Shastriji Maharaj spread the true knowledge among the disciples
all his life, undergoing hardships, not caring for his physical
comforts, touring day and night. He inculcated the right understanding
in them, and having led them to the religious path, gave them
immense peace and happiness. No sacrifice for such a benefactor
is too great. Thus inspired by their heart-felt affection for
him, the devotees decided to celebrate the eighty-fifth birth
anniversary of Swamishri magnificently at Atladra. They aspired
to weigh Swamishri against gold on that occasion. When they told
Swamishri about it, he flatly refused to accept such honour. But
he finally yielded to the profound love of the entire satsang
Men and women in the whole of satsang exceeded their means in
offering their wealth and gold ornaments as gifts for this celebration.
On the eve of the anniversary day, Swamishri, seated on a gaily
decorated elephant was taken in a procession through the city.
Yogi Swami and Nirgundas Swami sat with him. The idols of Thakorji
were placed in a big, decorated motor car. The people gathered
there had the good fortune of witnessing such a divine sight.
Years ago Bhagatji Maharaj had said: "This sadhu deserves
to be carried in an elephant's howdah." These words proved
true today. The next day sacrificial rites were performed, and
a big congregation for celebrating the birth anniversary was held.
Leading devotees from this country and abroad spoke on the occasion
extolling Swamishri's superb virtues.
When the time for tulavidhi (weighing ceremony) arrived, Swamishri
said: "A sadhu cannot be weighed against gold," All
the devotees were embarassed. They entreated him repeatedly, but
Swamishri adamantly refused the request. Finally when it was decided
to weigh him against sugar-candy, Swamishri agreed and sat in
a scale of the balance. Thus Swamishri demonstrated the proper
conduct of a sadhu. Thousands of devotees participated in this
celebration. The eighty-fifth birth anniversary of Swamishri thus
happened to be written in golden letters in the history of the