LIBERATION THROUGH LISTENING
November 03, 2002
Des Plaines Mandira

In Vachanamrut Vadtal 3 and Swami Ni Vato 12/70, is given the example of King Pruthu who had such great devotion that when God conferred a boon upon him, he asked for 10 thousand ears so that he could listen to discourses related to God!

In Vachanamrut Kariyani 12, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "The mind does not become as free of desires for vishayas (objects of attraction for the senses) by subjecting the body to austere observances such as taptakruchchra, chaandraayana (strict fasting methods), etc. as it does by listening to these discourses of God. Also, your minds must not become as stable whle meditating or by turning rosary as perfectly as they do while you are listening to these discourses. Thus, one should listen to the discourses of Purushottam Narayan with faith and love. There is no better method to stabilize the mind and to free it of the desires for vishayas."

In Vachanamrut Gadhada Last 24, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "Out of the nine types of bhakti (devotion) mentioned in the scriptures, listening to spiritual discourses is considered to be the best. Thus, one who possesses that form of bhakti will attain all of the various forms of bhakti up to and including profound, loving bhakti."

In Swami Ni Vato 1/15, Gunatitanand Swami explains, "The soul become purified by techniques such as the nine types of bhakti; but not as purified as he does by talks - nothing is as powerful as words."

In Swami Ni Vato 1/178, Gunatitanand Swami explains, "The soul becomes like the words he listens to. Thus, the soul gains strength by listening to the words of powerful devotees of God."

In Swami Ni Vato 5/182, Gunatitanand Swami explains, "By the words of God and His saint, a [new] body is formed; with that body, one is able to worship God."

Yogi Bapa emphasizes the importance of listening in Sunrut's seventh principle: "One should have the habit of listening to spiritual discourses."

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