|June 28, 2003 |
Des Plaines Mandir
In Vachanamrut Gadhada First 62, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "Insulting a [meek] devotee is like insulting God." He gives the example, "Because [Hiranyakashipu] harassed Prahladji, God manifested from a pillar in the form of Nrusinh and killed Hiranyakashipu." Swaminarayan Bhagwan thus explains, "A devotee of God should cultivate humility and should never insult anyone. Why? Because God also dwells in the hearts of the meek. Thus, He will make anyone who insults the meek suffer. Realizing this, one should not pain even the smallest of beings."
In Vachanamrut Gadhada First 72, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "In the Mahabharat, Bhishmapita told King Yudhisthir, 'If you oppress the meek, you and your descendants will be burnt to ashes.' Therefore, whether he is a devotee of God or not, a meek person should not even be slightly pained. If one does hurt the meek, not only does one not benefit in any way, but one also incurs the sin of killing a Brahmin."
In Vachanamrut Vadtal 11, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "My nature is such that I detest even the sight of one who harms a Brahmin, a meek person, or a devotee of God. Such a person will not be with Me in this world nor in the after-world [i.e. Akshardham]."