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Life Without Conflict

- Dada Bhagwan

Editor : Dr. Niruben Amin

Trimantra

The Three Mantras that Destroy All Obstacles in Life

Namo Vitaragaya

I bow to the One who is absolutely free from all attachment and abhorrence

Namo Arihantanam

I bow to the living One who has annihilated all internal enemies of anger, pride, deceit and greed

Namo Siddhanam

I bow to the Ones who have attained the state of total and final liberation

Namo Aayariyanam

I bow to the Self-realized masters who impart knowledge of liberation to others

Namo Uvazzayanam

I bow to those who have received the Knowledge of the Self and are helping others attain the same

Namo Loye Savva Sahunam

I bow to all saints everywhere who have received the Knowledge of the Self

Eso Pancha Namukkaro

These five salutations

Savva Pavappanasano

Destroy all demerit karma

Mangalanam cha Savvesim

Of all that is auspicious

Padhamam Havai Mangalam

This is the highest

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

I bow to all who have attained the absolute Self in human form

Om Namah Shivaya

I bow to all human beings who have become instruments for salvation of the world

Jai Sat Chit Anand

Awareness of the Eternal is Bliss

Note About This Translation

Gnani Purush Ambalal M. Patel, popularly known as Dadashri or Dada or Dadaji, used to say that it is not possible to exactly translate his satsang on the Science of Self-Realization and the art of worldly interaction, into English. Some of the depth and intent of meaning to be conveyed to the seeker, would be lost. He stressed the importance of learning Gujarati to precisely understand all his teachings.

Dadashri did however grant his blessings to convey his original words to the world through translations in English and other languages. It was his deepest desire and fervor that the suffering human beings of the world attain the living freedom of the wonderful Akram Vignan that expressed within him. He further stated that a day would come when the world would be in awe of the phenomenal powers of this science.

This is an humble attempt to present to the world the essence of the teachings of Dadashri, the Gnani Purush. A lot of care has been taken to preserve the tone and message of his words. This is not a literal translation of his words. Many individuals have worked diligently for this product and we remain deeply thankful to them all.

This is an elementary introduction to the vast new treasure of his teachings. Please note that any errors committed in the translation are entirely those of the translators and for those we request your pardon.

The World Has Been Given Religion & Knowledge of Worldly Interaction

Make a book that has the knowledge of worldly interactions. If people’s worldly interactions improve it would be enough. These words of mine will change their minds for the benefit of all. Keep my words as they are. Do not alter them. They have tremendous power in them. They are without any sense of ownership. The preparation for publication and presentation is your task.

This knowledge of mine on the art and science of worldly interaction is such that it will be useful for all in the world. The entire mankind will benefit from it.

My worldly interaction was very ideal. I am teaching worldly interaction as well as religion. Everyone will benefit, from the one with gross understanding to the one with subtle understanding. Therefore do something that will help all people. I have read many books that claim to help the world, but they fall short. They may help a little, but none exist that make a meaningful improvement in life. For this you need a doctor of the mind. I am the absolute doctor of mind.

~Dadashri

Introduction to The 'Gnani Purush'

On a June evening in 1958 at around six o’clock, Ambalal Muljibhai Patel, a family man, a contractor by profession, was sitting on a bench on the busy platform number 3 of Surat’s train station. Surat is a city in south Gujarat, a western state in India. What happened within the next forty-eight minutes was phenomenal. Spontaneous Self-realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. During this event his ego completely melted and from that moment onwards he became completely detached from all Ambalal’s thoughts, speech and acts. He became the Lord’s living instrument for the salvation of mankind, through the path of knowledge. He called this Lord, Dada Bhagwan. To everyone he met, he would say, “This Lord, Dada Bhagwan is fully manifest within me. He also resides within all living beings. The difference is that within me He is completely expressed and in you, he is yet to manifest.”

Who are we? What is God? Who runs this world? What is karma? What is liberation? Etc. All the world’s spiritual questions were answered during this event. Thus nature offered absolute vision to the world through the medium of Shree Ambalal Muljibhai Patel.

