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Definition of a Scripture

Scriptures are religious texts which are sacred to a Sampradaya. They have significance importance and guide us towards a righteous path, showing us how to live life. They are usally written, spoken and recited by pious and very great souls. On some occasions GOD Himself will have written a scripture (Shikshapatri) and other times He may have recited the scripture (Bhagwat Git)

Shikshapatri


Author:

Sahajanand Swami




Date written:

Vasant Panchmi, VS 1882 (1826 AD)




Number of chapters:

212 shloks


Overview?

The Shikshapatri was written in Vadtal by Almighty supreme Lord Swaminarayan. He has written this Shikshapatri in the form of a letter laying down the rules we should follow to be happy in this life and the next. The Shikshapatri has been intricately divided up into sections for the different satsangi’s i.e Acharays, Grahsta, Sadhus etc. The Shikshapatri has been divided into the following sections:




  1. General rules for everyone

  2. Acharayas

  3. Acharaya’s wives

  4. Householders (Grahstas)

  5. Rulers

  6. Married women

  7. Widows

  8. Common duties of women

  9. Naishtik Brahmchari’s

  10. Sadhus

Why it had to be written:

Just like we use a instruction manual to operate a piece of machinery in the same way the Shikshapatri is a manual for the soul. Anytime we hit a low we must have gone against the manual hence the downfall. Whereas following the manual from start to finish without any flaws means you will never hit any flaws.

Swaminarayan Bhagwan wanted to create something that has never been created before. He created something taking into account all the different scriptures and He knew everyone did not have the time to read each and every scripture. So to make things easy for us He complied this very small scripture that shows us all we need to do to attain the 4 purusharths. This is greatness of Lord Swaminarayan, He is making things as easy as possible for us and putting everything on a plate.

Benefits of reading?

There is no scripture in the world where a guarantee of Dharma, Arth, Kaam and Moksha has been given. Many scriptures say you will attain ‘X’ if you follow ‘Y’ but this is the only scripture where such a guarantee of Dharma, Arth, Kaam and Moksha has been in black and white.

Satsangi jeevan (covering Shatanand Swami Jeevan Chaitra)
Author:

Shatanand Swami




Date written: Maghsar Sud 6, VS 1885 was the day Swami started writing this scripture. He would write each prakran and then go to Akshar Ordi in Gadhada and read the scripture in front of Maharaj.
Number of chapters: There are 5 prakrans and 319 chapters.
Overview?

Muktanand Swami has written in the mahatmya of this scripture that the 5 prakrans are Maharaj’s swaroop.


1st Prakran = mukh (face)

2nd Prakran = hrday (heart)

3rd Prakran = udar (naval)

4th Prakran = dhichan (knees)

5th Prakran = charan (feet)
This is scripture is also known as a dharma shastra

Why it had to be written:

Shatanand Swami was a born in Mithilanagri and his fathers name was Vishnudatt. From a young age he wanted to attain God and loved reading the Bhagwat. Once he read a story bout Nar-Narayan living in Badrikashram and that he is present today. After hearing this he thought I want to go and meet Nar-Narayan bhagwan. He then asked his parents if he could leave and go in search for God. His parents refused and thought what I should do? He heard there was a group of people going for yatra to Badrikashram. So he asked his father if he could go for yatra, his father said you may go as long as you don’t become a sadhu. This was a way out and he left with the group and reached Badrikashram. They all did darshan there and it was time to return and the group asked swami to come. Shatanand swami replied I have not come here to go back home. So Shatanand swami has stayed there and decided to do thap (penance). He did thap for 6 months and on the day of Chaitra Sud Ekadashi he started thinking will God give me darshan. Just by thinking this Nar-Narayandev gave darshan to Swami and swami fell at the feet of Nar-Narayadev. Nar-Narayandev being happy asked him to ask for anything and swami asked he wants nothing but to remember Lord always in his heart and be able to write the charitra (past times) of the Lord. Nar-Narayandev replied in saying you will not be able to write any scriptures in this cold place. You should go to Gujarat in Gadhpur. Swami then left and went to Gujarat and has reached Ahemdabad and he heard Brahmins speaking lets go to Dabhan as there is a big yagna happening. Swami heard this and thought almighty God is in Dabhan so I should go there. He got to Dabhan and met Maharaj by doing danvat pranam. He then told Maharaj to make him His sadhu and then gave him diksha in Dabhan. He also said now let me write your leelas. Maharaj said your wish will be granted in Gadhpur where you can write this scripture. On the installation of Gopinathji Maharaj at Gadhada, Shatanand Swami started writing this scripture of Satsangi jeevan.

Benefits of reading?

All the important qualities required to be a true Satsangi is what this scripture teaches us. A true Satsangi is one that associates with Sat-Bhagwan, Sat-Dharma, Sat-Shastra and Sat-Sant. The Satsangi Jeevan shows how to keep in the association with these entities.

Volume 1 narrates The Almighty being born to Dharmadev & Bhaktimata at Chhapaiya. After this he explains the childhood pastimes and the gruelling pilgrimage all over India. He then goes onto explain Nilkanth Varni’s arrival in Gujarat, meeting up with Ramanand Swami and enthronement as his successor.

Volume 2 describes Sahajanand Swami’s social upliftment of the soul. He describes the spiritual, religious and social guidance for the bhaktos well being and Maharaj continues to visit followers whilst moving through villages, towns & cities.

