Origin of Brahmvidya:
while the twelfth Vachanamrit of Loya chapter was being read in
the assembly by Pragji Bhakta, he explained how one has to identify
oneself with Akshar and be in communion with Purushottam Bhagwan.
He further explained that Gunatitanand Swami was personified Akshar
and all have to be like him. Only if one comes into close contact
with a saint who is Brahmavetta (fully enlighteded), can one become
Akshar-roop (one with Akshar) and attain communion with Lord Purushottam.
Yagnapurushdasji thoroughly grasped this doctrine.
One evening after this incident, the devotees of Surat posed a
question to Vignananand Swami : 'Swamiji! How can one attain the
supreme nirvikalpa Nishchay (highest faith) in the Lord ? "Vignananand
Swami gave an answer. Yagnapurushdasji, not satisfied with the
answer said that the reply to that question was to be found in
the twelfth Vachanamrit of Loya. He then explained the doctrine
in the manner earlier explained by Pragji Bhakta.
On hearing this, Vignananand Swami, was extremely pleased with
this young Sadhu and said : "Pragji Bhakta knows all the
tenets of the Vachanamrit and the principles of Shriji Maharaj.
By the grace of Gunatitanand Swami, he has attained Brahmasthiti
(Brahmic consciousness). Since you have developed affection for
him, you should make the most of it, and continue to be in contact
with him." Yagnapurushdasji was very happy to hear this.
Many devotees attached to Pragji Bhakta had arrived in Surat.
Having heard them say that Shriji Maharaj was the Lord Supreme,
Yagnapurushdasji approached Vignananand Swami and asked him: 'Shriji
Maharaj himself has written in the Vachanamrit that he is an incarnation
of Nar-Narayan, but these sadhus assert that Shriji Maharaj is
the Lord Supreme. What is the truth ?"
Vignananand Swami replied : "I have myself heard Shriji Maharaj
say in Gadhada that He is Himself the Supreme Godhead. So you,
too, should discern Shriji Maharaj as the Supreme Lord."
Thus Yagnapurushdasji understood the two basic things that Shriji
Maharaj is the Supreme Lord and Gunatitanand Swami is Mool akshar.
Yagnapurushdasji liked to be in touch with Bhagatji Maharaj. Therefore,
whenever he found time, he would approach Pragji Bhakta. This
caused envy among some of the sadhus. They thought : "If
the disciple of a great nand sadhu (one of the five hundred sadhus
made by Shriji Maharaj with nand suffixed to their names) like
Vignananand Swami roams after a householder devotee like Pragji
Bhakta, what would be the importance of the sadhus? Who will respect
them?" So they approached Acharya Maharaj and requested him
: "Maharaj either Bhagatji (Pragji Bhakta) stays here or
we stay here." In order to avoid difficulty, Acharya Maharaj
instructed Bhagatji to quit the place after a few days.
Vignananand Swami now asked Yagnapurushdasji to give discourses
on Dharmamrit, Harigeeta and Vasudev Mahatmya. He also began to
teach him the Bhagvat but soon thereafter he fell ill. Within
a few days his condition became worse. Yagnapurushdasji served
him day and night. At last on the night of the eleventh day of
the dark half of Jeth, everyone saw that Shriji Maharaj had arrived
in a golden chariot with an assemblage of saints to carry Swamiji
Yagnapurushdasji informed Swami : "Maharaj has arrived here
since 4 a.m. and desires to take you with Him." Swamiji fondly
looked at Yagnapurushdasji steadfastly for nearly half an hour,
and then left his mortal body on the morning of the tweIfth day.
Yagnapurushdasji and all the other disciples were deeply grieved
at the passing away of Swamiji. On the Prabodhini Ekadashi Yagnapurushdasji
went to Vadtal and presented to the temple all consecrated articles
received from his guru. This pleased Acharya Maharaj