4/7/2000 12:00:00 AM
Swamishri arrived in Gadhada at 10.40 a.m. On visiting the holy places of Shriji Maharaj, Swamishri performed prostrations at several places. In the evening the sadhus, on informing Swamishri that he had performed 36 prostrations in the morning, requested that because of old age and failing health he should not prostrate at all the holy places.
Swamishri replied, "One should offer prostrations. And besides, we have come here after eight to ten months. If it is a daily routine then you are right. And I had not prostrated at all the places. I had prostrated only at the main places - the mandir, Akshar Ordi, Laxmi Vadi - and while doing darshan at the other places I got enough rest.
The sadhus respectfully added, "But if we were to do it on your behalf !"
Swamishri replied, "Only by eating can one fulfill one's hunger. If I eat, will it satisfy your hunger? Likewise, the prostrations have to be done by myself."
Even at the age of 80 Swamishri pays no attention to old age when it comes to offering reverence, and respect to Lord Swaminarayan and the holy places.