Volume 3 continues the narrations of Shreeji Maharaj’s movements to teach the depths of Devotion with true observance of Dharma. We learn of the numerous acts of selfless devotion depicted by those named by Shatanand Swami. The temple construction era is also commenced in this volume.
Volume 4 begins with narrations of the scriptural recitals Sahajanand Swami instructed. However, this volume is primarily revered for it’s intricate explanation of the Shikshaptri, the establishing of the Acharyaships and teachings specifically to His adopted sons, the Acharyas.

The final volume is dedicated to minute detail on personal religious activities, for the spiritual benevolence of the soul. It concludes with the heart-wrenching descriptions of Shreeji Maharaj’s leaving those whom He had touched and loved so dearly. He promised to always to remain on earth in the constituent parts of the Sampraday: Murti(s), Acharyas, Saints and Scriptures.



Mahabharat (covering Vyasji Jeevan Chaitra)
Author: Ved Vyas
Date written: about 3000 BC (over 5000 years ago)
Number of chapters: 18
Overview?

The Mahabharata is one of the greatest epic histories ever witnessed together with the Ramayan. This contains the story of the greatest battle between the Pandavs and Kauravas.

Ved Vyas was the author of this authentic scripture. Ved Vyas was the first and greatest acharya of Sanatan Dharma. He is responsible for classifying the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas and recited the great Mahabharata. The most important and the most glorified section is the Bhagwad Gita, the lesson recited to Arjuna by Lord Krishna on the battlefield. Around some 5000 years ago, he was born on an island on the holy river Yamuna. His father was Parashar Rishi, and his mother was Satyavati. He taught the Vedas to his disciples with ardent devotion and dedication. It is said that Mahabharata is the 18th Puran that was written by Ved Vyas. He fathered four famous sons, Pandu, Dhritarashtra, Vidur and Sukhdev. Ved Vyas received knowledge from great sages like Vasudeva and Sanakadik. He described that the most important goal in one's life is to attain Narayan the Divine Supreme being. The life of Ved Vyas is an example to all in the modern times on how to be selfless and devote oneself entirely to the Lord to obtain entire bliss.
Vyasji is as an important character in the Mahabharat. His mother later married the king of Hastinapura, and had two sons. Both sons died and taking recourse to an ancient practice called Niyoga where a chosen man can father sons with the widow of a person who dies issueless, she requests Vyas to produce sons on behalf of her dead son Vichitravirya.

Vyas fathers the princes Dhritarashtra and Pandu by Ambika and Ambalika, the wives of the dead king Vichitravirya. Vyas told them that they should come alone near him. First Ambika went, but because of shyness and fear she closed her eyes. Vyas told Satyavati that her child would be blind. Later this child was named Dhritarāshtra. Thus Satyavati sent Ambālika and warned her that she should remain calm. But Ambālika's face became pale because of fear. Vyas told her that child would suffer from anaemia, and he would not be fit enough to rule the kingdom. Later this child was known as Pāndu. Then Vyas told Satyavati to send one of them again so that a healthy child can be born. This time Ambika and Ambālika sent a maid in the place of themselves. The maid was quite calm and composed, and she got a healthy child later named as Vidura. While these are his sons, another son Śuka, born of his wife, sage Jābāli's daughter Pinjalā (Vatikā) is considered his true spiritual heir. He was thus the grandfather of both the warring parties of the Mahābhārata, the Kauravas and the Pāndavas. He makes occasional appearances in the story as a spiritual guide to the young princes.

In the first book of the Mahābhārata, it is described that Vyas asked Ganesha to aid him in writing the text, however Ganesha imposed a condition that he would do so only if Vyasa narrated the story without pause. To which Vyasa then made a counter-condition that Ganesha must understand the verse before he transcribed it. Thus Lord VedVyas narrated the whole Mahābhārata and all the Upanishads and the 18 Puranas, while Lord Ganesha wrote.


Ramayan (covering Valmiki Jeevan Chaitra)
Author: Vamiki
Date written: 5000 years ago
Number of chapters: 2400 verses and broken into 7 khands (books).
Overview:

Valmiki is the author of the holy epic 'Ramayana', consisting of 24,000 verses Maharishi Valmiki was born as Ratnakara to sage Prachetasa. At a very young age, Ratnakara went into the forest and got lost. A hunter, who was passing by, saw Ratnakara and took him under his own care. Under the love and care of his foster parents, Ratnakara forgot his original parents. Under his father's guidance, Ratnakara turned out to be an excellent hunter. As he approached marriageable age, Ratnakara was married to a beautiful girl from a hunter's family. As his family grew larger, Ratnakara found it impossible to feed them. As a result, he took to robbery and began looting people passing from one village to another.

One day, the great sage Narada, while passing through the jungle, was attacked by Ratnakara. As Narada played his Veena and sang praises of the Lord, he saw a transformation coming over Ratnakara. Then, he asked Ratnakara whether the family, for whom he was robbing others, will partake in his sins also. Ratnakara went to ask the same question to his family and on being refused by all his family members, he went back to sage Narada. Narada taught him the sacred name of 'Rama' and asked him to sit in meditation, chanting the name of Rama, till the time Narada came back.

