PUNJA DODIYA
March 25, 2001
Des Plaines Mandira

Even before Punja Dodiya was in satsanga, he believed that it was not worth living if he did not meet God [ref. Swami Ni Vato 11/242]. After meeting Gunatitanand Swami and Kripanand Swami in his home town of Panavi, he became attached to God and the satsanga. In Swami Ni Vato 11/111, Gunatitanand Swami gives the example of Punja Dodiya as a devotee that has knowledge along with love for Swaminarayan Bhagwan.

Though Punja Dodiya earned a meager living, he regularly brought special grass for Manaki and toiled greatly for the Gadhada temple. (His daughter, Amratba, stayed in Gadhada as a saankhya-yogi, and his son-in-law, Jasaji, also renounced the world.) Once, nava-nidhi and ashtha-siddhi ("nine treasures" and "eight yogic powers") came to Punja Dodiya. Punja however, refused any treasures or powers.

When Swaminarayan Bhagwan passed away, due to the separation from God, Punja Dodiya was not able to swallow water and also passed away a few days later [ref. Swami Ni Vato 10/38].

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