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
- 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.