|THE SAINT IN WHOM GOD RESIDES|
|March 03, 2002 |
Glendale Heights, IL: Jitubhai's home
In Vachanamrut Gadhada Last 26, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains that a gunaateeta saint "Should not be thought of as a human being, nor should he be thought of as a demigod...even though the saint appears to be human, he is still worthy of being worshipped on par with God." Swaminarayan Bhagwan has discussed five qualities to recognize such a gunaateeta saint:
(1) Hindu scriptures have identified 51 bhootas or things that bind every person. The saint is not suppressed by them, but rather suppresses them.
(2) All of the saint's activities are related to God/in God-consciousness.
(3) The saint remains steadfast in God's panchavartamaana (5 commands): nirmaanee (beyond ego), nishkaamee (beyond lust), nirsnehee (beyond attachment), nirlobhee (beyond greed), and nirsvaadee (beyond taste).
(4) The saint believes himself to be brahmaroopa or shabdaateeta (above words), bhaavaateeta (above feelings), and gunaateeta (above qualities). Happiness and sadness, respect and insults and all other dualities are the same to him during all three states of existence - jaagruta (awake), sushuptee (sleep), and svapna (dream).
(5) The saint is continually engaged in devotion to Purushottama or Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Thus, after becoming brahmaroopa, one devotes to God.