Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Itasca

Jay Shree Swaminarayan

Ungrateful should be discarded


Shri Hari nurses a sick saint

In Samvat 1876, on the thirteenth day of the first fortnight of the month of Margshirsh, Shriji Maharaj was seated in the Darbar of Shri Dada Khachar at Gadhada. He was clad in all white, The paramhams and the devotees from the different places were assembled before him.

Then Shriji Maharaj said,"During my pilgrimage form Venkatadri to Setubandh Rameshwar, I met a sadhu named Sevakram who was well read and proficient in the Bhagwat Puran. On this way, he fell ill. He had about one thousand gold coins with him but there was nobody to treat and nurse him in his illness. He therefore began to cry. I, on that, said to him "Do not worry. I shall serve you". Then I took him to near by a village in a banana trees plantation. In this plantation, there was a huge banyan tree. It was said that, nearly one thousand evil spirits were haunting that place of banyan tree. However Sevakram had become too weak to walk any more places. I, therefore, prepared, underneath this banyan tree a bed for him out of those banana leaves. He was suffering from actute diarroea and was passing blood. I always used to wash him and serve him. He used to give that much of money out of which food could be brought for him alone. I used to purchase food for him out of this money and cook it to feed him. I used to visit the village to beg food and when it was not available, I used to be on fast. But he never invitied me to dine with him nor did he gave me sufficient money for purchasing food for both of us. After about two months, he recovered at some extent. Then we started on our journey to Setubandh Rameshwar. His load of belongings weighing about a mound was carried by me during this travel. But he was walking with free hands with only a rosary in one of them. He had become so hefty that he could digest about a Seer of Ghee and yet had put all his load upon me. I, however, never used to keep any possession for me. But taking him to be a Sadhu, I served him till he recovered. In spite of this, he never offered me even a morsel of food. I then felt that he was ungrateful and left his company. Like this Sadhu, one who does not appreciate the service done to him is ungrateful and should be shunned totally. Again one who has committed some sin and has prerformed Prayashchita as prescribed in the scriptures for atoning the sin and still if one calls him a sinner, he is also a ungrateful and sinful.

Thus Ends Vachanamrit: Gadhada First - 10