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॥ વચનામૃત ॥

Loya-6: Purifying the Company One Keeps

Summary

  1. To become ekāntik is an extremely difficult achievement.
  2. Of the dharma-related endeavours, if one maintains the vow of non-lust [nishkām], all other endeavours will develop. Of the God-related endeavours, if one keeps the conviction of God, then all of the others will develop.
  3. Thoughts related to conviction of God should never be altered. But on the advice of the Sant, one’s firm resolutions should be repeatedly altered.
  4. Purifying one’s company:
  1. Whose company should be kept:
  1. One who talks courageously with the backing of God’s strength and who is vigilant in eradicating one’s faults.
  2. A Sant who constantly reprimands one, talks about eradicating one’s faults, and does not pamper.
  3. A Sant who speaks harshly of one’s own relatives – one should listen to his words like amrut.
  1. Whose company should be abandoned:
  1. One who has desires for worldly activities, identifies his self as the body, talks to others about the perceived flaws of God and the Sant.
  2. One who speaks discouragingly.
  3. One who emphasises his own efforts but does not acknowledge the strength of God.
  4. One who does not reprimand but pampers.
  5. One who is lazy and sleeps too much.
  6. Out of vanity, one who boasts his virtues to be greater than virtues in others.
  1. One should not maintain conceit before a staunch or meek devotee of God. Contrarily, one should maintain conceit before a person who has fallen back from Satsang.
  2. One should follow God’s command and go wherever he commands one to go, but one should not keep any desire for the company of the Sant or God’s darshan. And when God or a sādhu have rebuked or expelled one and he is approached by a non-believer, then before him, one should exhibit tremendous affection towards the sādhu and God.
  3. If God were to give an order which seems to be full of adharma, then one should be hesitant in following it; that is, one should take some time and not accept it immediately.
  4. When vicious thoughts arise, one should stop meditation and should clap and chant ‘Swāminārāyan, Swāminārāyan’ aloud, without shame. One should pray to God and remember a great sādhu of God,
  5. One may be observing religious vows more resolutely than all; however, if as a result of this, another sādhu feels inferior, then that virtue should be renounced and one should behave on the same level as others.
  6. All flaws reside in the flaw of identifying one’s self with the body. If that is abandoned, all flaws are abandoned. Furthermore, if the sole virtue of ātmā-realisation is developed, then all virtues will develop.
  7. By indulging in God-related vishays, the mind is enlightened; and by indulging in worldly vishays, ignorance prevails in the mind.
  8. One should not associate with these places, times, company, etc. even if it is God’s command:
  1. A place where he has frequent contact with his bodily relations.
  2. Adverse times in which one is suffering from beatings – one should leave that place.
  3. Company or activity in which there is the possibility of women being seen while having the darshan of God.
  1. Scriptures which denounce God, even if they are written by someone intelligent, should not be read or heard.

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