1976. Chaitra Sud 9, Hari Jayanti; the birthday of Shriji Maharaj according to the Hindu calendar. Swamishri was in Amdavad. Today was a nirjala fast for everyone, including Swamishri.
From early morning, Swamishri's hectic round of padhramanis began. Travelling from house to house in the scorching heat of the Amdavad summer, he returned to the mandir only well after it was 2 o'clock in the afternoon. There he wrote some letters and read a little from the Satsang periodicals. At 4.00 p.m.. he was back on the road for another round of padhramanis. When Swamishri returned, Pragat Bhagat, his attendant, had kept some ice ready for Swamishri. Swamishri had a bath with ice-cold water. One can imagine how hot it must have been.
In the evening was the main Hari Jayanti assembly, which Swamishri naturally attended. The fast had really drained us. We just about made it to midnight. Many of us had a bath and performed our puja at night, and went for a long awaited drink of lemon water.
When we returned, we noticed that the light in Swamishri's room was still on. It was 12:35 a.m. It was so hot that Swamishri simply couldn't get to sleep. Despite the exhausting day, and the fast, Swamishri still appeared as fresh as ever.
At the age of 56, after having spent the whole day hurrying from house to house, not even letting a drop of water enter his mouth, Swamishri got to sleep at 12:45 a.m.
And as if that were not enough, the next day Swamishri took only three-quarters of a small glass of orange juice at 7:30 a.m., after the Shangar arti.
It put us younger sadhus to shame.