from the Saints:
by the devotees of Gujarat, Swamishri left Sarangpur for a panchtirthi
(pilgrimage to the five holy places) of Sorath. When he arrived
in Junagadh, the eighty-five year old sadhu Keshavjeevandasji,
a disciple of Gopalanand Swami told Swamishri: "Since you
are a devoted follower of Gunatitanand Swami and have the blessings
of an eminent guru like Pragji Bhakta, please install the idols
of Swami and Maharaj together. We wanted to install them in Gondal
but could not do so."
On hearing this Swamishri replied: "I shall certainly perform
that task provided sadguru Balmukunddasji, the disciple of Gunatitanand
Swami, directs me to do so." Balmukunddasji heartily agreed:
"I shall be very happy if you install the golden idols of
Gunatitanand Swami and Maharaj." These words gave momentum
to Swamishri's aspiration.
Earlier Jaga Bhakta had asked Swamishri in Junagadh to install
the idols of Maharaj and Swami in pinnacled temples. Swamishri
had then replied: "Even when I want a post-card costing a
pai, I have to register a demand in the kothar (store). How can
I conceive of constructing temples costing lakhs of rupees?"
Jaga Bhakta then said: "It is the wish of Maharaj that the
upasana (worship) of Akshar Purushottam should be established.
Therefore, you must take up this work. It shall be your shortcoming
if you don't take a pledge to accomplish this task, and it shall
be my shortcoming if I default in fulfilling it." With this
promise from Jaga Bhakta, Swamishri became eager to accomplish
this task, but he decided to go about the work at an opportune
moment and to keep patience till then.
Now it was his task to propagate the nishtha (faith) of Akshar
and Purushottam. For this purpose he frequently toured in Gujarat
and Saurashtra. All the people young and old, were attracted to
him. He endeavoured to stabilise their faith in the worship of
Akshar Purushottam. In this activity, which engaged all his time
day and night, he was never impeded by sleep, laziness or fatigue.
As Swamishri frequently travelled to Gujarat from Sarangpur, some
spiteful sadhus began to complain against him: "As Yagnapurushdas
goes on tours in Gujarat, neglecting his work in Sarangpur, the
work of the temple suffers. His activity should, therefore, be
controlled." But the administration of Sarangpur had considerably
improved and its income enhanced. As great progress was made in
the work, nobody saw any truth in this complaint.
At about this time the Acharya of the temple in Ahmedabad passed
away. Some sadhus and satsangis installed Vasudevprasadji, who
was only three years old then, as his successor to the gadi, instead
of Kunjvihariprasadji Maharaj who was the rightful heir to the
gadi. Hence Nirmaldasji, Tyagavallabhdasji and other sadhus and
also some leadinig haribhaktas supported Kunjvihariprasadji and
so they decided to shift to Vadhvan, establish a separate gadi
and build a temple there.
But they had no means to accomplish their object. The sadhus were
few in number and they had not enough strength to face the opposition.
This talk could be accomplished only if a powerful saint joined
them. They looked to Shastri Yagnapurushdasji. They thought :
"He alone is an unequalled and fearless person in the whole
fellowship, and if he joins us, our task will be accomplished.
Besides, Yagnapurushdasji's disciples are faithful, eager to sacrifice
their lives for his sake and capable of rendering financial service."
Accordingly Nirmaldasji met Swamishri in Limbdi and requested
him to help them in raising a temple in Vadhvan.
Swamishri was aware that truth was on their side. Moreover, Nirmaldasji
was thoroughly convinced about the upasana (worship) of Akshar-Purushottam.
He therefore, felt that necessary assistance should be extended
to him on this occasion. But Swamishri put a condition : "We
will help you if only you install the idols of Akshar-Purushottam."
Nirmaldasji agreed to this and requested Swamishri to secure a
plot of land for the temple. Swamishri gave a note addressed to
the Diwan of Limbdi, who was his disciple, and asked him emphatically
to provide a plot of land. Thus a plot of land was acquired for
the Vadhvan temple.