Protective Shield of Gunatit:
a person like Heerabhai of Bochasan became a satsangi (devotee)
the opponents grew wild. Three armed palas (guards) riding on
camels set out to kill Swamishri. There was no cause to worry,
however, as Swamishri had already left Bochasan in the morning.
But thinking that if the guards were taught a lesson, they would
never repeat the adventure, Heerabhai detained them. He thrashed
the camels heavily with a stick with the result that the guards
got frightened and ran away promptly with the camels.
When this plan did not succeed, the guards again, set out after
about six or seven days with more elaborate preparations. Swamishri
was then in the village of Sadhi. Laxmiprasad Acharya was then
camping at village Ranu, about a couple of miles away from Sadhi.
Having come to know that Swamishri was at Sadhi, the guards started
for that place. That morning Swamishri suddenly asked Ashabhai
to bring a bullock-cart as soon as possible to enable him to leave
for Padra. Ashabhai requested him to leave after taking lunch,
but Swamishri replied: "Let the other sadhus stay here until
lunch, we will eat in Padra."
From Sadhi Swamishri went to Sejakuva instead of Padra. When Mahijidada
saw the guards at Sadhi he was very angry. He scolded and even
abused them. In the meanwhile someone ran to the outskirts of
the village, loosened the knots by which the camels were fastened
and set the animals free. But the kothari of the temple informed
them that Shastri had gone to Padra. The guards, therefore, proceeded
to Padra. The devotees began to worry: "What will happen
now? What can we do if they reach Padra and beat Swamishri?"
But Swamishri was constantly under the care and protection of
Shriji Maharaj and Gunatitanand Swami.
Exactly at this time Gunatitanand Swami gave darshan in a divine
form to a devotee by the name of Arjanbhai, of village Mota Gokharwala,
situated in Kathiawad. Gunatitanand Swami went to his house. He
was wearing a knotted dhoti, and had neither his turban on the
bead nor shoes on his feet. Arjanbhai got up and prostrated at
Swami's feet and requested him to sanctify his house. But Swami
replied: "I cannot come now. My devotee is in trouble in
Gujarat, so I am going there to protect him." With these
words Swami disappeared!
The guards reached Padra. On not finding Swamishri there, they
were disappointed, and in spite of hunger and thirst they proceeded
to return to Sadhi. When they approached Sadhi, a big herd of
buffaloes was seen coming from the opposite direction. The buffaloes,
frightened at seeing the camels, started running helter-skelter.
Some of them collided with the camels, and the guards sitting
on them fell down and were seriously injured. At last they hired
a bullock-cart from the village and returned to Ranu. Thus Swamishri
was protected by Shriji Maharaj.