9/2/2001 12:00:00 AM
2 September 2001 (V.S.2057, Bhadarva Sud 15) Saturday, Sarangpur
Swamishri blessed some balaks who had come from Bhavnagar, saying, "Study properly. Attend the Bal Mandal. And obey your parents." The three fundamentals prescribed by Swamishri are beacons for all children to excel and progress in mundane and spiritual things.
9/11/2001 12:00:00 AM
Love for an Ordinary Devotee
11 September 2001 (V.S.2057, Bhadarva Vad 9) Tuesday, Sarangpur
An ordinary shepherd of Sarangpur, Raghu Bharwad, came for Swamishri's darshan. Swamishri called him lovingly, "Come Raghuvir!"
Raghu, took off his pagh and bowed his head before Swamishri and said, "Jai Swaminarayan."
"Where have you been all these days? Why didn't you come to see me earlier?" Swamishri enquired.
"I have been sick for the past three-four days. See, here are the tablets..." and so saying, Raghu showed them to Swamishri. Swamishri listened to him with great interest.
"Now his children have built proper homes by the main road," a sadhu informed Swamishri.
"Once, I'd like to take Swamishri there to sanctify it," Raghu spoke in a rustic, candid tone.
"These sadhus will come," Swamishri replied. Raghu was happy at the proposal and responded, "Your love for me is the same as before..."
"Come to the mandir daily for Thakorji's darshan. This is a pilgrim place," Swamishri told Raghu, "in which Ganga, Hardwar, Rishikesh, Dwarkar and all pilgrim places are included."
"Bless me with your grace always. It means everything to me," Raghu asked while he was about to leave.
Swamishri raised his hand and blessed him.
Though, an ordinary shepherd, Swamishri's rapport and interest in Raghu reflects his care and love for ordinary devotees too.