now expressed a wish to go to Sarangpur. Everyone was worried.
How could Swamishri be taken to Sarangpur with such serious illness?
But he was bent upon going to Sarangpur. Meanwhile, Yogi Swami
arrived from Bombay. Knowing Swamishri's wish, he gave instructions
to prepare for taking him to Sarangpur. They entrained at Baroda.
At Ahmedabad railway station, Swamishri instructed the devotees:
"There is not an iota of difference between myself and Jogi.
All of you should obey Jogi Maharaj." Swamishri then went
At Sarangpur Swamishri showed signs of improvement in health and,
at times, issued instructions for the preparation in respect of
the installation of the idols, at Gadhada. He then sent for a
car to proceed to Gadhada. When the car arrived, he called for
Hakabhai and said to him, " Let us go to Gadhada and install
the idols." Nobody could then comprehend the significance
of these words.
The next morning after reaching Gadhada Swamishri bathed the idols
in the sacred waters of the Ghela river, put the janoi (sacred
threads) on their bodies, imprinted vermilion marks on their foreheads,
garlanded them and lovingly had their darshan. Then he performed
the arti and said: "My ritual is over. The idols have been
installed. Now I do not propose to come here again. Jogi Maharaj
will come here and perform the arti." None could comprehend
the significance of these words also. At ten o'clock, Swamishri
proceeded to leave for Sarangpur, and said: "From now onwards
I want to stay permanently in Sarangpur."
The devotees from Africa had arrived in Sarangpur. Swamishri gave
them the supreme bliss of his darshan and association. Swamishri
took this opportunity to talk at great length to the devotees.
He wanted them understand the true greatness and unique nature
of the God realised Sadhu. He said: "None can ever equal
Maharaj and Swami. To equate anyone with either of them would
amount to betraying these twin forms. However, when one realises
that Maharaj resides in a brahmanised saint, what is the difference
between such a saint and Maharaj? The saint can be called Bhagwan
(Lord) only because of his association with Maharaj. This is the
cardinal truth and it maintains the anadi (eternal), vyatirek
(distinct) form of Maharaj."
The devotees were listing to Swamishri with rapt attention. They
were drinking in every word as if they were drinking divine nectar.
Swamishri continued, "If we accept one after the other the
guru alone, as dissociated from Maharaj, to be the Lord, then
the fact of Lord's eternity is demolished and our understanding
would be no better than that of a pseudo-Vedantin. Therefore Maharaj
resides in every limb of such a saint who possesses the characteristics
described in the twenty-seventh Vachanamrit of Gadhada First Section.
Such a saint can be called the swarup (manifestation) of the Lord;
he can be said to resemble the Lord.
"All of you should, therefore, live within the limits prescribed
by Maharaj and act in accordance with His commandments. Sahajanand
Swami is the Supreme Lord and Gunatitanand Swami, the incarnation
of eternal Akshar (Brahman), is the Supreme Saint. These are the
twin forms of true upasana. The ekantik (Lord intoxicated) saint
should be understood to be the gateway to salvation."
Swamishri frequently showed indifference in all matters and repeated:
"The arti at Gadhpur will be performed by Jogi Maharaj."
Yogi Swami was then away at Bombay.