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Gadhada I-68: God Forever Resides in the Eight Types of Murtis and in the Sant

Prasang

The next day, Vachanāmrut Gadhadā I-68 was ready. Shriji Mahārāj delivered this discourse on Chaitra sud 9 (his birthday). Swāmishri said, “The day was nom (ninth day of the bright half) - a day of fasting.”

Vajubhāi Sheth asked, “Did God (Shriji Mahārāj) also fast?”

“God fasts - that is why he is called God!” Swāmishri replied with a raised voice.

The following was narrated from the Vachanamrut: Mahārāj entered the murti of Thākorji in Jagannāthpuri and observed the pujāri’s devotion and deceit. At this point, Swāmishri looked at Shāstriji Mahārāj’s and said, “Swāmi is watching.” Then he laughed and said, “Yes, I am watching.” (Implying he and Shāstriji Mahārāj are one.) The whole assembly started laughing.

Then, someone asked, “What does pravesh mean?” (Referring to Mahārāj entering the murti.)

Coindedently, the microphone stopped working when the question was asked. Tapping the microphone, Swāmishri said, “It broke.” The microphone started working again, so Swāmishri said, “Look. That is called pravesh.” Hearing this, the whole assembly erupted in divine laughter.

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj: 5/298]

Mahima

27 July 1957, Mumbai. During the discourses, Yogiji Mahārāj said, “All the 262 Vachanāmruts are excellent, but this Vachanāmrut is one that can be perfected; if the principle of this Vachanāmrut is affixed in one’s heart, then one will never develop nāstik feelings and one’s strong conviction in God will become firm.”

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Mahārāj: 2/275]

Nirupan

May 30, 1965, Bochāsan. After pujā, Yogiji Mahārāj instructed Harshadbhāi [Dave] to read Vachanāmrut Gadhadā I-68 and said, “God resides in the Sant - there is no question in that. Shriji Mahārāj has himself said that the devotion of one who considers a murti to be merely a painting and the Sant to be an ordinary human being is like that of a hypocrite... Why can we not develop the same feelings we have towards the Sant for the murti? Mahārāj has instructed us [that God resides in the murti], so we must develop these feelings. If the owner tells us to worship a pestle, then we should do it (i.e. Even if something goes against our logic, since it is God’s command, we should abide by it.) We should develop the feeling [that God is present in the murti]. When the government makes a declaration, we all accept it instantly. Similarly, this is Shriji Mahārāj’s declaration, so we should accept it.”

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Mahārāj: 4/71]

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