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On the eleventh day of the second fortnight of the month of Magh of Samvat 1876, Swami Shri Sahajanandji Maharaj was seated an a cot covered with mattresses and round pillows in the verandah facing west near the temple of Shri Vasudev Narayan,in the Durbar Gadh of Shri Dada Khachar at Gadhada. He had put on a white side cloth about his shoulders and had covered his body with a bluerish rich garment, with the ends woven with pure silver fabric. He had also put on a turban of blue silk woven with rich silver fabric. Saints and the devotees from the various places were assembled before him.

Then Muktanand Swami asked, "Oh Maharaj ! How can Bhagwat Dharm which is described in the elevanth Skandh of the Shrimad Bhagwat in the form of discourse between Raja Janak and nine Yogeshwara be upheld? And how is the Jiva redeemed from Maya."

Shriji Maharaj then replied, "The saint who is singularly devoted to God and who possesses the attributes od Swadharma, Gyan, Vairagya and Bhakti is the upholder of the Bhagwat Dharm. The Jiva can be released from Maya only if he keeps himself in the company of such a saint. Bhagwan Kapildev advising his mother Devhooti has said, .

The Jiva who is deeply attached to his body and bodily relations if similarly attached to an Ekantik Sadhu, the doors of redemption would be opened for him."

Then Shukmuni asked, "How should a saint or devotee who can not be deflected from the path of dharm even under the most calamitous circumstances be known?"

In reply to that Shriji Maharaj said, "One who regards with respect the various injuctions prescribed by God and observes them implicitly, will never be deflected from the path of Bhagwat Dharm. He is, therefore, regarded to have observed the Dharm and has developed a strong footing in this Satsang.

Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Gadhada First - 54.

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