Ratnakara followed the instructions and kept sitting in a meditative posture for years, during which his body got completely covered by an anthill, Narada one day came to see him and removed all the anthills from his body. Then, he told Ratnakara that his tapasya (meditation) paid off and the God was pleased with him. Ratnakara was bestowed with the honor of a Brahmarshi and given the name of Valmiki, since he was reborn from the Valmika (the ant-hill). Sage Valmiki founded his ashram at the banks of River Ganga.

One day, Valmiki had the fortuity of receiving Lord Rama, His wife Sita and brother Lakshman at his ashram. On Valmiki's suggestion, Lord Rama built his hut on Chitrakuta hill, near the ashram. Narada visited Maharishi Valmiki in his ashram once and there, he narrated the story of Lord Rama. Thereafter he received a vision from Brahma in which the Lord instructed him to write Ramayana in shlokas, which the sage readily followed.



Vachnamurt
Author: Muktanand Swami, Gopalanand Swami, Nityanand Swami and Shukanand Swami
Date written:
Number of chapters: 262 Vachanamruts
Overview?
The Vachanamrut is a the dialogue of question and answers between Maharaj and Santos/ bhaktos. This dialogue was written down in detail by the above named swami’s, then they all came together to compile a concise version of all the dialogues of Maharaj. Hence the name Vachanamrut (Vachan roopi amrut), the sweet nectar like words of Maharaj are being showered upon all the devotes who came into contact with Him. Any discrepancies and wrong understandings are cleared in the scripture.
The Vachanamrut was presented to Maharaj by Nityanand Swami and other saints on Loya 7 Vachanamrut, Maharaj witnessed the manuscript and became very pleased.
Why it had to be written:

Many people do not have the time to read and research all the scriptures present. A particular point in one scripture can be understood and portrayed in a better way than another hence the reason for having many scriptures to help us with our different problems. Just like a broken car needs to be seen by a specialist our body and soul needs a specialist but if we go searching for the particular problem our lives may be wasted. So the Vachanamrut is this one specialist that has taken different aspects from all the true scriptures hence we don’t waste time looking in many areas. All our questions in life regarding the soul are guaranteed to be in this Vachanamrut.


Benefits of reading?

Always one to focus their mind upon Maharaj’s murti 24 hours a day. There are many small things that can be done to achieve the above. The first Vachanamrut’s first question is what the rest of the Vachanamrut teaches us to do which is focus our mind on GOD. So to do this we need to start understanding who we are, where we want to go and how we will get there. Once we start realising these things that’s when the questions raised in the Vachanamrut start to unravel the answers and help us focus our minds totally upon Maharaj.

Satsangi Bhushan
Author: Vasudevanand Brahmchari
Date written:
Number of chapters: 5
Overview?
Vasudevanand Brahmchari was born in VS 1855 in Malapur town in Gujarat. He was a Trivedi Movada Brahmin and obtained diksha in Jetalpur. He was initially named Gopalanand Brahmchari then later Vasudevanand. Once at Loya village he was asked to do a katha by the Lord. The assembly was overcome by his performance and Lord was very pleased. It was at this time the Lord gave him the new name of Vasudevanand Brahmchari. He went to Akshardham in VS 1920 in Ahmedabad.

Benefits of reading?


This Satsangi jeevan is known as a dharma shastra but this scripture is a bhakti shastra where the whole scripture is full of detailed leelas of Maharaj during His time on this earth. It is said by listening to any leelas of Maharaj it brings joy, peace and tranquillity to the heart. Vachanamrut Madhya prakran 29 states, if a person is really tired after walking a long distance and he is not even able to stand. What can he do to get rid of this tiredness? Maharaj has replied and said if he listens to a talk about the Lord all this tiredness is got rid of. Hence the reason for reading scriptures like this.

Science vs Scriptures

Lets first start by defining each of the terms and what they mean.


Science is the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
Scriptures are the sacred writings of the word of God.

It need to be pointed out that the scientists who are working and publishing the results might do it for the money involved in it or for the status, however the scriptures were written by ancient Rushi muni who lived a very simple life and to spread knowledge but not to gain materialistic items such as money or status. Their food intake, the way of life and the motive of the actions had a substantial difference between today’s researchers and the ancient Rushi muni. It could be said that their work was not biased towards achieving personal gains but only to spread the truth about how the natural and the spiritual world works only for the gain of the community.

Furthermore it needs to be stated that the scriptures are not only concerned with life on earth but also life after death and thereafter. Below are some findings of ancient Indian scriptures that the science within the scriptures was advanced than the one currently promoted.
It is a true fact that since the ancient age Indian people possessed great scientific acquaintance. The Vedic sciences are considered as the richest and most comprehensive science of ancient India. The Vedic sciences comprise various branches such as medicine, space science, astronomy, mathematics and there were several Indian scientists who studied and enhanced Vedic sciences. Aryabhatta (Mathematician) , Charaka (Astronomer) , Sushruta (Surgery),Panini (Linguistics and Communication) and Jagdish Bose (Electromagnetics and wireless) were some of the eminent scientists of the ancient era. While Aryabhatta defined the shape of Earth to be round in 499 A.D., Charaka and Sushruta chiefly contributed in the development of Ayurveda. On the other hand, Panini discovered the methodical linguistic analysis during the 4th century B.C. The ancient Indian scientists have also given many mathematical and scientific explanations that can be proved using the current methods. Sanskrit is the only natural human language, which has its 4000 rules of grammar predefined. No other language has this.

