In Samvat 1944, Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swami had gone to Muli for the Chatur-mas discourses. Jeevanpran Bapashree also went there with a group of devotees from Kutch. One day, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the chief of the village Maliya, Modji Darbar, Purani Shreekrishnadasji and other sants and devotees had gathered before Jeevanpran Bapashree and Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swami. Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swami asked Jeevanpran Bapashree, “At the present time, is there anyone who, whilst sitting here (on this Earth) can immerse souls into the bliss of Shreejimaharaj’s Murti?”
Jeevanpran Bapashree replied, “Yes! Amongst the ascetics, he is the one who is seated beside me (referring to Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swami), and amongst the gruhasths, he is the one who is sitting beside you (referring to himself, Jeevanpran Bapashree).”
Jeevanpran Bapashree explains the true supremacy of Lord Shree Swaminarayan and His Sankalp-swaroops
Hearing this conversation, the sants and disciples recognised the greatness of Jeevanpran Bapashree and Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swami and bowed down to them in reverence.
Such an immensely powerful Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swami used to say to all the sants and disciples who came to him, “You should remain in the association of Jeevanpran Bapashree. He is a unique personage. There is no-one else as majestic as him. He gives darshan by the will of Shreejimaharaj. He is my Jeevanpran. Just as the life of a fish depends on water, my life and soul is Jeevanpran Bapashree.”
If a great personage such as Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swami considered Jeevanpran Bapashree to be his life and soul, how great could this Jeevanpran Bapashree be! Such is the grandeur and divinity of the Sankalp-swaroops of Shreejimaharaj!
Extracted from the scripture, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, by Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj. Chapter 27 – Shreeji-sankalp-swaroop Bapashree and Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swami