the Jalajhilani congregation in Gadhada, Bhagatji Maharaj instructed
Yagnapurushdasji that if Acharya Maharij asked him to continue
his studies further, he should go to Rajkot, but not so far as
Kashi. Then looking at all the devotees he remarked: "This
Yagnapurushdas is a broom for cleansing your hearts. Do you wish
to lose him? What will you do if he goes away for study to a distant
There were two objects behind Bhagatji's advice to him for pursuing
further studies at Rajkot : first, he could learn Sanskrit without
going to a distant place and second, Junagadh being nearby, he
could often come into contact with Jaga Bhakta who was graced
by Gunatitanand Swami. Yagnapurushdasji also yearned to come in
contact with Jaga Bhakta.
Thereafter Acharya Maharaj asked Yagnapurushdasji to go to Rajkot
for further studies. He also gave him a note addressed to the
authorities of the Rajkot temple to provide him with all the necessary
facilities. Accordingly, Yagnapurushdasji went to Rajkot and began
further studies. Jeevanram Shastri, son of Mahidhar Shastri, used
to teach him at the temple. He was a very learned pundit and,
not withstanding his scholarship, he was simple and humble. On
seeing Yagnapurushdasji's sharp intellect and scholarship, Jeevanram
bowed down and looked upon him with reverence.
Here Yagnapurushdasji assisted satsangi students in their studies
and also talked to them about the upasana (doctrine of worship)
of Swami (Gunatitanand Swami) and Narayan (Lord Shriji Maharaj).
With affectionate advice, he would send them to Junagadh on the
full-moon day and on ekadashi day for the samagam (association)
of Jaga Bhakta. Yagnapurushdasji often went to Junagadh as well.
Some of the sadhus were alarmed at these activities of Yagnapurushdasji.
They tried to mislead the credulous haribhaktas by saying : "This
shastri compels your sons to observe complete fasts, sends them
to Junagadh and very often detains them at the temple until late
hours. Therefore unless you control your sons, he will spoil them
and make them sadhus." The innocent haribhaktas were thus
incited. They decided to rebuke Yagnapurushdasji.
When the haribhaktas went to the temple meeting and complained
against Yagnapurushdasji about this, sadguru (revered saint) Balmukund
Swami asked them: "Do your sons get spoiled or do they improve
if they render services in the temple, sleep there, listen to
the discourses and observe complete fasts? How can you indulge
in such a senseless complaint?" None could utter a word more
after hearing the comments of such a prominent saint. Yagnapurushdasji
sat there quietly with a rosary in his hand.