• COMPASSION FOR AN AILING BOY •
In 1999, a fisherman’s son met with a serious accident in Valsad. He was rushed to the Mahavir General Hospital in Surat.
On hearing about the boy’s critical condition, Swamishri was pained and concerned for his life. A few days later Swamishri arrived in Surat.
One morning, Swamishri suddenly expressed his wish to visit the boy. Within no time Swamishri left for the hospital. His car could not reach the hospital gate because of heavy roadwork. So, Swamishri walked along the uneven, excavated road with the help of his attendant sadhus. Despite his fragile health at eighty years, Swamishri reached the hospital and went to the intensive care unit. He gently and compassionately touched the unconscious boy’s head and heart with his hands and called out to him, “Prashant, Jai Swaminarayan...” Then he placed a garland of flowers around his neck and chanted the Swaminarayan mantra, praying for his recovery. Once again Swamishri blessed Prashant and consoled his father, Shantilal, assuring him that his son would get all the help and care needed.
On leaving the hospital, Swamishri once again went through the ordeal of jumping the two-and-a-half-feet wide ditches with the help of his attendant sadhus and then walked a quarter of a kilometre back to his car.
After blessing Prashant, Swamishri felt satisfied for offering his sympathy and prayers for an innocent, suffering boy. There was no fatigue on Swamishri’s face for having taken out time from his busy schedule and going through all the discomfort and difficulties for a poor, ailing boy.
Later, Prashant recovered fully.
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