Thursday 23 March 2023 | Chaitra Sud 2, Samvat 2079

Thu 23 Mar 2023

 Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa says that the only reason we need to be in religion and perform veneration, darshan, and association with saints is because a life without these is a worthless life. One gets a supernatural vision to live life through performing various mediums of pleasing the Lord. One attains the key to eternal salvation by associating the soul with the Lord and His Sat-purush with the mind, deeds and heart.

We become the Lords’ dearest if we forgo acting as our mind speaks and simply acting as per the Lords’ will and following His commands.

The Lord has given us the divine Shikshapatri and by acting as per its commands will make one’s life great. Disciples should awaken early each day perform veneration, do darshan, recite the Swaminarayan mantra and then proceed to their daily routine.

Disciples must attend the mandir every evening where they should sing hymns praising the Lord. They should listen attentively to the discourses of the Lords’ leela (divine biographical episodes) and His tenets. Such disciples are known to be reputable and the mandir becomes a defender of their reputation.

Parents have taught good culture to their children to make sure they don’t fall on the wrong path, follows religion and do not forget the Lord.

The mind is very unsteady and it can slip anytime. One should always maintain a decorum behavior, if not we become a disgrace to the religion. While doing darshan one should always keep in mind never to take a wrong step and always reconcile their thoughts. With this one becomes pure both internally and externally. One should always think twice before taking a step when angry.

Just as one does not drink dirty water they should also not accept filthy thoughts. While going to the Lord, one should listen to the recitals and discourses of the Lord with keeping His greatness in mind.

With extreme love for the Lord, one is able to revert back to religion otherwise; a bad company can ruin one’s life.

Immoral enjoyment leads to vulgar thoughts, which drives us to the wrong path. One should maintain the decorum of their thoughts, speech, inclination and behavior.

Our thoughts, changes, speech, inclination and behavior should be just as God likes. If we act this way then we are said to have attained the intelligence of maternal love towards God.

For one to be saved from this worldly life, he has to let go of bad thoughts, things and people and simply pray to the Lord.

One has to remain under the shelter of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi and live their life taking patronage at the Lords’ lotus feet. By doing this, the Lord resides in the heart of such a soul.

Acharya Swamishree Maharaj Ashirwad - Nairobi 15th Nov 2017