The Best Benefactor:
Sarangpur Swamishri went round several places and finally arrived
in Bochasan. Maharaj Shrimant Sayajirao Gaikwad, ruler of Baroda
was then at Bhadran Swamishri sent him an invitation through Jhaverbhai
to visit Bochasan. The Maharaja sent this reply: "I do not
have more than fifteen minutes to spare. I shall, therefore, come
only for fifteen minutes." But Nirgundas Swami confidently
said: "Let him say so. But if he spends three quarters of
an hour here take it to be due to the power of Swamishri."
The Maharaja was received with due decorum. He was taken to the
temple for darshan and then brought to Swamishri. After seeing
Swamishri, the Maharaja joyfully expressed: "So this is the
Swamiji whose fame has spread today throughout Gujarat!"
With these words he bowed to Swamishri. In Swamishri's presence
the Maharaja lost all sense of time and spent three-fourths of
an hour. Swamishri talked with him on various topics. He dispelled
from his heart the sorrow occasioned by the demise of the prince,
and advised the Maharaja that as he was already fifty years old,
he should abdicate the throne, be a vanaprastha (detached from
worldly affairs) and seek refuge at the feet of a true guru.
The advice of Swamishri created a deep impression on the Maharaja.
He felt great respect for Swamishri who could admonish fearlessly
such a great ruler as himself. There were many who showered praise
on him, but no one ever gave him such beneficial sermons. This
inspired in him a sense of high regard for Swamishri. With folded
hands he took leave of Swamishri, who placed his blessed hand
on his head.
While Swamishri was once delivering a discourse in Anand, cries
were heard that Motibhai's house was on fire. Kind-hearted Swamishri
put out the fire without getting up from his seat. Both of his
hands received burns upto the elbows. Motibhai applied oil on
both hands. The people, seeing how Swamishri was working for his
devotees, bowed their heads before him.