On Posh sud 2, 1876 VS (19 December 1819 CE), Lord Swaminarayan was seated on a gadi with a takyo, in the verandah of the east-facing rooms in Dada Khachar's darbar in Gadhada. He had tied a white pagh around His head. A string of yellow flowers adorned His pagh, a garland of yellow flowers adorned His neck, and nosegays of white and yellow flowers adorned His ears. He had wrapped Himself with a white chofăl and was wearing a black-bordered khes. At that time, while Lord Swaminarayan was having a scripture read, paramhansas and devotees from places far and wide, were seated before Him.Then Lord Swaminarayan said,
"Please listen. I ask all of you a question."
Whereupon all the devotees said with folded hands,
"Please do ask."
Lord Swaminarayan asked,
"Who is the most ignorant of the ignorant?"
Everyone pondered over the question, but no one was able to answer. So Lord Swaminarayan said, "Here, let Me answer it Myself."
Everyone was pleased and added, "Maharaj, only You will be able to answer it perfectly; so please tell us."
Lord Swaminarayan then explained,
"The Jiva, which resides within the body, observes both the attractive
and the unattractive. He also witnesses childhood, youth and old age,
as well as countless other objects. However, the observer fails to observe
himself. He constantly sees things external by looking outwards, but
does not look inwards and see himself. Therefore, he is the most ignorant
of the ignorant.
© 1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith