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Gadhada III-17: The Story of Bharatji

Nirupan

December 28, 1956. At night on the train to Madras, Yogiji Mahārāj called the yuvaks and had Vachanāmrut Gadhadā III-17 read and said, “Mahārāj says the story of Bharatji is miraculous. What miracle is he speaking of? Bharatji renounced his kingdom, loved ones, and he was the son of Rushabhdev Bhagwān; yet, he became bound by an insignificant deer because of his compassion. One should know when to show compassion - it should be ordinary and shown only when necessary. One should not develop affection because of compassion. It is a sin for a devotee of God to lodge their mind in anything except God. If the Motā-Purush is genuine, then he would not be bound by anything and would not let others bind to anything.

“Swāmi was the mahant of Junāgadh mandir. He always kept his jholi hanging on a peg in case Mahārāj called him to Gadhadā by letter. He could instantly grab his jholi and leave. Nishkulānand Swāmi handled the affairs of Dholerā mandir but said it was as if the Sālemāl mountain was thrown on him. One should engage in affairs because of God’s command, join in the affairs fully, but one should not become attached to it and remain free. Affairs should not become binding. That itself is an elevated state.

“If one has thoughts of social affairs, the world, then desires have not been eradicated. When desires have been eradicated, then only thoughts of God remain. Thoughts of social affairs will make one forget God’s murti and that is a great obstacle in liberation.”

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Mahārāj: 2/174]

Yogiji Mahārāj said, “Bharatji renounced the reign of the whole world for God; yet, he became attached to a young deer - that is a ‘miracle’. He had knowledge, yet he had a weakness, compassion that led to attachment. One should not have desires for women, wealth, disciples. When these become equivalent to dirt, that is a miracle. One should have love for God and the Sant instead; then, one becomes like them. But that love for the Satpurush does not develop. With what understanding can one’s desired by eradicated? With knowledge and grace.

“After listening to this narrative (of Bharatji) one should understand that they should not become bound by the world. If the great became bound, then what of us? They became bound because of sin. There are countless types of sins. The greatest sin, however, is for the devotee of God to have affection for anything other than God. What if one becomes attached to God’s devotees? Actually, that is what needs to be done. Should we remain dry (i.e., become devoid of affection)? One becomes ekāntik (by having affection for God and his devotees). We should have compassion for others, but not all the way. One should not have compassion such that their liberation is compromised.”

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Mahārāj: 3/351]

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