for Compromise with Vadtal:
disciples of Swamishri had now been elected on the Vadtal Temple
Committee. They desired that if a compromise could be arrived
at with Vadtal and if Swamishri returned to Vadtal, it would be
a great victory for the sampraday. They therefore started their
efforts in that direction. Kothari Gordhanbhai had already retired,
yet he advised that a compromise should be made subject to the
conditions that the Acharya recognised the idols of Dham, Dhami
and Mukta which were installed, and performed the arti of those
idols, and not otherwise." Swamishri was greatly pleased
to see such firm faith established in the Kothari.
While the negotiations for settlement were in progress, the sadhus
were agitated. They felt that Shastri Yagnapurushdas was capable
of captivating the whole satsang, and hence his return to Vadtal
would result in their neglect. Therefore, they skilfully put it
to the Acharya: "We shall be very glad if a compromise is
arrived at. We would welcome it. If a learned saint like Yagnapurushdas
joins Vadtal, the satsang would develop rapidly. But their temples
are still incomplete, hence we would be involved in an unnecessary
expenditure of nearly two to three lakh rupees. It would therefore
be appropriate to arrive at a compromise only after their temples
are fully constructed." The Acharya was convinced by this
ingenious argument. Negotiations for compromise were suspended.
Swamishri, however, said: "Maybe, through us Shriji Maharaj
wants to accomplish the spreading of this faith in the satsang.
Therefore, whatever has happened is for the good." One wonders
if the temples of Akshar-Purushottam at Atladara, Gondal, Gadhada
and other places would have been constructed if a compromise was
Swamishri then went to Sarangpur. A Vaishnav devotee, Sheth Narsinhdas,
had also gone there from Mahuva. He wanted to have idols of Laxminarayan
installed in Mahuva at the hands of Swamishri, but he did not
speak anything as he saw that Swamishri was indisposed. After
two or three days, however, Swamishri himself asked him: "Have
you come to take me to Mahuva for setting up a temple there? Let
us go. Indeed, I have been born for building temples." With
these words, Swamishri discarded his illness and went to Mahuva.
After going to several other places and passing through Bochasan,
Swamishri arrived in Anand. He wanted to go to Sarangpur and could
go only if some body purchased a railway ticket for him. The devotees
of Anand had at that time gone out on the occasion of some marriage.
Swamishri walked from the town to the station and back four times,
in search of someone who could help him. Ultimately, it was only
after Gordhanbhai, the son of Keshavlal, met him on the way and
purchased a ticket for him that Swamishri could get onto the train
and reach Sarangpur.
Whenever Swamishri went to Sarangpur he would invariably cover
the distance from Botad on foot. He would carry his bundle of
belongings on his head, hang a zoli (cloth bag) on his shoulder,
and, if the accompanying sadhu was young, he would carry his burden
too. Regardless of cold, heat or rain, he would cover the five-gao1
distance on foot.