WHEN JINABHAI PASSED AWAY
November 27, 2001
Des Plaines Mandira

Given in Swami Ni Vato 10/112, during the time of Swaminarayan Bhagwan, there was a sick devotee, named Kamalshi Vanza, whose family would not take care of him during his last days. Jinabhai, the darbaara (chieftain) of Panchala was a devotee of Swaminarayan Bhagwan, and he discovered Kamalshibhai's predicament while he was traveling in the town of Loj. Jinabhai asked if he could take the devotee to his own home. He helped carry the devotee to Panchala, and put him up in his own room. There he massaged his head, cleaned his clothes, and devoutedly served him. During this time, he asked for some medicine and his sister Adiba replied that they did not have any. Two days later he asked for it again, this time saying he needed it for himself. This time Adiba gave the medicine. So Jinabhai became upset with her and said he would not speak to her.

When Swaminarayan Bhagwan heard of Jinabhai's support of Kamalshibhai, He came to Panchala and hugged Jinabhai seven times and participated in a saamaiyo (celebration) there. When Jinabhai was about to pass away, he was in Junagadh. In the middle of the night, Swaminarayan Bhagwan rode His horse to Junagadh and came to Jinabhai. Swaminarayan Bhagwan asked if Jinabhai wanted anything for his son, Hathi (given in Yogi Gita). Jinabhai did however request a temple for the people of Sorath (the Junagadh temple). Finally, Swaminarayan Bhagwan asked Jinabhai which heaven He wanted to go to. Jinabhai said that He wanted be in Swaminarayan Bhagwan's service.

When Jinabhai passed away Swaminarayan Bhagwan walked and lifted his dead body personally. Muktanand Swami thus asked why God did all this (even if He had not done this for His younger brother, Iccharamji, when he passed away in Gadhada). Swaminarayan Bhagwan replied that Jinabhai had served My devotee, and now I had the chance to serve him. Gunatitanand Swami explains that God is the devotee of the devotees, and similar to Jinabhai's actions, we should always keep the paksha (side) of God's devotee.

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