October 27, 2000
Waukegan Mandira

Naja Jogiya of Lakhanka was a Kathi Darbar during Swaminarayan Bhagwan's time. Naja's mother's name was Sidiba and brother's name was Rama. Naja's father, Nagdan, became a devotee as a result of saints that talked to Nagdan about God while he ploughed his fields.

Given in Swami Ni Vato 11/299, the Darbar of Jasdhan (Vasur Khachar) told Naja Jogiya that if your God gives darshana by the morning, then I will believe Him to be God - otherwise, I will break your knees! Naja worried that Swaminarayan Bhagwan was near Amdavad, so how could He come here by the morning? For His devotee, that night, Swaminarayan Bhagwan left (Visnagar) and reached Jasdhan by the morning. (Mulji Brahmachari tried following Swaminarayan Bhagwan in the rainy night until they came to a river. Swaminarayan Bhagwan jumped into the waters, emerging on the other side without His slippers.) At the outskirts of the village, Swaminarayan Bhagwan told a villager to go and tell Naja that his Swaminarayan Bhagwan had arrived. Swaminarayan Bhagwan told the king of Jasdhan to stop his sinful ways. He freed everyone that the king had imprisoned after shattering their knees, and took them under His shelter.

Naja Jogiya stayed in Gadhada and was later initiated into sainthood as Ghanshyamdas. Given in Swami Ni Vato 9/284 (and referenced in 6/229), Ghanshyamdas used to wake up at four in the morning and meditate. But instead of meditating on God, he would remember his favorite large-headed buffalo in Gadhada. Once, when Gunatitanand Swami said, "What do you want from the buffalo now?" Ghanshyamdas insisted that he was meditating. When Gunatitanand Swami revealed, "You are remembering Dada Khachar's large-headed buffalo," Ghanshyamdas folded his hands and prayed, "Before today, I considered You to be a khandiyaa [raajaa] (a small ruler who is subordinate to a king), but [now I know that] You are actually a chakravartee [raajaa] (a great king)."



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