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The cause of the more attraction to worldly thoughts than to God


Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Gadhada First - 34On the eleventh day of the second fortnight of the month of Paush in Samvat 1876, Shriji Maharaj has seated on a cot facing south in the verandah facing west in the Durbar Of Shri Dada Khachar at Gadhada. He had wrapped a white side cloth about his neck and had covered his body with a white cotion shawl. He had put on a white turban on his head. Nosegays of flowers and silken strings were suspended from his turban. Bouquets of flowers were neatly arranged on his ears. Munies and Bhaktas from the different places were assembled before him. Munies were chanting Kirtans accompanied by musical instruments.

Then Shriji Maharaj said, "Now stop Kirtans and have question answers." whereupon Brahmanand Swami asked, God the almighty is the transcendental highest and is the source of all happiness. However one is not drawn towards God but is drawn towards worldly objects which are perishable, what can be the reasen for such an obscure understanding? Muktandand Swami tried to reply, but could not quite convincingly do so. Then Shriji Maharaj said, "Please listen to me I shall explain to you the reason for such an obscure choice. Ever since God created this world, he has arranged the mechanism so, deftly that without further effort the generation may go on multiplying. He has inspired his Maya to infuse such attachemnt amongst human beings that they remain always attached to each other as husband and wife. The ties of such material love which bind husband and wife eqally bind them to their progeny.

Ties of such love are Maya. One who is not carried away by such emotion but ephemeral ties of love is said to have transcended Maya. He can establish his mind in the divine form of God. As such, a devotee of God should always look upon worldy objects as harmful things. He should get detached from them and should try to concentrate his mind on the divine form of God, who is the repository of bliss. If however detachment from worldly objects is not cultivated and the mind is allowed to deflect from the divine form of God, even Shiva, Brahma, Narada and other all will be gripped by the force of Maya. Therefore if one is drawn towards worldly objects one is sure to be deeply attaced to them. A devotee of God should therefore, carefully avoid any attachment any where except to God."

Then further Shriji Maharaj said, "Now it is the turn of Muktanand Swami to ask question." Muktanand Swami on this asked, "It is very rare to get such divine contact with God which is the sum total of all gains and happiness. However, why does the Jiva hankers after such a small happiness which ultimately spell misery disregarding such divine happiness?"

In answer, Shriji Maharaj said, "When Jiva disregards the holy injunctions prescribed by God, he unvites misery. If he implicitly performs the holy duties imposed upon him, he enjoys the bliss of God. To the extend he violates the holy order, he suffers misery. Therefore, the renounced ones have to observe the holy rules prescribed for them and the householders also should accordingly observe all the rules imposed upon them. The renounced one have to observe eight fold Brahmcharya and the slightest flaw in the observance of this vow will spell misery for them. The householders should also observe Brahmchrya which prohibits adultery and also conjugal enjoyment is prescribed only during such days of menstrual period for the purpose of begetting progeny only and not for enjoyment. The renounced ones and the householders should therefore implicitly obey all the rules laid down for them and the slightest flaw in such observance brings trouble. And those who do not so belong to God reap the fruits of their Karma accordingly good or bad.

Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Gadhada First - 34.

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