I was informed that the work at Hardwar would be more difficult than that at Mathura. The onslaughts of devilish elements would have to be faced more resolutely and there would be several ups and downs. After explaining where and how I had to live and perform my daily routine, I was told that I should regard it as a joint programme of Gurudev and all the other rishis. I assured Gurudev that for me he was the representative of the Supreme Lord and all the rishis and Devatas; and all his instructions would be complied with till my last breath.
Our talks ended. After bidding farewell, Gurudev disappeared. I was escorted upto Gomukh by his Virbhadra. It is not necessary to mention the places where I was required to stay for about a year, as they are inaccessible places in the Himalayas.
While returning, I stayed at the place indicated by Gurudev in Hardwar. It was the tapobhumi of Sapta-rishis, which was lying deserted and was for sale. It was marshy. Ganga used to flow through this land in the past. I liked it. The owner of the land was contacted; the deal was struck and reduced into writing. I had to take the decision all by myself. The counsel of the advisors was of no avail, as I failed to make them understand the mystical significance of the place, the purpose for which it was being acquired and the blueprint of the proposed construction. Even the supervisory work of construction had to be done by me. Thus came into being the Shantikunj
Shaktipitha at Hardwar.