Shriji Maharaj and the paramhansas were present in Gadhada. Once, Maharaj instructed the paramhansas, “From today onwards you shall all wear an arm’s length of jute cloth only.” Then Maharaj started giving the jute cloth to the paramhansas. Everyone present accepted the new injunction.
Then Brahmanand Swami came. Since he was very fat, an arm’s length of jute cloth did not suffice for him.
“Maharaj, give me more than an arm’s length,” Brahmanand Swami requested.
“A rule is a rule. You’ll not get more,” Maharaj replied.
“But Maharaj, how can I cover myself with only an arm’s length!” Brahmanand Swami argued.
“Then reduce your weight. I will not give you an inch more.”
On hearing this, Brahmanand Swami started looking in the four directions. Shriji Maharaj asked him what he was doing.
“I am looking around to see whether there is any God besides you residing anywhere. But I cannot find anyone other than you. Without refuge in you there is no liberation,” Brahmanand Swami spoke with deep conviction and reverence for Maharaj.
The words of Brahmanand Swami pleased Maharaj. The supreme Maharaj embraced and showered His blessings on Brahmanand Swami and gave him the extra jute cloth. Everyone was impressed by the resolute faith of Brahmanand Swami.
A devotee’s firm refuge in God makes him a recipient of liberation and God’s abundant grace.