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Spiritual Discourses

by Bhagwan Swaminarayan

Gadhada III-32

Committing Sins under the Pretext of Knowing God’s Greatness

On Mahā sudi 5, Samvat 1885 [8 February 1829], Swāmi Shri Sahajānandji Mahārāj was sitting on a large, decorated cot on the veranda outside the west-facing rooms of Dādā Khāchar’s darbār in Gadhadā. He was dressed entirely in white clothes. At that time, the singer-paramhansas were singing devotional songs related to the spring season, while other munis as well as devotees from various places had gathered before Him in an assembly.

Thereupon Shriji Mahārāj asked Muktānand Swāmi and the other sādhus, “Please explain the meaning of the verse ‘Vishayā vinivartante nirāhārasya dehinaha... ||’.”1

The sādhus then explained the verse according to the commentary written by Rāmānuj.

Shriji Mahārāj then added, “With reference to that verse, I have formed the conviction that one who is in his youth should reduce his diet and should eat and behave moderately. After all, when one’s diet is reduced, physical strength also diminishes. Only then can the indriyas be overcome; otherwise, they cannot. Having done that, if a person enthusiastically engages his mind in the nine types of bhakti of God and himself lovingly engages in bhakti, then he will remain in the Satsang fellowship till the end. But if he does not behave in this manner, he will surely succumb to his indriyas and, sooner or later, he will fall from Satsang. Even one who has mastered samādhi, like Govardhan, is afraid of this; so what can be said for others?

“However, one’s diet cannot be controlled by merely observing several fasts consecutively. That only leads to one’s desires and diet increasing, because when one breaks a fast, one tends to eat twice as much. But if a person begins to reduce his diet gradually, it can be controlled. For example, even though the clouds cause rain to fall in tiny drops, water still collects in a large quantity. Similarly, one should control one’s diet gradually. Consequently, one’s indriyas will also be controlled. Then, if one lovingly engages in bhakti, one will remain in Satsang till the end. This is a fact.”

Shriji Mahārāj then said, “How does a true devotee of God understand God’s greatness? Well, he believes, ‘God, who possesses a definite form, forever resides in His luminous Akshardhām. He is the cause and controller of everything, the antaryāmi within all and the supreme master of countless millions of brahmānds. Moreover, His form is divine, blissful, and free from the gunas of māyā.’ Understanding the manifest God in this way, he believes that with the exception of God, all other worldly objects are absolutely vain and perishable. In addition, he has love only for God, and he engages in the nine types of bhakti. He also believes, ‘Kāl, māyā, Brahmā, Shiv, Surya, Chandra, etc., are powerful, yet even they act according to the commands of that extremely great God.’ Understanding this, he always behaves within the disciplines of dharma established by God in order to please Him; never does he transgress those disciplines.

“On the other hand, a person who has a corrupted mind believes, ‘Such a great God is the uplifter of the wretched and the redeemer of sinners. So why worry about slightly breaching the disciplines of dharma? After all, God is capable of granting liberation.’ In this manner, he does not hesitate in committing sins under the pretext of knowing God’s greatness. Such a person should be considered wicked and sinful. Such a person, even though he may superficially appear to be a devotee, should not be considered a devotee, and one should not remain in his company. Only a person who has the understanding described previously should be considered to be a devotee, and only his company should be kept.”

Vachanamrut ॥ 32 ॥ 255 ॥

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1. विषया विनिवर्तन्ते निराहारस्य देहिनः ।
रसवर्जं रसोऽप्यस्य परं द्रष्ट्वा निवर्तते ॥

The sense objects recede for a person who abstains from indulging in them. However, the longing for them does not subside. The longing subsides [only] when his vision reaches [i.e. he realises] the transcendental [i.e. God]. - Bhagwad Gitā: 2.59

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