August 30, 2003
Des Plaines Mandir

It is important for an aspirant to have jaagruttaa or alertness/awareness. Dinkar Uncle first gave examples at the physical level: (1) The Ramayan describes that Lakshman did not sleep for the entire 14-year exile period in the forest! During the daytime he served Rama Bhagwan and Sitaji, and at night, he kept guard while they slept. (2) Swaminarayan Bhagwan agreed to remain at Lalji Suthar's home on the condition that He would continuously deliver a discourse and would leave as soon as Lalji dozed off. Lalji accepted the condition and for 7 straight days and nights Swaminarayan Bhagwan continued to talk! Finally, when Lalji dozed off, Swaminarayan Bhagwan got up to leave. (3) Shri Gnyanaranya Swami, who often visited Uttarsanda. only slept every 3rd day, and even then, only for a few hours! Mentally as well, one should remain alert when listening to discourses.

In Vachanamrut Gadadha Last 9, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains the importance of remaining spiritually alert: "One who wishes to keep his devotion free from obstacles and attain the holy feet of God should remain vigilant at the gateway of the abode of God in the form of awareness, and should not allow any objects except God to enter." Janak Raja, despite being a king, lived with such alertness. In Swami Ni Vato 2/35, Gunatitanand Swami explains, "Constantly, in all activities, step back and consider, 'I want to worship God, and what am I doing?'"



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