Whirlwind of Opposition:
arranged the next discourse on Vachanamritam in Vadtal itself.
Devotees from all over Gujarat assembled there. Many sadhus
of Vadtal and Kothari Gordhanbhai also used to attend the meetings
and listen to Swamishri's talks. One day Kothari Khushal Bhagat
asked Gordhanbhai: "Why do you, too, mingle with this bandia
(rebel)1, Shastri Yagnapurushdasji?" None approved of Kothari
Gordhanbhai's soft corner for Swamishri. But Gordhanbhai readily
replied : "I have so far not seen a single sadhu among
the two thousand sadhus of Vadtal who has renounced wealth and
women in all forms like Shastri Yagnapurushdasji. His talks
are to me as sweet as sugar-candy. Therefore, I come here to
listen to him." Hearing this, Khushal Bhagat just walked
Swamishri had fixed his seat near that of Gordhanbhai Kothari.
Again Swamishri was surrounded by reputed disciples. Hence nobody
could do any harm to him. Again the devotees attached to Swamishri
offered rasoi (payment for the expenses of the food) and otherwise
rendered financial services in the temple. None could tell anything
to them either. This irritated the sadhus all the more.
Acharya Laxmiprasad was young and rajoguni (sensual). At the
instance of Gordhanbhai Kothari, Swamishri had given him a sermon
for good conduct which he had disliked. For this reason he,
too, was prejudiced against Swamishri. Hence, he did not interfere
with the misbehaviour of the sadhus towards Swamishri.
The sadhus were busy exploring ways and means to disrupt Swamishri's
discourses. Some of them would throw chilly powder in a fire
near the meeting of devotees and the resultant smoke forced
them to leave the place. When they sat at another place, the
sadhus would empty pitchers full of water on the floor and disrupt
the meeting. But such pranks neither deterred Swamishri nor