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Causes of losing cultivated faith in God.


On the second day of the first fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada of Samvat 1877, Swami Shri Sahajanandji Maharaj was seated on a cot in the Verandah near the hall facing north in the Durbar of Shri Jiva Khachar at' Sarangpur. He was dressed in white clothes and the Muni's and the devotees from the different pieces were assembled before him.

Then Muktanand Swami asked, " One who has once known God in human manifestation here and afterwards experiences a lapse in this knowledge, can he be regarded as having known God or not ?" Then Swayamprakashanand Swami replied, "One who has known and realized God and has so purified his Atma from vicious material influences would never experience any lapse in such knowledge. But one who has known God on the bases of his attributes described in the scriptures is likely to experience such lapse when God behaves contrary to such scriptural injunctions." On .this, Shriji Maharaj asked, 'The scriptures have desribed all the attributes of God, divine and human, capable and incapable, doer and witness and so on. Therefore, how does the behaviour of God become contrary to such scriptural desriptions ?" All the Muni's tried to give a reply and ultimately said, "It-seems there is no action of God which is contrary to the scriptural description of his attributes. Therefore, you may please reply to this queston."

Whereupon, Shriji Maharaj said, "All the attributes of God and his saint, both in divine and human manifastations, are described in the scriptures. Therefore, one who has known God or his saint by such scriptural descriptions has known him fully, whereas one who ignores these scriptures and has his own -conceptions of God is sure to suffer such lapse when God behaves contrary to his conceptions. These scriptures are the source of the prevalence of Dharm. Even one, who was not read scriptures, conform to the rules laid down in the scriptures and acts accordingly with his mother, sister, wife, daughter etc. These relations are according to* the scriptures and one holds thim to be true and behaves with these relation according to the code of behaviour so laid down. These scriptures are therefore the great and only authority. But one who does not respect these scriptures and acts according to his own conceptions is a heretic. And one who takes the authority of the scriptures has a strong foundation for the path of God realisation. These scriptures describe elaborately all the attributes of God and therefore the behaviour of God cannot be said to be uncanonic. One who desires to know God to redeem himself from the bondage of Maya by such knowledge of God should always take the scriptures as the final authority. Such an aspirant would then never devolve from living his life in a religious spirit.

Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Sarangpur - 13.

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