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॥ વચનામૃત ॥

Gadhada I-49

‘Antardrashti’

On the evening of Mahā sudi 14, Samvat 1876 [29 January 1820], Swāmi Shri Sahajānandji Mahārāj was sitting on a large, decorated cot on the platform under the neem tree in front of the mandir of Shri Vāsudevnārāyan in Dādā Khāchar’s darbār in Gadhadā. Two small oil lamps were lit in front of Him. He was wearing a garland of yellow flowers around His neck, and strings of yellow flowers decorated both wrists. He was dressed entirely in white clothes. At that time, an assembly of munis as well as devotees from various places had gathered before Him.

Then Shriji Mahārāj said, “Please begin a question-answer dialogue.”

Thereupon Brahmānand Swāmi asked, “Why is it that our vrutti remains on God only as long as we forcibly keep it there, whereas it remains on worldly objects without the slightest effort?”

Shriji Mahārāj replied, “The vrutti of a devotee of God never remains on anything except God. In fact, his only concern is: ‘It will be very difficult for me to keep my vrutti on worldly objects.’ Thus, a devotee of God finds it difficult to keep his vrutti on any worldly objects, while a worldly person finds it difficult to keep his vrutti on God. Therefore, a person whose vrutti does not remain fixed on God is not a devotee of God. Nevertheless, if he attends Satsang, he will gradually become a devotee by listening to the talks of the sādhus.”

Brahmānand Swāmi then asked further, “By what means can one keep one’s vrutti on God?”

Shriji Mahārāj explained, “The means to achieve that is ‘antardrashti’. ‘Antardrashti’ is to constantly look towards the form of the manifest God that one has attained. Besides that form, even if one sees the six chakras, or Golok, Vaikunth or other abodes of God, it should not be considered to be ‘antardrashti’. Therefore, to look at God’s form that one has beheld within one’s heart, or to look at the form of God visible externally, is known as ‘antardrashti’. However, wherever one’s vrutti strays apart from God’s form is all ‘bāhyadrashti.”

Shriji Mahārāj then told the paramhansas, “Please arrange yourselves into pairs and begin a question-answer dialogue.”

Thereafter, the paramhansas conducted a question-answer session amongst themselves for quite some time, through which Shriji Mahārāj examined their intelligence.

Vachanamrut ॥ 49 ॥

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FOOTNOTES

1. Literally, ‘antardrashti’ means ‘to look within’ or ‘to introspect’. But here, Shriji Mahārāj gives His own, unique definition.

2. The six chakras are six ‘centres’ of spiritual power and consciousness located within the inner body. They are: āgnā, vishuddha, anāhat, manipur, swādhishthān, ādhār. Each has its corresponding location and deity.

3. The term ‘bāhyadrashti’ means ‘to look outwards’ and is the antonym of ‘antardrashti’.

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