July 11, 2002
Waukegan Mandira

Two hundred years ago in the town of Junagadh, despite a scarcity of resources Gunatitanand Swami radiated the purest and highest philosophy. All of His messages and work revolved around the goal of becoming brahmaroopa. He did not give importance to anything else. The term brahmaroopa or brahmasvaroopa refers to the totally liberated state, free of all bondage. Reaching this stage, and then worshipping God, is the ultimate purpose of life.

In Swami Ni Vato 2/25, Gunatitanand Swami explains that once, a wealthy person came to a temple, donated 500 rupees, and then left. At that time and place, this was an extremely large amount. A typical layman earned nothing (except the exchange of food and shelter), while an advanced worker would earn as less as about four aanaa (one-fourth of a rupee) per day. However, Gunatitanand Swami made a very different statement. He explained that instead of donating the money, the devotee should have stayed at the temple and listened to discourses, while living on the food he bought from the money he donated. In essence, Gunatitanand Swami was saying that the value of the good deed the devotee had performed was only so much, but the spiritual progress he would have gained by keeping the money and instead spending time with Gunatitanand Swami was immeasurable.

In Swami Ni Vato 1/14, Gunatitanand Swami explains, "Even by spoiling 10 million 'works' (or tasks), improve 1 moksha (liberation). And if 10 million works are improved (or done), but 1 moksha is spoiled, what is achieved?"



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