|May 22, 1999 |
Iowa City, IA: Virendrabhai's home
In Vachanamrut Gadhada Last 21, Gopalanand Swami states, "It is by offering bhakti (devotion) to God that the jeeva crosses God's maayaa and attains Akshardham. By dharma, it attains devaloka (heaven), but once its accumulated merits are exhausted, the jeeva falls from devaloka." In Bhagavad Gita 4/8, however, Krishna Bhagwan says that age after age, God appears on the earth in order to establish dharma (religion).
Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains that dharma that is related to God, whether it be of nivrutti (like Narad, the Sanakaadik, or Shukji) or of pravrutti (like Dhruv, Prahlad, or Ambrish), is known as bhaagavata dharma or ekaantika dharma. "In fact, this type of dharma is not different from bhakti - they are both one. The type of dharma that avataaras of God come to establish is this very same dharma." To clarify, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "The dharma of one's caste and aasharama (stage in life) alone are extremely inferior compared to bhaagavata dharma."
Ekaantika relates to "Ek naa anth ne paamvu," or reaching the one final God.
Throughout the Vachanamrut, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains that the only way to achieve ekaantika dharma is by loving association (e.g. Gadhada First 54) and following the commands of (e.g. Gadhada First 60) an ekaantika saint.