Secession from the Temple and the Satsang:
haribhaktas devoted to Swamishri were now cautioned. They all
met to consider what to do. They decided unanimously to demand
for Swamishri's mandal (group of sadhus) to complete the construction
of the temple in Rundel. Accordingly they approached Kothari Gordhanbhai.
The latter sent them to Acharya Maharaj. They were thus driven
from pillar to post four times, but no definite reply could be
obtained. Finally Gordhanbhai advised them, ''Press your demand
firmly before the Acharya, and it is my earnest advice to you
not to go away this time leaving the Shastri here."
On hearing these words they all felt that their apprehension was
true, and that it was not safe to keep Swamishri in Vadtal. Hence
they decided to leave Vadtal with Swamishri. They informed Swamishri
about this, but he was adamant. He firmly replied, "No matter
if I have to die here but do not talk about seceding from this
place. And Bhagatji Maharaj has promised me that even if I am
cut into pieces, he will sew me together again, but I should not
leave Vadtal." The devotees were baffled to hear these words
Shri Krishnaji Ada arrived on the morning of the full-moon day
and heard the news. He discussed the matter with Swamishri in
a secluded place. Swamishri related to him also what Bhagatji
Maharaj had told him. Adashri then said, "What you say is
true, but Shriji Maharaj has instructed us in the Shikshapatri
to act in accordance with the place and time, hence, you should
not stay here at all."
Swamishri began to ponder over the words of Adashri. He thought:
"When such a favourite of Gunatitanand Swami and mukta (liberated
soul) of Akshardham (the divine abode) advises like this, it seems
Maharaj too wants it this way." Then with folded hands he
replied to Adashri: "I consider that Bhagatji Maharaj himself
has spoken through you. I shall, therefore, abide by your wishes."
Krishnaji Ada was pleased to hear this and he blessed Swamishri.
The devotees also heaved a sigh of relief.
After the congregation was over, the votaries devoted to Swamishri
approached Acharya Maharaj and requested him to send Swamishri's
mandal to Bochasan. Acharya Laxmiprasadji, however, angrily replied:
"Who is going to give him permission? He has an open field
in the whole country. Let him go anywhere he likes." The
disciples were deeply pained to hear such harsh words. They all
felt that Swamishri should leave the place. They went to Swamishri
and told him of the reply.
Swamishri thought for a while and said, "We do not want to
secede from the temple and the satsang (fellowship), but if Maharaj
so wishes, perhaps we may have to leave." Then he instructed
Purushottamdas Swami to stay there and said: "If you get
an order from the Acharya for our mandal, come with it, if you
don't get it, then come without it and meet us."