The Desireless Sadhu
Yogiji Maharaj was always interested in serving others. All day long
he engaged himself in katha (spiritual discourse), kirtan (singing God's
glory) and seva (service).) He did not spare a thought to himself. Once
he was at Bhavnagar on the upper floor of a devotee's house. He was
reading the Swamini Vatu. At the sound of a royal marriage procession,
a devotee asked him to come by the window to watch. Yogiji Maharaj replied,
"Of what benefit would it be to us? Having renounced something once,
why allow it into our hearts!" No worldly glamour or pageant could attract
the mind of Yogiji Maharaj. The devotee was impressed by the young Yogiji
Maharaj's spirit of renunciation.
Because of his saintliness, the senior sadhus of Junagadh asked him
to return, but Yogiji Maharaj remained with Shastriji Maharaj.
On many occasions Yogiji Maharaj was unnecessarily punished by his guru
Vignandas. Once the guru became intensely angry and ordered him to get
up from his meal. On seeing this a devotee asked, "Why do you tolerate
such rudeness and tyranny. Don't you feel like leaving your guru and
going home?" Yogiji Maharaj replied, "The guru scolds for one's own
good. Without punishment one cannot remain alert and correct one's mistakes."
The devotee bowed at the feet of Yogiji Maharaj in recognition of his
patience, tolerance and humility.
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