Jivan Charitra Part 11 Butolpur Leela Prabhu Varniraj set off to the south of the Pulhasharam after paying tributes to other muktapurushas carrying out penance and offering prayers to Muktinath. He went into a dense forest crossing many rivers, lakes and mountains. The forest was so dense that no sunlight reached the ground and was filled with wild animals. At the end of the forest was a village called Butolpur.
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Jivan Charitra Part 11 Butolpur Leela Prabhu Varniraj set off to the south of the Pulhasharam after paying tributes to other muktapurushas carrying out penance and offering prayers to Muktinath.
He went into a dense forest crossing many rivers, lakes and mountains. The forest was so dense that no sunlight reached the ground and was filled with wild animals. At the end of the forest was a village called Butolpur. King Mahadutt of Butolpur and his sister Mayarani were very kind to God. They were given the divine knowledge of God by Nilkanth after which God set off from there. A year had passed since He set from muktanath when He came across a huge tree surrounded by many animals.
Below that tree was sitting a divine sage wearing a short cloth and reading the Geeta. Seeing the Lord come there he stood forward and hugged Him.
You are my guru, please teach me Ashtangyoga. Nilkanth stayed there with Gopal Yogi for one year and learnt Ashtangyoga. He learnt all this in a very short time. In a very short time He also learnt the shabij and the nirbij Samadhi. Seeing this, Gopal Yogi came to know that He was Lord Paramatma Himself, because no one else can learn all this as such a pace. Near the ashram of Gopal Yogi were many shepherds grazing their cows.
Every night a tiger used to come and eat a cow. The shepherds complained to Gopal Yogi but they could not find a solution. So Nilkanth Varni told Yogiraj to blow the Shankh. This scared away all the wild animals and they left the area for good. Soon after this miracle Yogiraj fell into a deep trance and leaving his mind and spirit to Paramatma and left his body for heavenly abode. God completed the death rituals and set off from there.
After many days He came to a place called Adivarah. He stayed there for three days. Wherever God went, He was welcomed by religious and pious people. He bathed in the River Kaveri and sat in a small field.
He stayed in Shrirang for two months. There He met several Vaishnavs with whom He held religious discussions. From there He went to Rameshwar and after staying there for about two months went to a sacred pilgrimage shrine called Sundarraj. From there He came across a forest while going to Bhutpuri.
He did not have water or food for four days but on the fifth day saw a well. He bathed there and got some nuts from the forest, cooked them under a fire and after offering it to Thakorji, then ate it. The next day He came across another well, took water from it and bathed a Shaligram.
The Shaligram consumed all the water that was used to bathe it. Nilkanth thought that if Shaligram Narayan is this thirsty, then He would be hungry as well. He was then quite worried about this. Seeing this, Mahadevji told Parvatiji to offer them some Sathvo and so Parvatiji did. When Nilkanth asked who they were, they requested Him to eat His food first and then they shall reveal their true identity.
God offered the food to Shaligram and then ate it Himself. I am Sadashiva Myself and this is Sati. From there God went to a place called Bhutpuri. After doing the darshan of Ramanujacharya they came to Kanyakumari and moved on to Padmanabh, Janardan and then to Adikeshav. Through the king, He got around two thousand demons killed and moved to the Malayachal Mountain. He paid tribute to the form of Narayan there called Shakshigopal and stayed in a mountain which was full of snakes for five days.
From there He came to Pandharpur, located on the banks of the Chandrabhaga River. Embracing the idol of Vitthalnath Bhagwan there, He moved to Dandakaranya. There He circled the Panchavati.
He stayed there for a while and after doing the darshan of Gopnath Mahadevji came to the town of Mangrol on the west coast of India.
In this way, spreading the true religion, getting the evil destroyed and relieving devotees from the suffering all over the place, from the north to the east and from south to west of India, He finally came to Gujarat.
Wearing a small loin cloth and deerskin, doing severe austerities and penance and totally weakened by the hardships with only bones and veins left in the body, but still very divine and bright looking, walking with bare feet. Facing wild animals and evil people all over the place but still fearless. Eating fruits and roots and many times leaves and in times of hardship just lived off air, full of compassion for everyone.
He came to Loj village in Gujarat after seven years of severe penance on the 6th Shravan Vad of year V. He took rest on the banks of a beautiful Vaav on the outskirts of the village.
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He took birth to protect the righteous and religious people. Lord Swaminarayan is the incarnation of Narayan Himself. After the passing away of His parents when He was only eleven, the ascetic minded Nilkanth Varni later called Lord Shree Swaminarayan, renounced His home and set out on a pilgrimage visiting holy sites in India. For several years of His pilgrimage He performed the most severe penances. As part of His pilgrimage through Gujarat He happened to arrive in the village Loj, situated midway between Somnath and Porbander in Saurashtra. There He met Muktanandji, the chief disciple of the great master Ramanand Swami; and later He came to have a face-to-face meeting with Ramanand Swami in a village called Piplana. Having taken birth in a material body Lord Shree Swaminarayan too accepted Ramanand Swami, as His preceptor and as per set religious rules began receiving diksha at the hands of the great preceptor.
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Jivan Charitra Part 11