॥ વચનામૃત ॥

Gadhada II-54

Satsang Is the Greatest Spiritual Endeavour; A ‘Gokhar’1; Profound Attachment

In the afternoon on Jyeshtha sudi 7, Samvat 1880 [3 June 1824], Swāmi Shri Sahajānandji Mahārāj arrived at Lakshmivādi on horseback from Dādā Khāchar’s darbār in Gadhadā. There, after riding the horse for quite some time, He sat down on a square platform. He was dressed entirely in white clothes. He had also tied a black-bordered cloth around His head. In addition to this, His neck was adorned with a garland of mogrā flowers, and His pāgh was decorated with a tassel of flowers. At that time, an assembly of munis as well as devotees from various places had gathered before Him.

Thereupon Shriji Mahārāj asked the munis, “In the 12th chapter of the 11th canto of the Shrimad Bhāgwat, Shri Krishna Bhagwān has said to Uddhav, ‘I am not as pleased by ashtāng-yoga, sānkhya, renunciation, observances, sacrifices, austerities, donations, pilgrimages, etc., as I am pleased by satsang.’ This is what God has said. This implies that of all spiritual endeavours, satsang is the greatest. But what are the characteristics of one who regards satsang as the greatest spiritual endeavour?”

The munis answered according to their understanding, but none could give a precise answer.

So Shriji Mahārāj replied, “One who regards satsang as the greatest spiritual endeavour is profoundly attached only to the Sant of God. For example, if a king who is childless receives a son in old age, then even if that son swears at the king or misbehaves, for example, by pulling his moustache, the king would not find faults in him. Even if the son hits another child or causes problems in the village, still the king would never attribute faults to his child. Why? Because the king is profoundly attached to his son. Likewise, only one who develops such profound attachment for the Bhakta of God has realised satsang to be the most redemptive of all spiritual endeavours. This fact has been described in the Shrimad Bhāgwat:

Yasyātmā-buddhihi kunape tri-dhātuke swadheehee kalatrādishu bhauma ijyadheehee |
Yat-teertha-buddhihi salile na karhichij-janeshvabhigneshu sa eva gokharaha ||

Indeed, this verse has stated that fact appropriately.”

Vachanamrut ॥ 54 ॥ 187 ॥

This Vachanamrut took place ago.


FOOTNOTES

1. A wild donkey.

2. यस्यात्मबुद्धिः कुणपे त्रिधातुके स्वधिः कलत्रादिषु भौम एज्यधिः ।
यत्तीर्थबुद्धिः सलिले न कर्हिचिज्जनेष्वभिज्ञेषु स एव गोखरः ॥

He who regards the body - composed of the three constituents [i.e. vāt (gas), pitta (biles) and kaf (phlegm)] - to be his own self; regards his wife and children to be his own; regards the [murtis of God made from] earth to be venerable; and regards water to be [sacred like] a place of pilgrimage - but does not regard the enlightened devotees [of God] to be these [i.e. one’s own self, one’s own, venerable and sacred], then he is the most despicable of all animals, a wild donkey. - Shrimad Bhāgwat: 10.84.13

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