Lord Swaminarayan's Philosophy


The sub-continent of India is full of Rushi Munis and Saints. On planet Earth, India is the only country where you will find the most spiritual environment. Many great souls wish to take birth on this land. God himself has taken numerous births in India, in various forms for the protection and development of Dharma and destruction of bad elements.

Under the series of births of God almighty on the land of India, one great saint had taken birth on Monday 2nd April 1781, on the ninth moon day of Samvat 1837, near Ayodhya city in the village of Chhapaiya, at the house of Dharmdev and Bhaktimata who were part of the Brahmin community. This child was known as "Ghanshyam" during his childhood days and is also famously known as "Neelkanth Varni", "Hari krishna", "Sahajanand Swami", "Narayan Muni" etc. His father Dharmdev and mother Bhaktimata had left this world before Ghanshyam was eleven years old.

He then left his house and travelled through India. During this period of His life He was known by the name of Neelkanth Varni. After 7 years 1 month and 11 days of travelling, He arrived at the state of Gujarat and started the great mission for the publicity of the Vedic Dharma, Gnan, Vairagya and Bhakti. Along with thousands of saints and religious persons He went everywhere within Gujarat and explained the philosophy and importance of "Bhakti" and "Religion" in its real sense. He had established a good system for the temples, religious books, Acharyas and Saints so that there was proper guidance in the future for the subsequent generation.

Fundamentals of Philosophy (Shikshapatri)


Dharma           Religion
    Virtuous conduct as defined in the 'Shurtis' and 'Smrutis' are known as the Dharma.
Bhakti   Devotion
    Supreme fervour of the soul combined with the consciousness of the glories of the Supreme are known as 'Bhakti'. Nothing other than pure love and devotion to God can guide one to the enlightened vision of God and to great deliverance.
Gnan   Enlightenment
    Correct awareness about the forms of the Soul, illusion and God are known as 'Gnan'
Vairag   Renunciation
    Dispassion for all matter except the Eternal God is known as Vairagya.
Maya   Illusion
    It is considered 'Tri-Gunatmika' i.e. deceptive illusion prevails in all the three qualities of minds ((1) Satva, (2) Rajas and (3) Tamas); to be possessed by maya (illusion) is to be caught in darkness; God is the Lord of maya who acts as the power of God; It breeds ego in one for his body and for the relatives of the body too.
Mukti   Great Deliverances
    To worship God in a mood of identity with the eternal is known as 'Mukti'
Atma   Soul
    Is situated in the heart and is in size, smaller than an atom; it is the source of energy and is the real knower. The soul is dissipated throughout the entire body from head to toe; in character it is inseparable, impenetrable, indestructible and immortal.
Paramatman   The Supreme Soul