|November 04, 2001 |
Des Plaines Mandira
In Shikshapatri verse 4, Swaminarayan Bhagwan gives the example of Mayaram Bhatt as His householder devotee (also referenced in Swami Ni Vato 12/19). In Swami Ni Vato 5/338 and 10/245, Gunatitanand Swami mentions Mayaram Bhatt as lust-free. In Swami Ni Vato 6/101, 10/194, 14/30, and 14/95, Gunatitanand Swami explains that Mayaram was once asked by Govindram to take partnership in a business. He agreed, but after working all night, when he heard a rooster's crow at dawn, he thought, "If I am this busy even before the business starts, imagine how busy I will be afterward." At that instant, he decided to leave the business!
In Vachanamrut Gadhada First 2, Mayaram Bhatt asks Swaminarayan Bhagwan to describe the characteristics of the highest, intermediate, and lowest levels of vairaagya (detachment). Tyaaga is external or physical detachment while vairaagya is an internal determination of detachment. Swaminarayan Bhagwan knew that Mayaram Bhatt was already free of desires because of Ramanand Swami's blessings. He had detachment of the highest category. His question however stemmed from the fact that he had to remain in worldly activities and take care of his children. (In fact, often when Swaminarayan Bhagwan would receive gifts from wealthy devotees, He would give them to Mayaram Bhatt to help support his family.)
Mayaram Bhatt was a devotee from the time of Ramanand Swami, Swaminarayan Bhagwan's guru. His wife had passed away while he was young, and so he wished to get married a second time. Ramanand Swami explained that it was in his destiny to get married only once. Though Mayaram Bhatt still had a desire to get married, he followed his guru's command. Mayaram Bhatt was not very intelligent, and made a meager living. Dinanath Bhatt, on the other hand, was so intelligent that he had memorized the entire Shrimad Bhagavat. But he had an ego, while Mayaram Bhatt acted solely per his guru's liking. During the Rakshabhandan festival (tying of sacred thread), it chanced that Mayaram Bhatt was to tie the thread on Ramanand Swami's hand. Typically, the person who ties the thread receives a gift. Thus Ramanand Swami asked Mayaram Bhatt to ask for whatever he wanted. Mayaram Bhatt devotionally asked, "Antara taadhu karo (please make my inside peaceful)." Ramanand Swami knew that this request stemmed from sadness due to thoughts of wanting to get married again. Ramanand Swami pointed to a pole (a non-living object) nearby and blessed Mayaram Bhatt that, "If this pole gets a lustful desire then you will also." From that moment, Mayaram Bhatt's lust instinct dropped.