they began to harass them in various ways. One of them pierced
a large needle into the body of Yagnapurushdasji while he was
having darshan in the temple at Vadtal, and another kicked him.
But Yagnapurushdasji suffered all this patiently. He did not complain
about it to anyone and continued his work as usual. Seeing his
forbearance, many haribhaktas admired him all the more, which,
in turn, aroused more spite among his opponents.