Shikshapatri : Specific dharma for saadhus (saints)

Gujarati English Swami Ni Vato Refs.

Verse 188
have saadhunaa je vishesha dharma te kaheee chheee - amaare aashrita je sarve saadhu temane naishthika brahmachaareenee pethe streeonaa darshana bhaashanaadika prasangano tyaaga karavo tathaa straina purushanaa prasangaadikano tyaaga karavo ane antahshatru je kaama, krodha, lobha ane maana aadika temane jeetavaa. And now follows the special dharma of saadhus - those saadhus under My shelter, similar to the naishthik brahmacharis, should not associate with (look at, talk with, etc.) women, and should not associate with feminine males, and should win over inner enemies such as lust, anger, greed, and ego.
Verse 189
ane sarve je indriyo te jeetavee ne rasanaa indriyane to vishesha kareene jeetavee ane dravyano sangraha pote karavo nahi ne koee beejaa paase pana karaavavo nahi. And they should win over all the indriyas (senses) especially taste, and they should not collect any possessions, nor have others keep things for them. 10/56, 10/271
Verse 190
ane koeenee thaapana na raakhavee ane kyaareya pana dheerajataano tyaaga na karavo ane potaanaa utaaraanee jaayagaa bandhinee hoya to tene vishe kyaareya pana streeno pravesha thavaa devo nahi. And they should not keep someone else's deposit. Never relinquish patience. At their place of residence, they should never allow women to enter.
Verse 191
ane te saadhu temane aapatkaala padyaa vinaa raatrine vishe sanga sobata vinaanu chaalavu nahi tathaa aapatkaala padyaa vinaa kyaareya pana ekalaa chaalavu nahi. Except in an emergency, saadhus should not walk alone at night, nor (in general) walk alone.
Verse 192
ane je vastra bahu moolyavaalu hoya tathaa chitravichitra bhaatanu hoya tathaa kasumbaadika je ranga tene kareene rangelu hoya tathaa shaala dushaalaa hoya ne te jo beejaanee ichchhaae kareene potaane praapta thayu hoya to pana te vastra potaane paheravu odhavu nahi. And clothes that are costly, gaudy, spotted, or dyed in colors such as red, and over-garments like shawls, should not be worn even if they were received as a gift from others.
Verse 193
ane bhikshaa tathaa sabhaaprasanga e be kaarya vinaa gruhasthanaa ghara pratye javu nahi ane bhagavaananee je nava prakaaranee bhakti te vinaa vyartha kaala nirgamavo nahi, nirantara bhakti kareene ja kaala nirgamavo. And with the exception of asking for alms or for a religious gathering, they should not visit the house of a householder; and always pass time engaging in the nine types of God's devotion, but not spend time in useless things. 10/136, 11/259
Verse 194
ane je gruhasthanaa gharane vishe raandhela annano peerasanaaro purusha ja hoya tathaa streeono darshanaadika prasanga koi reete thaaya ema na hoya. And householders' homes in which men serve cooked food and there is no sight or association of women
Verse 195
tevee reetanu je gruhasthanu ghara te pratye amaaraa saadhu temane jamavaa javu ane e kahyu tevu na hoya to kaachu anna maageene potaanaa haathe rasoi karavee ne bhagavaanane naivedhya dhareene jamavu. Should be visited by My saadhus, and if the situation is not as such, then they should ask for raw foods, cook it themselves, offer it to God, and then eat it.
Verse 196
ane poorve rushabhadeva bhagavaananaa putra je bharatajee te je te pruthveene vishe jada braahmanathakaa jema vartataa havaa temaja paramahansa evaa je amaaraa saadhu temane vartavu. And the paramhansas (Swaminarayan Bhagwan's great saints) that are My saadhus should behave like Bharatji, the son of Rushabdev Bhagwan, who as Jad Bharat (behaved aloof of the world).
   



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