Rajput Galuji, a farmer of Dadusar, near Mahemdavad, had returned from
his field and was about to take his meal. His mother had lit a lamp
and his plate was ready. Then a devotee named Dharmasinh of the village
Vartal arrived with a letter from Shriji Maharaj. The letter read, “As
soon as you receive this letter, load all of your belongings into a
bullock-cart and come alone to Vartal, leaving your mother at home.”
Following Maharaj’s command, Galuji collected all his belongings,
loaded them into a bullock-cart and reached Vartãl that same
night to meet Shriji Maharaj.
That night, to take revenge on Galuji, some garasiyas surrounded Galuji’s
house and entered it through the roof. They saw a lamp burning in the
house and Galuji’s mother on a cot, with a rosary in her hand
uttering “Swaminarayan,” “Swaminarayan.” She
was surprised to see men jumping inside from the roof. She said, “Who
The garasiyas were surprised. They came near the old woman and said,
“Mother! Your God is indeed very great. And your son, Galuji,
is also a great devotee of that God. We had decided to rob your house
and kill your son. But God came to his rescue.” The old woman
was listening to all this without even the slightest fear. She had firm
faith in Bhagwan Swaminarayan. She replied, “Look here, my sons,
Maharaj called him to Vartal to protect him. So, give up your life of
robbing and killing. Maharaj will protect you too.”
The garasiyas accepted the old woman’s advice. They said to her,
“Mother, you are right. From today Galuji’s God is our God
too, and now we have no hatred towards Galuji. Please tell Maharaj to
bless us too.” After saying these words, they fell at the feet
of the old woman.
The very day Maharaj was to visit Dadusar, Galuji’s mother died.
Everyone in the family was worried: “What should we do now?”
Galuji told them, “If we become busy in performing the last rites,
I am sure Maharaj will not stay here. So, let us cover the body and
put it in the attic while Maharaj is here with us.”
They did so and forgot about the old woman’s death. Early in the
morning, Maharaj arrived in Dadusar with a group of saints. Galuji had
put on plain clothes. He received Maharaj with the beating of drums.
He bowed to Maharaj and took Him and the saints to the mansion of a
rich man in the village. There, food had been prepared by a brahmin.
Galuji served Maharaj and the saints.
Then Shriji Maharaj said, ‘We are in a hurry because we want
to reach Vartal. Next time, we will stay here longer.” Galuji
and other devotees stayed with Maharaj and the saints for one mile and
gave them a grand farewell.
Before leaving, Shriji Maharaj stopped Galuji and said, “Galuji
return home and finish your work.” After saying these words Maharaj
started walking ahead. But then Muktanand Swami asked, “Maharaj,
what work does Galuji have to finish?”
Shriji Maharaj replied, “Even you will be surprised to hear this.
Galuji’s old mother is dead and has gone to Akshardham. He had
kept the body in the attic so that he could serve us. Only a brave devotee
like Galuji can do this. No one else can do this.”
When the saints and devotees heard this, they said, “Yes Maharaj,
you are right. Galuji is really a brave and great devotee.”