‘He will come to your village.
Yes He will come,’ saying thus He disappeared.
Young Devidan woke up from his dream. On the outside, the temple priest had awaken and he just started singing;
‘He Dukh-Bhanjan Maruti-Nandan,
Sun Lo Meri Pukar
Pawan-Sut Vinti Vaarambar’.
‘Was it true?’ Devidan asked himself.
‘Was it real?’
He again recalled those words which he had heard correctly in his dream.
‘He will come for sure. Seek refuse at His feet. He will come to your village.
Yes He will come.’
Yesterday when he had gone to Sankalesheswar Mahadev Temple as usual, his father was not with him. His father – Jijibhai was out in the town. He went alone to the Temple and performed abhishek of Lord Shiva. Folding both of his hands he had wished for the liberation from Lord.
And in the early morning next day, Lord Shiva appeared in his dream. He blessed Devidan and said him that Supreme Lord Narayan would come to their village in the human form. And He will show His divine nature.
‘Is it possible?’
‘Supreme Lord will come to my village – my village Balol.’ A sea of happiness filled his heart. He was just five years old then. But after this event , he was fully transformed.
He started waiting for the Supreme Personality. History never repeats. But here it took the form as earlier. Thousand of years ago, Shabri was also blessed with same boon. Her guru Matang Rishi had told her, ‘Lord Ram will visit your home. Seek refuse at his feet.’ From the day onwards, Shabri earnestly waited for her Ram. She daily collected fresh gooseberries for the Lord to offer him. She daily swept her home and cleaned it properly.
Shabri was an old lady near her death. But her devotion to God was astonishing.
Devidan was just five years old. Born on 9 November 1802. He was devoted to God from his early childhood. He had full belief in Lord Shiva’s words.
It happened so once that Lord Swaminarayan visited Balol after performing a large yagna in Jetalpur. All village folks rushed around His bullock-cart to meet Him. They insisted Him to stay over, but Maharaj was in hurry. So, a devotee brought milk-porridge in a bowl and offered it to Lord Swaminarayan. To fulfil the wish of all the devotees, Maharaj soon began eating the porridge. His feet were dangling to the ground. As He ate, streams of milk trickled to His elbows. So Maharaj leaned over & licked the streams with his tongue from His elbow to the hand.
Devidan was also in the crowd. When he saw this, he was surprised. Because it is just impossible to touch your tongue to the elbow. And here Maharaj was doing this like a little kid enjoying the porridge fully.
Suddenly Maharaj’s eyes fell on this little boy who was watching him intently. Later, Devidan told Him his wish to travel with Him. Maharaj asked Devidan to first take permission from his parents. His parents gave him the permission. And soon Devidan joined Shriji Maharaj with Him.
After few years, Maharaj initiated him as a Sadhu and gave him the name Devanand Swami. Devanand Swami learned poetry (Pingal- art of constructing proses) and music from Brahmanand Swami.
He was a perfect celibate, and fully detached from this world. After serving as a head of the Muli Temple for many years, Devanand Swami returned to Akshardham on 29 August 1853.
In one of his bhajan, he describes his association with God. He explains that God had removed all his pains.
Enjoy The Bhajan Here:
Darad Mitaya Mera Dil Ka
Mohe Ausadh Amrut Paya Re
Vaid Mila Braj-Raj Vihari
Naadi Dekhan Aaya
Gyan-Dhyan Ki Goli Re Dinhi
Ranch Na Rog Rihaya Re
Gaya Rog Man Bhaya Nirogi
Dil Giridhar Darshaya
Hari-Krushna Parbrahma Puratan
Bhav Sahit Man Bhaya Re
Mithya-Vishaya Ka Daath Manorath
Mool Bharam Samjhaya
Janma Maran Ka Jhagda Re Chhutya
Antar Alakh Likhaya Re
Yog, Bhakti, Vairaag, Tyag Ka
Chooran Chaar Banaya
Devanand Kahe Daya Kari Hari
Chir-Hari Aap Bataya Re
Thanks For Reading
Gaurav S Kaintura
14 Jan 2017