Anoopam 5


0 - Preface

Swami Shreeji

Under the instructions of Yogiji Maharaj and with his blessings the Sadhak sisters attended a spiritual seminar at Varsova in 1965.

 

The seminar focused on how these sisters would achieve their goal of attaining ékantik dharma - a single-minded conviction for God and religion. The main contents of those seminars have been published here in this book as essays.

 

From 1966 to 1972, the Vrat-dhari sisters, youths and santos endeavoured eagerly to practice these principles under the spiritual guidance of P.Pappaji, P. Kakaji and P. Ba. As a result - in 1973 we have witnessed the following truth emerge :

 

A true sadhu is one who imparts peace unto those who come in contact with him. (shanti pamadé téné sant kahiyé)

 

Many such sadhaks have accomplished this spiritual status. We hope and pray that the Applied Brahm-Gnan published in this book will enlighten any new sadhaks treading upon this path.

 

Jai Swaminarayan

Gunatit Jyot Committee

1 - Be Happy and Rejoice! Anand Karo

Always remain happy and contented in the knowledge that you have attained the ultimate. To have found God, the association of a Sadhu and good health. All three are rarely achieved simultaneously. This is something you have, therefore you should celebrate and rejoice !! According to Vachnamrut G. III 2, the attainment of the Pratyaksh Swaroop (God) is the pinnacle of all accomplishments, this is the ultimate salvation and redemption of the soul known as Moksh. The realisation of the Pratyaksh Swaroop and his sambandhwalas as divine beings is the ultimate salvation and the greatest achievement.

Read more: 1 - Be Happy and Rejoice! Anand Karo

2 - To Reminisce Over the Memories of God Smruti

As the devotee who is in the state of sadhna known as Gun-Buddhi (i.e. whose every thought and action is based on his intellectual mind) humbly endeavours to serve the Lord and disciples, the Satpurush will bless him by taking His place in the devotee's heart and will begin to guide him. Gradually the devotee will reach the state of sadhna known as Atma-Buddhi - i.e. where all his actions, thoughts and perceptions are based on the Atma (Atma being the Satpurush in his inner heart, mind and soul). He will have attained what is known as 'Atma-Bhudhi and Priti' with the Satpurush (this is a oneness with the Satpurush whereby the soul feels a sense of belonging to the Satpurush and continually endeavours to live according to His wishes.) Ref. Vachnamrut G. I. 37.

Read more: 2 - To Reminisce Over the Memories of God Smruti

3 - The Glory of God and His Devotees Mahatmya

'Mahima' is to staunchly believe that the Pratyaksh Swaroop, whom we believe and have become devotedly attached to, is the all inspiring one.... the one who controls our fate and destiny, our past, present and future and is the almighty divine Lord himself, as described in Vachnamrut G. I. 62 and Swami-ni-Vato : Chapter 4 Discourse 143. One should constantly endeavour to maintain this mahima i.e. to believe and accept that the Pratyaksh Swaroop is the almighty Lord himself who has come down to earth in the form of a human. He is divine, whatever He does, or says is divine. One should always try to keep one's mind full of thoughts of mahima and firmly accept that whatever the Pratyaksh Swaroop says is always right, and accept that everything associated with 'I' , 'me' or 'mine' is always wrong.

Read more: 3 - The Glory of God and His Devotees Mahatmya

4 - Remain Submerged in Brahm Brahmcharya

The concepts of brahmcharya (to remain submerged in Brahm) and ahinsa (non-violence) are fundamental to the religion of an ékantik. The ékantik devotee who has recognised the supreme being, brahm - within Yogiji Maharaj and who now endeavours to lead a life which will please Yogiji Maharaj is truly 'living' in the spiritual sense of the word. Just as a fish will perform all it's activities whilst remaining submerged in water, it would die if lifted out of the water, by the same token an ékantik's lifeline becomes brahm, the supreme being - Yogiji Maharaj. Now the ékantik can only associate with either brahm or that which is associated with brahm. He can only participate in activities (thinking, saying, acting) which would please brahm. All aspects of his life; his personal, moral, social, and spiritual behaviour will be based upon the following :

Read more: 4 - Remain Submerged in Brahm Brahmcharya

5 - Neglect Negative Influences Kusang no Tyag

In the last chapter we discussed how to remain submerged in brahm; that is to constantly remain in Akshardham. Bapa has bestowed His grace upon us and has granted us this gift. We may wonder how has he done this ? The fact that He has allowed us His sambandh; His divine love for us and His presence in our lives is the most important factor. All we need to do now is to constantly remember Bapa, reminisce over His memories and that in itself is Akshardham. The gift of Bapa's presence in our lives has cost us absolutely nothing; He compassionately bestowed it upon us gratis. He has redeemed us from jivbhav ; our innermost self - the ego.