The ancient Indian scientists and scholars developed the geometric theorems many years before Pythagoras did in the 6th century B.C. They also used advanced methods for determining the number of mathematical combinations by the second century B.C. The Indian scientists used ten numerals by the 5th century A.D. and by the 7th century; they started treating zero as a number. They had figured out the concepts of Infinity and ways to represent extremely large numbers. There are also several other technological discoveries made by the ancient Indian scientists. The discoveries were made connecting to physical science, pharmacology, medicine, artificial colours and glazes, metallurgy, re-crystallisation, chemistry, geometry, astronomy, the decimal system and language and linguistics, etc. Other significant mathematical inventions like the conceptualisation of rectangles, circles, triangles, squares, fractions; algebraic formulas, the ability to express the number ten to the twelfth power, and astronomy had also been described in Vedic sciences. The concepts of astronomy, metaphysics and perennial movement were described in the Rig Veda.

Individuals such as Mahatma Gandhi who made major advances in the field of politics that led to the de-colonization of many countries from the grasp of British. He showed the world how to fight a war for truth without violence but only disregard for the status quo.
Great scientists such Sir Enstein, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Carl Sagan and many others have all noted in their works in one way or another that everyone who is involved in the serious pursuit of true science becomes convinced that there is supernatural spirit that is manifest in the laws of universe. There is something vastly superior to man to which we must feel truly humbled. The size and complexity of the universe to the tiniest atoms that run life are so immense for our tiny human brain to understand. Even with the latest progesses in computing technology it feels like we are children playing on the shore of the ocean waiting to explore the truth that lies in the ocean.
In summary ones greatness is just not dependent upon one’s Intelligent Quotient alone. The Bhagwad Gita states “Of all form of knowledge spiritual knowledge is the highest”.

BHAKTI CHINTAMNI

The scripture was sung on the banks of Unmat Ganga in Gadhda. The last day of recitation of the scripture by Nishkulaanand Swami was on Thursday, Asosud 13, 1887. It has 164 prakran.

All other scriptures of Nishkulaanand Swami talks about Vairagya (non-attachment) or ways of attaining ultimate knowledge or other teachings, but this scripture ‘’BHAKTI CHINTAMNI’’ is all about Maharaj’s Leelas which helps one attain salvation.

The meaning of the title is based on the content of the scripture. “Chintamni” means fulfill desired wishes. The scripture is all about Shree Hari’sleelas which if a bhakt remembers, would be fulfilled with the desired wishes.

In the end, Nishkulaanand Swami says, “whoever sings or hears the scripture heartedly, then the Lord will fulfill his minds’ desires. There are also other positive benefits for just reciting the name of the scripture, learning or teaching the scripture, writing or making others write the scripture, or doing katha of the scripture.

CONTENTS:
Prakran 1 – 100: Leelas in detail performed by Shriji Maharaj while on earth

Prakran 101 – 105: Talks about the greatness and strength of the Lord.

Prakran 106 – 112: Detailed explanation of the vartmans of Santos and Sankhyogibaios.

Prakran 113 – 127: Details of backgrounds of Haribhaktos including Place, Surname, caste etc.

Prakran 128–158: Leelas performed by Shree Hari towards His followers and non-followers showing them that He is God Himself.

Prakran 159 – 164: Shree Hari plans to leave for Akshardham. There are leelas of haribhaktos who had the pain of separation but were consoled. It ends with the summary of the scripture and the greatness of the scripture.

The Scripture has been given the same status and valuation as the respected “SATSANGI JEEVAN”.

Nishkulanand Kavya

Nishkulanand Swami Biography

Birth place: Shekhpat (Saurastra State) near Jamnagar

Birth date: VasantPanchmi 1822

Birth Name: Lalji

Father: Rambhai

Mother: Amrutba

Guru: Ramanand Swami

Wife: Kankuba

Two Sons: Madhavji- Born Savant 1856(Govindanand Swami) and Kanji – Born Savant1859

Caste: GurjarSuthar (Carpenter)

Diksha: 1843

Left his mortal frame: 1904 (82 Years)

LALJISUTHAR MEETS MAHARAJ

Once in Bhuj, news reached Ramanand Swami of Varni via Mayaram Bhatt. Ramanand told the assembly that a great Yogi had come. Lalji enquired the greatness of Varni. Ramanand swami explained the greatness of Varni and ordered him to go to Loj for darshan. He met Varni and felt pleased and also Varni blessed him.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Nishkulanans swami composed the following 23 scriptures:

1)Yumdant 2)Saar sidhi 3) Vachanvidhi 4) Bhakti Chintamani 5)Haribalgita

6)Dhirajakhyan 7) Snehgita 8) PurushpottamPrakash 9)Bhakti nidhi 10) RadayParakash 11)Kalyannirnay 12)Man gunjan 13)Gun grahayak 14)Chosatpadi

15)Harivicharan 16)HariSmruti 17)Arjivinay 18)Avtarchintamini

19)Cheenchintamini 20)Pushpachintamini 21)LagnaShakunavali 22)Vrutivivha

23)Shikshapatripadrupa 

Swami was a fine craftsman, which is evident from the dome arches and temple doors at Dholera which are excellent examples of his work. He also constructed the AksharOrdi at Gadhada and his masterpiece a swing at Vadtal on the occasion of FuldolUtsav. The swing had twelve entries all intrinsically engraved. At each entry Maharaj gave divine darshan in different forms.


