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How to understand and imbibe virtues of a true devotee ?


Who is not qualified for imbibing such qualities?

On the seventh day of the first fortnight of the month of Chaitra of Samvat 1876, Shriji Maharaj was seated in the chambers of the saints in the Darbar of Shri Dada Khacher at Gadhada. He was dressed in the white garments. Munis and the devotees from the different places were assembled before him.

Then Shriji Maharaj asked the Munis, "A Satpurush who has attained Brahm has no desire for material happiness and is attached to God and the divine abode of God only. He desires the same for those who approach him for spiritual advancement. His little efforts for sustaining life are for the attainmeht of the spiritual bliss of the divine abode, but not for enjoying material happiness. How does a Mumukshu or an aspirant of divine knowledge who desires to imbibe such virtues of a realised Satpurush regard him, and how does one who does not so desire to imbibe these virtues regard such a Satpurush ?"

Replying to the question, Muktanand Swami said, "One who is with spiritual wisdom would regard such a saint as divine, would put implicit faith in his words and obey him implicitly. He would then imbibe the virtues of such a Satpurush".

Shriji Maharaj then said, 'It is correct. However, if one takes so, the virtues of such a saint who has no attachment elsewhere excepting to God can thoroughly be embibed only when one realises his greatness due to which he is not affected despite the fact that lakhs of devotees respect him with folded hands, and yet does not at all desire the slightest happiness of this world. As for him- ownself he feels that he is totally engrossed in material happiness and has in fact no knowledge of the divine and blissful from of God. For such owful ignorance, he should feel ashamed and penitent. Realising the virtues of such a Satpurush before whom he looks so dwarfed, the grief with in him produces a sense of detachment which germinates the seeds of divine virtues. Now, one who does not desire to embibe such virtues feels that the greatness has been imposed upon such a saint is as much as he does not enjoy wordly happiness so profusely awailable to him by the grace Of God, and lacks discrimination while giving away things to his disciples. With such a perverted mind, he can not realise the greatness of such a Satpurush and, therefore, can not imbibe his virtues.

Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Gadhada First - 67.

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