The Maharaja of Bhavnagar was travelling by a special train with an entourage on the occasion of his son’s wedding. The Maharaja had sent a telegram to Swami requesting him to come to Botad station to bless his son. Swamishri did as requested by the Maharaja. He thanked Swami after greeting him.
After the train left, the lineman of the railway touched the feet of Swami and said, “Bapa, please come to my place.”
Mota Swami said, “It’s half past twelve. It is very hot and we can only have lunch after reaching Sarangpur. We can’t come now.”
Swamishri, however, thought otherwise. He told Mota Swami, “Mota Swami, think of his feelings and affection. Let us please him.” Saying this, Swamishri walked on. All others followed him. Mota Swami also could not argue. The lineman’s joy knew no bounds when he led Swami to his hut. He was bewildered, not knowing what to do. He welcomed Swami by performing pujan and arti. Swamishri blessed him and asked him to visit Sarangpur.
A few minutes earlier the Maharaja of Bhavnagar had bowed at Swami’s feet and the same Swami, out of compassion and grace, visited the hut of a poor railway lineman. For Swami, all were equal.
Meanwhile, the stationmaster, a Brahmin, came and invited Swami for a meal. He informed, “Swami, the meal is ready.” Mota Swami said, “The sadhus must be waiting for us in Sarangpur. We must return now.” Swamishri, however, thought otherwise and said, “Let us fulfil the wish of the stationmaster. Let us have our meal here today and send a message to Sarangpur mandir.”
Thus, Swami cared both for the haves and the have-nots, as he was keen on their moksha.
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