Life of Lord Swaminarayan

A son was born to Darmdev and Bhak1imata on April 3, 1781 in Chhapaya,
A small village near Ayodhya in north India. The chHdwas named Ghanshyam.

On hearing of Kotra's death, Kalldatta flew into a rage.

Ghanshyam climbed up a large tree which

KaJidatta tried to bring down,

But Ghanshyam was unhanned. Kal1datta then attacked the boy with r--'_"-=:---~----...,...--l his sw~~a -.-Jci.:4?~~

When anshyam was years age, dharmadevand his family left Chhapalya for Ayodhya to escape the terror of the demons.

Nilkanth travelled the length of the Himalayas from Badarikedar to manasarover. He passed through Nepal and reached Muktanath on the banks of the river Gandki. Here he began his penance.



Wh8t severe penance this sage performs! Could he be Karlik Swami


Plbek oursed a tree and it withered away instantly.


the vairagis destroyed themselves form Jaggannathpuri, Nilkanth visited Tirupati, Bhu Rameshawar, Kanyakumari Shrirangkshetra, Pandharpur and finally reached lOJ. a v lIage

In the foothills of MT.Gimar near Mangrol n Gujarat.


The sadhus requested Nilkantb to go with them to their ashram. The pious Aatmosphere and the sadhus pleased him greatly. Hear he met Muktanand SwamI. The head of the ashram.

The ashram shared a common wall with the house next door. Through a hole in this wall the sadhus and the ladies of this house exchanged ambers for their cooking fires.

P1ease granl Oh! Guru that your devotees will never be in need offood and dothing and that i can absorb their miseries.

How can ordinary people enjoy Samadhis which even great sages find difficult? I must reprimand SahaJanandl

MuktaMnd for a bat.

went to a river nearby

In a village called Kalvani. Sahajanand initiated 500 aspirants into sainthood ovemight asked them to observe five basic rules: (1) renounce women and wealth (2) do not aocumulate possessions (3) consumefood only after mixing it with water relatives and relatonshi and be humble.


Envious because these harassed them In

had renounced women and wealth, wicked vairagis

By Sahajanand Swami's efforts religious order could be established everywhere Differences of caste and creed were forgotten, superstitions and addictions rcome and thousands flocked to his side he distributed fn,"",~~ to the needy, sank wells and dug tanks in the service of the people.

He further decreed that special religious meetings should be conducted for women. Thus they leamed how to rad and wrlte.

This gave rise to Ilteracy among women. gave them an identity. a code of conduct. Their gnorance SI1d belief in superstitions were dispelled. They acnieved a higher status In

She toiled through the night. grinding away till her hands were blistered, all the while chanting ...

Lei us instigate the Suba of Ahmedabad against Sahajanand and see that he is killed.

They tumed the Subs of Ahmedabad against Satlajanand w th hlS and false

Sahajanand prodded the throne on which he was to sit: it fell into lhe tank of oil, and thus he exposed the Suba's treachery. The Suba was furious.

I nsp red by this vis on, Mulll left for

Dabhan and met Sahajanand there.

Just as he was about to untie the ropes. Joban was blinded by alight and Swaminarayan appeared before him.

devotees could worship, sing mo ement) and listen to discourses,

Swaminarayan wrote the Shikshapatrl. an epistle on ethics. Its verses laid down a code for all devotees. sadhus and householder alike.

Later, while he was indisposed and resUng in Gadhada, sir John Malcolm, the governor of Bombay, sent him an invitation to come and meelhim.

Sir John invited Swaminarayan thrice.


Soon after this. he became severely ill and stopped eating and drinking completely. I shall have nothing_ Where is Gunatitanand?

And so, on the 10th day of the bright half of the moth of jeth, samvat 1886, (tst June 1830). Sahajanand Swami passed away_ During his short life, he built many temples. initiated 2000 sadhus and 12 Lakh disciples and established Bhagwat Dharma.

ThlnklnQ thus, GLIflablBnand coulclfl'l contain his grief and he Telnted.

And so the swamnarevan philosophy un olds: devotion to god. Narayan (I.e. SahaJanand) and rns eternal abode swam [I.e. Gunatltanand). Similarly. Aksharpurushottam. Brahmen-Parebrarman and Atma-Parematma are all synonymous terms and this constitutes a true verue philosophy.

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