Saturday 9 December 2023 | Kartik Vad 12, Samvat 2080

Sat 9 Dec 2023

Lord Shree Swaminarayan has taken us as His and wants His firm disciples to take patronage at His Lotus feet, such that he never comes across difficult times in his life. Jeevanpran Bapashree says that, a disciple who merges in the Murti of the Lord with his mind, deeds and his heart, will merge with the Lords’ Murti just as Anadi-Muktas stay attached within the Lord’s Murti.

One who continuously remembers the Lord in every activity whilst chanting His name and disregarding all worldly desires and focuses only on his service to God, attains the divine Murti of the Lord.

To totally become engrossed with the love for Shreejimaharaj, one has to disregard the worldly desires and focus on his service to God; such a disciple cannot stay even a second without the Lord and with this he has left nothing to do to attain the divine Murti of the Lord. By understanding the greatness of the Lord, one becomes engrossed with the love for the Lord and the worldly desires in him are eradicated.

A disciple who becomes totally engrossed with the Love for Lord Shree Swaminarayan, and emotionally performs mental worship to Him, meditates on Him and Sings devotional songs about Him, is referred to as someone who has loving devotion. The Lord resides within the antah-karans of such disciples and gives darshan to him during all his activities. This is referred to as the Lord becoming acquiescent (vash-vartata) to him. However, whilst such a person may not have the manifestation (sakshatkar) about the Lord within his soul, he does not regard the satsang (religion) to be divine. Consequently, he believes himself to be superior to others; such arrogance is a great fault.

For someone who has achieved this manifestation, there is no possibility of arrogance arising within him. It is said that arrogance may arise in those with antar-drashti, because they visualize the Murti within their antah-karans through meditation, but they do not have the manifestation of the Lord within their soul; and as a result, they perceive themselves to be superior to those who do not meditate. They have this slight arrogance within them. However, if they attain the manifestation of God within their soul, the arrogance does not arise.

The Lord is pleased on us when we recognize our religion and the lord as divine without having doubts on any of his acts and achieve the persistence of the divinity. 

By scripture recitals and listening to the exposition of the scripture and practicing it; following the religion and staying under the shelter of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi; and believing that the Lord is our only relative; if one keeps such affection towards the Lord, gets aloof from all the worldly desires and pleases the Lord, He will stay with us forever and give us new darshan everyday. Eternal salvation is only found at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.

Acharya Swamishree Maharaj Ashirwad - Nairobi 12th Nov 2017