February 26, 1999
Friday Meeting

Given in Swami Ni Vato 8/11, for eight months Swaminarayan Bhagwan kept the saints with Him and talked to them about Him being Purushottam. When Swaminarayan Bhagwan asked all of the saints about their understanding of who He is, some replied that Swaminarayan Bhagwan was Nara-Narayan; some said He was Vasudev, the Lord of Shvetdvip; some said the Lord of Vaikunth, Lakshmi-Narayan; some said the Lord of Golok, Shri Krishna Himself. Swaminarayan Bhagwan then became upset and said He would no longer stay in satsanga as the saints had given Him too much fame; He would go back to the jungles. The saints thus folded their hands, said they would do whatever He wanted, and pleased that He remain in satsanga. Swaminarayan Bhagwan replied that He would stay in satsanga only if they did not call Him God. They should say that He is great like Shukji, the Sanakaadik, Kapildev, or Dattatreya, or a dharma aachaarya, but not God, like Rama or Krishna. The saints agreed, and Swaminarayan Bhagwan sent the saints to travel to various places [to spread the satsanga]. When they returned, Swaminarayan Bhagwan questioned the saints on what they talked about. The saints replied that they talked about the five vows, and about qualities such as knowledge, detachment, devotion, glory, and upaasanaa. When Swaminarayan Bhagwan further inquired how they presented upaasanaa, the saints replied that they talked about Him being great like Shukji, etc. Swaminarayan Bhagwan shook His head and said, "Kabhootaranaa kabhootara rahyaa" (you remained like pigeons). Swaminarayan Bhagwan then explained that if they infact understood Swaminarayan Bhagwan's true form as it is, even if He told them not to, they would not be able to resist explaining that Swaminarayan Bhagwan is in fact the supreme God. Gunatitanand Swami ends by explaining that this understanding comes with the association of a gunaateeta saint, who knows God's essence.



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