On the evening of Jeth Sud 3rd, the 53rd Vachanamrut of the First Chapter of Gadhada was being read in the assembly. In it, it was advised that one should not take faults of others. Then Bapashri said, “If each of hundred person is having the weight of ¼ lbs, the weight of it will not be felt but if the same weight is with one person it will be very heavy. Similarly, if one takes a fault from each of hundred person, one will have hundred faults. Whereas if one takes a virtue from each one, one will have hundred virtues. Therefore, one should always take virtues of saints and devotees. Their faults of that physical existence should be ignored but if there is lack in panch varatman, that fault should be taken into account. If you want to give advice to some one, it should be given by remaining in pure satvaguna. If one finds attributes of raj, tam, etc in oneself and discloses it by force of nature, one’s good deeds will be burnt therefore one should keep mercy. One should advise any one in the way that he become righteous, but should not be given that the advice becomes punishment. If some one has violated religion (duty), he should be made to repented by persuasion, and bring him back to his senses. If he does not improve, he should be discarded. Repentance is also meant for the one who has committed mistake once only. If he commits the same mistake second time he should be driven out. If one follows religion but makes us forget God should also be discarded. If one is efficient in panchvartaman and may be somewhat else in nature, will be fulfilled by me, but if there is any mistake in his upasana, he will not be fulfilled (he will not be able to achieve his goal). The fault of satsang is taken by those who are extrovert. If one becomes introvert, satsang will appear divine.
Nagjibhai of village Patdi asked, “What is the meaning of introvert?” Bapashri said, “Being introvert means to be blissful in bliss of Maharaj inwardly. Just as all the activities of a child are done by the help of parents. Similarly, all the activities of body should be done according to the wish of Shriji Maharaj. Therefore; one would become unaware of it- Maharaj got Gordhanbhai to do all his activities according to His wish. It is said to be being introvert. Satsang appears divine to such a devotee and he will not imbibe faults of others. Those whose faults are disappeared will not find faults in others. He will consider all as the children of the same father. If he knows sooner or later all will go to Maharaj, he will not imbibe faults. Just as fire is extinguished by water similarly, if he has no faults, he finds others to be innocent. Those who imbibe Murti of Maharaj in their hearts, never think of faults of others.” To elaborate Bapashri gave an example of the garden in the temple of Vrushpur where saint was watering the tree. There were fruit and other trees. With the nourishment of water leaves sprout and slowly bare fruits. This fruits become juicy and trees have new fruits. Similarly if the Jiva continues to associate with Muktas, by and by his satsang increases. After dwelling in Murti happiness enjoyed previously remains and new happiness comes. Just as, leaves grow with the nourishment of water and dries up in hot sun. Similarly, the satsang of Jiva increases by the association of Muktas and if it takes faults of God’s devotee, it will be as good as it has got sun stroke and ultimately Jiva will get destroyed.
Swami Ishwarcharandasji asked, “Whether the devotion which he has done will remain or will become void.” Bapashri replied, “If the devotee has committed a little fraud, he will get rebirth as a lively mountain having water and trees, fruits, flowers will grow on it. Since there is water,flower and fruits on the top, some times it will be useful to God or His saints. On that occasion the Jiva will be taken out from the mountain and will be brought in satsang. Just as Himalaya was brought and liberated. Those who commit much fraud will get rebirth as a dry mountain which will be of no use to any one so it will not get liberation.
Then again Swami asked, “How did Maharaj liberate Himalaya?” Bapashri replied, “When Shriji Maharaj was wandering in the forest he went to the Himalayas. The Himalayas took the form of human being and prostrated before Shriji Maharaj and offered Him two mangoes. When Maharaj started eating mangos, Himalayas wished for this Prasad. Maharaj ate everything including the skin and fruit stone (gotlo) of the mango. He thought that He would drink the water with which Maharaj would have washed His hands. He would take water as Prasad. Unfortunately Maharaj neither washed His hand nor drank water. He asked Himalayas, “Why are you standing?” He was very much disappointed and was feeling dejected. Maharaj took pity on him and said, “If it is your wish to have Prasad, come to Gadhada when I go for satsang. There I shall give you Prasad and shall take out from the mountain and bring in satsang and will liberate you.” Then the human form of Himalayas became invisible. When Shriji Maharaj came among the people after wandering in the forest, Himalayas came to Gadhada as an adorned Brahmin. He took out valuable clothes and ornaments from his beg and perform puja of Maharaj and asked for Prasad. Maharaj gave him Prasad and said, “Oh old man! Stay here for the night, go in the morning.” Then he replied that he had left home for many days so it is still day time and I should start walking towards home and after walking two or four miles I will stay some where when it is night time. Saying so he left and became invisible after short distance. Sadguru Muktanand Swami asked, “Oh Maharaj! Who was he?” Then Maharaj told him the whole story about His visit to Himalayas. Himalayas was wishing Prasad from Him but he was not given because as soon as any one eats His Prasad all his sins will be burnt and He had to take him out from the mountain. Had he given Prasad at that time, all vegetation and trees would have burnt therefore he was given Prasad today and another one like him who was guilty of God’s devotee was found out and was entered in the himalays’s place. Thus a fruit of guilt is very painful. We should very much afraid of guilt and should never commit any guilt even against any soul which may be as tiny as an ant. A guilt committed against a saint is guilt against God. Just as guilt committed against a queen will have the same effect on the king. Just as the earthenware in which ghee is kept is broken by some one, it is called guilt of ghee. Similarly in the place of earthenware there are satsang and temple and in the place of ghee there is Shriji Maharaj. Therefore, one who commits guilt against satsang and temple, it is said that it is committed against Shriji Maharaj. When Jiva imbibes faults of saints and devotees in satsang, he loses temper and forget the path and does not turn back even if tried by Muktas, because he has not recognised the cause of all. Those who stick to Muktas and Maharaj who are the cause of all will not have obstruction of place, time, etc and will face no hurdle. He has no need for honour love, authority or power. || 38 ||