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Each 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.
    Travellers On The Journey Of Life
    Knights Of The Faith...

For thousands of years in Indian culture there has been the tradition of surrendering one’s self to the guru. Even in today’s modern society the tradition still lives. One can see young graduates renouncing the world to became sadhus for a place at Swamishri’s feet. To them he is everything. Through his teachings and inspirations they become the next generation of knights, albeit gentle, of the faith, defending and sustaining the ancient culture and spirituallity of India against the evils of today’s materialistic society.

Does one get such darshan as a result of completing one’s sadhana or when he believes that God is present before him in the Guru?

Swamishri : The fulfilment of our quest is when we realise that God is before us. However, we should not aspire for such darshan, but if he (the Guru) decides to show us, then fine.

Siddheshwar Swami : Harshadbhai Dave once asked the same question to Yogiji Maharaj who replied that Bhagatji had conviction in Gunatitanand Swami’s darshan. But the Satpurush never connects a disciple with himself, he always connects him to God. Gunatitanand Swami gave Bhagatji darshan of Shriji Maharaj to illustrate this principle.

Swamishri : That’s correct.

Yagneshwar Swami : Gunatitanand Swami says in his discourses that one who is attached to Shriji Maharaj spends his time remembering incidents from the Lord’s life, reading the profile of His divine body, His habits and gestures. Whereas one who is attached to the Pragat Satpurush spends his time in seva, darshan and samagam. However, if God can only be attained through the Satpurush then why is there a difference in the way one is attached to them?

Swamishri : Actually both refer to the Pragat form of God. One who is attached to him will spend his time remembering incidents from the Satpurush’s life, his actions and also do seva, darshan and samagam. So it makes no difference if one is attached to God or to the Satpurush for both are one and the same. One who is attached to the Saint will naturally be keen to hear incidents from his life and his actions. If one is attached, then he will definitely do seva, darshan and bhajan. If he’s not attached, then he will pass his time in idle pursuits.

Siddheshwar Swami : So there is no difference between remembering incidents, reading about his gestures, his habits and darshan, seva and samagam?

Swamishri : That’s correct. One who is attached to the Satpurush is attached to God.

When you say attached, do you mean with Brahmabhav?

Swamishri : Of course! Only then is he really attached! If he attaches himself with dehbhav, he is prone to falling along the wayside. It says so in the Vachanamritam (Gadhada III/21).

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