Read more: 5 - Neglect Negative Influences Kusang no Tyag

6 - Association with the Swaroop and the Lord. Sambandhyog

Shreeji Maharaj and Gunatitanand Swami descended upon the earth from Akshardham and introduced a revolutionary way which would redeem and purify souls, this new method is known as sambandhyog.

 

Shreeji Maharaj was himself the supreme Par-brahm Swaroop - God. If God had held any expectations of his devotees then realistically what could they have been ? What could any meek, humble devotee have offered Him ? Thus he manifested himself in a human body and those who came into contact with him, even only by chance, were showered with blessings and divine love. It was this divine love which lead the devotees to believe that Shreeji Maharaj and His devotees are divine and ultimately freed the devotees from their egos. What could the devotees have offered God to achieve this ?

Read more: 6 - Association with the Swaroop and the Lord. Sambandhyog

7 - Spiritual Divine Acceptance Nirdosh-Buddhi

Nirdosh-buddhi may be defined as the acceptance that everything and everyone is inspired by God, thus they are divine and innocent. Literally nirdosh means innocent. To uphold nirdosh-buddhi is to accept with your mind, soul and intellectual mind (buddhi) that whatever happens is inspired by God.

To practice nirdosh-buddhi is the ultimate service of the Lord.

 

Once during a sabha in Kapodwadi Bombay, Yogiji Maharaj was giving a sermon on the Vachnamrut Kariyani 9. Within this Vachnamrut Maharaj has stated that "to live every moment according to the wishes of whom one loves dearly is the true characteristic of Love"

Read more: 7 - Spiritual Divine Acceptance Nirdosh-Buddhi

8 - Constant Awareness of God and Spiritual Ethics Brahmyagna and Gnanyagna

On every ékadashi, Yogiji Maharaj would ask his devotees to read and recite the Vachnamruts G. II. 7 and G. II. 8.


Vachnamrut G. II. 7


Then Muktanand Swami asked Shreeji Maharaj: 'A human being is filled with worldly desires, thus how can he ever be freed from it ?" 


Shreeji Maharaj replied : "Even though a devotee lacks vairagya altogether, but if such a devotee should profoundly serve a great saint with deep dedication and conviction and obey implicitly all the rules prescribed by God, then the great saint would bless him and negative traits such as anger, passion and carnal desires are instantly removed. If these desires are deeply embedded within the soul, then they become the reason for our re-incarnation. However, serving such a saint will also redeem the soul of even the most irredeemable desires" 

Read more: 8 - Constant Awareness of God and Spiritual Ethics Brahmyagna and Gnanyagna

9 - Characteristics of the Spiritual Status Brahmi Sthiti nu Lakshan

Swami-ni-Vato Chapter 1. Discourse 305

To practice positive thinking and thus experience peace and bliss is to have attained the happiness of heaven on earth. Similarly, to be plagued with negative thoughts and feelings of despondency, gloom and depression is effectively to experience hell on earth.

Swami-ni-Vato Chapter 1. Discourse 308 Once a devotee comes in contact with the Satpurush he automatically gains a right to experience the peace, bliss and happiness of Akshardham. Just as a prince never forfeits his rights to the kingdom and the throne, no matter what he does, so devotees will never forfeit their place in Akshardham. 

Read more: 9 - Characteristics of the Spiritual Status Brahmi Sthiti nu Lakshan

10 - Path to Salvation - Certified by Experience Anubhavélo Kalyan no Sadhana-marg

If any devotee were to believe Yogi Bapa to be the supreme incarnation of Akshar-purushottam and pray incessantly to Him : "Bapa - please reveal your true self to me! Grant my soul redemption and salvation" 


If the devotee continued to pray in this way unceasingly until Bapa heard his prayers, then Maharaj would hear this plea and would take it upon Himself to bless the devotee. He would bestow His blessing : 

"My son, from today you are mine, you belong to me" 

Read more: 10 - Path to Salvation - Certified by Experience Anubhavélo Kalyan no Sadhana-marg

11 - Realisation of the Glory of God and His Devotees. Mahatmya no Sakshatkar

Lord Swaminarayan also known as Sahajanand Swami is the supreme emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss. Gunatitanand Swami is the 'living' abode of Lord Swamininarayan. The Lord dwells constantly in Gunatitanand Swami. 

