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Nailing the Hood of Sheshnag:

Swamishri required some land for putting up a gate at the entrance of the Bochasan temple. But as the village road passed through that piece of land, the villagers were reluctant to part with it. Swamishri wanted to have that piece of land in any event. The villagers sent an insolent person named Bechar Keesa to convey their refusal to give it. As soon as he arrived he began to speak indecently.
Swamishri, however, told him calmly: "Look, we require the land for the purpose of the temple, and you should give it to us." After this demand when Swamishri cast a glance at him the heart of Bechar Keesa was at once transformed. He merely asked : "How much land do you require? Please come, I shall measure it for you." Swamishri handed him a stick. Bechar measured four stick lengths. Then Swamishri said, "Measure two more stick-lengths on our behalf." Bechar did accordingly.
Thus, land stretching as far as the place where the foundation of the gate was to be laid was procured. Swamishri immediately got the boundary marks fixed on that piece of land. Dhanji Matadar could not tolerate this. Swamishri advised him, "Matadar these pegs are fastened on the head of Sheshnag, do not pull them out." Even so Matadar pulled out a peg. But seeing blood on the edge of the peg, he got frightened and at once threw the peg on the ground. Realising the extent of Swamishri's power, Matadar fell at his feet and apologised for his misconduct. Swamishri, with his innate kindness, forgave him and instructed him that he should always help in the work of the temple.
Now the spiritual aspirants from all over Gujarat began to go to Bochasan. The philosophy which was being discussed secretly in Vadtal, out of fear of the opponents, began to resound in Charotar, the heart of Gujarat. People now fearlessly began to shout the victory slogan of Akshar-Purushottam, talked about them and glorified them.
Sadguru Balmukund Swami of Junagadh said in Vadtal : "By installing the idols of Akshar and Purushottam, Shastri Yagnapurushdas has purified the upasana (worship) in the Fellowship. Till now all of us had the upasana of various deities and incarnations. But now the upasana of Shriji Maharaj along with his choicest devotee, Gunatitanand Swami, has been established. Thus the pursuit of the upasana is facilitated."
Krishnaji Ada, the mahamukta (great soul) of Rajkot also advised everyone: "If you wish to discuss the true knowledge freely, go to Bochasan. Shastri Yagnapurushdas has rendered yeoman service to the Fellowship."

Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan

© 1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith