Questioner: Are religious books not written to free us from worldly entanglements?
Dadashri: Yes, but nowhere in the religious books do they show you a way to become free from worldly entanglements. They are there for you to do good deeds and be helpful to others; with them bad deeds and hurtful action will not overcome you. So they teach you something good. With them you get worldly happiness, you get food and sustenance; you will not encounter any obstacles. They keep teaching you to be good and to be helpful to others. Very rarely is there a Gnani Purush around. What I am saying, you will not find anywhere, not even in books, because it (knowledge of the Self) is indescribable. Only the Gnani Purush has all that. Whatever he explains, you will grasp through the intellect and if your Self accepts it; then only believe it.
You will have to shape up in front of the Gnani. There obstinacy (aadayee) will not do at all and if your worries go away, if the divisiveness due to differences of opinions (matbhed) go away, then realize that it is something worth listening to. But ordinarily not a single matbhedhas gone, one's meditation (dhyan) has not improved at all, he continues to have artadhyan (that which hurts the self) and raudradhyan(that which hurts the self and others), which means that one has not attained even a word of dharma (religion) and yet he believes he has been practicing dharma for forty years. For forty years he has been going to the temples and he remains in upashrayas (place of worship). But it is all meaningless. He is wasting his time. One is full of mistakes and yet he cannot see a single mistake of his own.