Shitaldas, a spiritual aspirant,
came for darshan of Ramanand Swami. However, Ramanand Swami had already
passed away, so, Sahajanand Swami consoled him and asked him to chant
the 'Swaminarayan mantra.' On doing so, he experienced samadhi in which
Ramanand Swami gave him darshan and revealed, "Sahajanand Swami
is the Supreme Godhead." Similarly, people of various creeds experienced
samadhi in which they saw their choicest deities. Very often they experienced
samadhi on hearing the voice of Sahajanand Swami, or by His darshan
or mere touch. He graced them with samadhi, to reveal to them His true
identity. At times, even animals, birds and insects experienced samadhi.
Explaining about samadhi the Lord revealed, "The divinity of God-incarnate
attracts true aspirants and they experience samadhi. At times, when
God desires to attract many jivas, even non-aspirants and animals are
graced with samadhi."
© 1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith