February 15, 2002
Friday Meeting

Being "open" with the master means there are no walls or curtains between the devotee and the master. In order to build an open relationship with devotees, in many Vachanamruts, Swaminarayan Bhagwan talked about His likes and dislikes. For example, in Vachanamrut Gadhada Last 25, in response to a question, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains which qualities please Him and which flaws displease Him. By living a life according to God's liking, one naturally becomes open because there is nothing to hide. With just the desire to be open with the master, the devotee gets the force to live such a life.

In various Vachanamruts (such as Gadhada Last 26) Swaminarayan Bhagwan has discussed the type of person He likes and dislikes. Vachanamrut Loya 14 is titled "Roochee" or [God's Personal] Likings: (1) Giving the example of Rushabhdev Bhagwan, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "I like a renunciant who does not trust his mind." (2) With the example of Shvetdvip and Badrikashram, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "I feel it would be very good to go there and perform austerities without any food." (3) Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains that of all of the avataras He has most affection for Shri Krishna. (4) Emphasizing that God is always saakara (with a form), Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "I experience profound bliss only from the darshana of God's form." (5) "I like the devotion that the Gopis had towards God." (6) "I only get along with one who has no svabhaava of lust, anger, envy, ego, etc.; one who observes dharma as prescribed in the Dharma-shastras; and one who has devotion towards God." Finally, Swaminarayan Bhagwan summarizes: "Ramanuj Swami describes Purushottam Bhagwan as transcending kshara-akshara (the perishable and the imperishable), and I worship that Purushottam Bhagwan. My devotion towards that Purushottam Bhagwan is like that of the Gopis, and My detachment and aatmaa-realization is like that of Shukji and Jadbharat."



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