|August 18, 2002 |
Des Plaines Mandira
Gunatitanand Swami positively changed even the most vicious of people. Valero Veru was the son of a Kathi Darbar (chieftain) during Gunatitanand Swami's time (in the town of Mansa). Valero's half of the property was taken by his step-brother, Sidi Veru. Because of this, Valero became an outlaw, terrorizing everyone in the region. Valero's first encounter with Gunatitanand Swami was due to Narsi, a merchant from Jetpur. Though Narsi was not a satsangi, he took the shelter of Gunatitanand Swami while He was in Jetpur. Valero thus acquiesced with Gunatitanand Swami to not harm Narsi.
Once, during their travels, Gunatitanand Swami and saints came across Valero's men. When the dacoits took the saints to Valero, Valero froze at the sight of Gunatitanand Swami. Gunatitanand Swami reminded Valero of their last meeting in Jetpur. To everyone's surprise, Valero ordered his men to prepare food for the saints! With Gunatitanand Swami's inquiry, Valero revealed the reason behind his dacoit existence. Gunatitanand Swami replied that if he sent someone to talk to his brother, in just 7 days he would regain his estate. Valero innocently asked Gunatitanand Swami how he would know that 7 days had passed? Gunatitanand Swami tied 7 knots on a string, and told Valero to untie one every sunrise. When Valero asked when he should start untying them, Gunatitanand Swami untied the first knot for him. Gunatitanand Swami then told Valero to meet Him at the Junagadh temple when everything was settled.
The dispute with his brother was soon resolved, and Valero came to the Junagadh temple to see Gunatitanand Swami. Gunatitanand Swami placed Valero in samaadhi and promised Valero that He would show him His "home." When Valero learned that his brother gave him rocky, infertile land, he again approached Gunatitanand Swami in Junagadh. Gunatitanand Swami visited Mansa and revealed that if he dug 15-20 hands deep, he would find water, which was otherwise scarce in the region. Gunatitanand Swami also instructed Valero where to keep his home and a temple.
When Valero asked why he was fortunate enough to be in the satsanga, Gunatitanand Swami explained that once, his father (Mamaiya Veru) had sent provisions to Krupanand Swami and 12 saints so that they would not have to beg when they visited Mansa. (The saints came to Mansa to visit a Koli devotee named Masri.) Despite opposition from the community, Valero donated grains and money for the Junagadh temple. (The canopy at the Nagarvada door entrance to the Junagadh temple was donated by Valero.) When Valero was about to pass away, Gunatitanand Swami visited him and reminded him of His promise to take him to Akshardham.