|December 05, 2002 |
There is a proverb that states, "There is no limit to an unpurified soul's mistakes, but there is also no limit to God's mercy." Swami Ni Vato 11/60 explains that when a soul makes a mistake, God does not look at his bad qualities, but continuously forgives. If an offending person approaches God's saint with deena-aadheenbhaava (humble surrender), nishkapatabhaava (without hiding or holding anything back), a desire for forgiveness, and an inclination to follow the saint's anuvrutti (real intent), then no matter what mistake has been committed, s/he achieves the same liberation as an ekaantika (highest-level) devotee.
An example of this is referenced in Vachanamrut Vadtal 14. A devotee by the name of Ramachandra Vaghmodiya had a younger brother who had been outcast from his town for marrying a girl belonging to a lower caste. However, once he devotedly served some saints. The saints thus invited him to attend a festival in Vadtal. When he came to Vadtal, immediately upon seeing Swaminarayan Bhagwan, he went into samaadhi. His brother, Ramachandra Vaghmodiya, who had been attending satsanga for many years, became jealous of this and raised a doubt in God. Thus, he asked, "Why does a seemingly unworthy person attain samaadhi?" Swaminarayan Bhagwan understood the reason for his question and thus replied, "By seeking the refuge of the great saint, regardless of how terrible a sinner a person may be, he becomes extremely pure and attains samaadhi. On the other hand, a person who maligns the great saint is a terrible sinner, regardless of how sincere he may seem to be following dharma."