recitation of Satsangijivan was sponsored by Harilal Sheth, the
grandson of Shivlal Sheth. Four puranis (reciters) were appointed
to give the discourses in turn. Yagnapurushdasji's turn was last.
All the devotees were immensely pleased to witness the unique
style of his discourse, his subtle knowledge of Vachanamritam
and the methodology adopted by him in expounding the subject with
the authority of other scriptures and support of appropriate illustrations.
The next day when someone went to call for the Sheth to attend
the discourse, the latter replied: "Please inform me when
it is Yagnapurushdasji's turn to recite the katha." The sadhus
got envious on hearing this reply. On the last day a question
arose as to which of the reciters should be honoured first. The
Sheth directed in clear words : "He should be honoured first
whose recitation has been the most satisfactory. Everyone in the
assembly has been pleased with Shastri Yagnapurushdasji's recitations.
Hence he should be honoured first." This augmented the indignation
of the sadhus.
With the evil intention of slighting Yagnapurushdasji, sadhu Raghuvircharandas
said : "Today one who has stooped so low as to accept a tailor
and a cobbler as his gurus is being honoured in this assembly
as a very respectable person!'' Hearing this, Yagnapurushdasji
roared like a lion: "The right to be a guru does not vest
solely in those who wear the saffron. If you are going to discriminate
against Pragji Bhakta and Jaga Bhakta, who have been graced by
Gunatitanand Swami and who have attained the Brahmic consciousness,
merely on the ground of caste, Maharaj will not excuse you."
With these words he sat down.
The elderly sadhus rebuked Raghuvircharandas. Harilal . Sheth
went forward for the pujan (honouring) of Yagnapurushdasji, but
the latter courteously declined, and allowed the aged sadhu Haridas
to be honoured first and himself to be honoured last.
Yagnapurushdasji returned from Junagadh to Rajkot and resumed
his studies. First he studied the Bhashya (commentary) of Shankara
on the Brahmasutras. Then he requested Jeevanram Shastri to explain
to him the commentary of Ramanuja on the same sutras. Jeevanram
Shastri admitted : "I myself have not studied Ramanuja's
commentary." Whereupon Yagnapurushdasji suggested to him:
"You explain to me the meanings of the words and I shall
be able to grasp the commentary and its purport." Accordingly
Yagnapurushdasji expounded the commentary and Jeevanram listened
Gradually Jeevanram was induced to take interest in Ramanuja's
commentary. His views coloured by the philosophy of Shankara changed
and he became an adherent of Ramanuja's philosophy. Thereafter
he read the commentary written by Gopalanand Swami on Gita. Now
Jeevanram became a thorough partisan of the Vishishtadvaita philosophy.
Yagnapurushdasji took him to Jaga Bhakta who offered him vartaman
(initiation) and admitted him into satsang. He stepped down from
the seat of a guru to that of a disciple