NOT DOUBTING GOD
April 27, 2003
Des Plaines Mandira

In Vachanamrut Gadhada First 58, Swaminarayan Bhagwan states, "If one realizes the truly great purusha to be absolutely lust-free, then, even if one is as lustful as a dog, one will also become lust-free. Conversely, if one perceives the fault of lust in the great purusha, then no matter how lust-free one may be, one becomes full of intense lust...Therefore, if one understands the great purusha to be absolutely free of lust, greed, taste, ego, and attachment, one will also become free of all of those evil natures and become a staunch devotee." Swaminarayan Bhagwan continues by explaining such a staunch devotee "Has an instinctive dislike for the alluring vishayas (senses)...and firm faith in God alone." Finally, "The only means of becoming such a staunch devotee is by behaving as a servant of the servants of God, and by realizing, 'All of these devotees are great; I am inferior compared to them all.'"

There is the examples of Amba Sheth during Swaminarayan Bhagwan's time and Saubhari Rushi during Krishna Bhagwan's time who doubted God's actions.

Given in Swami Ni Vato 9/175 (and referenced in 9/177 and 11/175), Amba Sheth had a loving inclination toward God. Whenever he came to see Swaminarayan Bhagwan, he would bring something for Him and His saints. Once, while descending the steps from Vasudevnarayan's Ordo, God kept His hand on the shoulder of Adiba (the sister of Jinabhai of Panchala). Witnessing this, Amba Sheth doubted, "Can this be God? How can He keep His hand on a young woman's shoulder?" With such thoughts, He returned home to Gadhadi. As he had not returned to Gadhada for one year, God asked, "Why is Amba Sheth not to be seen?" The saints replied that he must have passed away. But God replied, "I have not gone to get him. And besides, if he had passed away, we would have received food from his home." At the time, a devotee from Gadhadi that was sitting in the assembly revealed that Amba Sheth did not come due to some negativity he harbored for God. God then sent Muktanand Swami to visit him in Gadhadi and reestablish his faith by explaining that one should consider God's human-like actions as divine.

Saubhari Rushi was a powerful sage that had greatly concentrated on transcending the force of lust. Due to his severe efforts, Krishna Bhagwan became pleased and decided to personally visit him. Seeing Krishna Bhagwan surrounded by many Gopis however, he doubted God in comparison with his own discipline. Even though he had done penance for 60 thousand years for the purpose of attaining God, he went deep into the Yamuna River without even meeting Krishna Bhagwan. While submerged in the river, simply by seeing two fish engaged in intercourse, he felt that he had missed out in married life. He thus converted himself into a handsome youth and engaged in family life after marrying many princesses. Thus, his doubt in Krishna Bhagwan destroyed his strict penance. (Saubhari Rushi marrying the 50 daughters of King Mandhata is given in Bhagavat 9/6 and referenced in Vachanamrut Gadhada First 75. In Swami Ni Vato 1/28, 1/38, 1/203, 6/15, 6/83, and 8/14 Gunatitanand Swami cites the example of Saubhari Rushi explaining that qualities are only attained by the grace of a great saint.)

Vachanamrut Loya 12 describes 6 levels of nishchaya (faith). There are 3 levels of savikalpa faith (literally "with alternate," or with a touch of maya) followed by 3 levels of nirvikalpa faith (literally "without alternates," or beyond maya). A person with the highest level of savikalp faith, "Would never doubt any action of God, even if God were to behave coarsely like a low-caste person; or display anger, violence, etc.; or drink alcohol, eat meat, or indulge in adultry. Why? Because he understands God to be the all-doer, the supreme Lord..." A person possessing the highest level of nirvikalp faith, "Worships Purushottam having become akshararoopa."

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