VAIRAGYAMURTI

Swami was famed as the very embodiment of vairagya (detachment to worldly things)



YAMDUND SUMMARY

Yamdund is the first scripture to be written in the Swaminarayan Sampraday and Sadguru Nishkulanand Swami’s first scripture. The scripture was written in Aadhoi. The scripture is divided into Chapters (Kadva) and contains 20 Kadvas and 1,111 quart verses.

In this scripture, Swami explains in great details the misery that the soul undergoes in hell. The scripture talks about 28 different types of hell and how a bad person gets a punishment according to the types of sins he/she committed on earth. There is no other scripture which deeply describes in detail the heart-rending supernatural account of a soul’s journey towards and into hell. Yamdund portrays the reality of hell in a direct manner, thus Swami has indeed said therein that not many will be fond of reading or listening to this scripture. However, he acknowledges the fact that truth remains truth, irrespective of how harsh it may be.

Swami describes the miseries the soul undergoes in the mother’s womb, in his youth and as he grows old committing sins and disregarding Lord. The sinful soul is then walked to hell which is 1,035,636km away and he passes through 16 towns which torture and increases his miseries on the way. Once the soul reaches hell, the demons of hell throw him into 28 different pools of hell where he gets punished for the different sins done.

Finally Swami says that after suffering these pools of hell, the soul is born into one of the 8.4 million species of life and is born from the four classes of pools. Thus the soul suffers the same process over and over again. Swami says that to get peace, the soul has to find the shelter of almighty Lord and fully dedicate himself to God to avoid the life-death continuous journey into the 8.4 million species. He then describes the greatness of Lord and says that we no longer will have fear of demons of hell after attaining God and his saints.


SAAR SIDDHI SUMMARY

Sadguru Nishkulanand Swami wrote 23 scriptures in the Nishkulanand Kavya and Saar Siddhi is one of it. It is in the form of a poem and contains 11 paragraphs and 48 stanzas. From the title, ‘Saar” means essence or nectar, which is most important, that is, refering to Lord Hari and “Siddhi” meaning to attain or achieve. Thus the scripture aims to attain Lord Hari and the ways and means to attain Lord.

Swami says that to attain the divine image of Lord, one needs detachment and devotion. The scripture also answers lots of questions which arise in a soul when doing devotion. It helps one get close to and attach to Lord rather then worldly things.

Swami then gives the teachings or ways to attain Lord Hari in the paragraphs. He also points out how devotion should be done without and desires for worldly pleasure, thus called Nishkam Bhakti. One who has detached from the worldly pleasures and has become a saintly soul is not even touched my illusion (Maya), which is Lord Hari’s strength. Swami also makes its clear that the worldly pleasures and pains are related to the body and have no effect on the soul. Souls that have detached themselves from the worldly desires are the happiest from all souls as they have no wants or desires except Shree Hari. The worldly wants and desires are such that are never fulfilled as they keep on increasing with time. Pleasing saints of Shree Hari helps in reducing pain and bringing peace to the mind.

Swami then goes ahead to describe the splendor of a true saint, and they are the only true relative of a soul. He then narrates the various incarnations of Lord and advises us to always remember these leelas of Lord.

HARIBAR GITA

Haribar Gita is one of the poems sung by Nishkulaanand swami and is part of “NishkulaanandKavya”.

It has 44 kadvas and 11 pads.

The scripture first starts by explaining the importance of the name “NARAYAN”. The name has so much happiness in it that people like Putthu raja asked for 10,000 ears so that he can hear the name “Narayan”. Hiranyakashipur chanted “Narayan” name by mistake, and a great devotee, Prahlad, was born in the demon clan of Hiranyakashipur.

Chanting the Lords name is the only way the soul can free itself and attain salvation.In all the 14 lok, the one cannot find a name which is pure without guilt, except the Lords name.

Further in the poem, it gives examples on ways people use and Nishkuanand swami tells us the correct line to use to be religiously healthy.

Talks about the love a wife has towards her husband and what she does to make him happy. Also the pain the parents go through to make sure that the children are happy. Nishkulanand swami says that is the same love one should have towards the Lord and should have strong belief in him. By believing in the Lord and having strong faith in him, helps strengthen a person in doing good and acceptable actions.

Hearing the scripture helps to diminish the doubts one has. Understanding the poem will help reduce the sins done. Also, a person who feels low will get strength.


Teachings

Many and even respected individuals have been lowered down in their actions due to anger, perseverance etc like Indra, Shiva, Chandra, Parashar, Narad, Shaubri etc.

High souls like Rishi and Kings who left their kingdoms to make the Lordhappy, left worldly happiness and did lots of penance but in vain, as the only way to reach their goals was deeply chanting the Lords name.

Those who have built a bond with the Lord are the only ones who have conquered their mind and indrios.

Those who have made the lord of lords happy, is not going to act to any unacceptable behavior.

Everyone should have faith in the Lord.

Bowing to the Lord is happiness in itself.

The Lord who takes incarnations for our sake to destroy the bad and fulfill our wishes, we should live on their feet and think of him happily in our minds.

You should be loyal to the one you believe in (Pativrata).


