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Gadhada II-53: Not Being Able to Perceive One’s Own Flaws Is Delusion

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In this Vachanāmrut, Shriji Mahārāj says: “When delusion pervades one’s heart, one simply cannot perceive one’s own flaws. Thus, not being able to perceive one’s own flaws is, in fact, the very definition of delusion… They feel, ‘Although He is a great Purush or God, this much He is not doing properly.’ Therefore, a person who perceives faults either in God’s divine incidents or in His understanding should be known to be a non-believer and a sinner.”

Shriji Mahārāj seems to poignantly criticize those who perceive faults in God. He does not spare any words and continues to deride those who doubt the divine actions of God: “Moreover, everyone has extreme vanity of the wisdom that they possess, but they do not think, ‘I do not even know anything about my own jiva’ - that is, is the jiva within this body black, or is it white? Is it long, or is it short…? Yet they find faults in the great Purush or in God. They feel, ‘Although He is a great Purush or God, this much He is not doing properly.’ Though they find faults in this way, little do the fools realise that God sees all of the jivas and ishwars who dwell in the countless millions of brahmānds as clearly as He sees a drop of water in His palm. He is also the supporter of countless millions of brahmānds…”

It is as if Shriji Mahārāj is harshly ridiculing these types of jivas with sarcasm; but the whole updesh in this Vachanāmrut seems to be a distinct incident that occurred during this time.

Vachanāmrut Gadhadā II-53 was spoken on Vaishākh sud 5 of Samvat 1880. The incident that occurred surrounding this time frame is as follows:

Vastā Khāchar, the darbār of Kāriyāni arrived in Gadhadā for Shriji Mahārāj’s samāgam. Jivā Khāchar entreated Vastā Khāchar, “Come to my darbār for the night.” Mahārāj intervened, “Since he has come here, let Vastā Khāchar stay with us.” But due to Jivā Khāchar’s insistence, Vastā Khāchar felt he was undermining Jivā Khāchar’s friendship and told Mahārāj, “Bāpu (Jivā Khāchar) insists so I will stay there and return the next day.” After Vastā Khāchar departed, Mahārāj said, “Vastā Khāchar will not return.”

“Why do you say that?” Muktānand Swāmi asked inquisitively.

Mahārāj foreshadowed, “He will fall back hearing Jivā Khāchar’s and Budhā Dhādhal’s negative words. His conviction in My swarup will break and perceive flaws in Me…”

What followed is exactly as Mahārāj described. Jivā Khāchar and Budhā Dhādhal injected poisonous words in Vastā Khāchar’s mind such that he left for Kāriyāni without seeing Shriji Mahārāj. Nevertheless, Vastā Khāchar had a positive balance of mumukshutā; so Shriji Mahārāj went to Kāriyāni to explain the truth. Vastā Khāchar understood his mistake and asked for forgiveness. Dādā Khāchar, who had also accompanied Mahārāj, added, “Vastā! On hearing a despicable person like Budhā’s words you perceived human-like traits in Mahārāj?” Having reversed the poison, Mahārāj returned to Gadhadā.

[Bhagwān Swāminārāyan – Part 4/456-462]

A substantial proof that the above incident occurred around the preaching of Gadhadā II-53 is that on Chaitra sud 9 of Samvat 1880, Shriji Mahārāj celebrated the samaiyo in Vartāl as described below:

The Hari-Navami samaiyo was celebrated with great fanfare. Thereafter, Mahārāj called Brahmānand Swāmi and the sculptors for some work related to Vartāl mandir. After briefing Brahmānand Swāmi, He said, “When enough work is completed such that pratishthā can be done, send Me word.” Mahārāj returned to Gadhadā via staying at several villages on the way back.

[Bhagwān Swāminārāyan – Part 4/451]

Based on the above narrative, it must have taken Mahārāj 10 to 15 days to reach Gadhadā from Vartāl, having stayed in several villages on the way. He must have reached Gadhadā at the tail end of the first half of Chaitra month. Vastā Khāchar arrives in Gadhadā within a few days of Mahārāj arriving in Gadhadā, as according to sampradāy scriptures. This means Vastā Khāchar arrived in Gadhadā at the end of Chaitra or beginning of Vaishākh. This is when he fell prey to Jivā Khāchar’s kusang. The date of Gadhadā II-53 is Vaishakh sud 15, which follows the above incidents. Having just witnessed the incident, Mahārāj, no doubt, delivers the powerful message in this Vachanāmrut so that no one will become ensnared in such talks by kusangis in the future.

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