Kothari called Swamishri to Vadtal and instructed him to construct
a temple at Veersad. Swamishri went to Vadtal, and all the devotees
attached to him also followed him. A large meeting attended
by thousands of devotees was held at Swamishri's seat. In this
meeting Swamishri expounded the greatness of Akshar and Purushottam
and vehemently emphasised the importance of worshipping these
twin forms. He motivated the devotees to offer financial service
on the occasion of the installation of the idols of Akshar and
Purushottam in Vadhvan. In no time donations amounting to rupees
two thousand five hundred were collected. The Kothari and all
the sadhus, however laboured under the impression that Swamishri
was talking about the temple at Veersad!
Swamishri then went to Ahmedabad. He called for Nirmaldas Swami
and told him: "We shall pay the cost of the idols. Hence,
when you decide to go to Jaipur for getting the idols carved,
our representative will also go with you and get them carved
in accordance with our design." With such firm arrangement
he sent Purushottamdas, a mason from Gondal to Jaipur. Nirmaldas
went to Baroda for the other idols. Swamishri recommended to
Kothari Jetha Bhagat to provide all the facilities to him at
the Baroda temple. Jetha Bhagat also faced all the risks, and
under Swamishri's directions supported his cause.
Thereafter, Swamishri went to Broach. Here he organised a parayan
(discourse) on Vachanamritam for a day. About a thousand devotees
from all over Gujarat attended the parayan on this occasion.
Swamishri talked at length on the principle that only a brahmanised
saint is the gateway to salvation.
When news reached Vadtal, the opponents were all the more disturbed:
"Thousands of devotees run after Yagnapurushdasji, offer
rasoi (food) and other-wise serve him, whereas not even five
disciples come to us. How is this? Yagnapurushdas openly advocates
worship of Akshar-Purushottam, takes the side of Nirmaldas,
provides him with all the facilities in Baroda through Jetha
Bhagat, still nobody rebukes him and Kothari Gordhanbhai also
supports him. If this situation continues, Yagnapurushdas will
dominate over Vadtal, nay, the whole of the sampraday (fellowship)
and will be its master. We shall be reduced to non-entities."
Thus, they began to plan how best to thwart Yagnapurushdasji.
Swamishri, on the other hand, was moving about fearlessly.
In Vadtal Kothari Gordhanbhai called for Swamishri and said:
"The sadhus here are attempting to uproot you. They cannot
tolerate your increasing fame. Wherever you go, congregations
are organised and thousands of people are attracted to you.
They cannot tolerate this. Therefore, it would be advisable
if you would curtail your activities."
Courteously, Swamishri replied: '"We gather together only
to have spiritual discourses, talks, worship and divine remembrances.
If in the process, the people are attracted to me or they see
any power, that is due to the will of Shriji Maharaj. We aren't
doing anything contrary to or inconsistent with the traditions
of the satsang (fellowship). If you wish to convince yourself,
we shall hold the next discourse in Vadtal itself." The
Kothari was pleased with the reply from Swamishri. He had a
great regard for Swamishri.
Moreover, Gordhanbhai Kothari was enamoured of Swamishri because
of his administrative capability as evinced from the development
of the Sarangpur temple, the haveli and the dharmashala (guest
house), etc. However, assuming that the sadhus would cause less
trouble to Swamishri if calmed, he freed Swamishri from the
administrative responsibility of the Sarangpur temple and called
him back to Vadtal.