ASPIRANT'S CONTINUAL PROGRESS
March 25, 2002
Waukegan Mandira

In Swami Ni Vato 13/4, Gunatitanand Swami explains four points for an aspirant to keep progressing on the spiritual path:
(1) "Turning back one's vrutti (focus), behave with jaanapana (awareness)." One should continually question, "Why have I come here, and what am I doing?" Vachanamrut Gadhada Last 9 is titled Jaanapanaaroopa Daravaajaano or Gateway in the Form of Awareness. Swaminarayan Bhagwan gives the following analogy: "A king's guards, while standing at the entrance of the king's palace, do not allow any thieves or robbers to come near the king. They courageously believe, 'If anyone comes near the king to cause problems, we will cut them to pieces, but in no way will we let them reach the king.' With such courage, they wait, armed with shields and swords." Swaminarayan Bhagwan continues that similarly, "[The senior paramhansas] in no way allow [worldly objects] to enter the location in their heart where they have secured God."
(2) "Do not see negatively even in those who are feeble or have only a slight association of God..."
(3) "Keep the association of like [devotees]."
(4) "Do not let negativity enter through the senses - [e.g.] someone's negative words."

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