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Loya-3: One with Faith in God Coupled with the Knowledge of His Greatness

Nirupan

March 1970, Kampala, Uganda. One evening, the yuvaks presented a cultural program in Yogiji Mahārāj’s presence. Thereafter, Yogiji Mahārāj said, “The youths talked on certain topics. One youth recited Vachanāmrut Gadhadā II-61. In that, talk of niyams, faith in God (nishchay), and loyalty (paksha) was mentioned. What is loyalty? If someone is harming a devotee of God without a fault of his, one should stand up for that devotee. Two kāthis of Gundāli stood up for the sādhus [of Swāminārāyan Bhagwān]. They were not devotees; however, they stood up for the sādhus understanding them to be ‘sādhus of my maternal uncle.’ Therefore, their names were noted in history (mentioned in Vachanāmrut Loyā 3). According to Vachanāmrut Gadhadā III-7, in no way should one abandon one’s loyalty to God and his Bhakta, regardless if one’s reputation increases or decreases, one benefits or suffers a loss, or one lives or dies. Many may keep loyalty; however, when relationships turn sour, they may rebuke the person saying, ‘I’ve done everything for you, yet you don’t do anything for us.’ That cannot be called loyalty.

“One’s body and the relatives of the body remain dearer than a devotee of God - that is why Mahārāj makes this point. If a sādhu arrives from afar and a relative also arrives, one who is not loyal [to Satsang] will say, ‘Sādhu! Listen, my relatives are here, so I will not be able to attend your discourses.’ However, the relatives should be not be given priority. If one’s son is extremely dear and we ask for him (to be initiated as a sadhu), they would say, ‘Swāmi! Take my money, but not my son.’

“In short, we should not hold dear our bodily relatives to a higher degree than devotees who are associated with the Gunātit Sant. This concept will prove to be of immense benefit in the future.

“Nandubhāi Manchharām of Amdāvād was incredibly loyal. Despite that he was the secretary of the Junā Mandir in Kālupur, he would ensure that Shāstriji Mahārāj stayed at his home. He remained loyal, placing his head on the line. Maintaining such loyalty reduces the five grave sins to ashes. We have come from afar. Devotees should remain loyal to each other, through thick and thin. If another devotee is undergoing difficulties, one should not think, ‘He got what he deserved!’ What can not be done for a devotee associated with Swāminārāyan [Bhagwān]? This is described in Vachanāmrut Loyā 3.”

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Mahārāj: 6/93]

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