9/17/2003 12:00:00 AM
17 September 2003 (V.S. 2059, Bhadarva Vad 6) Wednesday, Sarangpur
After his morning routine of darshan, puja and breakfast, Swamishri had a series of meetings to attend. Since the meetings could last till noon, Swamishri asked whether it would do if he did not attend the morning assembly. A sadhu organizing the assembly program sent a message that it would be alright if he could not come.
Swamishri could have sent word that he would not come, but instead, he took permission from the organizer. Swamishri's humility and discipline in his working method is inspiring and worthy of emulation.
9/22/2003 12:00:00 AM
22 September 2003 (V.S. 2059, Bhadarva vad 11) Monday, Sarangpur
A devotee came with his son to meet Swamishri. The youth had acquired a gold medal in his B.Sc. graduation. He wanted to study further and do M.Sc., but he was depressed.
"What is the cause of your depression?" Swamishri asked.
"I want to become like Dhirubhai Ambani and elevate our country," the youth answered.
Swamishri perceived that the youth was ambitious, but he lacked confidence and the determination to accomplish his goal.
Swamishri gently explained, "Finish your studies and then get a job or start a business. And then slowly you can become an Ambani. It takes 100 years to become an Ambani. Till then a lot needs to be done and achieved. Run a small business to look after your family. One must also worship and say prayers to God. It is alright to have high thoughts, but because of that you have lost your balance. You keep thinking about what you cannot get. Instead, worship and chant the name of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Everything will happen. But for now, complete your M.Sc. studies. And then you can progress gradually. Stop dreaming big now, and study for the present. God will bless you with strength. Pray to Bhagwan Swaminarayan that you can study well, work properly to support and serve your family, society and country and offer devotion to God to liberate your atma.
"Offering devotion and having refuge in God serves to liberate one's atma. And then whatever God gives, you can serve society. You have my blessings!"
9/25/2005 12:00:00 AM
The Right to Eat for All
25 September 2003 (V.S. 2059, Bhadarva vad 30) Thursday, Sarangpur
After the morning assembly, Swamishri passed by an almond tree while returning to his residence.
There were many almond fruits lying on the ground. A sadhu commented, "Parrots eat a lot of almond fruits."
"Let them eat. Is it that you only require to eat? Don't they need to eat too!" Swamishri replied.
"I don't mind them eating, but they eat only half and throw the rest away," the sadhu added.
"When they eat, they may throw it away. God has so created that every being has a right to eat."
Swamishri's appreciation for God's creatures and the right to their innate habit of eating throws a new light on our ways of living in harmony with nature.