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Yogiji Maharaj
Yogiji Maharaj


Sermons of Yogiji Maharaj

1. We should pray to God. While walking, eating, drinking or in any activity, we should remember God.
  2. We should regularly read two Vachanamruts and ten Swamini Vatu.
  3. Daily recite bhajans, Vachanamruts, Swamini Vatu, etc., which have been committed to memory.
  4. When youths get together, they should not talk about worldly affairs, but should discuss religious matters. They should narrate and discuss the incidents of God and his holy Sadhu. They should recollect and ponder over what the Satpurush has discoursed.
  5. Be committed to overcoming one’s faults. Never lose one’s temper. Always be honest with one’s guru, then one can attain perfection by his blessings.
  6. Those who acquire philosophical and religious knowledge and also do seva continue to progress. Therefore, always engage in service, big or small. Also develop a liking for religious discourses (katha).
  7. Nanese ho nana rahie, jaisi nani dub,
        Ghas phis sab ud gaya, dub khubki dub.
      “During floods big trees which stand high and erect are often washed away; however, the grass remains in its place in spite of the heavy water flow, because of its flexibility.” Thus, harbouring ego will cause one misery in Satsang. It could even lead one to fall from Satsang. But if one humbly renders service, no matter how menial, then one does not become proud, and is able to uphold the satsang.
  8. Youths should maintain unity (samp), friendship (suhradaybhav) and a sense of oneness (ekta) amongst themselves.
  9. The whole Satsang should be regarded as divine. One must see divinity in all devotees. Our guru, through whom God manifests, should be realized as being perfect. Never speak ill of God or his devotees.
10. Youths should not make fun of others or indulge in mischief. They should always behave themselves.
11. One should not criticise the actions, forms (physical) or faults of other people. One should analyse one’s  own actions and faults.
12. Tolerate physical and verbal hardships. Maharaj and the Satpurush are pleased with one who tolerates hardships patiently.
13. One should make do with what one gets, irrespective of its adequacy or quality. One should never quarrel for things.
14. Fire changes everything to its own colour, whereas water takes the colour of whatever is added or mixed with it. Similarly, we should be like fire and influence others for their good, but should not be influenced by another’s vices or weaknesses, like water.
15. One should walk with one’s eyes cast down. One should not be lured by the temptations in a city. Youths should therefore avoid sinful thoughts and visit the mandir daily. Develop love for Maharaj and the Satpurush, then despite living in the city, one will remain immune to temptations.
16. Saintly virtues should be cultivated. Evil habits prevalent in one’s nature should be discarded. What is saintliness? Tolerance. One’s behaviour must be such that it sets a good example for others.
17. The highest degree is to become the servant of a servant of God. So, serve devotees by washing utensils, washing their clothes, cleaning the latrines and the dining areas. Even if one becomes a big manager, one should serve. This is the way to moksha. So learn it.
18. Ahimsa and brahmacharya must be strictly observed. Believe one’s atma as gunatit, brahma, akshar.
19. Three are eternal: Dham, Dhami and mukta. Shriji Maharaj – Purushottam, is the supreme incarnation. He is the sole doer (karta), has a form (sakar) and is the transcendental, supreme entity (sarvopari) who is ever present on earth (pragat). Gunatitanand Swami, who is Aksharbrahma personified, is the divine abode of Shriji Maharaj, and the Satpurush is the gateway to Akshardham. One must have complete faith in these doctrines.

Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan

© 1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith