Free read and download this SHIKSHAPATRI in Gujrati - Free Swaminarayan Scripture. The sacred book of ethics. Its spiritually potent verses in Sanskrit carry the essence of Hindu moral codes for everyday life From the basics of hygiene, how . Lord Shri Hari had written 'Shikshapatri' for this critical age of Kali. It is a tool for everlasting bliss and salvation. The nectar of all the scriptures has been.
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AN INTRODUCTION. SHIKSHAPATRI. The universe: According to the Vedas, the universe is composed of three fundamental elements. PREFACE. Lord Swaminarayan the supreme as. God incarnate, wrote himself ' The. SHIKSHAPATRI' the epistle of precepts, for all His devotees living in. Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj & Adelaide (Australia) are pleased to launch the Shikshapatri app in an effort to make reading this Divine scripture as easy.
Shikshapatri English 1. Ayodhyaprasad and Raghuvir who have been installed by Me as Acharya at Ahmedabad and Vadtal respectively, sons of my brothers, Rampratapji and Ichharamji, born of Shri Dharmadev. All naishtic Brahmacharis, Mukundanand and others and all house-holders. Mayaram Bhatt and others, all who have become My followers. All female, married including virgins also and widows and all Sadhus, Muktanand and others, all who have become My followers. All mentioned above, shall accept My Blessings Divine, Blessings which protect their Dharmas, which carry with them the Divine memory of SrimanNarayan and which are endorsed by the Shastras.
At least you bring a non-biased POV.
I'm still not sure what to make of this edit whether to revert and keep There's been almost zero discussion regarding this. The Hardiman and the Williams sources are not properly cited and the Bodleian Shikshapatri quotes are lifted from an original source without academic interpretation or context. Writing such a critical account must require more substantiation and an academic consensus, not to mention a Wikipedia consensus.
I would suggest reverting the criticism section to the version that helped this article get good article status earlier from a collaboration of contributors such as User:World , among others, who used the same Hardiman and Williams sources to write a much neutrally worded section. Even though this is hard to digest, I want to know get a consensus. Breadinglover talk , 23 August UTC The section was not erased but restored to the original good article version before it was modified to a POV version by Gamaliel's point of citing the mentioned sources is addressed in unbiased original version.
Anastomoses talk , 23 August UTC The Criticism section has been discussed and here is a suggested expansion. Any input would be helpful.
Several decades after formation of the movement, Swami Dayananda — questioned the acceptance of Swaminarayan as the Supreme Being and was disapproving towards the idea that visions of Swaminarayan could form a path to attaining perfection. Accused of deviating from the Vedas , his followers were criticised for the illegal collection of wealth and the "practice of frauds and tricks.
They shall never touch nor speak with nor show their faces to any male who is not their nearest relative. My male followers who are householders shall not touch widows who are not their nearest relatives. They shall never stay alone in a lonely place even with their young mother, sister or daughter, except in emergencies and shall never give away in alms their wives to anybody.
They shall never keep close relation with a woman who has any kind of relation with a king. Whenever a guest comes to their house, they shall treat him courteously with food etc. All my followers during their lifetime shall serve their parents, Guru and ailing person, according to their ability.
They shall follow vocation just befitting to their class and Ashram. Those who follow agriculture for maintenance shall not castrate their bullocks. They shall make provision for food-grains and money, according to their requirements and according to their time and their capacity and those who own cattle shall also store-up sufficient fodder according to their means.
Cows and other cattle shall be maintained only if they can take care properly with fodder, water etc. They shall make transaction regarding money to be paid in connection with marriage of themselves or others, in writing with proper attestation; but shall never do it orally.
Expenses shall always be in proportion to the income but shall never exceed it. All shall clearly understand that those who spend more than what they earn shall verily land themselves in great miseries.
They shall offer to Lord Shri Krishna one tenth part of food-grains and or money, derived as income from their vocation, but those who are financially weak shall offer one twentieth part instead. They shall perform ceremonial observance of all Vratas, such as Ekadashi and other according to their means as laid down in the Shastras, for such observance yields desired results. They themselves or through someone else shall perform or get performed with love the worship puja of Shri Mahadev with leaves of Bilva tree Angle marmaloss in the month of Shravan.
They shall never borrow money from their Acharyas or from the temple of Lord Shri Krishna and shall never bring utensils, ornaments, garments and such other articles, for use on social occasions from them. Whenever they go for darsan paying homage to of Lord Krishna, their Guru or Sadhu, they shall not partake enroute or at their places food etc. They shall pay in full whatever remuneration either in cash or in food-grains or both as promised to person employed for the work, but shall never give less.
They shall never conceal an act of repayment of debt, family lineage, matrimony of their daughters etc. When loss of prestige or estate or life is threatened in a place where they reside either due to very bad times like famines or by enemies or by a king.
My followers, who are wise and discreet shall immediately leave that place, even if it be their native place or a place received as gift giras and shall migrate to a place where such calamities do not exist or are not likely to arise and live there in peace and happiness.
Those who are rich, shall perform non-violent sacrifices like Vishnu-yag, and shall feed Brahmins and Sadhus in place of pilgrimage and on auspicious days like twelfth day of each half of a month and such other days: They shall also celebrate big festival in temples of Lord Krishna and shall give various kind of alms to deserving Brahmins.
The rulers who are my followers shall treat their subjects as their own children according to Dharmashastras and shall establish a rule of dharma on earth.
They shall thoroughly acquaint themselves with the ways of administration of their state viz. Female followers who are married shall serve their husbands like God, even if the are blind, sick, poor or impotent and shall not speak harsh words to them.
