NAIMISHARANYA KSHETRA
December 28, 2003
St. Louis, MO

In Vachanamrut Sarangpur 7, in response to Muktanand Swami's question (after the reading of the first canto of the Shrimad Bhagavat Puran), Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "One should understand the mind to be the manomaya chakra, and the ten indriyas to be [the wheels'] sharp spokes. Wherever those sharp spokes of the mind, in the form of the indriyas, wear away and become blunt, that place should be known as Naimisharanya Kshetra...Further, that Naimisharanya Kshetra should be known to be wherever God's ekaantika saint is present."

Naimisharanya Kshetra is the place where Suta Goswami (or Sutpurani) repeated the Shrimad Bhagavat to Saunak Rushi and the 88,000 assembled rishis [ref. Vachanamrut Gadhada Middle 66].

Literally, 1 "nimish" is a time increment equal to 2/5th of a second or about the time that passes in the blink of an eye, "aranya" refers to the peaceful environment of the jungles, and "kshetra" is a field (such as a battlefield). Naimisharanya Kshetra is thus a place where moksha (liberation) is attained in the blink of an eye!

Swaminarayan Bhagwan thus states, "When the sharp spokes of the manomaya chakra are worn away, no affection remains towards any of the panchvishayas, i.e. sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch.....So, one should seek liberation wherever one sees such a Naimisharanya Kshetra in the form of association with the saint, and one should remain there with an absolutely resolute mind."

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