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Gadhada II-28: Mahārāj’s Compassionate Nature; A ‘Lifeline’

Mahima

Yogiji Mahārāj said, “When Vachanāmrut Gadhadā II-28 is perfected, one will constantly have thoughts of what one has attained (prāpti).”

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Mahārāj: 2/22]

Mahima

Yogiji Mahārāj said, “There are four types of auṣhadhi (herbal medicines): sandhinī, varṇaharaṇī, vishalyakarṇī and sanjīvanī. Their four forms: dharma, gnān, vairāgya and bhakti. The four respective Vachanāmruts: Gadhadā II-28, Loyā 7, Gadhadā III-39 and Gadhadā II-10; these four Vachanāmruts should be perfected.”

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Mahārāj: 2/600]

Nirupan

The following words of Vachanāmrut Gadhadā II-28 were read: “The only means for the jiva to please God is to serve God’s Bhakta through thought, deed and word. The means to displease God is by maligning God’s Bhakta.” Upon hearing this Yogiji Mahārāj instantly said, “Would Mahārāj accept the devotion of one who maligns Gunātit and then performs his [Mahārāj’s] ārti?

“If one maligns Gunātit, who is God’s ideal devotee, one’s jiva will be destroyed and attain an inanimate state. Thereafter, regardless how much one worships Shriji Mahārāj alone and extravagantly performs his pujā as per the scriptures, Mahārāj will not accept one’s devotion. It is like slapping someone’s son and then performing his father’s ārti. Would the father ever accept this? He would never accept it.”

[Yogi Vāni: 15/12]

Nirupan

June 11, 1962, Mumbai. During the afternoon discourse, Yogiji Mahārāj said, “Mahārāj has stated that he is a devotee of devotees. Who can be labeled a true devotee? Can one who possesses dharma, gnān, vairāgya and bhakti be called a true devotee?”

So, a question was asked, “Who is a true devotee?”

Swāmishri answered, “A true devotee is one who would wash the feet of your son and drink that water. Such is the glory of a devotee of God. People who have found faults with devotees of God have fallen from high levels. Whatever good occurs is due to the service of a devotee of God. God is not just pleased if someone merely massages his feet. To please Shāstriji Mahārāj, one would have to please his devotees. At night, Mānat Swāmi would go around with water for the thirsty. He would give it to everyone. By serving devotees, one serves God. God is not pleased if one remains in close contact with a devotee of God but does not serve him.”

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Mahārāj: 3/356]

Nirupan

January 17, 1963, Gondal. Yogiji Mahārāj was writing letters in the assembly hall. Some knowledgeable devotees sat in front of him. One devotee suggested that Vachanāmrut Gadhadā II-13 be read.

While writing the letters, Swāmishri looked up slightly and said,“‘The main principle is in Vachanāmrut Gadhadā II-28; therefore, read that.” Thus saying, he continued, “What is that main principle? Shriji Mahārāj explains that the sole means to please God is to serve a devotee of God through thought, word and deed. The sole means of displeasing God is to malign his devotee.”

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Mahārāj: 3/430]

Nirupan

January 16, 1958, Rājkot. After having Vachanāmrut Gadhadā II-28 read at 7:45am, Yogiji Mahārāj said, “In this Vachanāmrut, Mahārāj advises against developing an aversion (abhāv) toward and finding faults (avagun) in a devotee of God. What are abhāv and avagun? Where do they spring from? Do they come from within or do they come from external source?”

Swāmishri answered himself, “Developing an aversion (abhāv) toward a devotee of God means, if a devotee made a mistake or one had some dispute with that devotee, then one would disgrace him publicly - that is abhāv. One who develops abhāv would not like the sight of that devotee and would bear a grudge toward him.

“Now, perceiving faults (avaguns) in a devotee of God is fabricating a flaw and propagating it, despite that the devotee does not have that flaw and does not act against the norms of Satsang.

“Such vices of perceiving faults and developing an aversion are second nature to demonic jivas, but for the rest, these vices come and go because of an instability of their mind. If one hears negative words about another devotee, despite not witnessing it, those words become lodged in one’s heart. Furthermore, if one extensively associates with bad company, just as one becomes rabid from a rabid dog and dies, similarly their jiva is destroyed; i.e. their jiva becomes demonic.

“One’s intellect becomes stable, one gains a divine sight and a liking for performing service if one accepts the words of the Motā-Purush when he says, ‘This person is free of any flaws.’ However, what becomes of one who has to be told four or five times by the Motā-Purush? The principle of the Motā-Purush is, and Shriji Mahārāj has also written page after page, do not fall into abhāv-agavun. We have no right to see faults. Mahārāj himself does not look at anyone’s faults. Close that window. This Vachanāmrut is called a ‘Lifeline’ - if the string (the lifeline) breaks, then one dies. If one becomes pulse-less, then they die. Similarly, understand this as the death of the jiva.

Abhāv and avagun remain as long as one fares in Satsang based on his own spiritual endeavors. If one has Mahārāj’s strength, then abhāv and avagun would never come. If one eats restrictively but sees someone else eat a lot, one should refrain from seeing that (do not look down upon them).

“Mahārāj says, ‘If one offers constant devotion to me, yet speaks ill of a devotee, then even if I want to maintain affection for that devotee or feel like embracing him, even so I would think, “Forget it. How can I see his face!” I feel that much aversion to that person. I would not listen to someone poisoning my ears; however, if I personally witness it for a long period of time, only then I see their fault.’

“We should engage ourselves in service without looking at whether they are young or old. Mahārāj has shown only service as a means. One should become addicted to service, just like Ukā Khāchar. One should engage oneself in service so much that one destroys their mind. Mahārāj says one who knows the wishes of the Sant and serves after being told just once is the best; he is sitting in Akshardhām while alive and is near me. One should not begrudgingly perform sevā, but should continually engage oneself in it. This is the means to earn the pleasure of God.”

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Mahārāj: 2/328]

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