of Temple at Atladara:
went to Baroda. One Mathurdas was residing in Atladara, three
miles away from Baroda. This Mathurdas was a replica of Heerabhai
of Bochasan. His life was so full of wicked deeds that he could
not embrace the satsang. But the moment he heard the name of Shastriji
Maharaj,1 a change crept into him. He invited Shastriji Maharaj
to build a temple in Atladara. Swamishri told him: "Shriji
Maharaj had once visited the place where Mulu Metar and Krishna
Mali resided. If we get that consecrated land, we can build a
temple thereon." Mathurbhai assured him that he would provide
as much land as required if he agreed to build a temple on that
place. Swamishri showed him the place which was then inhabited.
Mathurbhai built new houses for those people and donated the land
to Swamishri, with a request to build a temple thereon.
Once Harkha Patel of Samadhiala, a village near Sarangpur, came
to Swamishri and prayed to him: "Swamiji, there is no water
in my well. Please give me your blessings so that my well may
become full of water." Swamishri frankly replied: "How
can your well have water when, inspite of your being a satsangi
you take your meals without having a bath? Now if you make it
a point to take your meals only after having a bath, you will
get perennial water in your well." In this way Swamishri
gave him a vow to observe the rules of religious conduct.
Whenever Swamishri went to Sarangpur and stayed there, he made
the young sadhu Narayanswarupdas sit beside him, and affectionately
taught him Sanskrit. Frequently, he also asked him to recite from
the scriptures. Narayanswarupdas recited from the scriptures in
a sweet voice and in the same style as Swamishri's. Swamishri
and all the others were, therefore, greatly pleased to listen
to him. Similarly, Swamishri made him recite from Bhaktachintamani
and Harileelamrit also and lovingly told him various episodes
from the satsang. As a result of listening to these talks, Narayanswarupdas
became attached to Swamishri with a bond of ever increasing affection.
Thereafter, the devotees of Surat requested Swamishri to visit
Surat. Accordingly, Swamishri went to Surat. A grand parayan (session
of discourses) was arranged there. Swamishri pleased all those
who attended the parayan with his discourses. Many went into a
trance. Acharya Shri Krishnapriyacharyaji of the Pranami Sampraday
of Surat who was a pundit and student of all the religions, was
drawn to Swamishri after he witnessed the power of the trance.
Seeing Swamishri's saintliness, scholarship and humility, he cast
aside the pride of his own scholarship and Acharyapad (authority
of office) and humbly bowed down at the feet of Swamishri.
He declared in a public meeting: "Swami means Akshar and
Narayan means Purushottam, and that is the true meaning of the
expression "Swaminarayan" which Shastriji Maharaj has
taught us. Shriji Maharaj today manifests through Shastriji Maharaj."
Everyone in the assembly was happy to hear this from the lips
of a learned authority belonging to quite a different sampraday