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Why have people to make efforts to be inclined to God?

Why it is natural to the Saints?


On the fourteenth day of the first fortnight of the month of Magh of Samvat 1876, Swami Shri Sahajanandji Maharaj was sitting in the evening on a cot under the margosa tree, near the temple of Shri Vasudev Narayan in the Durbar of Shri Dada Kacher at Gadhada. Two lamps were burning before him. Garlands of yellow flowers were about his neck and in both of his hands there were strings of yellow flowers. He was dressed in white. Munis and the devotees from the different places were assembled before him.

Then Shriji Maharaj said, begin with question answers. On that Brahmanand Swami asked, "It is with the great efforts that the mind can be fixed an God, whereas, it is effortlessly drawn towards the objects of the world. What may be the cause behind that?

Then, in reply to that, Shriji Maharaj said, "The mind of a devotee always remains drawn and absorbed in the divine form of God only and it becomes difficult for a devotee to apply his mind to wordly objects. Whereas, the worldly people find it absolutey difficult to think of God. As such, those who are unable to fix their mind on God are not devotees of God. If such people gain Satsang, they will then be able to direct their purified mind towards God, and will fulfil the requirements of a true devotee.

Then Brahmanand Swami asked further, "What is the Sadhan to keep the mind fully engaged in the divine form of God ?"

Shriji Maharaj then said, "The only Sadhan is Antardrishti or introspection. Effort should be made to see God who has revealed himself before you in human form. The desire to see the six Chakras or Goloka or Vaikuntha within is to be superseded by the desire to see this human God only either within or without. This is Antardrishti or drawing inwards. Chittavriti becomes extrovert when it is focused on other objects excepting the divine form of this human God."

Shriji Maharaj then ordered the members of the assembly to ask questions amongst themselves, and attentively heard their discourses to test their intelligence.

Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Gadhada First - 49.

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