intended to spread the nishtha (worship) of Akshar and Purushottam
from Vadtal itself, and for this purpose, he gave discourses
day and night. Even when he went to Gujarat, he moved from village
to village and talked to the devotees about the worship of Akshar-Purushottam.
Even when Swamishri was due to arrive at a place and halt there
for a day or two, the disciples from all the corners of Gujarat
would throng there and derive immense pleasure from his discourses.
Swamishri once gave a discourse in Baroda. At night, in the
midst of the discourse, Swamishri sang devotional songs and
explained the attributes of saints and pseudo-saints. On hearing
this, some of the spiteful sadhus thought that the talk was
directed to them. So they got angry and roared : "Oh sinners,
just let us sleep now." Thus, they started hurling abuses.
But Swamishri continued the flow of his discourse uninterruptedly.
The sadhus became all the more angry, and picking up the bricks
lying there, they started to throw them on the bungalow where
the discourse was going on. All the people around woke up and
there was a great commotion. The sadhus thought: "This
is a good opportunity. Let us set the bungalow on fire so that
Yagnapurushdas gets killed, and can never again harass us."
Having thought thus, all of them began to make preparations
for setting fire to the bungalow.
On hearing the noise, the mother of Jeshankar living in the
neighbourhood woke up and began to shout expecting Jeshankar,
who was inside the bungalow, to get out for safety. Swamishri's
face was perfectly tranquil. There was not a trace of fear or
anxiety on his face. He sat unmoved in his seat with the faith
that, the will of Shriji Maharaj shall prevail. The devotees
sitting there, however, got excited.
Motibhai came out with Jeshankar. The sadhus allowed them to
go out. Motibhai ran up to and awakened Ghanashyam Vaidya who
immediately brought a Police Sub-Inspector and constable on
the scene. The Sub- Inspector arrived just when they were about
to set fire to the bungalow. He shouted: "Open the doors
of the temple, otherwise I shall break them open and come in."
The sadhus opened the doors under fright, ran for their lives
and hid themselves wherever they could. The Sub-Inspector seeing
pieces of bricks, stones and broken glasses scattered over the
place, prepared a report of the incident. With due respect to
Swamishri, he said "Please give me the names of the sadhus
so that I may arrest them." But Swamishri replied: "We
do not want to lodge a complaint against anyone, nor do we wish
to avenge anyone. Please do not, therefore, take any steps."
Seeing the saintliness of Swamishri, the Sub-Inspector bowed
in respect to him. Swamishri returned with Motibhai to his hostel,
and from there he went to Sarangpur.
The opponents did not succeed; on the other hand they were disgraced.
Therefore their wrath multiplied. They thought : "Yagnapurushdas
has escaped unhurt. What should we do next? "The opponents
of Swamishri in Vadtal and in Gadhada, who came to know about
this incident were disappointed. But they began to hatch new
plans with new vigour. Those at Gadhada were already very sore
because of the loss of their hold on the management of the Sarangpur
temple. They began spreading false propaganda that: "Yagnapurushdas
Shastri has withdrawn six thousand rupees from the safe in the
Sarangpur temple and deposited the amount with Zaverbhai, the
Diwan of Limbdi, and it is from this money that the sadhus of
Vadhvan are building a temple." Swamishri, who was completely
detached from wealth and women, was of course not afraid of
such accusations, but his disciples were enraged.
How could there be such spite against this great saint whose
time is devoted to giving discourses day and night, who is working
only for the propagation of the greatness of Maharaj and Swami,
who does not harbour any spite against anyone and who is totally
detached from eight-fold contact of wealth and women? How could
there be such hatred? How could it be tolerated? By a letter
addressed to Kothari Gordhanbhai, the disciples of Gujarat informed
him: "There is an increasing amount of spite among the
sadhus against Shastri Yagnapurushdasji. Therefore, if you take
any decision regarding him without consulting us, the consequences
will not be good." Gordhanbhai was amazed to see the nishtha
(devotion) which such respectable devotees of Gujarat had for