Ambalal was born in Tarsali, a suburb of the city of Baroda and raised in Bhadran, Gujarat. His wife’s name was Hiraba. Although he was a contractor by profession, his life at home and his interaction with everyone around him was exemplary even prior to his Self-realization. After becoming Self-realized and attaining the state of a Gnani, (The Awakened One), his body became a ‘public charitable trust.’

Throughout his whole life he lived by the principle that there should not be any commerce in religion, and in all commerce there must be religion. He also never took money from anyone for his own use. He used the profits from his business to take his devotees for pilgrimages to various parts of India.

His words became the foundation for the new, direct and step-less path to Self-realization called Akram Vignan. Through his divine original scientific experiment (The Gnan Vidhi), he imparted this knowledge to others within two hours. Thousands have received his grace through this process and thousands continue to do so even now. ‘Akram’ means without steps; an elevator path or a short cut, whereas ‘Kram’ means an orderly step-by-step spiritual path. Akram is now recognized as a direct shortcut to the bliss of the Self.

Who is Dada Bhagwan ?

When he explained to others who ‘Dada Bhagwan’ is, he would say:

“What you see here is not ‘Dada Bhagwan.’ What you see is ‘A.M.Patel.’ I am a Gnani Purush and He that is manifest within me, is ‘Dada Bhagwan’. He is the Lord within. He is within you and everyone else. He has not yet manifest within you, whereas within me he is fully manifest. I myself am not a Bhagwan. I too bow down to Dada Bhagwan within me.”

Current link for attaining the knowledge of Self-Realization (Atmagnan)

“I am personally going to impart siddhis (special spiritual powers) to a few people. After I leave, will there not be a need for them? People of future generations will need this path, won’t they?” ~ Dadashri

Param Pujya Dadashri used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang and impart the knowledge of the Self as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interaction to all who came to see him. In his final days in late 1987, he graced Dr. Niruben Amin with the siddhis to continue his Work.

After Param Pujya Dadashri left his mortal body on January 2, 1988, Dr. Niruben continued his Work, traveling within India to cities and villages; and going abroad visiting all continents of the world. She was Dadashri’s representative of Akram Vignan, until March 19, 2006, when she left her mortal body entrusting all further care of the Work to Shri Deepakbhai Desai. She was instrumental in expanding the key role of Akram Vignan as the simple and direct path to Self-realization for modern times. Hundreds of thousands of spiritual seekers had taken advantage of this opportunity and are established in the experience of pure Soul while carrying out their worldly duties. They experience freedom, here and now while living their daily life.

Shri Deepakbhai Desai had been given the siddhi to conduct satsang of Akram Vignan by Gnani Purush Dadashri in presence of Pujya Niruben Amin. Between 1988 and 2006, he has given satsang nationally and internationally as directed by Dadashri under the guidance of Dr. Niruben Amin. Now these satsangs and Gnan Vidhis of Akram Vignan continue in full force through the medium of Atmagnani Shri Deepakbhai Desai.

Powerful words in scriptures help the seeker in increasing their desire for liberation and thus they represent the path. The knowledge of the Self is the final goal of all seekers. Without the knowledge of the Self there is no liberation. This knowledge does not exist in books. It exists in the heart of a Gnani. Hence, the knowledge of the Self can only be acquired by meeting a Gnani. Through the scientific approach of the Akram Vignan, even today one can attain Atmagnan, by meeting a living Atmagnani. Only a lit candle can light another candle!

Preface

Everyone lives their life, but a real life is only that which is free of conflicts.

In the current time cycle of Kaliyug bickering and clashing starts at the time of breakfast, so what remains to be said about the rest of the day? Even in the past time cycles of Satyug, Dwapar and Tretayug, conflicts were present in the homes of prominent people. Even people of purity, such as the Pandavas, spent their entire lives planning a battle with the Kavravas. Shri Ramchandraji who was exiled in the forest, had nothing but conflict and friction from the time Sita was abducted, to the point of the Ashvamegh Yagna. Nevertheless, they all overcame conflicts in their lives with spiritual knowledge, and that verily was their special power.

