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Updated on March 9, 2012

The Saints play important roles for the upliftment of the souls in different ways. Some are appointed by God to manage the administrative affairs of, the Spiritual government, and some are sent to the earth planet for the benefit of the souls.

Appointed to administrative work.

There are some eternal associates, mostly of the Bhakt class, who execute some work for the Spiritual government. Just as all the government departments of a country are in some way connected with the welfare of the citizens, directly or indirectly, so in the Spiritual government, all the administrative affairs are concerned with the good of the souls and are meant to Grace the devotees.

Ved Vyas looks after the establishment of the knowledge of scriptures. Narad, Vishwamitra, Vashishth etc., look after the affairs mainly related to the descension of God, and some other work. In this way, they act for the collective good of the souls. Generally, they do not have any contact with individual souls. Such Saints, who are appointed to such work, mostly stay in the abode of Brahma.

Apart from these, some Saints come to this earth planet to establish certain disciplines. For instance, Prahlad and Dhruv etc, established the discipline as to how a king should rule over his country. Rishabhdev established the discipline for a Brahm, Gyani. Ambarish established the discipline for a ritualistic karm yogi, and so on. They acted according to the work they were allotted to do.

Establishing the glory of God and His devotion.

During the descension period thousands of eternal associates come to this earth planet to take part in the Divine activities in various ways. For instance, take the descension of Krishn. All the Brajwasis, who participated in the playful activities of Krishn, came from Golok. They played major roles in revealing the leelas.

The Gopis established the glory of Krishn love. Uddhao established the truth, that the Bliss of gyan and yog is negligible before the Bliss of Divine love. Arjun became the instrument for revealing the knowledge of the Gita. The others who were linked with the leelas of Krishn also acted according to the scheduled program.

It so happens that Krishn Himself programs the activities in advance that are to be carried out during the descension period. He schedules which associate will act in a particular way and also when he will come this earth planet and when he will depart from it. Thus when Krishn appears, all of His activities and leelas are performed by Him and His, associates in a prescheduled manner.

During the appearance period of Bhagwan Ram, Hanuman established the perfect discipline of servitude. Bharat established the descipline of divine love devotion (selfless bhakti). Lakchman revealed the form of single-minded love. Garud acted as an ignoramus and veiled this truth that the activities of God cannot be judged by material logic.

Even the wisest may get confused by watching His doings, and can never understand the Divineness of His actions because they seem to be ordinary to the human eye.

The example of Maharshi Narad in the Ramayan is a good example and a lesson for all yogis.

Once Naradji was strolling in the Himalayas. He found a beautiful place where he sat for meditation. While he was in samadhi, Rati (the celestial god of love and beauty) came to interrupt him but she could evoke his samadhi. When Naradji came out of his samadhi and learned what had happened, he felt proud that he had conquered Rati. The story goes on to narrate that he left the Himalayas and came to a town where he fell also in love with a princess that he wanted to marry her at any cost.

This example shows that a yogi is always under the control and influence of maya, and thus he is not free from its bondage. His mind retains the vanity in a subtle form which during bad sanskars can sprout worldly or sensual attraction and can drown the yogi in the ditch of material attachment (moh).

When innocent readers, especially Indians, read such stories in our holy books (such as Ramayan, Bhagwatam or others), they begin to think that these Divine personalities were also caught up by the illusive influence of maya and were attached to their sensual pleasures.

In fact, it was not so. While they acted as ignorant people, simultaneously they were one with God and retained Divine knowledge. Just as an actor acts the part of a saint on the stage despite being a sensualist. Similarly, when a Saint plays the part of an ignorant person in the world, he is nevertheless in his Divine status. So we should know that these personalities were not caught up in the net of maya, but they only taught a lesson to the people by their actions, that maya is so powerful that except for the selfless devotees it holds even the gyanis and the yogis under its influence. Thus, we should not get confused with such descriptions about Saints which come in the Puranas and other religious books.

Maintaining spiritual harmony in the world.

The above mentioned kinds of Saints known to us through our scriptures are not directly related to the souls. The Saints who are concerned with the Spiritual progress of the souls are of two types:

(a) Those who live aloof from public contact, and

(b) Those that enter into society.

The latter ones are called Spiritual Masters.

Those who remain aloof from the society are mostly absorbed in their own Bhao of Divine love. Such Saints purify the world by imparting Divine radiance into the atmosphere.

As a rule, the world is a creation and an existence of the accumulated good and bad karmas of the unlimited souls living in the universe. Both these powers (good and bad) always stay in the world. Saints harmonize them with their Divine vibrations. If they did not control it, the atmosphere of the world would be filled up with evil influences, because, in maya, evil impulses are greater in quantity than good impulses. Saints balance this discord by adding their Divine vibrations.

They naturally impart Divine radiance from their being and Divine waves from their Divine feelings and thoughts. There are many such Saints who stay in their Divine body in Braj and in some other holy places. They are invisible to the human eye. Although sometimes some devotees get a glimpse of them but this is very seldom. Others stay in the world but live an isolated life. They remain absorbed in their own Divine mood.

Such Saints do not preach or propagate, so they do not have disciples. Some people have a crazy idea that a Saint who always remains absorbed in his ecstasies is superior to that Saint who lives a civilized life. Thus they spend many years in search of such a Saint in the belief that he will impart to them an instant Divine vision.

Such people should know that Saint is `Saint,' his outer behavior does not make him superior or inferior, as Saintliness remains in the heart, not the body. The Divineness of a Saint remains the same, whether he propagates a Divine mission or lives a solitary life. Moreover, the latter type of Saint is not of much help to a devotee, because he remains absorbed in his own Divine Bhao. And the notable thing is that he has not been allotted the duty of spiritual teaching by God.

Acting as Spiritual Master to Grace the souls.

For the spiritual upliftment of the souls, some Saints act as Spiritual Masters. They stay in society and propagate the mission of devotion to God. A devotee can attain Divine happiness by the Grace of such a Saint.

There is a prevailing thought in some religious societies, that they can attain the abode of God through surrendering to the original Master of their religion who has already ascended. Such notions are actually incorrect, because all ascended Saints have completed their duties to which ther were appointed by GOD. As a Divine rule, only the living Saints on the earth planet are directly involved in the upliftment of the souls. So the Actions of a Saint are to be noticed and reserarched.


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