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Gadhada I-22: Singing without Remembering God Is as Good as Not Singing at All; The Digit ‘1’

Nirupan

A trails of zeroes without the digit ‘1’ leading them amounts to nothing. On the spiritual path, Bhagwan is ‘1’ and singing kirtans, playing musical instruments, etc. are like zeroes. One receives the true fruit if one engages in these spiritual endeavors with the remembrance of Bhagwan. However, forgetting Bhagwan, no spiritual endeavor results in true fruits. This is the main principle of this Vachanamrut; therefore, the compiling paramhansas gave it a meaningful title ‘ekadā’ (the digit ‘1’).

Explaining Gadhada I-22, Yogiji Maharaj said, “How should one remember Bhagwan? Bhagwan eats while I eat. He studies while I study. Without remembering Bhagwan - ‘wow, what tasty dudhpāk!’ – will Maharaj eat [with you]? One should read with the thought that Maharaj and Swami are present. Develop a habit. While walking, Maharaj and Swami are walking with me. One should attach their vrutti on Bhagwan. Bhagatji Maharaj’s shishya Vignandas Swami maintained his vrutti on Bhagwan. Sant is always happy. If we rid our heart of women and wealth, then we are happy. One should forsake the entanglement of these two things. Maharaj did just that.”

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj: 3/253]

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