The prime source of all conflicts in life is misunderstanding. “You are the root cause of all your miseries.” This statement by Dadashri divulges the very root cause of all miseries with such profoundness, that no one could ever imagine.

If a person continues to paddle his boat of life without deciding on his destination, how will he ever embark upon the right course? He will become fatigued from paddling, give up, and ultimately drown halfway, in the ocean. Therefore, it is very necessary to first, decide the destination. Life without a goal is synonymous to letting an engine run idle. If you want the ultimate goal, then liberation should be that goal. However, if you want something in between, but you do not have happiness in your life, then at least make your life free of conflicts.

Every morning you should pray sincerely and repeat five times, “I do not want to hurt any living being in the slightest extent, with this mind, speech, or body,” Despite doing this, if you happen to hurt anyone, then you should sincerely repent and take a vow that you will not hurt anyone again. By doing this, you will wash away your bad deeds and your life will become peaceful.

The bickering and quarrelling between parents and children can only be resolved through understanding. It is primarily the parents who must understand. Excessive attachment will result in a lot of friction and suffering, creating more problems for both the parties involved. You have to fulfill all of your worldly obligations, but by no means are you to perpetuate the cycle of attachment. Dadashri has shed light over parent-children interactions and given us tremendous understanding and insight into this topic. This in turn has improved tremendously the quality of the family life .

Despite the love that exists between husbands and wives, inner conflicts and overt quarrels occur between the two. They are so trapped by their need for security in each other that despite their internal conflicts and quarrels that they continue to live as husband and wife. Through a very informal and jovial approach, Dadashri gives us ways by which husband and wife can attain ideal interactions with each other.

Dadashri also gives us the keys to prevent conflicts between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, master and servant, a business owner and his customers, and between business partners.

Many aspirants who seek true knowledge do not attain it because they give importance only to the soul, and disregard their worldly life. This one-sided approach renders their knowledge infertile. Real Gnanis, like Dadashri have traversed the spiritual realms by maintaining a parallel between both the worldly and spiritual lives. He has given thousands of seekers the ultimate understanding of matters regarding both the worldly and the spiritual life, and within them, instilled tremendous awareness of the two.

In this short compilation, we have put together examples, which have come through the power of Dadashri’s speech, whereby we can live an ideal life. Those seeking a more detailed and in depth solution for the worldly life should refer to the long version of Dadashri’s books. Books such as, ‘Generation Gap,’ ‘Harmony in Marriage,’ ‘Speech in Worldly Interactions,’ ‘Money in Worldly Interactions,’ etc., are books which undoubtedly will bring peace to one’s life.

- Dr. Niruben Amin

Life Without Conflict

[1] The Art of Living

Life Without a Goal

What is the goal of this life? Do you understand it? Surely, there has to be some goal for this life. A person is born, grows old and is later is carted away to the funeral pyre. The name that was given to him at the time of birth is taken away at that time. The{ are quick to give you a name the moment you are born, to facilitate the worldly interactions and dealings. This is just like naming characters in a play, buv once the play is over, the name is no more. Just as tje name ‘Brahtruhari’ is given to the king in the drama, the name no longer exists once the play is over. Similarly, you are given a name to carry out your daily living and under this name you acquire your wealth, your hooe, your cars, and money etc. but upon your death it is all taken away. People go through life and then thgy die. Therefore, these two words, ‘life’ and ‘death’ mean that every event is a passing circumstance. What is the goal of life? Is it for personal enjoyment, or to serve humankind? Is life for marriage and taking care of your family? Marriage is mandatory and preordained. A person cannot get married if he is not destined to. However, do people not get married even if they do not want to? This is because marriage is preordained for them. Is making a name for yourself the ultimate goal of life? Women such as Sita, Lord Ramas’s wife, have made their mark in this world. Their fame stayed here but what did they take with them to their next life? They took

their mistakes and entanglements (causes; karmas).

Whether you want liberation (moksha) or not, at least come here and obtain clarification of all your entanglements. You will find all the solutions here. Lawyers will charge you a fee to solve your worldly problems, whereas the solution you get here is priceless. You cannot put a price on this solution. Life is full of entanglements. You are not the only one with entanglements; the whole world has them. The world is a puzzle itself.

