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How does the Saint develop qualitites of God.


Mere presence of God or image can not change a person.

Insult of a poor is insult of God.

On the fourth day of the second fortnight of the month of Falgun of Samvat 1876, Shriji Maharaj was seated on a cot in the compound of the Darbar of Shri Dada Khachar at Gadhada. He was dressed in white cloths. He had wrapped on a white cotton shawl. He had put on a white turban. The turban was decorated with white flower garlands and White flower nosegays. Saints and the devotees from the different places were assembled befme him.

Then Swayamprakashanand Swami asked "The Shrimad Bhagwat has described thirty nine reduemptive attributes. How these attributes be imblised by a saint?

Shriji Maharaj said, "The transfer of such virtues to the saint is made thus : when a saint has firm and perfect faith in God, those beneficial virtues are inbibed by him. What is the nature of such faith ? One who cultivates, realises that this God in human form is unlike and beyond Kala, Karm, Swabhav, Maya and Purush, is the controller of them, is the over all doer and inspite of doership he is beyond their influence. The knowledge of infinite greatness, glory and powers of God in human manifestation should not be vitiated even if one bears various scriptures based on imaginary concepts or the talk of polimics or even by the flickring thoughts of his own mind. Such immutable knowledge of God ultimately helps to establish rapport with God. Just as the eyes in the vicinity of lamp receives light of the lamp and reflects it, similarly one who has established a divine relationship with God naturally imbibes all his redumptive attributes. He is then raised to the divine status by which he remains unattached like God even while performing actions."

Then Nirvikaranand SwamI asked, "Even If one who possess the knowledge of the divinity of God in human form still does not imbibe those redumptive attributes and the vices of ego and envy etcetera develop in him in the greater intensity. Kindly explain to us the reason for this."

Then Shriji Maharaj said, "It is difficult to eradicate these persistent evils since they have become inherently associated to Jiva. Just as poison and nectar retain their inherent qualities even when offered to God, similarly demonic person would not leave his evil nature, but at times if he hurts a devotee, it would spell his ruin, God who is immanent in all takes upon himself. Such insult of the devotee punishes the wrong doer. Hiranyakashyapu was immensely powerful and was the king of three Lokas, but when he committed atrocities on his own son, who was the best of the devotees, God suddenly appeared from the one of the pillars of his palace in the form of a leo-man and tore him off to death. It is, therefore, essential that a devotee should cultivate humility and should never show the slightest discourtesy to anyone. God, ever immanent in all, would never tolerate any misbehaviour towards any body and would pay him in the same coin. If a man who out of his ego insults the poor, God, the destroyer of ego, would destroy his ego through such force as he may let lose. Sadhus should shed their ego and should be so humble as not to hurt the feelings of even the smallest of beings, as that is the behaviour which adds to the glory of their saintlyness."

Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Gadhada First - 62

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