Appointed as President:
wanted to entrust to a suitable successor the responsibility of
carrying on the whole administration and management of this great
institution founded by him, and of maintaining and developing
the satsang. For this purpose he selected the 28-year-old young
saint Narayanswarupdas. From his very childhood this eminent saint
possessed noble virtues like renuciation, detachment, devotion
and dharma (righteousness). He stayed with Swamishri, served him
in various ways and won his favour. He was loved by all for his
virtues of saintliness, practical wisdom, scholarship in scriptures,
sweet tongue and ability to win over people. Hence this decision
of Swamishri received hearty approbation of all in the satsang,
The ceremonial function for the appointment of the President was
arranged in the consecrated temple at Amli Pole in Ahmedabad.
Swamishri seated Narayanswarupdas between himself and Yogi Swami
and, addressing the gathering said: "Just as Sadguru Ramanand
Swami had handed over the gadi to Shriji Maharaj in His young
age, so do I also hereby appoint from this day Sadguru Shastri
Narayanswarupdas as the president in my place. Though young in
age, he is mature in virtues. I, therefore, call upon you all
saints and devotees to co-operate with him in bringing glory to
this responsible office. Besides, you will from now onwards, obey
Sadguru Shastri Narayanswarupdas in the same way as you have done
Thereafter he addressed Shastri Narayanswarupdas thus, "This
Yogi Maharaj is a vachan-sidha (of proven words) and a very eminent
saint. You should glorify the satsang by remaining under his protective
shelter." Swamishri then said to Yogi Swami: "Jogi,
I entrust this Narayanswarupdas Swami to your care. Bestow on
him benedictions so that he may be endowed with virtues like yours."
With pleasure Yogi Swami gave his blessings to Narayanswarupdasji.
Thereafter, Swamishri blessed Narayanswarupdas by imprinting a
round mark of vermilion on his forehead and placed his own chadar
(saffron robe) on Narayanswarupdas' shoulder. Since that day,
Narayanswarupdas has been known in the Satsang by the affectionate
designation of 'Pramukh Swami' (Pramukh means President).
Narayanswarupdas bowed to Swamishri by prostrating at his feet.
He bowed to all the saints and humbly said: "Whatever power
or knowledge I may have, it has been given to me by you. Please
give me all the necessary power and strength to enable me to perform
the duties you have kindly entrusted to me." The whole satsang
was happy at the appointment of Narayanswarupdas as the President.