|December 19, 2007 |
When Kakaji asked devotees to meditate, he would often repeat, "Every word is an action, every thought is an object." Dinkar Uncle explained that words are very powerful because they stir one to action.
There are two important examples from the Ramayan and Mahabharat about the power of words that Gunatitanand Swami describes in Swami Ni Vato 2/72 and 10/170. When the Pandavas built the magnificent hall at Indraprasth, in many places, the hard floors looked like pools of water and the pools looked like floors. Duryodhan became confused seeing this and from a balcony above, Draupadi remarked that "a blind man's son is blind." This enraged Duryodhan and the ensuing events eventually led to the war of the Mahabharat. Similarly, in the Ramayan, when Sitaji heard what seemed to be Rama Bhagwan's voice in distress, she told Lakshman to leave her side and go to Rama Bhagwan. When Lakshman tried to explain that there is no need to worry, Sitaji accused Lakshman of not going because he had ill intentions. Sitaji's words hurt Lakshman and so he left in search of Rama Bhagwan. As a result, Sitaji was left alone and Ravan got the opportunity to kidnap her. Thus, words can have far-reaching effects.
On the other hand, the words of God and His saints make one brahmaroopa. In Swami Ni Vato 5/182, Swami explains that through words, a new divine body is formed. Thus, one should put the highest value in the words of God and His Saints. In Swami Ni Vato 9/47, Swami describes that once he was fed lots of sweets and dairy at a devotee's home. Upon seeing him, Swaminarayan Bhagwan mentioned that his body was shining. Just upon that comment, Swami gave up eating dairy. That was the value of God's word in Swami's life.
Similarly, thoughts, or that which is contemplated upon becomes the object (or predominant subject) of one's life. That is why we should put a filter on our thoughts. Otherwise we waste all of our time behind bringing those thoughts to fruition. Instead, we should keep the thought of following the command of a Saint or becoming brahmaroopa and in the service of Parabrahma.