the brave can tread on the Path of God:
Bhakta had no interest at home or in any worldly work, and he
felt very detached. Frequently, he uttered the words: "Swami,
Swami." Ignoring any affection from his relatives, he began
to reside in the temple. Vignananand Swami was firmly in his heart.
Six to seven months passed in this way. His father got worried
at seeing Dungar Bhakta's state of despondency.
Once at an opportune time Dungar Bhakta proceeded to Vadtal and
from there to Surat. But his father followed him to Surat and
brought him back to Vadtal.
Here he complained to Viharilalji Maharaj : "Your sadhu is
kidnapping my son." Thereupon Acharya Viharilalji rebuked
Dungar Bhakta. " Do you want to send the sadhu to jail? Do
not come here again to become a sadhu." Dungar Bhakta was
embarrassed, but the kothari (person in charge of the property
of the temple) consoled him and advised him to return after two
or three days.
Accordingly, after a couple of days, Dungar Bhakta went again
to Vadtal. Acharya Maharaj, on seeing him, called him and asked
: "Tell me young man, what have you learnt from the Swami
at Surat?" Dungar Bhakta sat down in a proper posture and
demonstrated the telling of the beads of the mala (rosary). Acharyashri
was greatly pleased and advised all the sadhus to learn to tell
the beads in that manner.
Seeing such unusual intelligence and devotion in him Acharyashri
was also tempted to keep him in his personal service. He suggested
: "Stay with me after your initiation as a parshad (sadhu
in whites)." Dungar Bhakta, however, replied courteously
with folded hands "Maharaj, I want to go to Surat and stay
in Swamiji's service." Meanwhile his father came and took
On the way to Mahelav, Dungar Bhakta spoke to his father at length
about renunciation and preached that the relations of one's body
are all false and transient. On hearing such a sermon which was
full of detachment and which permeated his heart, truth at last
dawned on his father, and the curtain of illusion was removed.
With tears in his eyes, he bowed to Dungar Bhakta and his eyes
remained fixed on him.
The next day, his father affectionately called him and said :
"You have come here to worship God and inspire others to
do the same. You will not be happy in this house or in this worldly
life, please do forever bless us." With these words he wrote
a letter of no-objection to Vignananand Swami. He recalled the
words of Swami Gunatitanand. And, like an arrow shooting out from
its bow, Dungar Bhakta, proceeded to Surat on the auspicious day
of the month of Magshar of Samvat year 1938.