PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
November 01, 2001
Waukegan Mandira

In Vachanamrut Sarangpur 14, Swaminarayan Bhagwan is asked, "Just as there is an effect of karmas on the sthula (gross) body, is there a similar effect on the sukshma (subtle) body as well?" Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains that the law of karma applies to the subtle body just as it does to the gross body. However, "It is only to encourage the individual that the karmas of the subtle body have been said to be insignificant [in scriptures]."

In other words, a sin done by the mind has the same result as does a sin from actions. In response to this, a devotee said it is very difficult to control the mind! In Bhagavad Gita verse 6/35, Krishna Bhagwan replied to such a statement by Arjun: "Dear Arjuna, it is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by constant practice and by detachment."

In Vachanamrut Gadhada Middle 33, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "Whatever is practiced regularly can definitely be achieved. For example, due to the daily drawing of water from a well, the constant rubbing of even a soft rope can cause a groove in the very hard piece of rock that lies on the edge of that well. Similarly, for one who is a saint and who continuously remains active in his efforts for eradicting his crude nature, how long can they remain? They will definitely be destroyed."

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