DHIRAJ AKHYAN
Author:

Nishkulanand Swami


Overview

This scripture is all about the stories of patient disciples of Maharaj. This scripture tells us the stories of 21 true (satyanishth) disciples.


In order for us to understanding the importance of tolerance (Dhiraj), Nishkulanand Swami has written leelas concerning the different disciples. Nishkulanand Swami says that these 21 devotees had totally surrendered to the Lord and that’s why they have been remembered here.
The main aim of this scripture is to teach us that when ever a disciple faces trouble he should always have patience as Maharaj sometimes test us. Thus in order to pass the test, one should never fail in having patience.
Nishkulanand Swami says Maharaj takes care of all the worries of His disciples, who surrender themselves to Him. The only way to achieve happiness is to surrender ourselves to Maharaj. Swami says that Maharaj is so merciful that He is always ever ready to protect His disciples. Swami says that a person can surrender himself to Maharaj only, when they have no worldly desires. This is due to the fact that when we have worldly desires in the heart, bhajan, bhakti of Maharaj can not be done effectively.
Nishkulanand Swami goes on to teach us how to live our life in grahasthasram and tyagashram.
Nishkulanand Swami says that just as a warrior must fight in battle at the battlefield, saints and disciples of Maharaj must learn how to fight their bad habits.
Nishkulanand swami says that in the past there have been many devotees who have faced trouble in their lives. They did not cry or loose their patience, they moves forward on the path of dharma, bhajan, bhakti and over came their troubles.

Swami explains that this life if full of troubles and happiness, a devotee should learn how to deal with both and digest them equally.
Finally Nishkulanand Swami says that happiness found in Maharaj’s murti, association with His santo and Hari bhakto is true happiness, and is eternal. The happiness derived from worldly affairs is temporary. Knowing this to be true beyond any doubt, why choose to run after happiness which will be here today and gone tomorrow.


SnehGeeta

SadguruNishkulanand swami wrote 23 scriptures in NishkulanandKavya and SnehGeeta is one of them. The scripture contains 44 Kadavun and 11 padas. The title Sneh means Love. Swami starts off by saying that Sneh Geeta develops and strengthens ones Love and affection for God. This scripture is like water pool that satisfies the thirst of mankind. But this can only be attained if one has real thirst for God. This scripture sings with love the praise of Lord Shree Hari.

Swami mentions that SnehGeeta has two wings; Shraddha (faith) and Bhavna (devotional thoughts). Where shraddha raises true knowledge in our intellect and Bhavna purifies our mind and destroys sins. If there is no devotional love, it is like Vegetable meal cooked with no salt and flowers with no fragrances. He moved ahead and mentions that one gets devotional love for Lord Shree Hari from satsang, Katha and Kirtans.

The scripture talks about Love toward Shree Krishna by the people of Gokul that is Gopas, Gopis and His relatives. The Gopis did all their household duties by evoking Lord Krishna. For the Gopas, Gopis and the cows of Gokul, Lord Krishna was dearer to them than their own souls. They were attached eternally to Lord Krishna with a strong tie of devotional love. The Gopis were never happy without the darshan of Shree Krishna and they thought that there is no peace without His darshan. He is the heart, soul and life.

Swami mentions that Gopis had devotional love toward Lord Krishna as they had perfect knowledge, devotion, detachment and practice of ethical duties. Swami also insists that one to have devotional love and love for God.

PURUSHOTTAM PRAKASH SUMMARY

Nishkulanand Kavya is a great scripture containing 23 scriptures. Purushottam Prakash is part of this amazing scripture. Literally the title means Purushottam meaning Lord Swaminarayan Himself, and Prakash means bright light, luminosity. It contains 55 short chapters (prakars) consisting of doha and chopais.

Swami writes that Lord Swaminarayan’s main aim was to grant His Akshardham to as many souls as possible, thus he devised several different schemes by which a noble soul can get closer to Lord and be granted access to Akshardham. Initially Swami describes the greatness of Lord Swaminarayan and his abode Akshardham, its location, beauty and several names it is referred to as. He then describes the jewelries and body parts of Lord. Lord Swaminarayan’s life history starting from curse of Sage Durvasa in Bakrikashram, his childhood leelas, Lord Swaminarayan giving clear coincide guide lines on what to do etc. and Lord’s various avatars are also briefly described.

Swami thereby says that remembering Lord Swaminarayan and his leelas while doing all activities opens the doors to Akshardham. He also adds that by taking guuns of the 500 Paramhans of Lord Swaminarayan, being loyal to them, listening to them etc gives access to Akshardham. Listening to the description of utsavs done by Lord Swaminarayan, or acknowledging the places visited by him or always chanting his holy name, Swaminarayan gives access to Akshardham. It is a divine scripture helping one to be granted access to Lord Swaminarayan’s heavenly abode Akshardham.


BHAKTINIDHI SUMMARY

SadguruNishkulanand Swami was a great saint. He had written several scriptures for the beneficial of the human kind. He wrote the NishkulanandKavya which contains 23 scriptures. Bhakti Nidhi is one of the scripture. It contains 44 stanzas and as the name suggests, it describes the forms and attributes of devotion (Bhakti), how devotion should be done with the various steps to the path of devotion.

SadguruNishkulanand Swami mentions that acting as per Lord Swaminarayan’s will is the key principle of devotion. Devotion should be done without any desires and with absolute love and pure heart. Devotion can be done by 9 different ways and a 10th way of absolutely loving Lord Swaminarayan (prem-lakshana bhakti).

