57.7 Shivãnand Swãmi then asked, “Although a person has an intense yearning to stay in the satsang, why is it that some inappropriate svabhãvs are still not eradicated?”
After realising the greatness of God and the glory of satsang, it is natural that one has an intense yearning to stay in Satsang. What stops one from staying in Satsang is our ill-behaviour (or latent desires). These are svabhavs. We often have seen that the temple is 5 minutes away from home, but it takes 50 years for that thought to come, or to act on that thought, that is called laziness, a svabhav!
These svabhavs are very difficult to let go off because they are fused with our soul. But, when one understands the glory of satsang, one leaves these svabhavs because one wants to stay in satsang and these svabhavs pull him away. Yet sometimes, the svabhavas remain. Why so? Let us see…
57.8 Shreeji Mahãrãj explained, “If a person has not developed a dislike for the svabhãv that is holding him back in Satsang, how can he be said to have an intense yearning for Satsang? And how can he be said to have realised that svabhãv to be his enemy? For example, if a friend of yours were to kill your brother, your friendship with him would no longer remain. Instead, you would be prepared to cut off his head. This is because the relationship with a brother is closer than that with a friend. Likewise, a person may have a svabhãv that causes him to break his vartmãns and fall from Satsang. Despite this, if he still does not have any feeling of hatred towards it and does not develop bitterness towards it, then he does not have total love for Satsang. On the other hand, if his love for Satsang is like the love he has for his brother, then he would shun that negative svabhãv immediately. After all, the jeev is extremely powerful. The mind and indriyas are all merely the kshetra, whereas the jeev is their kshetragna; the jeev can achieve whatever it attempts.”
Lord Swaminarayan explains, the svabhav remains because the aspirant has not developed hatred towards the svabhav, and also, he does not have an ideal yearning for Satsang. We have often observed, that we change our habits for our loved ones immediately because they do not like it. Similarly, if some of our habits are not allowing us to progress in satsang, then if we have utmost love for satsang, we will immediately shun the habit.
It just shows that we have more affection towards our habit, we are more in love with our habit than Satsang. The moment we develop a hatred for something it goes away from our life, similarly, if we develop a hatred for our ill habits, it will surely go.
And the soul is very powerful, it becomes brave as a lion in a lions body. Look what a man has achieved. They are all but souls. The body functions because of the soul, without the soul it is just a dead mass. Therefore, a person can achieve whatever it wants, just all one has to do is determine a goal and be dedicated towards it. We all have 24 hours in a day, Usain Bolt became the fastest man on earth, Sachin Tendulkar with most runs etc people have achieved extraordinary feats, all due to the power of the soul. We can at least leave our habits if we decide it.
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