FIRM REFUGE OF GOD
February 09, 2001
Friday Meeting

In Bhagavad Gita 18/66, Krishna Bhagwan had stated, "Sarva dharman parityajya maam ekam sharanam vraja (Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me)." In Vachanamrut Gadhada First 33, Muktanand Swami asks Swaminarayan Bhagwan, "Of the many ways to please God, which one encompasses all other methods?" Swaminarayan Bhagwan replies, "Accepting the firm refuge of God is the single, greatest saadhana for pleasing God."

In the Vachanamrut, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains that refuge in God is of three types: moodhapanu (by instinctive faith), by love, and by understanding. The refuge should have no pola or weakness, but should be dradha or firm.

The refuge of love was exemplified by the Gopis during Krishna Bhagwan's time. Even if one tries to apply love elsewhere, it does not succeed as love remains only with God. Hanuman had such love for Rama Bhagwan. When Hanuman and the monkey army returned victoriously, during his coronation, Rama Bhagwan gave gifts to everyone. But he did not give anything to Hanuman. Sitaji knew that it was in fact Hanuman that played the greatest role. She thus called Hanuman herself, and gave a necklace made of invaluable pearls. Hanuman accepted the gift, but then began to break all of the pearls one by one with his teeth, eventually leaving only the bare necklace string. When questioned for this behavior, Hanuman revealed, "I asked whether my Rama Bhagwan was present in any of the pearls? When I found that he was not, what use do I have of the pearls?" Hanuman then opened his chest and showed that Rama Bhagwan and Sitaji resided in his heart!

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