Swami also mentions the several flaws in doing devotion. Some of them include looking at faults of fellow satsangis, ego or fearing sinful people while doing devotion. Devotion to Lord Swaminarayan should be as steady as a rock and one should have full faith in Lord to maintain it. In order to develop love and affection towards devotion, one should have the holy company of Lord’s saints and have faith in them.

Swami also suggests that out of the 4 attainments of salvation, devotion is the best. Devotion protects purity and holiness of the soul. The scripture also warns us not to waste this precious human birth and make it fruitful by doing absolute devotion towards Lord Swaminarayan.

KALYAN NIRNAY

Nishkulanand Swami has written Nishkulanand Kavya which contains 23 scriptures. Kalyan Nirnay is one of the amazing scripture in it. The title says it all, that is, means to salvation (Kalyan). The scripture has 18 means of attaining salvation with the 18th one the final one. The scripture portrays a teacher student discussion on the means of salvation and the frequent questions which comes across one’s mind in thinking about salvation.

Sadguru Shree Nishkulanand Swami says in the scripture that the only means of ultimate salvation is by association with God, his fellow saints or his relevant divine scriptures. Other than these 3 ways, one cannot get salvation.

In the teacher student discussion, the student asks questions which arise in the mind of a modern individual and the teacher answers them appropriately with relevant examples. Some of the questions like can devoting the various avatars of Lord grant salvation, or can the descendants of Lord grant salvation etc. are asked by the student.

The scripture is a very interesting means of learning how to answers questions augmented by atheists or people who have left the Sampraday (vimukhs). The scripture mainly helps one understand the greatness of the Swaminarayan Sampraday and the greatness of true saints. Swami says that a true saint is one who takes an individual close to God and not close to worldly things. Thus, he advises us to be careful when choosing a saint teacher (guru) as they could potentially make one fall from the path of salvation if not chosen carefully, however, it gets hard for one to walk on the path of salvation without a guru.

MAANGANJAN SUMMARY

Maanganjan is one of the 23 scriptures of Nishkulanand Kavya. It was written on Samvat 1871 Shravan Sud 7. The scripture was written to help devotees in winning their soul (jeev) over mind (maan) in their fierce fight. The title means “maan” meaning mind and “ganjan” meaning killing proudness. Thus Maanganjan helps one to kill the proudness that is filled in their mind.

Reading the scripture helps cleanse the heart and make it pure. It also helps one open the inner eyes and thus follow the right path to salvation, which is getting attached to Lord (vairagya). Some of the ways to make the soul win over the mind is by seeking help from God and his saints; praying to Lord and keeping the words of saints in the heart; and removing worldly desires out of mind. However, the main aim is to keep the mind busy in the “leelacharitras” of the Lord and continuously remembering and thinking about them. This is mainly achieved by performing any of the 9 types of bhakti (Navdha Bhakti).

Sadguru Nishkulanand Swami also says that when the mind is left wandering and not engaged in Lord, it goes to attaching to worldly desires. Controlling the sense of sight and looking at Lord only, helps conquer the mind. Inner enemies like anger dirties the mind and makes it unclean, thus one should also learn how to control it. Finally swami says that one who have conquered the mind has conquered this world and is called a saint.


Chosatthpadi
As all the other scriptures and poems, Chosatthpadi is one of the 23 scriptures narrated by Nishkulanand Swami in a poetic form. Its understanding cannot be understood by the mind but by strong deep belief.

The essence of the scripture cannot be gained by millions of money. It helps one to be relieved from the circle of life and death. Nishkulanand swami writes the scripture in simple words and is useful and understandable to both young and elder people.

Chosatthpadi is a poem of how a soul (Aatma) can meet God (Parmatma). It shows us the right ways to follow so as to meet him.

It shows us that one has to love satsang and have vairagya (attachment) towards the Lord. Also, maya (Illusion) is one problem most lives have on earth as it attaches the people to worldly things. The scripture helps one relieves himself from Maya.

Towards the end, Nishkulanand Swami says whoever reads, does its katha, hears it, sings it, will surely go to Akshardham in the end.

A lifes main richness is having Dharma, Bhakti, gnan and Vairagya.



Main phrases:

  • Those who can fight the inner enemies are the ones who can reach Akshardham and meet the Lord.

  • Swami tells us to do seva of REAL saints. By doing that, it’s like doing the same seva for the whole world.

  • Satsang is a school to attain the Lord.

  • Hearing out REAL saints every day and acting as per their words helps one control the indrias.

  • Human life is a staircase to attaining salvation.

  • A human or saint whether he is rich or a knowledgeable person or a tricky person, if his actions are not right, then he has no value.

  • To realize saints, one has to have the right choices.
  • People can be known from their speech. Therefore learn speak words which are nice and sweet.


  • Think wisely before speaking anything.

  • Those who clean their tongue (speech) are able to clean their life from worldly things.

  • To leave according to God’s will is a hard task but that is the way to make him happy.

  • To help the soul (Aatma) to attain salvation, he has to deeply love satsang.

  • Eating simple food helps the body be pure, healthy and free from diseases.

  • If you don’t want to be beaten by Maya (Illusion), then you have to be on side with Sahajanand.