Religion comes after true understanding. First you have to learn the art of living. One has to become certified in parenting, before getting married. Life is like an engine but it is pointless to keep putting gas in the engine and running it without getting any useful work out of it. There has to be a goal in life. An engine will continue to run in vain but you have to get some work out of it. Unfortunately people live their entire lives, with nothing to show for it, without an achievement. Rather than accomplishments, they create entanglements, which carry forward to their next life.

People’s lives have broken down; they have no clue as to what they are living for. They have no awareness about the reason for a birth in the human form. They are not aware that there is a purpose of a human life. What is the goal of the human life? The birth as a human being gives one the ability to choose any future life form, or the choice to attain liberation from further births. No one is aware of the essence of human birth and that is why one continues to wander life after life.

Who Will Teach Us The Art of Living?

Today people are unaware of what is beneficial and harmful in life. The ones, who do have such awareness, have made adjustments according to their intellect (buddhi). Their

awareness is worldly in nature because it is for attaining only worldly happiness. In reality, even that is not correct. Correctness comes only when one learns the art of living. One becomes a doctor or a lawyer and yet he does not learn anything about the art of living. He learns and masters all kinds of arts except for the art of living.

This art is learnt by approaching the one who is living his life well. Ask such a person to teach you the art of living. Ask him how you should conduct your life; only then will you learn that art. You need to seek out someone who has mastered this art. Unfortunately, no one seems to understand the need to do so. They have totally discarded the importance of the art of living, haven’t they? Those living around me will learn this art. However, I cannot say that absolutely no one in this world knows this art.

If a person learns the art of living completely, his life will be easy but he will definitely need religion along with it. Religion is the base for the art of living and it is a necessity. By religion, here I am referring to the code of conduct as prescribed by God. One need not pursue the path of liberation. You must understand the prescribed commands of whomever you have faith in, be it Lord Mahavir, Lord Krishna or any other God. If you cannot practice all of their directives, then at least practice some. Now if celibacy is one of their directives and you get married, then that would be contradicting their directives. In reality there is no contradiction; all they are saying is that you should adjust to the commandments to the best of your ability. Just because you are not able practice two of their commandments, does that mean you discard them all? What do you think? If you are able to abide by only two of their commandments, it is still more than enough.

It is equally important for people to receive a high level

of relative religion (vyavahaar dharma). This is the code of conduct for life’s daily interactions. This is the art of living. You cannot learn this art through penance, fasting or renunciation of the worldly life. Fast if you develop problems with indigestion.

He who masters the art of living acquires the whole vyavahar dharma, but the real religion, the knowledge of the Self ( Atma dharma, nischaya dharma) will be attained by the one who comes into this world with prior spiritual development. In the Akram path (the short-cut, step-less path to Self-realization), one attains the Self through the grace of the Gnani Purush. The Gnani Purush has the capacity to grace one with both infinite knowledge and infinite worldly wisdom; both are so wonderful that they abolish all kinds of miseries.

Understanding That Leads to Suffering in Life

This Gnan is such that it repairs and corrects, and people are such that they ruin and make wrong of everything that is right. They do so because they have the wrong understanding; otherwise there is no suffering in India whatsoever. All suffering is due to lack of right understanding. People blame the government or God for their suffering. Alas people have only learnt to disgrace and defame others.

If a person accidentally ingests poison, will the poison spare him?

Questioner : No it would not.

Dadashri : Why not? He drank it accidentally. Since he did not drink it on purpose, will the poison not let him escape?

Questioner : No, he cannot escape the effect of the poison.

Dadashri : So who kills him? It is the poison that kills him, not God. God does not give suffering or anything else,

whatever is done, is done through the body complex (pudgal). It is the body complex that gives pain and unhappiness. Is poison also not a body complex? Do we not experience its effect? People of the current time cycle are really the product of their negative tendencies from their past lives. People of the era of previous time cycle used to make do without food and clothes, but people of today, despite having everything, create nothing but conflict. If a man has outstanding taxes, he fears the tax officer and in turn his wife fears him because due to the stress, he mistreats her.

