A Lesson in Self-Conquest
It is noteworthy how Lord
Swaminarayan trained the householders to be on a par with His sadhus
who observed five vows - freedom from egoism, passions, covetousness,
taste and affection.
Once, when Lord Swaminarayan and His devotees entered Anand town, spiteful
people hurled abuses and insults. The devotees remained calm. But when
they began hurling stones, mud, rubbish and dung, their warrior blood
came to the boil. They were on the brink of drawing their swords but
a mere signal from the Lord checked them from reacting further.
After leaving the town Lord Swaminarayan told them, "We have won,
for victory lies in tolerance. One who worships God with total humility
is the greatest of all devotees." In this way He humbled the egocentric
Hence Kishorlal Mashruwala remarked, "Lord Swaminarayan's preachings
gave peace and contentment to countless; helped many to cultivate firm
atmanishtha and equanimity of mind; enabled even householders to establish
an unbroken communion with God
even today one comes across many
who have attained the highest state by worshipping Him."