SHASTRIJI MAHARAJ'S SPIRITUAL HEIR

Shastriji Maharaj and Yogi Bapa had a historical meeting with Acharya Devendraprasadji Maharaj at the Nara-Narayan temple in Kalupur, Ahmedabad on February 11, 1948. Shastriji Maharaj expressed that he was not concerned with building temples nor was he interested in administration and management of the religion. His only aim was to display the true glory of Lord Swaminarayan and Mool Akshar Gunatitanand Swami. And so the reunion of the two groups that had formed under the Swaminarayan sect was discussed. Shastriji Maharaj expressed willingness to place all the new temples and assets in the charge of the other group as long as the central Akshar-Purushottam moortis were kept intact. Devotees present at the time were concerned how the Akshar-Purushottam doctrine would flourish if such a proposal were entertained? Shastriji Maharaj looked at Dadubhai and said, "Do not worry about that. The person who will spread the glory of Lord Swaminarayan and Gunatitanand Swami has already manifested!" A divine light emerged from Shastriji Maharaj's eyes and fell upon his spiritual heir, Dadubhai.

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