A person, who has all the four necessities of life and yet creates conflict, is nothing but a fool. Does he or does he not get food on time? It does not matter whether the food is cooked in oil or not, but at least he gets his food on time, does he not? Does he also not get his cup of tea on time; whether it is once or twice a day, does he not at least get tea or something to drink? Does he not have clothes to wear? Does he not have a roof over his head? He should be thankful for all this, especially on cold winters days! Therefore, when people complain, in spite of having these basic four necessities, they should be locked up in prison! In spite of having all the four necessities, if a person is still unhappy, then he should get married. You cannot persecute anyone for wanting to get married. Along with these four necessities, marriage is also a necessary component. You cannot say no to anyone who is of age and wants to get married. But so many of those who get married, break their marriages, they wander alone, and invite suffering. What kind of people are these, who get married then break up their marriages? When a person does not have the four or five basic necessities for living, it is understood that he is suffering. Everything else is not really sufferings, but rather difficulties or inconveniences. People however spend their entire day being miserable; all day long they imagine and

create mental projections of their so-called sufferings.

In reality it is not the material things that are needed; people’s miseries stem purely from ignorance of the Self. Once I give you the knowledge of the Self, all miseries disappear. After that all you have to do is to know where you have not been able to remain within the five Agnas that I have given you. That is all you have to do. Even your daily meals are destined and will come at the precise time; that is the force of scientific circumstantial evidences (vyavasthit). When the hair on your face grows even against your wish, will the food not arrive without your wish? Your beard will grow even though you do not want it to. What more do you need besides your basic necessities? The more possessions you have, the more difficulties you experience. Before becoming Self-realized were you not getting lost in thoughtful fantasies? Do you recognize fantasies?

Questioner : Yes, I used to have many fantasies.

Dadashri : These thoughts and imaginations are like waves that continue to flow. God has referred to these fantasies as building castles in the air. They are imaginary. People are so caught up in these fantasies. If a person wants to slap someone, he will not do it directly. It would be much better if he did, but instead he makes the subtle inner cardinal mistake of saying, “I will slap him one,” and binds karma for another life. The haunting of the ‘ghosts of imagination’ traps everyone in the world. They haunt people in worrying: ‘this is going to happen and if that happens, then this will happen’ and on and on.

Materialism and Suffering

The entire world has sunk in the ocean of accumulation and hoarding of unnecessary materialistic things. God has no objection to your accumulation of things that are necessary for life. One should decide on his necessities in life. What are the

basic necessities for this body? First and foremost, is air which is available every second, free of cost. Then one needs water and food. The fire of hunger can be doused with simple food, but nowadays people want gourmet food. Clothing and shelter fall under secondary requirements. Is getting respect from others a necessity for living? People go around searching for respect, and become completely veiled in the illusion of life. Should you not learn all this from the Gnani Purush?

People would eventually become fed up if sweet water continued to come out of their taps, even if it was only for a day. If you ask them why, they will tell you they prefer plain water. True value of something is not realized until it is no longer available. People go around looking for Coca-Cola and Fanta. Why do you not figure out what your necessities are? Would this body of yours complain if it got fresh air to breath, pure water to drink and some simple food to eat at night? It would not. Therefore decide on the basic necessities for the body. People instead look for a specific flavor of ice cream. Kabir Sahib said:

“No one is your enemy; your enemy is your unnecessary materialism…

Rid yourself of all your needs for unnecessary things, and then you are free to roam about.”

Running after unnecessary things in itself is your real enemy.

What are the necessities of this body? If you ask for water for a bath, it is a necessity. The body requires pure ghee and milk, but instead you stuff it with garbage. What good is all the junk food? What do people use to wash their hair? They use shampoo; it looks just like water and soap. These ‘sacks of intellect’ (Dada referring to people) have discovered things

that are not necessary and because of that one’s inner happiness has diminished. The Lord had said it is acceptable if there is a difference of five to ten percent between their inner happiness and external happiness, but here we have a difference of ninety percent and that will not do. This big a difference is unnecessary and will eventually kill you, but you will have to suffer in the process. Today so many necessities have been created.

