of Akshar-Purushottam Idols in the Vadhvan Temple:
Vadtal Swamishri went to Vaso. The Vadhvan temple was now ready.
He instructed all the disciples devoted to the worship of Akshar-Purushottam
to go to Vadhvan on the occasion of the installation of the
idols in the temple. Kunjvihariprasad and the sadhus had promised
Swamishri that they would install the idols of Akshar-Purushottam
in the central shrine of the temple. However, Swamishri had
told all the devotees: " If there is any opposition install
the idols in the first shrine instead and let us know by telegram."
The sadhus in Ahmedabad had carried on considerable hostile
propaganda. Some of the devotees, therefore, began to press
Kunjvihariprasad not to install the idols of Akshar-Purushottam.
On the other hand the disciples devoted to Akshar-Purushottam
doctrine reminded him of the condition put by Swamishri, and
how he had stood by him and helped him in spite of vehement
opposition. Finally, as a compromise between the two sides,
it was decided to install the idols of Akshar and Purushottam
in the first shrine and the installation took place accordingly.
The first toll of the true upasana (worship) of Akshar-Purushottam
was struck in Vadhvan.
In the joy of the celebration all lost sight of sending a telegram
to Swamishri. When a belated telegram was sent, Swamishri had
already left Vaso for Vadtal. Purushottambhai who received the
telegram went to Vadtal, had the gates of the temple opened
and handed over the telegram to Swamishri. Swamishri was glad
to read it. He went to Gordhanbhai Kothari with the telegram
and informed him of the installation ceremony in Vadhvan. During
his whole life, the Kothari had with his authority, obstructed
the revelation of this true upasana (worship). Hence on hearing
the news, the Kothari became deeply contemplative.
"Whatever Shriji does must be right," said the Kothari
"This deed has been performed by Shriji Himself."
The Kothari indignantly asked Swamishri to go away. But after
a while when his anger subsided, he called for Swamishri and
obtained the full details. The Kothari was extremely pleased
with Swamishri's ardour for the propagation of the true upasana.
He was convinced that it was this sadhu who could illuminate
But the sadhus were angered. "Even the Kothari does not
say anything to Yagnapurushdas. If Yagnapurushdas can install
the idols in Vadhvan while sitting here, what can he not do
in future? He will tilt the entire Satsang to his side and we
will be left helpless. Nobody will care to consult us."
Thus, they all assembled and began to plan how to vanquish Swamishri
and to get rid of him.
Swamishri was, however, moving about calmly and fearlessly,
and preaching the upasana of Akshar-Purushottam. He came to
Bochasan and obtained the idols of Rama-Lakshman, consecrated
by Shriji Maharaj, from the Ramji temple. He installed these
idols in the old temple on a wooden platform consecrated by
Shriji Maharaj and predicted: "A big, pinnacled temple
shall be built in Bochasan and idols of the supreme Akshar-Purshottam
Maharaj shall be installed in the central shrine of that temple.
At that time these idols of Rama-Lakshman shall also be installed
"When will that happen, Swamishriji?" asked the devotees.
Swamishri replied: "Within two or three years you will
see it." Everyone thought that something unusual was in
the offing, otherwise, how could one talk of building a temple
when trouble from the sadhus in Vadtal was imminent? Thereafter,
Swamishri went to Veersad and thence to Chansad for medical
treatment. He gave several discourses in Chansad.