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Gadhada II-11: All Karmas Becoming a Form of Bhakti

Nirupan

Gunātitānand Swāmi says, “People do not become desireless through samādhi, but they become desireless through spiritual knowledge.”

Then Chaturbhujdāsji asked, “Why are both a sādhu and a householder described as being equally desireless?”

Then Swāmi replied, “If a naked ascetic and a householder with all his possessions want to cross the ocean, then both will need a ship. Even though the ascetic is not even wearing a loincloth, it is not possible for him to swim across the ocean. Therefore, both the ascetic and the householder with all his possessions sit in the ship. The householder has his wife, children, buffalo and spinning wheel with him - and all will cross the ocean safely. But, without this ship, even one who does not touch money, observes eight-fold brahmacharya, is a great renunciant, but has not met God, does not attain liberation and does not cross māyā; whereas the householder attains liberation and crosses māyā.”

Then, after having Vachanāmrut Gadhadā II-11 read, Swāmi said, “If all householders understand this Vachanamrut, they will remain at peace within. But this talk is difficult to understand.” He then gave an example, “On seeing a householder who has a wife, eight children, sixteen ploughs, sixteen buffaloes and other things, one feels that he will not attain liberation; however, he has met God so he and everyone with him will attain liberation. This talk is just like one who has become ill by eating ghee and is cured by again eating ghee. Others cannot understand it; only Mahārāj can understand it. The answer to this question can only be given by Mahārāj, but not by anyone else. The very same qualities of rajogun, tamogun and sattvagun by which one goes to hell are the same qualities by which moksha can also be attained.” To illustrate, Swāmi quoted the shlok, ‘Āmayo yena bhutānām!’

O Observer of Pious Vows (Vyās)! Does not that same (food, e.g. ghee) which causes illness in beings – if purified and prescribed by a qualified doctor – cure that illness? Similarly, then, if all of one’s karmas – which (normally) cause one to pass through births and deaths – are offered to God instead, those same karmas are destroyed (i.e. are no longer capable of causing births and deaths, but instead, lead to one’s liberation). - Shrimad Bhagvat: 1.5.33-34

[Swāmini Vāto: 4/60]

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