person struggles through
live. For some the trials are
overpowering, for others a bored
status quo prevails,and
for a minority mountains are
pounded to dust in
the search for meaning and joy.
Within the invisible depths of
each soul there is a yearning.
A need to know Why?.
Why do we live?,
Why do we experience problems?,
Why are we travellers on the
journey of life?.
In the search for answers to
their uncertainties many turn to
the God-realised Saint.
On The Journey Of Life
who call him Bapa...
To a disciple, the guru is the doorway to redemption. However, on
the path to realisation would be aspirant has to endure the trials
and tribulations of life. Who can he turn to for help? Except to
he whom he calls Bapa...
Surendrasinh (Devotee) : Is there such a thing that gives us everlasting
Swamishri : When we look at the lives of great devotees, when have
they ever lost their happiness? When were Narsinh Mehta, Mirabai,
or Dada Khachar ever depressed? Worldly problems come and go, but
why should they affect us? Wherever we go we do bhajan and remain
Look at Ambalalbhai of Anand, hes so old and yet hes
full of life. He always sings the bhajan: Yogi tara gavama
gungan...' with such enthusiasm, so strong in his atma. Then there
is C.T. Patel, wherever he goes he talks about the greatness of
God and His Saint. Not forgetting Pathubha of Khakra, Dr. Bajadia
of Amdavad, Upendrabhai in Canada...now heres a man whose
kidneys have both failed. He spends much of his time undergoing
dialysis, yet he puts his suffering down to Gods wish.
He remains so carefree and does bhajan all day. He never questions,
Why me? What will happen? When we see him, even we get
such doubts, but not him. The world labels such devotees as mad!
But one who has such joys will never experience misery. Even if
his body becomes weak he remains strong at heart. One who has bhakti
and mahima, is always joyful and happy.
Those other things - drugs - have vicious side effects, and the
ecstasy only lasts a few hours after which one is left feeling miserable.
Today, however, nobody wants the ecstasy of God.
But dont such devotees have trouble living in society as a
Swamishri : Others do, not them. They are naturally withdrawn from
society - in fact we have to encourage them to engage in worldly
activities. There are also those, however, who keeping a cautious
mind participate in society, and at the same time enjoy Gods
bliss. In London, there is C.P. Patel, forever jolly and then theres
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became exalted just talking about such devotees. There must be many
such devotees that make up the beads of his mala.