|May 01, 1998 |
Swaminarayan Bhagwan talks about eershyaa or jealousy in many places throughout the Vachanamrut: Gadhada First 4, Gadhada First 71, Gadhada First 72, Gadhada First 76, Sarangpur 8, Kariyani 6, Gadhada Middle 28, Gadhada Middle 47, Gadhada Middle 52, Gadhada Last 1, and Gadhada Last 6.
In Gadhada First 4, Swaminarayan Bhagwan states that devotees should not have jealousy amongst themselves; and if one does have jealousy, it should be like that of Naradji. Lakshmi and Narayan were pleased at Tumbaru when he sang in front of them in Vaikunth. As a result, out of jealosy, Naradji yearned to learn to sing like Tumbaru and please God. He spent 7 manvantaras doing austerities, but Lakshmi and Narayan did not praise him on par with Tumbaru (and gift Naradji with their clothes and ornaments). Finally, when Naradji learned to sing from Tumbaru himself, and sang before Krishna Bhagwan in Dvarika, did God show pleasure. Swaminarayan Bhagwan thus states, "If one has jealousy, one should imbibe the virtures of the person towards whom one is jealous, and should also abandon one's own faults. If this cannot be done, then a devotee of God should at least totally abandon any form of jealousy that would result in harming another devotee of God."
In Gadhada First 71, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "One who is jealous of someone cannot tolerate that person benefiting in any way. In fact, he would be pleased if misery befalls that person. That is the characteristic of jealousy."
In Gadhada First 76, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "There are four types of people I do not get along with, even if they happen to be devotees of God: an angry person, a jealous person, a deceitful person, and an egotistic person. Of these, both anger and jealousy are dependent on ego."
In Sarangpur 8, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "Jealousy develops from the ego that a person has in his heart. In fact, anger, matsara, and asuyaa also arise out of ego. But the characteristic of jealousy is that one cannot bear to see even someone greater than oneself being honored." Matsara is a form of jealousy where a person despises the progress of even a person of a lower status. Asuyaa is a form of jealousy where even another's virtues are seen as faults.
In Kariyani 6, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "There are three causes of matsara: women, wealth, and rich food. But for one who does not have any of these three, ego is the cause of matsara."
In Gadhada Middle 52, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "Even if one offers devotion with faith, if he becomes jealous of someone else who comes to offer devotion, then I do not like that. I very much prefer one who offers devotion with faith and without jealousy."
In Gadhada Last 1, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "One who has affection for God and His devotees can never become angry on or jealous of God or His devotees, and in no way does he attribute faults to them."
In Gadhada Last 6, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "One who wants to please God should not offer devotion to please other people or out of jealousy for someone, but should do so only for one's own liberation."