PARVATBHAI
April 27, 2003
Des Plaines Mandira

Parvatbhai had strong faith in Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Despite having to move from village to village on 7 different occasions with 7 children, he never questioned Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Once, when Swaminarayan Bhagwan visited Parvatbhai's home in Agatrai, He personally served ghee (refined butter) to all of the devotees. While stepping from devotee to devotee, Swaminarayan Bhagwan let the ghee fall continually, spilling in between the plates. Parvatbhai rejoiced at God's divine play.

Given in Swami Ni Vato 9/199, when Dada Khachar needed a servant, Swaminarayan Bhagwan first asked all the Kathis if any of them would become Dada Khachar's golaa. But they declined saying that since they were already well off, why would they take on such a role? Then God said that if Parvatbhai were here, he would agree. When Parvatbhai arrived, God asked him and he immediately replied, "Yes, Maharaj, how fortunate am I to be the servant of God's devotee?" Parvatbhai reasoned that I act as a servant in my home, so why not here? So God instructed Dada Khachar to keep Parvatbhai and he did so. But after two days, God released him. Swami reveals, "Others cannot even speak like that, let alone become a servant! Becoming the devotee of a devotee is very difficult." Once, during the time when Parvatbhai's son was terminally ill, Swaminarayan Bhagwan sent a letter calling Parvatbhai, who immediately started towards Gadhada. Behind him, a messenger came to call him back since his son had passed away. But Parvatbhai replied, "You all complete the final rites. Why do you need me there?" And so saying, he bathed in a nearby pond and headed towards Gadhada, where he prostrated to God and stood waiting. When God asked if his son was better, Parvatbhai replied, "Yes, Maharaj, he is now much better off. He no longer has to toil. He has gone to your divine abode, thus, he is much much better off!" Hearing this, Swaminarayan Bhagwan was very pleased and praised Parvatbhai's understanding. Once in Agatrai, Swaminarayan Bhagwan was eating sugarcane and offered some to Parvatbhai, who said, "If my eeshtadeva (deity) eats, then I can eat." Maharaj replied, "Besides Me, who can be your Eeshtadeva?" Parvatbhai answered that all the saints are my eeshtadeva and for one and a half year, they have not eaten sugarcane, jaggery, or sugar. Since then, I have stopped eating them as well. Then God fed the saints sugarcane and allowed them to eat jaggery, sugar and the like.

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