|February 09, 2001 |
A devotee understands that it is God and His saint that grant liberation - all endeavors are only to please God.
In Vachanamrut Gadhada First 78, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "One should keep association by thought, word, and deed, with God or His devotee, as it leads to the liberation of one's soul."
In Vachanamrut Vadtal 4, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "All of the spiritual endeavors for attaining liberation are incorporated in keeping the company by thought, word, and deed, of a saint who possesses the 30 characteristics of a saint."
In Vadtal 10, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "One who aspires for liberation should recognize God through these characteristics and seek refuge of that God...However, when God is not manifest on this earth, one should seek the refuge of the saint who has the realization of God - because the soul can also attain liberation through him." (39 characteristics of God's avataras in the form of a king, such as Shri Krishna, are given in Shrimad Bhagavat canto 1 through the dialogue between Pruthvi and Dharma. 30 characteristics of God's avataras in the form of a saint, such as Dattatreya or Kapil, are given in Shrimad Bhagavat canto 11 through the dialogue between Shri Krishna Bhagwan and Uddhav.)
In Vadtal 19, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "Whenever a soul attains a human body in Bharatkhand (India), God's avataras or God's saints will certainly also be present on earth at that time. If that soul recognizes them, then he becomes a devotee of God. "
In Swami Ni Vato 1/20, Gunatitanand Swami explains, "Only two, God and His Saint, can give moksha (liberation). Vairaagya (detachment) goes against vishayas (senses), soul-consciousness helps break one's liking from everything, and with dharma (religion) one remains happy, but they do not do God's work. Thus the granter of moksha are only two: God and His saint. And thus, never see faults in them."
In Swami Ni Vato 1/173, Gunatitanand Swami explains, "The only cause of moksha is the firm aasharo (refuge) of God." Lord Swaminarayan discusses this in Vachanamrut Gadhada First 33. Also, in Vachanamrut Gadhada Middle 66, Lord Swaminarayan explains, "Liberation is possible only through [the refuge of] God, whereas other spiritual endeavors are for the purpose of pleasing God."
In Swami Ni Vato 1/194, Gunatitanand Swami explains, "Kalyaana (liberation) is due to the refuge of manifest God. By behaving according to scriptures, others get kalyaana as well; because if others see positively in us [devotees] then they too get kalyaana." When the prostitue of Jetalpur ground wheat into flour to please Lord Swaminarayan, to the surprise of those that frowned upon her, Lord Swaminarayan blessed the prostitute that her liberation would be equal to that of Muktanand Swami! Muktanand Swami is such that due to him others get liberation as well. Lord Swaminarayan explains this in Vachanamrut Jetalpur 4: "The soul only attains liberation by faith in the manifest form of God, His darshana, and His constant remembrance...[but] the person who does not observe niyamas can only earn liberation for himself - he cannot help other souls attain liberation."
In discussing the 4 purusha-arthas (see Vachanamrut Ahmedabad 5), in Swami Ni Vato 1/153, Gunatitanand Swami repeats that moksha is only due to two: God and His saint. The fruit of other saadhanas (methods) is dharma, artha, and kaama.
In Swami Ni Vato 1/233, Gunatitanand Swami explains, "By understanding God to be nirdosha (faultless/divine) moksha is achieved. And one's flaws will be eradicated if one practices to eradicate them; otherwise as long as the body exists, sadness will remain. And the known flaws are those of the constituents [of the body]."
In Swami Ni Vato 1/242, Gunatitanand Swami explains, "Kalyaana is earned because God and His saint are met. But without gnyaana (knowledge), one does not get internal happiness."
In Swami Ni Vato 1/309, Gunatitanand Swami explains, "Our shobhaa (grandeur) is due to dharma, and the cause of moksha is faith in God."
In Purushottam Prakash 41/14, Nishkulanand Swami states, "Keshe santa to aa bahu saaraa re, kharaa kalyaananaa karanaaraa re, etalo ja guna koi greshe re, te to Brahmamahole vaasa leshe re" or "If one considers 'This saint is very good and he offers true liberation,' he achieves God's Abode."