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Ashlāli

On Chaitra sudi 2, Samvat 1882 [9 April 1826], Swāmi Shri Sahajānandji Mahārāj left Amdāvād with great pomp and festivity and reached Ashlāli in the evening. There, He was accommodated in a mango grove north of the village and was seated on a dais. He was dressed entirely in white clothes. Also, He was wearing beautiful garlands of flowers around His neck, and tassels of flowers were hanging from His pāgh. At that time, an assembly of munis as well as devotees from various places had gathered before Him.

Shriji Mahārāj then said to Muktānand Swāmi, Brahmānand Swāmi and all of the other sādhus, “Please listen, I wish to say something. Whoever incompletely realises the nature of God suffers a great loss. That is, that person cannot experience the true bliss of Purushottam Bhagwān - who we also call Shri Krishna, Shri Vāsudev, Shri Narnārāyan, Parabrahma and Shri Nārāyan - nor can he become an ekāntik bhakta. Thus, one should consolidate one’s gnān by profoundly associating with an Ekāntik Bhakta of God who has such gnān. This is because, without the true gnān of God, even the prajāpatis and other creators of the cosmos have to repeatedly take birth along with the creation and then ultimately merge back into māyā. But they do not attain Akshardhām, the abode of Shri Purushottam Bhagwān. The reason for this is a flaw in their understanding.”

Thereupon all of the munis asked, “Mahārāj, please explain this flaw in their understanding.”

Shriji Mahārāj said, “Very well. Please listen as I explain their flaws. First of all, they consider the strength of their own actions but not the strength of one’s refuge in God to be instrumental in their liberation. Secondly, they do not realise that becoming aksharrup and serving Shri Purushottam Nārāyan is in itself liberation. This is their second mistake. Their third mistake is that they believe the innumerable avatārs of God such as Rām, Krishna, etc., to be a part of God. This is a grave mistake on their part. Fourthly, at the time of a previous death, they had a thought in their minds, ‘How are these brahmānds created? It would be good to see for once.’ Seeing their desire, God engaged them in the creation of the brahmānds. Only when they realise true gnān by profoundly associating with the Ekāntik Bhakta of God will they become brahmarup and attain the abode of God, and only then will they become eternally happy. Therefore, a devotee of God should desire nothing but the service of God.”

Shriji Mahārāj then explained, “There are three types of devotees; they can be recognised by their characteristics: He who worships God with the intention of earning powers to create the world is known as ‘aishvaryārthi’. He is the lowest type of devotee. He who worships God only to experience the ātmā is known as a ‘kaivalyārthi’. He is of an intermediate level. However, he who has a constant and singular resolve for the service of the manifest form of Purushottam Bhagwān is known as a ‘bhagwat-nishtārthi’. He is the best devotee of all. Because all of us have the conviction of the incarnate form of Shri Narnārāyan, we are all undoubtedly the best.”

All who had gathered in the assembly were overjoyed hearing these words of Shriji Mahārāj.

Vachanamrut ॥ 7 ॥ 269 ॥

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