  • Those who want to go near God, has to live life of a servants servant to Him.

  • Life is a donation by God, so use it wisely.

  • If vairagya (attachment) lives in your heart, then maya (illusion) walks far away.

HARI SMRITI


Hari Smriti means to remember Hari. In this shashtra Nishkulanand Swami’s main goal is for us to have Maharaj’s murti firmly placed in our hearts so that Maharaj becomes a prominent aspect of our lives and all else becomes secondary. The shashtra has 7 chintaminis and each chintamini consists of 50 kadhis.
In the 1st Chintamini Nishkulanand Swami describes Maharaj’s beautiful feet and in particular the 16 cheens. He goes on to describe the out of this world happiness which can be experienced as a result of doing dhyan on these cheens. The sant then describe Maharaj’s beautiful body, working upwards from the feet to the tips of His sikha. The names of the different angs are mentioned together with the unmeasurable happiness which can be achieved as a result of doing dhyan to Maharaj’s angs.

In the second Chintamini Nishkulanand Swami describes all the different foods that he has seen Maharaj eat. These range from rotlas of different grains, many different shaaks, different daals, mithais, fruits etc. This is followed with a description of all the different types of dishes which have been used when jamading Maharaj. These range from just using His hand to eat, eating in Patrawalas to elegant thaam vasans made from silver and gold.

In the third Chintamini Nishkulanand Swami describes all the different vaghas, jewellery and haars which he has seen Maharaj adorn. These range from the finest silks with golden threads, to the simple dhoti made of cotton. All the different types of clothing, paags and jewellery have been described. Nishkulanand Swami then says that he has seen Maharaj wearing haars made of rare and beautiful flowers, nuts, grains and even leaves. He then goes on to describe all the places where he has seen Maharaj sitting, this ranges from singhasens, beds made of string, horse carts, on an elephant, riding a camel and all different types of palhkis.
In the fourth Chintamini Nishkulanand Swami provides a description of all the utsavs he has seen Maharaj taking part in, including rang utsavs. Where using a pichkari Maharaj injects different colours on santos, Hari bhakto and has great fun in doing so. When bathing Maharaj plays with the water and splashes santo and Hari bhakto. Next there is a description of Maharaj doing vichran in all weathers and carrying bricks to help the construction of mandirs. This is followed by Maharaj giving Samadhi to Hari bhakto, visiting the ill and basically doing what ever it takes to bring sukh into duki people’s lives.

In the 5th Chintamini Nishkulanand Swami describes the greatness of Maharaj. How He is raja dhiraj, the all knower, controller of all, and how devtas as wells as Sheshji have tried to describe His greatness and were unable to do so. in the end they finished by saying neti neti…Nishkulanand Swami describes that due to the fear of Maharaj the sun, moon and the stars etc.. Remain in their maryada and act in accordance to His instructions. This is followed by the immense amount of krupa Maharaj has done on jeevs. The result of which is that they recognise Maharaj and know that they are not worthy of the blessings showered up on them. Yet Maharaj, You smile up on them and in the end grant them Your Akshardham.

In the 6th chintamini Nishkulanand Swami describes the sukh that can be achieved as a result of taking shelter at Maharaj’s feet. He goes on to describe the mayma of His charan, the touch of which freed Ahalya, and where Tulsiji resides permanently and the charan ruj, the mayma of which was fully realised by Udhavji and Akrurji. This is followed by a description of the huge amount of sukh which can be achieved by nirakhing all the different angs of Pragat Maharaj’s murti.
In the 7th chintamini Nishkulanand Swami continues the mayma of Maharaj and His murti. He says there is no other quite like Maharaj, and goes on to describe the parachas Maharaj has shown. This starts with Santdas arriving in Badrikasham when he dived into the Hamir sarovar in Bhuj, Satchitanand Swami escaping from a room with locked doors without the lock being opened, Vyapkanand Swami bringing a dead horse to life to Swamroopanand Swami emptying yamlock of all jeevs. All these things and many more where all achieved, as a result of the santo/Hari bhakto’s association and deep love for Maharaj.

VRUTTI VIVAH SUMMARY

Sadguru Nishkulanand Swami has written several scriptures. He wrote the Nishkulanand Kavya which contains 23 other scriptures. Vrutti Vivah is one of them. The scripture contains 20 pads and as the name suggests, it helps ones soul’s (Vrutti) thought and fluctuations get attached to God (Vivah). Swami describes the marriage of the Soul with God, making the Groom, Lord Narayan himself and Bride being soul’s thoughts and fluctuations (Vrutti).

Swami starts off by briefly describing how the bride (Vrutti) searches everywhere for the right person to marry and chooses Narayan, the Groom. Lord Narayan then sends renunciation (Vairagya) in the form of coconut to confirm the marriage. The bride, Vrutti then tells her friends how great her husband Lord Narayan is and talks about his good qualities. The bride and groom go round the fire 4 times the same way worldly wedding happen with each round signifying the attainment of Dahrma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.

A brief description on various devotees who have got same kind of (Vairagya) renunciation coconut is also described.



Swami also says that it’s not hard for the soul to reach God but all one has to do is express oneself; ones thoughts and qualities the way they are without hiding anything. Finally, Swami reminds at the end of the scripture that only Lord Narayan is the Groom and all of us are the Brides. We have to act and be like a female to marry with Lord Narayan.


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