JAMKUBA AND LADHIBAI
June 28, 2003
Des Plaines Mandir

Given in Swami Ni Vato 9/210, Jamkuba of Machhiav was married to a prince of Udaipur. In Udaipur, Jamkuba heard about Swaminarayan Bhagwan from Mulji Brahmachari of Macchiav. Her husband was very irreligious, so Jamkuba escaped her palace at night by making a rope out of saris tied end to end. In the morning, so that she would not be spotted, Jamkuba hid in the carcass of a camel for 3 days! She finally got a ride to Vadnagar (Gujarat) with a merchant. She escaped the merchant, and with some women who chanted 'Swaminarayan,' she went to Gadhada, where Jamkuba finally met Swaminarayan Bhagwan.

At first, Jivuba assigned Jamkuba menial tasks such as collecting cow dung, and only gave her rotlos to eat. Seeing this, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explained to Jivuba that Jamkuba was once the queen of Udaipur with many servants like Jivuba, but left everything to devote to God. She was a great devotee, and should not be given such tasks. Swaminarayan Bhagwan asked Jamkuba to wear a simple white cloth and called her 'Mataji.' He asked her to stay in Bhuj with Ladhibai (where He often appeared to them, and took them to Akshardham together).

Ladhibai of Bhuj was a staunch disciple of Ramanand Swami. Thus, when Swaminarayan Bhagwan came to Bhuj, at first she refused to meet Him. Swaminarayan Bhagwan thus sent a message that He was also a devotee of Ramanand Swami. But after seeing Swaminarayan Bhagwan in the moorti of the Ragunathji temple, Ladhibai developed faith in God. Yet, she continued to call Him, 'Bhai.' Thus, while eating at her place once, Swaminarayan Bhagwan put Ladhibai in samaadhi where she saw that Swaminarayan Bhagwan was the supreme God. In samaadhi, Ramanand Swami told Ladhibai to tell this to Sundarji Suthar and Gangaram (the wrestler) of Bhuj as well. In Swami Ni Vato 9/209, Gunatitanand Swami refers to an incident that displays Ladhibai's devotion toward Swaminarayan Bhagwan.

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