Ever wonder why bad things happen to good people? Many times we think long and hard to understand the things that happen and realise that it just does not make sense. We can take comfort in knowing that Shriji Maharaj is sarva karta. This means that everything happens only when and as Shriji Maharaj wills. Let us look at one example of how we can begin to understand this term.
All the paramhansas travelled to many places to spread the message of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. People often threw stones and showered foul language at them. To please Shriji Maharaj the paramhansas tolerated these problems with a smile. They always wished everyone well and always guided people to become good human beings.
On one such occasion, when Brahmanand Swami and Muktanand Swami were travelling through Gujarat, they came across a jealous bawa, who tied them up to a pillar. The bawa told both of them, "I am going to cut off your ears and nose." While he sharpened his knife, Brahmanand Swami said, "If he cuts off our ears and nose, people will think that we have done something wrong."
Muktanand Swami explained, "Everything happens only by Maharaj’s wish." With this thought, they awaited their fate. In the meantime, a devotee by the name of Raghav Jat was passing by. He saw the worried look on the faces of the two sadhus and asked the bawa, "What are you doing?" The bawa told Raghav about his plan. Raghav Jat was a strong man, who demanded that the paramhansas be released immediately. The bawa was terrified. Since he did not want any trouble, he freed them.
Muktanand Swami and Brahmanand Swami remained firm in their belief that everything happens according to Maharaj's will.