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Why a less learned follower has greater devotion than a learned one?


How to turn such learned one to God?

On the twelfth day of the second fortnight of the month of Paush in Samvat 1876, Swami Shri Sahjanandji Maharaj was seated facing east on a cot under the margosa tree near the temple of Shri Vasudev Narayan in the Durbar of Shri Dada Khachar at Gadhada. He was clad in all white. Saints and the devotees from the various places were assembled before him.

Then Shriji Maharaj said to Munis, "Either you may ask me a question or I ask you a question." Where upon the Muni's said "Maharaj ! You may ask us one." Shriji Maharaj then asked, "One is deficient in intelligence and still is careful to preserve the contact of God for his redemption. The other one possesses a sharp intelligence and is capable of pointing out all drawbacks even in the great ones and yet he can not tread the path of spiritual upliftment. What can be the reason for such contrast?

The Munis tried to reply but could not satisfy Maharaj as they were confronted by him with counter-questions. Then Shriji Maharaj replying to the own question said, "One who has a very sharp intelligence has his Buddhi vitiated. He therefore, can not be inspired to follow the path of spiritual upliftment. Just as milk mixed with sugar is spoiled by a drop of poison, which when drunk would spell death, similarly Buddhi is marred by an anathema incurred for having maligned either God or his Saint. Such calumny flung at such divine personalities turns poisonous like venom for him. How can be, therefore, tread the spiritual path? Still more, one who lends his ears to such talk is also sure to be deflected from the divine path. Wherever such person takes birth he does so to malign God or his saint. whereas one who is deficient in intelligence can climb the steps of spiritual upliftment, if his intelligence is not so cursed. Then Muktanand Swami asked, "Can such an intelligent man ever be reverted to the path of redemption?" Shriji Maharaj said, "No he can never do so." Again Muktanand Swami asked, "Maharaj ! Please tell us how Buddhi may not get so cursed."

Shriji Maharaj said, "One who is careful not to apply these baser instincts of anger, ego, envy and deceit especially in ones behaviour towards God or saints, one's Buddhi will never turn so demonic. If however only one out of these four baser instincts persist and by which the saint is hurt, his Buddhi is sure to be spoiled. Jay and Vijay were spiritually wise and yet due to ego of their position they insulted Sanaks, and fell immediately from the Vaikuntha Loka. When Buddhi become so vitiated, the redemptive attributes possessed by God or his saint, appear to such a one as vices. And whenever he would take birth he would be born either as a king of demons or as an evil spirit, and in each of such births he would promote animocity towards God.

Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Gadhada First - 35.

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