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On the thirteenth day of the second fortnight of the month of Shravan of Samvant 1877, Swami Shri Sahajanandji Maharaj went to village Kundal from Sarangpur with the object of giving blissful company to his devotees. Here at Kundal in the verandah near the room of Shri Amra Patgar he sat facing east on the cot. He was dressed in white clothes. He had put on a white turban on his head. Muni's and the devotees from the different places were assembled before him.

Then Muktanand Swami asked, "How does the influence of Yug Dharm prevail in the heart at the different times ?" Then Shriji Maharaj said, 'The influence of the Dharm of each Yuga separately prevails in the heart because of the prevailing predominance of the Gunas. When the heart is full of pure Sattva,; the Dharma of Satya Yuga prevails in the heart. When the heart is full of Sattva and Rajas mixed, the Dharma of Treta Yuga prevailes in the heart. And again when Rajas and Tamas have a mixed influence in the heart, the Dharm of Dwapar Yuga prevails. And when the heart is predominautly full of Tamas, it is overpowered by the Dharma of Kaliyuga and the actions are therefore so performed. So it is the Cnina which determines the Yug Dharma.

Then Muktanand Swami again asked, "What is the reason for. the prevalence of these Gunas in the hearts of people ?" Then Shriji Maharaj said, "Actions, of the past or previous births govern the nature of the Gunas. So one in whom the Rajas and Tamas predominate can not concentrate his mind and therefore can not - meditate upon God. He should therefore always cultivate an awareness that he is Atma and devoid of the evolutes of Maya and is beyond all Gunas. And he should therefore think that God is the great commiserator. He has condoned the great sins of the worst sinners. Ajamil, only by chamting the name Narayan who was his son, was bestowed Parampada" by God. Whereas he is now enjoying the proxomity of that God and is engaged in chanting his name day and night and is therefore absolutely fulfilled. He should therefore live in a very pleasent mood but should not get dejected at the prevalence of Rajas and Tamas. Till the mind caught in the vortex of Rajas and Tamas, he should not take to medotation. He should after worship, chant his Japa and bodily serve him and his saint with an immutable faith, observe the Dharma1 attached to his Varna1 and Ashram1 and should remain fulfilled.

Muktanand Swami asked again, "How can one, who is under Jhe influence of the Dharma' of the Kaliyuga in his heart due his Tamsik actions, be redeemed ?" Shriji Maharaj said, "If he has the most immutable faith in God and his realised saint and has equal trust in them, he would be redeemed of his Tamsik actions and the inluence of the Dharm' of Kaliyuga would dissolve and the Dharma of Satya Yuga would prevail. One who with purity and love dedicates himself to this Satsang will be redeemed of all his sins and will experience the bliss of Brahm in his life."

Then Sway am Prakashanand Swami asked, "What is Sthan or place ?" Shriji Maharaj said, "Dharma attached to the four Varnas1 (Brahmin, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudra) and fo ur Ashramas (Brahmcharya, Grihartha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa) is known as Sthana or place, and it is highly required to be adhered to by all. You are Sadhus1, but if you observe the Dharma1 of the householders, You are displaced from your position. Therefore even in most difficult times or even if Task you, You should never get your self dislodged from the Ashram1 Dharm to which you are attached. And you should never desire to offer me costly garments or ornaments in the manner of the householders. You should only offer to me in your worship flowers, fruits, and water and derive'fulfilment with such worship but should not violate the Dharma attached to you. Therefore, all should take to such worship as may be consistant with their Dharma. This is my command which you should all observe with a strong will.

Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Sarangpur - 9.

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