Place and Time:
could Swamishri be allowed to stay in Vadtal where there was
such vehement opposition to him, where some people did not like
him to stay and where, his very sight inflamed others with indignation?
All the devotees, therefore, met and decided that they should
leave Vadtal along with Swamishri if trouble arose. They thought
it was not advisable for Swamishri to stay in Vadtal anymore.
They apprehended that in all probability the sadhus would perpetrate
harm to Swamishri out of spite.
Hence all the disciples devoted to Swamishri gathered in Vadtal
on the occasion of the congregation on the full-moon day of
Kartik. They did not leave Swamishri alone even for a single
moment. The plotters did not find it convenient to put through
their plan and their wrath mounted.
The devotees requested Swamishri, "Please do not go to
the bhandar (kitchen) to take your food." But Swamishri
emphatically replied: "A sadhu must always take his food
at the common kitchen. He cannot eat separately at his seat."
He flatly rejected the request of the devotees, and went to
the common kitchen to eat khichdi (hotchpotch) in parana (time
of breaking the fast of ekadashi) on the twelfth day. The devotees
waited anxiously outside.
Khichdi was served in Swamishri pattar (wooden bowl). It emitted
a strange smell of deadly poison Swamishri understood this at
once, but how could he disregard prasadi (consecrated food)?
So, he ate a little and stood up. But he stumbled as he was
going out. Two of the devotees held him by his hand and took
him to his seat. His throat was burning. The devotees gave him
some ghee to drink. Swamishri, however, said : "Don't worry.
Nothing untoward shall happen to me."
"Yagnapurushdas has again escaped unhurt. He has even digested
the poison administered to him. Now, we shall have to devise
another plan from which he cannot survive." The evil-minded
sadhus thus hatched a new plan. They decided that if Shastri
Yagnapurushdas would again go to the kitchen to take his food,
they would push and throw him into the fire so that he would
be reduced to ashes and that would be the end of the 'evil element'.
Just as the Kauravas plotted to burn the Pandavas in the lakshagraha
(house of wax), but Lord Krishna protected the Pandavas, in
the same way this plot was also unsuccessful.
Swamishri went to the common kitchen for food. Behind him were
about fifteen resolute devotees. Since nothing could be done
in their presence, the sadhus asked them to quit. But the disciples
replied: "We will not budge an inch from here until Shastri
Yagnapurushdasji returns after his meals." The sadhus then
began to push the devotees away.
Taking advantage of the ensuing scuffle, about five of the devotees
standing in the rear entered the kitchen, lifted Swamishri in
their arms and rushed out of the place. No one noticed Swamishri's
absence and the scuffle continued for some time. It was only
too late when the sadhus realised that Yagnapurushdas had left
the place and they were unnecessarily engaged in the struggle.