am Meant for Gunatit":
hurdles were placed in the way of the construction of the Sarangpur
temple, but the work proceeded uninterrupted. Those who were decrying:
"It will only be a Thakordwar (small shrine)," and "These
people will be fed up soon and will run away," were bewildered
at seeing the progress of the construction of the temple. The
day fixed for the installation of the idols was drawing near.
The opponents now began to think of ways to prevent it. If by
hook or crook the Thakor sahib of Limbdi could be won over, they
thought the work of installation could be stopped through his
intervention. The sadhus of the old temple therefore, approached
the Thakorsaheb and said to him: "Thakorsaheb, our Ishtadev
(choicest deity) is Radhakrishna. But this Shastri is going to
leave Him aside and install the idols of his gurus Jaga and Praga
instead. The temple can be said to have been properly made only
if the idols of Radhakrishna are installed in the central shrine."
The Thakorsaheb was convinced. He went to the new temple to have
the darshan of Swamishri. Swamishri welcomed him. The Thakorsaheb
then asked, "Swamiji, there a miraculous stick of Gopalanand
Swami is in the old temple which can frighten ghosts away. Do
you have any such miraculous thing?"
On hearing this, Himatlalbhai, the Mayor of Botad, said : "Your
Highness, this Swami is capable of creating a new stick! The brilliance
of his grandeur pervades the Satsang (fellowship) all around.
The Thakorsaheb had to agree: "I too, have experienced his
The Thakorsab then inquired where the idols of Radhakrishna were
to be installed and even insisted that they should be installed
in the main wing of the temple. But without being overshadowed
by this powerful Thakorsaheb, who had been instrumental in procuring
the land for the temple at Sarangpur and who had been helpful
in various ways on various occasions, Swamishri unhesitatingly
replied: "It is only for our Ishtadev (choicest deity), Mahaprabhu
(Supreme Godhead) Sahajanand Swami and Gunatitanand Swami that
we have suffered all these hardships. And our lives are dedicated
for them. Hence, the idols of Shriji Maharaj and Gunatitanand
Swami alone shall be installed in the main wing and the idols
of Radhakrishna shall be installed in the first shrine of the
Having heard this bold, authoritative and unambiguous reply, the
Thakorsaheb dropped his insistence and told Swamishri: "Do
as you please and forget my words." Swamishri was glad to
hear this. Even this dice thrown by the opponents did not succeed.