Whenever his little grandson cried a local man of Bhadra would place
a bidi in his mouth. Subsequently, the little child became addicted.
Presently, he is three and a half years old and eats two packets
of gutkha (tobacco) daily. When he does not get the gutkha he throws
a tantrum. The boy's father and grandfather are addicted to gutkha
Sometimes, the child goes all by himself to the local shop to get
a gutkha under his father's name. The innocent, tender child has
become habituated to tobacco all because of his father and grandfather's
The child's uncle, who became a satsangi in Surat, brought him today
before Swamishri for darshan. He placed him on the rostrum. Swamishri
welcomed him, "Jai Swaminarayan." But the ignorant little
child did not know what to say. He simply looked down and remained
quiet. Swamishri asked for a box of prasad, and taking a sweet ball
from it, said, "Take this, and don't eat gutkha. Gutkha spoils
your body and causes disease. Therefore don't eat it."
Swamishri's compassion for the little, tender child was apparent
to all. To release him from the shackles of addiction Swamishri
blessed him and advised him and his relatives. All those present
witnessed the moments which freed probably the youngest addict in
the world from his addiction.