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The technique of eradicating disturibing throughts and evil impressions of past birth


The ways to please a Saint Attributes of a true devotee.

On the fifth day of the first fortnight of the month of falgun of Samvat 1876, in the evening after Aarti, Swami Shri Sahajanandji Maharaj was seated in the place of Parmhans chambers in the Darbar of Shri Dada Khacher at Gadhada. He was clad in white. Munis and the devotees from the various places were assembled before him.

Shriji Maharaj then asked the assembly to start questions and answers. Then Mukatanand Swami asked, "Oh Maharaj ! a devotee when engaged in devotion of God is disturbed by the influence of Rajas and Tamas and as such can not enjoy the bliss of meditational devotion. How can he be relieved from the influence of these Gunas ?

Shriji Maharaj said in reply, "The influence of these Gunas generates out of body, evil association and the Karmas done before. The influence of the Gunas due to attachment for one's body is removed by a thought consciousness that 'I am atma-separate from body which is ultimately pershible.' The influence of the vicious company vanishes by avoiding such company and cultivating attachment for satsang, Where as the influence produced out of Rajas and Tamas and which has become very stubbron is due to malicious Karmas done in the past birth and is therefore very difficult to be effaced."

Then Anandanand swami asked, "How can such stubborn influence of the malicious karmas of the past be removed ?" Shriji Maharaj said, 'If a spiritually great saint who is in rapport with God bestows his grace, such malicious influence immediately dies out. Not only that but his grace would uplift a Jiva degraded to a morbid state to an elevated divine status of kingship. It would also transfer his ill fate and bring him a bright future. The impediments in his spiritual path are also removed by such grace.'

Again AnandanandSwami asked further, "What is the method to earn the grace of such a great saint ?" Shriji Maharaj said, "If one opens poens heart before such a saint and frankly admits all his draw backs, drives out the evil influence of passion, anger, covetousness, infatuation, greediness, envy, false desires, ego etcetera and strives with all humality to remain subservient to him at all times, and also drives out the sense of ego from his heart at least by physically paying respect to all, one would each the grace of such a spiritually great saint."

Then Mahanubhavanand Swami asked, "What is the remedy that a devotee should adopt so that all the malicious instincts of nature are destroyed and progress in the spiritual path is achieved ?" Shriji Maharaj said, "A devotee will spiritually develop as he begins to realise the greatness of a brahmnised the saint. To drive away the evil of his carnal desires from his heart he should meditate upon such redemptive attributes of the saint. However, if his mind is perverted, and due to such perversion he loses sight of the redemptive attributes of such a saint and attributes malicious instencts in turn. Therefore one should try to cognise the redemptive attributes of a brahmnised saint to imbibe such virtues. How, therefore, can such a devotee be recognised ? Such a devotee looks with utter disinterest towards all the enticing Panchvishayas as he naturally, looks with contempt on the repulsive Pachavishayas. His mind is focused incessantly upon the divine form of God only. He would inherit such virtues only when he forgets his physical consciousness and develops Atmic Bhava by which he realises the greatness of God and his devotees. This state of divine sublimity that a devotee attains by virtue of his earnest devotion, develops in him a sense of subservience towards all the devotees of God whom he would rank as great since he has developed a void in him due to Atmic consciousness which gives him a divine vision. A devotee with such aptitude is sure to progress spiritually and the attriputes of Dharm, Gyan, Vairagya and Bhakti would develop within him unhampered.

Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Gadhada First - 58.

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