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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.
During a special convention for the sadhus of Amdavad temple...

Sadhu: How can one never become depressed in life?

Swamishri : Depression will come, pain will come. So we should develop the strength to tolerate. If we attain the knowledge of atma-Paramatma, we will never be depressed.
We experience misery because of our social life. Our body is a slave of our desires, so we will have to face difficulties. Even devotees have had tough times. But they were unaffected by them because they had understanding. Even Muktanand Swami suffered from Tuberclosis. This body is a haven for disease. Nath Bhakta never had any money, but he was happy! Depression will come but we should dispel it with understanding. The Satpurush gives us such understanding. But we cannot dispel depression by our own comprehension. On the path of righteousness there are hundreds of obstacles. With wisdom we can overcome them.
Govind Swami left home to worship God. He was tempted by women and wealth but he wasn’t drawn into them. Vachanamritam Sarangpur 18 says, ‘One who is depressed will either go to sleep, fast, argue with others or even commit suicide.’ God and His Saint are the removers of depression. Thus we should not be disheartened. When depression comes we should stand and fight it. One who cooks will obviously get burnt sometimes. Thus one who has not taken this path feels nothing; one who has, experiences all kinds of problems.

What type of sadhus should we become to please you?

Swamishri : ‘Eni rite rit, biji rite badh’ - by walking in the footsteps of sadhus before us such as Jadbharat, Janak, Jaydev. They all had saintly qualities and lived according to God’s wishes. We have heard the lives of such sadhus, we have seen the life of Yogi Bapa. In Vachanamritam Gadhada I/44 Shriji Maharaj tells us, ‘I am a sadhu who has no vanity about my caste, creed, etc.’

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