NATURE OF A SAINT

This is another important topic which for centuries has been puzzling the earnest devotees aspiring for the association of a true Saint who could Grace them with Divine love. Hundreds of ideologies about Saint, God, devotion and Divine attainment have been propagated through preaching and publications which, instead of giving any enlightenment, have added a new confusion to the minds of the public.

The majority of people, unable to read Sanskrit and not conversant even with the names of all the scriptures, find themselves in doubt and confusion as to what is the truth of our scriptures. So, I have dealt with the secrets of all the scriptures, explaining the forms of devotion, meditation and Divinity in my hubs. Now in this hub, I am revealing the complete science of Spiritual Master, because unless a true Spiritual Master is found, entrance into the right path of devotion is impossible and the attainment of Divine love is also out of the question.

I commence the subject with this question, "Why should a Saint stay in the world, when he has attained the goal of his life?" There is only one answer: to Grace others. He has nothing to do for his own self, as all of his ambitions are fulfilled and his search for Divine love has come to an end. It has already been pointed out that a person, being ignorant, does not know his ultimate good. Thus, a Saint helps a person find whateveris the best for him, and because the ultimate good and the best is found in God realization, it is the nature of a true Saint to make every effort to draw the minds of the people towards the realization of Divine love.

As all true Saints carry out the same mission of introducing the glory and the love of God to the people, they possess a common nature according to which they behave in the world.

Now I shall explain the main features of their essential nature..

(a) A true Saint never grants worldly boons to people.

A Saint never talks of blessing people with material things nor does he ever give any mantra, name, charm or any such device for this purpose. If anyone prescribes any particular kind of worship, jap, recitation or charms for any material good or for the prevention of any kind of future mishap, he is certainly not a Divine personality but simply an opportunist. A true Saint carries out Krishn's will, Who says (in the Bhagwatam), "The world is so attractive and the affection of relatives is so charming, that an ordinary devotee may easily fall for these. So, I do not give worldly things to My loving devotee. Instead, I try to cancel the world of his affections and attachments."

(b) He never initiates people with various names and forms of God.

It has been explained that a Saint is the embodiment of a particular form of God in Whose Divine Bliss he remains absorbed.

Take the example of Tulsidas. He experienced God in the form of Bhagwan Ram, the modest manifestation of Divine love. So all his life he sang the glory of Ram and taught the love of Ram to the people.

A historical figure, Meera, was blessed with the vision of Krishn and her every pore was filled with Krishn love.

Many other Saints like Haridas, Vyasdas, Nabhadas, Lalit Kishori etc., as well as all the Jagadgurus established, preached and taught Krishn devotion to people. It is seen that the devotees of Ram like Tulsidas and Guru Nanak sang the name of Krishn with the same love and reverence as they sang the name of Ram because Ram is a modest form of Krishn, but it never happened that a Saint ever initiated his pupils into the various forms and names of God.

(c) A Saint never exhibits any miracle.

About five hundred years ago, a number of Saints appeared in India. On going througfh there biographies its clear that a saint never exhibits miracles for popularity.

A Saint is never pretentious. A person who performs miracles for turning praise and to be labeled great is no better than a praise seeking politician and is quite an ordinary man. People drawn to him fall for his jugglings.

(d) A Saint lives the life of an ordinary gentleman.

A Saint does not live in such a manner as to display his pride of superiority. As, there are some sadhus who do not speak and call themselves mauni but their minds run into worldly attachments. Some wear very coarse cloth or almost nothing, to display their renunciation. They are all hypocrites. (The word sadhu is a Hindi word, used for those people who leave their family life and wear such clothes as would make them appear as saints. Thus, the word sadhu relates to the saintly appearance of a person.)

A Saint never puts on a `show' in this manner. He influences people by his Divine personality, not by physical discipline of any kind.

(e) Saints live a normal age.

There is a misunderstanding among some people that if a Saint is four or five hundred years old, he is a great Saint. Some yogis live for a very long time, perhaps due to their strong attachment to their bodies; but according to the history of Saints, we find that every Saint lived a normal age, say, within a hundred years. All the Jagadgurus and thousands of other Saints like Surdas, Meera, Gautam Buddh etc., all stayed in the world within normal age limits. Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji stayed nearly fifty years on this earth planet.

(f) A Saint does not show pride of his being a `Saint.'

He is known by his virtues. Surdas said,

"0 merciful Krishn! WillYou not Grace Your sinful child?" It does not mean that Surdas was under the bondage of maya, but humbleness is a feature of Divine love, so a Saint always remains humble, and praises, admires and sings the glory of his Lord. He imparts Divine radiance, he blesses the devotees with Divine love, and thus his Divine virtues are revealed to his true followers who recognize his Divineness, but he never demonstrates pride through his behavior.

(g) A Saint never gives a false blessing.

A Saint never awards worldly blessings to people. A Saint's wish is God's wish. So a Saint's boon is bound to come true.

Generally he never grants any boon regarding worldly welfare. He blesses his disciples with Divine love, but people of the world are so covetous of sensual gratifications that they do not desire Divine happiness.

It has become customary in India to wish for material happiness through blessings, and there are many sadhus who are ever ready to shower their (false) blessings on people in order to please them.

A Saint is totally free from such flattering activities. A Saint has a natural regard for people who love Krishn, no matter if they are rich or poor.

(h) There is no prescribed order of life for a Saint.

A Saint can live a family life or he can live a renounced life, but according to the biographies of the Jagadgurus who descended on this earth planet for special Divine missions, they mostly stayed in family life and had children. Their other disciple Saints mostly lived renounced lives, although some were family men too.

Thus, there is no hard and fast rule that a Saint should be an ascetic, whatever order of life a Saint adopts, he establishes the glory of God and His devotion. The order of life is simply his outer behavior. His main mission lies in propagating the theme of Divine love.

(i) A Saint is recognized by his Divine expressions.

As said before, a Saint is Grace personified and a form of Divine e who represents the glory of Krishn on this earth planet. His heart is always filled with the ultimate Bliss of Krishn love, so sometimes his er love overflows and this situation produces certain Divine expressions in his body. Sometimes this occurs in the natural course of wavy nature of Divine love and sometimes it happens with the association of the Divine name, when chanted.

A Saint's heart is always filled with Divine love, so these `expressions' may appear any time. Sometimes a Saint restrains himself and then such bhao and sometimes he remains in his normal mood, then his states of Bhao arefrequently seen.

(j) A Saint radiates Divine love.

This is also an observable fact which can be experienced by a faithful devotee but not by a critic. Naturally the body and the mind of a Saint always radiate the waves of Divine love which are absorbed into the atmosphere where he stays. Any person, associating faithfully with the Saint, can experience the effect of his radiance in the form of an increased feeling of love towards Krishn and in the form of decreased feelings for his worldly affections and attachments. Such expressions are due to the intensity of his faith, sincerity towards the Saint and the degree of his mental purity.

This is the only practical experience which a faithful devotee receives through the association of a true Saint.

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