'Have you offered it to God?'
Once, in his younger days when Swamishri was fit and able to perform padhramanis (house visits), he visited houses all afternoon in a village called Bamangam. He was tired when he returned to his place of residence in the evening and the sadhus were performing arti. Swamishri joined in with the sadhus to sing the arti. At the end of it, a sadhu brought a glass of water for Swamishri.
"Have you offered it to God?" asked Swamishri.
The sadhu had forgotten.
Even though Swamishri was thirsty he only accepted the water after it was offered to God. No matter how thirsty or hungry Swamishri may be he never takes anything without offering it to the Lord first.
બ્રહ્મસ્વરૂપ પ્રમુખસ્વામી મહારાજની પ્રેરક પ્રસંગ-સ્મૃતિઓ
આજે રવિસભા હતી. કિશોરોએ ‘તમારા સ્નેહલ સથવારે’ એ મધ્યવર્તી વિચાર સાથે સ્વામીશ્રીની સંનિધિમાં સાંસ્કૃતિક કાર્યક્રમ રજૂ કર્યો. આ સાંસ્કૃતિક કાર્યક્રમમાં સ્વામીશ્રીએ ગાંઠે બાંધવા જેવી સુંદર વાત કરતાં કહ્યું : ‘ભગવાન પર વિશ્વાસ રાખીને ભગવાનનું ભજન કરીએ છીએ તો બધી રીતે સારું થાય છે. ભગવાનની ભક્તિ, સત્સંગ, કથાવાર્તાના આધ્યાત્મિક શબ્દો પડે તો જે ભ્રમણા થઈ હોય, વિચારવાયુ ચડ્યા હોય એ બધા દૂર થઈ જાય. ભગવાનમાં શ્રદ્ધા અને વિશ્વાસ સાથે જીવન જીવીએ તો સારું જ થાય છે.’
What is Perfect Gnan?
"… Moreover, God dwells within them all as their antaryãmi and as their cause. It is that very God who is this manifest form. To know and see God with such an understanding of greatness is called perfect gnãn."
History of Shravan Sud Pancham
|1877 ||3 Aug 1821 ||Friday||Vachanamrut Gadhada II-4|
Shriji Maharaj describes the characteristics of a person who has understood the glory of God, “For one who realises the greatness of God, to rule a kingdom or to have to beg for food are both equivalent. He also feels the same towards a young girl, a 16-year-old girl, and an 80-year-old woman. In fact, he views all of the attractive and repulsive objects in this world as being equal; he does not get enticed by an alluring object as a moth does by a lamp. In fact, he is not tempted by any object whatsoever except for God; he is only attracted to the form of God. A devotee who behaves in this manner never becomes bound by vishays, regardless of how enticing they may be.”
|1879 ||11 Aug 1823 ||Monday||Vachanamrut Gadhada II-32|
The attachment to family is difficult to overcome. Shriji Maharaj describes the nature of this bondage and shows how to transcend it, “In worldly life, the affection one has for family members is like that of a cactus plant or the branch of a banyan or pipal tree. That is, if they are cut and transplanted elsewhere, they would once again grow into trees. In comparison, once a mango tree or a neem tree is cut, it does not take root again. The affection that one has for those other than the members of one’s family is like that of the mango tree or the neem tree. Again, the affection one has for the members of one’s family is like the cactus plant and banyan tree in that if they have been cut down, they unfailingly do grow again, even while lying in the soil.
“For this reason, the affection that a person harbours for his family is only uprooted when he realises his true form to be the jivãtmã, distinct from the three bodies of sthul, sukshma and kãran; when, discarding all vanity of gender, caste and ashram, he beholds God’s form within it; and when he becomes eager to engage only in the worship of God. Only then will the affection that he harbours for his family be completely cut. Besides this, though, there are no other means to do so.”