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Gadhada III-21: A Golden Thread; Dharma Possesses the Same Eminence as Bhakti

Nirupan

June 9, 1962. Mumbai. Yogiji Mahārāj had Vachanāmrut Gadhadā III-21 read and said, “Bhāgwat Dharma is devotion to only Purushottam Nārāyan with the vow of fidelity.

“To remain in the midst the devotees of God and bear burden is bhakti. To live with other devotees is greater than living alone in the jungle or mountains. How can one benefit in the jungle? If one remains in Satsang, then thousands will benefit.

“How can the habit of finding faults be eradicated? Our body has to go to the bathroom 45 times, yet we do not feel an aversion toward it. Why? We have developed ātmabuddhi and love toward it. If we have the same ātmabuddhi and love for God and his devotees, then one will not find flaws in them. Mahārāj does not eat from the person who finds faults in the Ekāntik Gunātit Sant. Even if one performs his ārti or puja, Mahārāj does not accept it.

“Just as two trucks crash into each other, the jivas crash into each other because of finding faults and developing aversion. One should not practice satsang whereby one still has love towards one’s relatives. If we become like a golden thread, then even if we are insulted, we would not fall back. During Mahārāj’s time, such war-trumpets blared loud (i.e. his devotees were insulted), yet they did not fall back.

“Mahārāj said, ‘They are my kith and kin.’ A true Vaishnav is one whose mind does not fall back. We are good as long as we are not burdened. But we should understand. One who is like a golden thread has ātmā-realization. One can become brahma by associating with Brahma.”

[Brahmaswarup Yogiji Mahārāj: 3/354]

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