Devotion full of love is dear to Lord Shree Swaminarayan. We are fortunate that Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa has watered us with religion, knowledge, asceticism and devotion in us; and has elegantly directed us towards the spiritual path. It is through His grace that one can have devotion towards the Lord. This world has millions of people but only the blessed and lucky ones are interested to make progress towards the Lord. One gets closer to the Lord as he keeps making progress spiritually, and this in turn leads one to be able to overcome the forces of Maya. Hence, one should always maintain close proximity with the Lord. To maintain this closeness, one has to be strong and powerful enough to defeat the worldly pleasures and affairs; and towards agnosticism. Becoming helpless/fearful will lead one to bereaved form the divine bliss of the Lord’s Murti.
Jeevanpran Shree Abjibapa says that one should cede and abandon their wishes and desires and make effort in attaining the Lord’s Murti. Achieving proximity to the Lord is very difficult, but if a disciple takes just one step towards the Lord, the Lord takes 100 steps towards His disciple.
One is able to attain bliss in the Lord’s presence if he performs his deeds with restraining his intrinsic nature. A disciple who has a strong wish, real spiritual effort and inner strength; is able to win the sector of life war. To be able to do this and become close to the Lord, one has to merge his soul in the Lord’s divine Murti. It is through the Lord’s love for His disciples that they are able to stay in religion.
Being a keeper of the body destroys one’s morale but one who sustains his morale is able to defeat the forces of Maya. A disciple should never make one to lose his morale he should instead try to motivate him and bring up his morale. By doing this, the disciple is able to increase his devotion for the Lord and his servitude.
One should always focus their five senses (Indriya) and Antahkarans –Mind, intellect, chit and ego; towards the Lord at all times.