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Ideal Guru: Pramukh Swami Maharaj

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Transcript of Ideal Guru: Pramukh Swami Maharaj

Swamishri: The Ideal Guru
The ideals which define a particular object may change as man's knowledge develops. However, the ideals of the spiritual sphere have long been comprehensively established. The only task remaining is to understand and apply them to attain spiritual perfection.
Daya: Compassion
Daya is compassion. Compassion is listed as one of the foremost qualities of a true sadhu in the 11th chapter of the Shrimad Bhagvat. Pramukh Swami Maharaj has an amazing level of personal resilience, but his heart melts with compassion on seeing the suffering of others.
Prashant .. Jay Swaminarayan
Swamishri placed his hands on the boy's head and whispered, "Prashant, Prashant ... Jay Swaminarayan ..."
Discussions:
How can Swamishri empathize with anyone and everyone?
Swamishri is a sadhu and has never been through many of the situations he gives advice on, yet he is able to relate to the people's pain and give them the care they need.
How is he able to do this?

Pain
Advice
Daya
Discussions:
How can Swamishri empathize with anyone and everyone?
Swamishri is a sadhu and has never been through many of the situations he gives advice on, yet he is able to relate to the people's pain and give them the care they need.
How is he able to do this?

Pain
Advice
Daya
Selfless Service
"I didn't give you the sandals to hold them in your hands. Wear them!"
Discussion:
But, what if Swamishri was affected by jealousy or ego, like we are?
Would he be able to show the same sort of compassion for all?

How much do jealousy and ego affect our decisions on whether or not to help others?

Discussion:
Many times, we judge others based on appearance without even getting to know them.
When do we do this, and how can we overcome it to show the same amount of compassion for everyone just as Swamishri?

Get Well Soon!
When Harshad Chavda, a youth who had been serving in the BAPS for many years, suffered a horrific car accident, Swamishri wrote him a 20-page letter to express his regret for not being able to serve him personally.

Discussion:
What drives Swamishri’s compassion for others?
How can we make our daya more selfless like Swamishri’s?
Early Morning Prayers
Swamishri would wake up in the middle of the night, sit up in bed and pray to Bhagwan Swaminarayan for the much-needed rain.
Discussion:
What is it about Swamishri that is different from most of us that allows him to show daya at all times of the day ?
Discussion:
What vichaars can we incorporate in our daily lives to allow us to show more daya on others?
(of the three options, which one most connects to you?)
a. Prapti no Vichaar (of Maharaj, Swamishri, and the haribhakta we have found)
b. Raajipo no Vichaar (of Maharaj and Swamishri)
c. Gun Grahak Drashti no Vichaar

Virtues of an Ideal Guru
Pramukh Swami Maharaj
Daya and Titiksha
Date:
7/28/13

Scene:
1

Take:
3

“I enjoy everything. Every incident in my life is joyful. God is the source of all joy.”

Swamishri says, “Every incident in my life is joyful.” That means that for Swamishri, every ache, insult, surgery, and fast has been a joyful experience.
Can we say the same of ourselves?
What about Swamishri lets him feel this way?
“Even if someone were to
throw dust on me
, or were to
humiliate me
in any way, or were to
seat me on a donkey after cutting off my nose and ears
,
OR
even if someone were to
honour me by seating me on an elephant
, – all these situations
would be equal for me.'"

When we feel hurt or insulted by an individual, we immediately feel the desire to respond in kind. The impulse is even stronger if you have been wrongly insulted. P. Santo asked Swamishri if it is okay to even clarify sometimes, and Swamishri responded, “Tolerate till the very end.”
What real life situations can we apply this to, where we know responding may create more conflict but respond anyway?

Pain and illness typically put us out of commission for some time. We take a day off work, get an excused absence at school, and sleep in late. Swamishri resists any change to his routine, despite how sick is may be.
For him, there is no such thing as “taking a break” to recover. Why?

We fixate on all sorts of thoughts when we are sick or in pain. For example, we may think, “It is so and so’s fault that I’m in this condition,” or “I would be much more comfortable if…” Perhaps we think, “I am going to miss an appointment or a meeting.”
But how often do we think about others when we are in pain?

Bapa's bypass surgery
THE END
Jay Swaminarayan
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