Bhakta was now impatient to meet Vignananand Swami. He went to
Boriavi station with Vithaldas Sheth and from there he reached
Baroda. As Acharya Maharaj was to arrive at Baroda, he thought
that Vignananand Swami, too, might be there. His conjecture was
true. He did see Swamiji there and his joy knew no bounds. Kothari
Gordhanbhai asked him to stay with him. He said that he wanted
to avail of his services. Seeing the immense capability of little
Dungar Bhakta, he too was tempted to keep him as his assistant.
But Dungar Bhakta courteously declined and said : "I have been
permitted to remain in the service of Vignananand Swami. I shall,
therefore, stay with him alone." The next day when Viharilalji
Maharaj saw him he asked him : "Why have you come again?" Dungar
Bhakta was slightly afraid that Maharaj might not allow him to
stay on. He went to Vignananand Swami and told him about the matter.
The Swami said : "Don't worry. You have come with your father's
permission. So the Maharaj will allow you to stay." Dungar Bhakta
felt relieved and happy, and engaged himself in service. Everyone
saw Dungar Bhakta performing all sorts of service. All laughed
when they saw little Dungar Bhakta engaged earnestly in cleaning
the big utensils, used at the festival for cooking, by sitting
inside those utensils. Everyone was amazed to see his devotion
to service. After the festival, at the behest of Acharya Maharaj,
Dungar Bhakta went to Kanam region with Brahmachari Devanandji
to collect donations. Here also he was seen engaged in all kinds
of services like sweeping the temple compound, filling water-pots
and helping in the kitchen. Besides, he would recite devotional
songs and narrate religious stories in the assembly till late
night. He would wake up early in the morning and continue his
work uninterruptedly. Such hard work did result in fatigue, but
Dungar Bhakta ignored it. Once after bathing in the cold water
of the Dhadhar river in the early morning, he fell unconscious.
After he regained consciousness the Brahmachari advised him :
"You should not work so hard. You should not take your bath so
early in such cold weather, but should take it a little later."
Thus after rendering services to and winning the love of all,
Dungar Bhakta returned to Surat after three months. In Surat,
Vignananand Swami entrusted him with the work of the temple stores.
He did this work with great care and kept the accounts accurately.
He also listened to the religious discourses. Seeing such talents
in him, the devotees of Surat and Vignananand Swami himself were
much pleased. Vignananand Swami, in fact, felt relieved after
entrusting Dungar Bhakta with all the work. After performing all
his duties efficiently, Dungar Bhakta used to go regularly to
Swamishri for further studies. He learnt by heart all the Sanskrit
lessons given to him by Swamishri. Within four months he completed
the 'Sarasvat' (Sanskrit grammar). Seeing his dedication to service,
his love for the devotees and his attachment to the temple, all
began to regard him as the kothari of the temple. Vignananand
Swami, too, bestowed his love on him.