Presently Yogiji Maharaj has attained equivalence and identification with both Lord Swaminarayan and Gunatitanand Swami and is in permanent communion with them. Thus, Yogiji Maharaj is the most supreme entity, He is the almighty controller of everything; inspiring everyone and controlling everyone's destinies.

 

Lord Swaminarayan manifests Himself in Yogiji Maharaj, thus the devotees of Yogiji Maharaj are also controlled by brahm. The power of brahm is such that it is an all-knowing, all-inspiring, omnipresent entity. 

Read more: 11 - Realisation of the Glory of God and His Devotees. Mahatmya no Sakshatkar

12 - Firm Conviction in God. Akshar-Purushottam ni Nishtha.

New Era 


A new era began when we celebrated the centenary of Pujya Shashtriji Maharaj. Prior to this, we would affiliate with a Gunatit Satpurush (attain atma-buddhi and priti), but would acknowledge the Satpurush to be on the same spiritual level as ourselves. Thus:

  • The Satpurush constantly remained humble towards us instead of us remaining humble towards them. 
  • The Satpurush remained helpless i.e. could not reveal their true power to us as we were still unable to accept them. 


For many years, it was Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj's wish to build temples; money was required and hence they were so humble that we believe that without our help (monetary or otherwise), the temples would not be built. Thus when we made even the smallest donations towards this, we believed that we were doing these Satpurush a great favour !! 

Read more: 12 - Firm Conviction in God. Akshar-Purushottam ni Nishtha.

13 - Unity, Harmony and Spiritual Friendship Samp, Suridbhav, Ékta

Unity, harmony and spiritual friendship have been advocated by Yogiji Maharaj himself. We should try to apply these fundamental principles in our lives. 

Sometimes when you endeavour to practice these principles; you may witness things which will make you feel unhappy. Under these circumstances, you may politely request the person concerned to change their behaviour etc. If they do not comply, then leave it up to Bapa to sort out, you must simply pray. Do not insist on others to change or comply. If you continue to pray to Bapa, He will surely bring about a solution to the problem in His own way. 

Be patient and pray and then watch the results. Bapa's solution to the problem will ultimately be the most optimum solution, which even you will witness and accept. 

Read more: 13 - Unity, Harmony and Spiritual Friendship Samp, Suridbhav, Ékta

14 - The Essence of Gunatit Gnan Gunatit Gnan nu Navnit

Constantly remain aware of the six points mentioned below.

 

  • Never look at the faults of others (Koi nu Jovu nahi) 
  • Concentrate on one's own sadhana (Potanu kari lévu) 
  • Resolve problems with prayers and japyagna but do not resort to alternative methods. (Munjvan avé to mala ghamkhavi pan bija-trija upai na léva). 
  • Maintain nirdosh-buddhi towards everyone. (Darékma nirdosh-buddhi rakhvi) 
  • Maintain unity, harmony and goodwill (samp, suridbhav né ékta darékma rakhvi). 
  • Continuously praise the glory of the Lord (Sakshat no mahima nirantar gaya karvo) 

Read more: 14 - The Essence of Gunatit Gnan Gunatit Gnan nu Navnit

15 - Profound Association with Accomplished Saints Results in Purification of the Soul Brahm no Manan Dwa

The association of the mind with the Brahm-Swaroop is known as 'brahm no manan dwara sang'. 

  1. Never look at the faults of others (Koi nu Jovu nahi) 
  2. Concentrate on one's own sadhna (Potanu kari lévu)
  3. Resolve problems with prayers and japyagna but do not resort to alternative methods. (Munjvan avé to mala ghamkhavi pan bija-trija upai na léva). 
  4. Maintain nirdosh-buddhi towards everyone. (Darékma nirdosh-budhhi rakhvi) 
  5. Maintain unity, harmony and goodwill. (samp, suridbhav né ékta darékma rakhvi). 
  6. Continuously Praise the Glory of the Lord (Sakshat no mahima nirantar gaya karvo) 

Read more: 15 - Profound Association with Accomplished Saints Results in Purification of the Soul Brahm no...

16 - The Essence of Anoopam 5 Falshruti.

We have recognised and accepted Yogiji Maharaj as the person that has attained equivalence and identification with Aksharbrahm and is in permanent communion with Parbrahm. We know and believe him to be our kalyan-data i.e. the one who will redeem our souls and purify our ego. The fact that we belong to Him means we do not have to go through the process of re-incarnation. Whatever we would have wished to attain - we have already achieved. Therefore :

Read more: 16 - The Essence of Anoopam 5 Falshruti.