People get worried if the shops were to close for an hour. If you ask them what they need and why they worry, they will say they want some ice cream and cigarettes. Is this not increasing one’s dependency on unnecessary things? It is because people do not have internal happiness that, they go searching for it in material things. Whatever internal happiness there once was, is now gone. Do not destroy your inner happiness. People have squandered away this inner happiness, so how can it express? Which is better, to live a natural life or a pretentious one? Youngsters imitate each other. Why should we imitate others? We should be ourselves; people from other countries should imitate us. But a few hippies came to our country and we now imitate them. How can you call this living?

People complain when there is a shortage of refined sugar and brown sugar. Why must you complain about food? As long as you have a stomach, you will manage to find food to eat. You will find enough food to satisfy each tooth. What kind of teeth do you have? There are teeth for tearing, cutting and chewing; nature provides you with everything. And how wonderful are your eyes? Could you find such eyes even if you paid millions of dollars? No, you could not. Some people complain even when they have a million dollars. They do not realize the worth of all the precious things that nature has given them. A person can be content if he simply learned to value just his eyes.

Your own teeth will let you down some day. You give this body food and drink and yet it dies. Death is nature’s act of confiscation and repossession. When you die, you will leave everything behind except the entanglements (karmic causes) you created with family, clients, and business associates. God has cautioned, “You mortals! Understand the reality. The possibility of another human birth is extremely rare.”

The art of living cannot be found in the current era of this time cycle. Leave aside the path to liberation. Should one not at least know how to live life?

One Must Understand the Beneficial Path

I have a constant awareness of worldly interactions. No watch or radio company has made money off me. I have never purchased such items. What is the use of such things? They are meaningless. Of what use is a watch that causes problems and internal unrest every time it is looked at? There are some children who become very uncomfortable the moment they see their father. If they are playing when they are supposed to be studying, they get nervous when their father walks in; that is how it is with a watch. It unsettles you whenever you look at it, so why not get rid of it? T.V. and radio are direct and present madness.

Questioner : There is a radio in every home.

Dadashri : That is different. What happens where there is no awareness of the Self (Gnan)? Attachment (moha) prevails. It is attachment when you acquire what is not necessary and economize on what is.

It’s like this. It is like bringing home an onion dipped in sugar syrup. You must first decide whether you want to eat the onion or the sugar icing. The onion should be eaten plain otherwise there is no point in eating it. This is all madness. People lack awareness and direction in their decision-making.

If a person sees another person eating an onion dipped in sugar syrup, he will do the same. Onions are such that they become useless when dipped in sugar. People have no awareness; nothing but absolute ignorance prevails within them. They go around with a belief of “I am something.” Who are we to tell them otherwise? Even a simple shepherd has this same belief because he owns two cows and two bulls. He believes that he is their superior. He can treat the animals however he wants to. Even if man does not have anyone to control, he ends up being the boss of his wife. How can you deal with someone who has no discretion or awareness of what is appropriate and what is not? Liberation aside, one should at least have some awareness as to what is beneficial and what is harmful in daily living.

You are better off using a cotton bed sheet, which you have paid for rather than using a silk bed sheet, that has been given to you for free. You may question the benefit in doing such a thing. The reason behind this is, if you use things for which you do no have to pay, you become accustomed to it and then when things no longer come free, you have difficulties. Old habits die hard! Everyone in this world is using things without awareness. If we ask prominent religious heads to sleep on a luxurious mattress, they will find it very uncomfortable and will not be able to sleep at night. Some people become accustomed to sleeping on a mat and others on a mattress. God does not accept either the penance of an ascetic or the luxuries of a householder person. God says that only when things are done with an inner awareness, is it correct. If there is no awareness, and you develop a habit, then it is meaningless.

First you must understand what is involved in each path and then you must decide which one you want to follow. If you do not understand, ask ‘Dada’, he will tell you which paths are hazardous, and which one is the right one. You can then follow that path with his blessings.

You Will Experience Happiness through Such Adjustments

One man came to me asking for my blessing because he did not understand things. I placed my hand

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Publication Date: 07-06-2017

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