WHAT YOU PRACTICE IN LIFE, YOU ATTAIN AFTER LIFE
April 06, 2002
Des Plaines Mandira

In Vachanamrut Gadhada First 14, Swaminarayan Bhagwan gives the real meaning of the scriptural verse, "Ante yaa matihi, saa gatihi" (from the Hiranyakeshiyashakha Shruti). The verse can be read to mean the state you are in at the end of your life dictates your forthcoming direction (such as placement in the next birth). Muktanand Swami asked Swaminarayan Bhagwan that it seemed unfair that people who had performed devotion all their lives would be punished just because they passed away in a different mood. Conversely, the verse seems to suggest that one should only pray to God during the last moments of life. Swaminarayan Bhagwan replied that the verse was misread and the scriptural intent is "Ante, yaa matihi saa gatihi." The placement of the comma changes the whole meaning of the statement. Swaminarayan Bhagvan explained the verse really means, ante (at the end), yaa matihi (how you spent your whole life), saa gatihi (that is what will happen to you).

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