All chaste women shall never expose their navel, breast and thigh to any other male and shall not keep their bodies uncovered by a garment. Also they shall not go to see vulgar shows nor shall they associate with immodest and immoral women.
When their husband have gone out to another town or country they shall not wear fine clothes and ornaments, nor shall make merry and cut jocks with others nor shall pay visit to houses of other persons. Female followers who are widows shall serve Lord Shri Krishna as their husband and shall always follow the advice of their father, son and such other relatives but shall never act independently.
They shall never touch males who are not their close relatives and especially when they are young shall never speak to young persons who are not their nearest relatives unless absolutely necessary.
If they happen to touch a suckling accidentally no blemish attaches to them, just as touching animal carries no blemish for them. In times of sheer necessity, if they touch or speak with an old man, no blemish attaches to them. They shall not receive lessons of any kind from males who are not their nearest relatives and shall control their bodies an senses by frequent observances of various Vratas and fasts.
They shall not give any money even for religious and charitable purpose, if the money is just sufficient for their maintenance, but if it be in excess, then only they may give some. They shall take food once a day only, shall sleep on the floor and shall never knowingly look at any living beings in coitus.
They shall not wear dress like married women, nor like a Sanyasini a female recluse nor like a Vairagini a nun nor shall they put on dress which is against the custom of the place and the practice on their family.
They shall never associate with nor even touch women who practice abortion, nor shall indulge in or hear amorous talks regarding males. Young widows shall never stay alone in a lonely place even with their close relatives, who are also young, except in exigency. All female followers, married including virgins also and widows shall never bathe naked nor shall never bathe naked nor shall they ever conceal the fact of their menstruation.
And when they come into menses they shall not touch any person or other clothes for three days but on the fourth day, after taking bath, they may do so. All Acharyas and their wives, shall observe all the above Dharmas of house holders, males and females.
All Naisthic Brahmacharis who are My followers shall never touch nor speak with nor even knowingly look at any female. They shall never talk nor hear talks about them nor shall go for bath etc. They shall never touch nor even knowingly look at idols of females made from wood, stones etc. They shall never draw a facsimile of females nor shall touch clothes worn by them and shall never knowingly look at any living being in coitus.
They shall not touch nor look at nor speak with a male in guise of a female and shall not deliver sermons or religious and philosophical discourses addressed directly or indirectly to females. They shall disregard commands of even their Guru, if such commands are likely to lead to a breach of their vow of celibacy and shall always be patient, contented and humble-minded free from ego.
They shall instantly check a female who tries forcibly to come near them, either by advising her or by administering reproaches, but shall not allow her o come near.
They shall not go for taking food to a place of a Brahmin, where food is served by a female but shall go to a place of another Brahmin where service is done by a male. They shall study the Vedas, the Shastras, etc. They shall not take their meals without taking bath and without performing Sandhya and chanting Gayatri Mantra, and worship Puja of Shri Vishnu and Vaishvadev sacrifice.
All Sadhus like the Naishtic Brahmacharis shall avoid sight of, speaking etc. They shall control all senses, specially the sense of taste and shall never receive or keep money themselves or through others. They shall not accept deposits from anyone, shall never lose patience and shall never allow a female to enter their premises. Except in emergency, they shall never got out alone without a companion at night or at any other time.
They shall never put on or use costly clothes with gaudy colors and designs or valuables shawls even if they are willingly offered to them by others. They shall never go to a place of a house holder except for the purpose of taking food or religious assembly and shall never while away their time but shall pass it in devotion of Lord Shri Krishna.
To the place of householder where food is served by a male and females are not likely to be visible. To such a house only, My Sadhus shall go for taking food, if this be not possible, they shall beg uncooked food stuffs only and then prepare cook food for themselves and partake it after offering to Lord Shri Krishna. In remote past, Bhartji, son of Rishabhdev lived and behaved on earth like a detached Brahmin.
All my Paramhansa and Sadhus here also live and behave similarly. All Brahmacharis and Sadhus shall carefully abstain from the use of betel leaves, opium, tobacco etc.
They shall not take food prepared bin connection with the performance of Sanskaras like conception, all rites of obsequies upto the eleventh and twelfth day after death. Except in emergency like sickness they shall not sleep by a day nor knowingly indulge in or hear gossips. Except in emergencies like sickness they shall not sleep on a cot and shall always be frank and be straigt forward with other Sadhus.
Whenever a wicked person abuses them or beats them they shall never abuse him nor beat him, in return, but shall pardon him and always wish good of him.
They shall not act as an agent for others nor shall they do back-biting nor shall they be spies nor shall they have attachment to their body nor shall they entertain feelings of intimacy with their relatives. The Uddhav Sampraday ended up known as the Swaminarayan Sampraday. He built up a good relationship with the British Raj. He had supporters from Hindu categories as well as from Islam and Zoroastrianism. He manufactured six sanctuaries in his lifetime and designated paramahamsas to spread his theory.
In , He composed the Shikshapatri, a book of social standards. He kicked the bucket on 1 June and was incinerated by Hindu customs in Gadhada, Gujarat.
Prior to his passing, Swaminarayan selected his embraced nephews as acharyas to head the two bishoprics of Swaminarayan Sampraday. Sahajanand Swami proliferated general Hindu writings. He held Bhagavata Purana in high authority. However, there are numerous writings that were composed by Sahajanand Swami or his devotees that are viewed as shastras or sacred writings inside the Swaminarayan order.