Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Itasca

Jay Shree Swaminarayan

Test for perfect faith in God.


On the eleventh day of the second fortnight of the month of Vaishakh of Samvat 1876, Swami Shri Sahajanandji Mahanij was seated on a cot in the Durbar of Shri Dada Khachar near the temple of Shri Vasudev Narayan, under a margosa tree at Gadhada. He was dressed in all white. Saints and devotees from the different places were assembled before him. Then Sura Khachar asked, "Scriptures say that the divine influence of the devotion of a devotee redeems his ancestors to the extent of seventy one generations. But some of his ancestors, of such a devotee, found to be sinners and against the God or the saints. How, therefore, can such antagonists be said to attain redemption?"

Shriji Maharaj Said in reply, "Devhooti, the wife of Kardam Rishi, served him with the affection of a devoted wife. Because of such affection for her husband, she was liberated. Again, the fifty daughters of king Mandhata, attracted by by the charm of Saubhari Rish married him, and their affection for Rishi liberated them and they attained that spiritual state which the Rishi possessed. As such, if the ancestors or the descendants of a devotee feel gratified by the devotion offered by a devotee who belongs to their race, they will be redeemed. Even the Pitrus of such a devotee who may be in heaven are redeemed if they bear affection towards the devotee because of his devotion to God and exult at the sacred cause taken up by the devotee. On the other hand, those who cultivate antagonist approach to such a devotee,even if they belong to his race, can > nqt not be redeemed. Their Buddhi becomes vitiated as they,cultivate more and more antagonism towards such a devotee. Ultimately when they die they get the lot of the sinners and experience the miseries of hell. Therefore, only those who hear love towards such a devotee are redeemed, whether they may be relatives or otherwise."

Then Naja Bhagat asked, "The devotee who knows God in human form with complete realisation and the devotee who does not fUlly possess such knowledge, apparent1y look similar in the appearance and approach. Then how to distinguish ?"

Then Shriji Maharaj replied, "One who has realised his self as Atma, has cultivated full detachment, observes his Dharm unflinchingly and offers profound devotion to God, is said to have known God in human form. One who is lacking in anyone of the above four attributes can not be said to have known God in his fullest glory in human form. Only fullfledged developement of the above four attributes achieves perfection for a devotee in the knowledge and glory of God manufesting himself in human form.

Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Gadhada Pratham - 75.