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Attributes of sharp intelligence


On the first day of the second fortnight of the month of Magh in Samvat 1987, early in the morning Shriji Maharaj was seated in the verandah near the stair way to upper floor in the Durbar of Shri Dada Khachar at qadhada. Saints and the devotees from the different places were assambled before him.

Then Shriji Maharaj asked the saints, "It is said in the scriptures that Brahm can be attained only by one who has the sharpest intelligence. Is this Buddhi identical with the one possessed by the wordly wise or great people? or the one possessed by the preachers and interpreters of the Shastras?" The saints tried to reply but could not quite succeed.

Then, explaining this into the reply, Shriji Maharaj said, "The wise and the great people of the world or the learned knowing the Shastras, so long as they have no aspiration to tread the path of spiritiual asceIit, are not really the wise or the great or the learned in spite of their learning and knowledge, whereas one who has no worldly wisdom or Shastric knowledge or social status, but is engaged in going up on the divine ladder by spiritual endeavour, is said to be the really intelligent one or the wise one. Even though the worldly great conduct their affairs with the sharpest of intelligence, the criterion for distinguishing real Buddhi is based on its application for self-realisation. The Geeta says: - which means, The Buddhi of the worldly people is envaloped by the darkness of ignorance and as such it can not be applied for attaching oneself to devotion. They are living in a state of ignorance whereas the saints whose lives are devoted to consecrated devotion of God and who are always characterised by their disregard for the enjoyment of worldly objects, are living in a state of divine consciousness and they alone posses real or sharp intelligence.

As such, one who craves for the realiiation of Brahm possesses Buddhi intrinsic in its nature, and is the wisest, where as one who has no spiritual cravings even though he may be wise or great or a Pandit, yet in the eyes of realised ones, he is living under the ego of his own pride. He is not intelligent.

Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Gadhada First - 50.

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