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  • Behaviour in Mandir

    Behaviour in Mandir When you are in Mandir, you should behave because Bhagwan is looking at you all the time. You should sit on the floor and no leaning on the walls. When the katha is on, you should never make any noise by talking or playing. In the Mandir, you should only talk about religious matter. You should not talk about anything Read More
  • Bharat Khand

    Bharat Khand It is written in many (Shastras/Granths) including Shrimad Bhagvat that it is very difficult to be born as a human being in Bharat khand. It takes about 100 births punya to be born as a human being in Bharat khand. Even Indra and other Devtas wish that they get to take a birth in India and get a Moksha. It Read More
  • Coming to the Temple

    Coming to the Temple Before coming inside the Temple, we should place our shoes in a nice order. If you remove shoes by hand, then you should wash your hands before you come inside the Temple. When you go towards God, we should look at Him and then perform Darshan Boys do Darshan by sleeping on the floor making sure that both arms, both Read More
  • Elevan Niyams

    Elevan Niyams There are 11 Niyams that are recited in Nirvikalp Uttam Ati. These are as follows: 1. Hinsa na karanee jantukee - (Do not harm any being) 2. Parastriya sangako tyag - (Do not touch other women. This does not include relatives) 3. Mans na khavat madhyakun - (Do not eat meat) 4. Peevat nahi badabhag - (Do not drink alcohol) 5. Vidhavakun sparshat nahi Read More
  • Guru Mantra

    Guru Mantra Guru mantra is a mantra given to devotees by Acharya Maharajshree. One should take this mantra when they have a steadfast belief in bhagwan. When taking your Guru Mantra you must vow to follow 5 Vartman. Guru mantra is essential without it salvation is very difficult to achieve. Once the mantra is received it must be recited everyday in your Read More
  • Jiva, Iswar, Maya, Brahm and Parbrahm

    Jiva, Iswar, Maya, Brahm and Parbrahm One who resides in the heart, is alone and subtle, is also all consciousness, is the knower, is pervading all over the body by means of His power and good knowledge and bares characteristics such as indivisible, invulnerability, and it eternality etc. Individual unit having His own consciousness. Smaller than even an atom [has three different bodies gross or apparent, Read More
  • Kanthi

    Kanthi Kanthi, a necklace of bead worn around the neck, is the symbol of our surrender to the creator of this universe, the supreme almighty. The kanthi is the best symbol of one's surrender, as it gives us the ultimate feeling of oneness with God. How do we wear Kanthi? Kanthi is to be worn at the hands of saints, who Read More
  • Letters

    Letters Nilkanth Varni was on Vanvicharan. He just arrived in Loj. He was 18 years and 4 months old. Here, He met Muktanand Swami, a very able, learned and trusted disciple of Shri Ramanand Swami. 10 moths later after arriving in Loj he wrote this letter to Ramanand swami who was in Bhuj. The letter was written on the 5th day Read More
  • Maala

    Maala Human beings breathe 15 times per minute and 21600 times in 24 hours. If you subtract 12 hours of sleeping time at night, we are left with 10800 breaths for a day. Dedicated devotees have firm desire to recite the name of Maharaj for every breath he takes during day hours, but this is difficult for most of them. If Read More
  • Mansi Pooja

    Mansi Pooja Mansi Puja or mental worship is a kind of worship in which the devotee serves Maharaj as if Maharaj is standing before the devotee to receive all his oblations. This mode of worship is the best spiritual means that increase our love for Maharaj. Mansi Puja is offered five times a day. First Mansi Puja The first Mansi Puja is Read More
  • Menstrual Cycle And Religion

    Menstrual Cycle And Religion Great significance is attached to the menstrual cycle of women in Swaminarayan Dispensation. Since the days of menstruation, are the days of unusual physiological activities and chemical changes in the female body, they are sure to have somatopsychological impact of unusual nature. The whole process is closely associated with the destruction and elimination of the creative potential principle, associated with Read More
  • Panch Vartman (5 basic vows)

    Panch Vartman (5 basic vows) Whosoever wants to become the follower of Lord Swaminarayan has to take an oath in the presence of a great Saint keeping water in his right hand to abstain from these five. If anybody transgresses any of these five is not called a follower of Shree Swaminarayan and is excommunicated from the religion. These are the five basic Vows for Read More
  • Samadhi

    Samadhi Samadhi is very difficult to achieve. Very devoted life can achieve this stage, however if God wishes then with Gods blessings one can achieve Samadhi (e.g. in mangrol even the normal persons who had no faith in God achieved Samadhi) Performing and practising eight-fold Yoga can achieve Samadhi i.e. Ashtang Yoga Sadhna and 1. Yam 2. Niyam - controlling of sense Read More
  • Shree Hari Antardhyan Leela

    Shree Hari Antardhyan Leela It was the summer of the Vikrama Era 1886. Shriji Maharaj fell sick. He was completely reduced physically. At that time, Shriji Maharaj got all his followers, saints and Sadhus seated before him and addressed them. Maharaj called Gopalanand swami and both Acharya Maharaj's and took the hand of both Acharyas and put them in the hands of Gopalanand Swami, Read More
  • Tilak Chandlo

    Tilak Chandlo The chandlo (dot) worn on the forehead is a sign that one is a Hindu. It is called the bindi in the Hindi language. In olden days, all Hindu men and women wore these marks. When worn by men it is usually called the tilak/chandlo. Lord Shree Swaminarayan has commanded that all His followers should have a Tilak Chandlo on Read More
  • two-boons

    two-boons If a follower of the sampraday suffers hardship of getting food and clothes, and has to beg according to his fate, I beg those Hardships befall on me and the satsangi should get food and clothes easily. The meaning of this boon is that if any swaminarayan satsangi find it hard to get food and clothes and have to beg Read More
  • Varna & Dharma

    Varna & Dharma Varnashram Dharma is part of the 6 Dharmas There are 4 castes in Hindu Dharma including:- Brahmin Kshatriya Vaishyas Shudras Brahmins Brahmins should have the following 12 qualities Religiosity Truthfulness Self-control Penance Humility Modesty Tolerance Forgiveness Selflessness Charitable Calmness Knowledge of Shashtras Read More
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