17 - Sincerity Towards the Guru and God. Drashta Taraf Pativratapanu

Once we have recognised the Pratyaksh Swaroop and accepted Him as an incarnation God, the awareness of our race and caste will be eliminated, however, our intrinsic nature (swabhav) and worldly desires (vasna) still remain. Each morning we should to pray:

"Oh Lord, please reveal my weaknesses."

Then remain alert throughout the day. The constant awareness of having asked for this in our prayer alertness is known as jagratta. Bapa will definitely begin to reveal our weaknesses.  

Vasna - Worldly desires

Read more: 17 - Sincerity Towards the Guru and God. Drashta Taraf Pativratapanu

18 - True Worship Upasana

  1. Constantly ask oneself : will these thoughts please Bapa ? will my actions please him? Until one gets a firm answer continue to pray but do not act. Nothing will be ruined. Do only that which is your religion (swa-dharma) otherwise continue to pray. Remain sub-merged in the Lord and do whatever is inspired by Him. 
  2. Do not allow others to interfere with your beliefs, principles, or morals. By the same token do not interfere in theirs. Do not insist on others to adopt your views/beliefs. If anything, simply advise them to pray to Bapa and do as inspired by Him. 
  3. Ignore all other beliefs and faiths and concentrate on your own religion. To endeavour to continually practice these points is the purpose of these seminars. 

