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Soon, the sadhus had prepared a meal, and they called Swamishri to eat. Swamishri had the Darbar and his men also sit down to eat. Since Swamishri did not eat dudhpak, he had a rotlo. But he smiled at everyone in his mandal and said, “Although you were all afraid, because Maharaj was with us, didn’t things turn out okay? We even got dudhpak!”
After everyone finished their meal, Swamishri prepared to leave. Valera sent his men to show Swamishri the way, and he also came part of the way to see Swamishri off. As they parted ways, he asked Swamishri, “After I get my property back, where can I come to meet you?”
Swamishri said, “Come to the Swaminarayan Mandir in Junagadh.”
Just as Swamishri had said, in seven days, Valera’s half-brother, Sidi Varu, sent a man to Valera with a peace offering. The man greeted Valera with honor and took him to Mansa. Sidi not only returned Valera’s land, but also gave him ` 7,000 in reparations. Valera thought to himself, “It is only by Swamishri’s blessings that I have attained this great fortune.”
He told his companions, “Let’s go right now to Junagadh.”
He filled a bag with ` 2,000, and together with his men, he went to Junagadh and found the mandir.
When Valera Varu entered the mandir, Swamishri was leaning against a pillar in the assembly hall delivering discourses. When Swamishri saw him approaching, he told the assembled sadhus, “The Darbar who had fed us dudhpak has come.”
Then, Swamishri himself rose and welcomed the Darbar. He asked a parshad to see to their horses.
Valera emptied his bag of rupees in front of Swamishri and humbly said, “In my mind, I had pledged to donate these rupees if I got my property back. By your blessings, my property was returned to me today.”
Swamishri was pleased with his devotion. He kept Valera and his companions in the mandir for four days and attended to their needs while delivering many discourses to them. As they were leaving, Valera did dandvats to Swamishri, grasped his hand and said “Swami, please show me your abode.”
Swamishri pointed out to him the various buildings on the mandir campus, but Valera was not satisfied. He said, “Swami, I want to see the abode from which you have come.”
Swamishri was pleased by his spiritual discernment. He placed his hand on Valera’s head, and instantly, Valera attained samadhi. He saw Shriji Maharaj in Akshardham being served by countless muktas, as well as the divine, radiant form of Swamishri himself. When Valera awoke from samadhi, he had tears of joy in his eyes. Swamishri told him, “Valera, that is my abode. After you cast off this body, I want to keep you there with us.”
From this incident, Valera developed a strong conviction that Swamishri was Shriji Maharaj’s divine abode, Akshardham.
Although Valera had technically received his share of the inheritance, he was given rocky, arid land that was hard to farm. Water could be obtained only after digging sixty or seventy-five feet, and even then it was in short supply. Moreover, the other villagers prohibited him from taking water from the rest of the village. They would not even let his livestock drink water from the public troughs in the village. Valera Varu was dismayed by this new difficulty and he decided to once again seek Swamishri’s blessings. He returned to Junagadh, explained his difficulty to Swamishri, and prayed, “Merciful Swami! Please visit Mansa so that my fortune improves.”
Swamishri immediately agreed and came to Mansa with Valera Varu. As Swamishri was touring Valera’s land, he stopped at one spot, and said, “If you dig twenty to thirty feet down on this spot, you will get an abundant supply of water. So, dig a well here, and on one side of it, build your residence, and on the other side, build a mandir.”
Valera was overjoyed by Swamishri’s blessings. He once again folded his hands and said, “Swamishri, we also have a shortage of water on the other side of my property.”
Swamishri gazed out upon the boundaries of his land and said, “There is a great store of water throughout your property. So, wherever you dig, you’ll find plenty of water after just twenty to thirty feet.”
Valera felt an immense sense of gratitude for all that Swamishri was doing to nurture his satsang. He asked Swamishri, “The Kathis of Babariyavad do not typically become satsangis. What merit must I have accumulated in the past that I have been blessed with Satsang?”
Swamishri laughed and said, “Once, Krupanand Swami and twelve other sadhus had come to Mota Mansa. At that time, Masari Koli of Mansa was a satsangi. He had insisted, ‘I won’t let you leave without eating.’
“So, according to our custom, we had gone through the village begging for alms. Seeing the sadhus begging for food in his village, your father Mamaiya Varu stopped us and gave us both provisions and utensils to cook our meal. Due to that merit, you have attained Satsang.”
Finally, Swamishri blessed the Darbar, “You will experience great happiness.”
Then, Swamishri left Mansa and returned to Junagadh.
Due to Swamishri’s blessings, Valera Varu’s village, Nanu Mansa, soon prospered. Due to the abundance of groundwater, the farmers reaped excellent harvests. Before long, Nanu Mansa began to produce more agricultural revenue than Mota Mansa.


After the festival, Swamishri traveled to Anand with Raghuvirji Maharaj and set up camp in a mango grove. Every day, Swamishri would sit under a mango tree and deliver extraordinary discourses, which Raghuvirji Maharaj would always attend. Swamishri spoke extensively about ekantik dharma and Shriji Maharaj as Purushottam Narayan. Many people from the town, including Jibhai Shelat, came to listen to Swamishri’s talks.
While the discourses were extraordinary, Raghuvirji Maharaj was experiencing an intense inner struggle. Soon after the festival in Vartal, his wife had passed away. He did not want to remarry, and he knew that as long as sexual desire remained in his heart, he would be unable to enjoy the true bliss of Swamishri’s company or the bliss of Shriji Maharaj’s divine form.
After a few days in Anand, Swamishri was preparing to leave when Raghuvirji Maharaj said, “Swami, please sit in my carriage.”
Swamishri assented to his request and sat in his carriage.
Then, Raghuvirji Maharaj took some penda from a small box and offered one to Swamishri. Swamishri took one in his hand and closed his eyes in deep thought. After some time, Swamishri uttered, “The 500 paramhansas are clutching my throat and warning me, ‘Don’t eat it! It is poison! It is poison! It is poison!’”
Raghuvirji Maharaj folded his hands and said, “Swami, if you behave like this, what will become of me? My base instincts have not been eradicated.”
Swamishri replied, “Entrust the post of acharya to Bhagvatprasadji Maharaj and come to Junagadh as a pilgrim and I will eradicate all of your complexes. And if I don’t eradicate all of your complexes and make you Gunatit, then I am not Gunatit.”
Raghuvirji Maharaj said, “Alright, Swami! If I don’t come to Junagadh as a pilgrim, then I am not Raghuvirji.”
This incident demonstrated the extent of Acharya Raghuvirji Maharaj’s reverence for Gunatitanand Swami. Whenever Raghuvirji Maharaj was with Swamishri, he would daily have his attendant prepare a separate dish of food and send it to Swamishri. If no attendant was present, then before he ate his meal, he would fill a dish for Swamishri, put it on the side, and only then would he eat.

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