with Pragji Bhakta:
went to Surat from Vadtal and engaged himself in the service of
his guru and the temple. In the month of Phagan of the same year,
a festival was organised in Surat to mark the installation of
the idol of Ghanshyam Maharaj. Hence Acharya Maharaj, saints and
the devotees from various places had arrived in Surat. Pragji
Bhakta had also come from Mahuva on this occasion. Spiritual discourses
by Pragji Bhakta were going on till late night and saints and
devotees listened to him with rapt attention. Yagnapurushdas used
to go to the seats of all the saints and listen to them. Seeing
a large assembly in front of Pragji Bhakta, he also went to his
seat for hearing his discourses. He found his discourse to be
distinct from other discourses. While giving the discourses, Pragji
Bhakta simultaneously carried on his work of stitching. And the
listeners, too, listened to him with rapt attention. Nobody moved
from his seat. Everyone had joy writ on their faces. Yagnapurushdasji
was surprised to see this. He felt Pragji Bhakta to be an extraordinary
person, for he was talking and giving discourses while looking
at all the people in the gathering and stitching a cloth at the
same time. How was he able to do all these activities at the same
Pragji Bhakta immediately read Yagnapurushdasji's mind and said
: "Sadhuram (good sadhu)! Every creature has two eyes, the
learned have three, the religious have seven but the jnani (enlightened)
has innumerable eyes. Hence, I can see with my fingers, I can
see with my back, in fact I can see everywhere."
Yagnapurushdasji was surprised all the more. He wondered: "How
could he come to know my innermost thought? He is indeed a great
personality." He was immediately drawn to Pragji Bhakta.
After that, the discourses of Pragji Bhakta permeated his heart.
He was convinced that Pragji Bhakta was the most favoured disciple
of Gunatitanand Swami. Yagnapurushdasji accepted him as his guru.
During the day he was busy rendering services in the festival.
But at night he would go to listen to the discourses of Pragji
Bhakta. The discourses went on till late at night.
Thereafter when he returned to his place, he would wake up his
companion saint Ramratandas and recite before him, in detail,
the discourses heard from Pragji Bhakta.
The discourses and talks would continue till day-break, and they
would go at 4 a.m. to bathe in the Tapi. Even during the day whenever
he found time, he would join Pragji Bhakta's disciples, Vignandas
Swami and Prabhudas Kothari, and listen to their talks. Such was
his desire to acquire knowledge.