I HAVE COME TO DIE

When Dadubhai was 11 years old, Shastriji Maharaj visited Nadiad. There, Dadubhai heard Shastriji Maharaj's conversation with a devotee by the name of Ramchandrabhai. After getting remarried, Ramchandrabhai stopped coming as frequently to the spiritual gatherings. He revealed to Shastriji Maharaj that he had so much love for his wife that he felt he was losing his attachment to Shastriji Maharaj. Shastriji Maharaj rebuked Ramchandrabhai and said, "Do you want me to take that pillar[12] to Akshardham?"[13] Ramchandrabhai pleaded that he would not be able to live without his wife, and yet he also wanted to experience the bliss of Akshardham. Shastriji Maharaj replied, "In order to experience the bliss of Akshardham, one must come after dying."[14] This statement made a big impact on Dadubhai. The following day, Dadubhai woke up early in the morning and arrived with prasaad (sanctified food) to witness Shastriji Maharaj's pooja (early-morning prayer). When Shastriji Maharaj saw Dadubhai, he asked, "Why have you come so early?" Waiting for the question, Dadubhai replied, "Swami, I have come to die." Shastriji Maharaj responded that these did not seem like the words of a young boy and Dadubhai disclosed that he had overheard Shastriji Maharaj say this. Looking at his sincerity and enthusiasm, Shastriji Maharaj fixed his gaze on Dadubhai and embraced him wholeheartedly.

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