It is said that a Gnani Purush (Enlightened Being) does not exist in the current time cycle. This is not so. Those who are well versed in scriptures are not Gnani's. A Gnani Purush is not only Self-Realized, but has spiritual power to enlighten others. Only a Gnani Purush who is liberated from all worldly attachments, has the power to liberate others. Self realization or liberation cannot be acquired through reading scriptures, even if the scriptures themselves were the words of a Gnani. can only be acquired through direct contact with the living Gnani. Such a being, a Gnani Purush, not too long ago, existed amongst us. His name was Param Pujya Ambalal Muljibhai Patel (lovingly also known as "Dadashri" or "Dada Bhagwan").
Param Pujya Dadashri used to say that there is a big difference between a Gnani Purush and a Guru! A Guru is the one who has not yet realized his soul, but is engaged in merit karmas and is on his way to liberation. He is helpful to people seeking better worldly life. However, for liberation, one would need only a Gnani Purush, a self-realized being !
Following are some of the qualites of Gnani Purush. You are bound to observe them in Param Pujya Dadashri, Pujya Niruma and Pujya Deepakbhai.
- Their speech, action and humility are full of compassion and they will win you over.
- Their serene smile makes one forget one's miseries.
- The Gnani Purush does not have even the slightest ego.
- The Gnani Purush does not have a drop of intellect (buddhi -the light of knowledge which comes through the medium of the ego).
A Gnani Purush knows the qualities of the Self and the non-Self and so he can separate the two.