Read more: 18 - True Worship Upasana

19 - Glossary

Abhav  To dislike, to take offence, to condemn.  
Agnan  Ignorance  
Ahinsa  non-violence  
Ahum / Ahankar  Ego  
Akshar  The eternal abode of God - in whom God dwells constantly  
Akshar -Purushottam  Gunatitanand Swami & The Lord Swaminarayan also known as Sahajanand Swami.  
Akshardham  Abode of God, Eternal abode of Lord Swaminarayan.  
Amahima  Negative, pessimistic thoughts - thoughts of criticism.  
Ang  The fundamental characteristic  
Antahkaran  The four inner instruments of the mind, intellect, emotive mind and ego (man, buddhi, chitta and ahum)  
Anuvruti  Inspiration from the Lord.  
Atma  The soul  
Atma-buddhi  One-ness  
Atyantik Kalyan  Ultimate redemption of the soul achieved by attaining the state of 'brahmroop'  
Bhajan  Hymns  
Bhavatit  To become immune to emotions or feelings  
Brahm  The Supreme being as the emblem of truth; knowledge and eternal bliss.  
Brahm Swaroop  One who has attained equivalence and identification with the Par-brahm and is in permanent communion with God.  
Brahm-bhav  Virtuous qualities.  
Brahm-charya  To remain sub-merged in Brahm  
Brahm-niyantrit  Instigated & Controlled by Brahm.  
Brahmroop  Oneness or identification with God  
Buddhi  Intellect  
Chitta  Emotive mind  
Darshan  Seeing with reverence or devotion  
Das-atwa nu ang  Fundamental Characteristic predominated by the faith in the Swaroop  
Déha  Physical body.  
Déhabhav  Impurities of the soul.  
Dhoon  Chanting of the Swaminarayan Mantra  
Dhyan  Meditation  
Divya-bhav  Divine vision, relating to everyone amicably and harmoniously  
Drashta  Focus point of one's life.  
Dukh  Misery / misfortune / distress / gloom etc  
Dukhé  Sadly, with torment, grief and hardships etc  
Ékantik  Single minded devotee- enlightened soul with intense aspiration and attachment to God only.  
Ékantik Dharma  True Worship  
Ékta  Unity  
Gnan  Spiritual Knowledge.  
Gnan nu ang  Fundamental Characteristic predominated by the intellect  
Gunatit Bhav  Transcendental eternal state of consciousness or divyabhav with equanimity.  
Gunatit Samaj  The divine society of enlightened souls.  
Gunatit sant  A saint who is above the three modes of nature.  
Gunatit Swaroop  One who has attained equivalence and identification with the Par-brahm and is in permanent communion with God.  
Guru  Spiritual Guide , a sadhu who has established a rapport with God.  
Indriyas  Five sense organs  
Jagratta  Alertness / awareness  
Japyagna  Constant chanting of the Swaminarayan mantra.  
jiv  Embodied soul  
Jivbhav  The ego - our innermost self  
Kal  Present age of chaos, conflicts etc.  
Kalyan  Ultimate Redemption of the soul.  
Kalyan-data  The redeemer  
Kam  Yearning desire, a passion for sensual happiness or pleasure, lust.  
Karma  Action entailing its consequences.  
Kusang  Negative influences  
Leela  To recognise and accept Maharaj as the all mighty controller of everyone and everything.  
Lobh  Greed, avarice, covetous, intense longing, passion for possession.  
Maan  Pride- also a desire to acquire fame, respect, credit or goodwill.  
Maha-manav  Person with super human qualities.  
Mahatmya  Glory of God & His devotees, deep respect for devotees of God.  
Mahatmya-yukt séva  Service with selfless devotion.  
Mahima  Glory of God (see mahatmya)  
Manushya-bhav  To see human nature or tendencies working in Divine Entities.  
Maya  One of the five eternal entities.  
Moksh  Ultimate redemption of the soul  
Mukta / Mutkto  Devotees  
Mun-mukhi  Inspiration from the mind - i.e. not inspired by 'brahm'  
Munjvan  Distress and emotional disturbances.  
Murti  An idol, a deity or sadhu who is worshipped.  
Nirakar  Non-existent  
Nirdosh  Innocent  
Nirdosh-buddhi  Spiritual Divine acceptance.  
Nirdoshbhav  Spiritually divine acceptance.  
Nirgun  Without virtues or qualities  
Nirvasnik  Free from worldly desires and attachments  
Nirvikalpa Samadhi  A state where the soul has no reservations or doubts, only total surrender.  
Par-Brahm  God, the ultimate reality  
Par-matma  God, the ultimate reality  
Param-hansas  Ascetics / Sadhus.  
Prakruti Purush  Crude, natural forces of the world  
Prapati nu ang  Fundamental characteristic predominated by a total dependence on the Pratyaksh Swaoop  
Prapatiyog  The total dependence on the pratyaksh swaroop - it means placing total faith in Him  
Prarabhdhas  Past destiny  
Pratyaksh  Personified, living divine being.  
Pratyaksh Swaroop  The person that has attained equivalence and identification with Aksharbrahm and is in permanent communion with Par-brahm.  
Priti  Attachment / fondness / love  
Priti nu ang  Fundamental Characteristic predominated by attachment / love  
Purushottam  God, The Lord Swaminarayan.  
Purushottam Narayan  The Lord Swaminarayan also known as Shreeji Maharaj.  
Sabha  A gathering a congregation for the purpose of worship.  
Sadhak  A true devotee, Aspirant.  
Sadhna  Effort or practices necessary to realise one's spiritual goal: self discipline.  
Sadhu  An ascetic.  
Sakshatkar  Realisation / Recognition of the Pratyaksh Swaroop  
Samaj  A fellowship of divine enlightened souls.  
Sambandh  Relationship.  
Sambandhwala  Relation of God - devotees.  
Samp  Harmony  
Sangarthanbhav  Divine friendship  
Santo  Ascetic Saints who have renounced all worldly attachments and have devoted their lives to the service of God.  
Satsang  Holy fellowship  
Satsangi  A follower of the Swaminarayan faith.  
Séva  Services tendered without selfish motives.  
Sévak  A humble servant  
Shabdatit  To become immune to words  
Shreeji Maharaj  Lord Swaminarayan  
Smruti  To remember, recollect memories of God - Pratyaksh Swaroop.  
Sukh  Happiness  
Sukhé  Happily, free from hardships  
Suridbhav  Spiritual Friendship  
Swabhav  One's own intrinsic characteristics - one's instincts.  
Swad  Sense of taste, a fondness of certain foods, interest in certain things.  
Swa-dharma  One's own morals, principles and religion.  
Swami-ni-Vato  A holy scripture which embodies the teachings of Swami Shree Gunatitananda Swami in his own words.  
Swaroop- nishtha  Absolute conviction and faith in the Swaroop  
Swaroopyog  Daily ritual of prayers  
Tyag  To renounce / to neglect  
Upasana  Worship / Devotion  
Vachnamrut  The holy Scripture of the Swaminarayan religion. The Vachanamruts are the actual 
discourses of Lord Swaminarayan to his disciples.  
Vairagya  Detachment, having no love for the world or its pleasures  
Vasna  Worldly desires.  
Vickshép  Emotional state of unhappiness, gloom despondency & dejection .  
Vijli Jéva sant  Gunatit Swaroop.  
Vrat-dhari Brothers  Male aspirants saints who have renounced all worldly attachments and have devoted their lives to the service of God.  
Vrat-dhari Sisters  Female aspirants saints who have renounced all worldly attachments and have devoted their lives to the service of God.  
Vruti  Inner-most desires / impurities of the soul

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