March 10, 2001
Waukegan Mandira

In Vachanamrut Gadhada First 24, Brahmanand Swami asks, "Suppose there is a person whose senses are not drawn towards any of the vishayas, vicious thoughts do not arise in his antahkarana, and he has complete faith in God. Yet, a feeling of apoornapanu (incompleteness or unfulfillment) remains, and he feels soonu (despondent) within. What is the reason for this?" Swaminarayan Bhagwan responds that that is a major deficiency in the devotee. He should feel, "I am extremely fortunate and completely fulfilled, whereas others in the world are constantly troubled by lust, anger, greed, infatuation, ego, jealousy, desires, and cravings. And they undergo the three types of sufferings day and night. As for me, manifest God has compassionately revealed His own form to me. He has freed me from lust, anger, and all vices. And He has kept me in the company of saints like Narad and the Sanakadik." Swaminarayan Bhagwan continues, "Such a devotee is like a child who has been given a chintaamani (wish-fulfilling stone) in his hand, but derives no happiness from it because he does not realize the chintaamani's value."

Given in Swami Ni Vato 9/301 and 11/29, during Swaminarayan Bhagwan's time, each of the saint groups had helper saints called lahiyos or scribes that did the work of making copies of the scriptures, so that they could be used for satsanga. Brahmanand Swami once got angry at his helper saint for not doing a proficient job, and released him from the group. Muktanand Swami, who played a motherly role in the satsanga, accepted the saint into his group. Brahmanand Swami was upset that Muktanand Swami had accepted someone he had removed. Because of the incident, in order to avoid bowing down and touching Muktanand Swami's feet, Brahmanand Swami would avoid bowing down to all 40 saints in the residence. Swaminarayan Bhagwan finally scolded Brahmanand Swami for not going to touch Muktanand Swami's feet. Brahmanand Swami realized his mistake, and joked that it was not his fault because when he was previously sick, Swaminarayan Bhagwan asked everyone to give a part of their life to him - and this part of his life was that given from a woman!



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