Bhagwan Swaminarayan



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Fast Facts
Shree HArikrishna Maharaj Vadtal.jpeg
Other Names and Nicknames: 
Neelkanth Varni (birthname), Sahajanand Swami, Ghanshyam
Function: 
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Traditions: 
Swaminarayan Sampraday, Vaishnav
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
April 3rd, 1781
Place of Birth: 
Chhapaiya, in northern India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
June 1st, 1830
Other Related Gurus: 
PPDD 1008 Shree Ajendraprasadji Maharaj, PPDD 1008 Shree Koshalendraprasadji Maharaj

Biography

Bhagwan Swaminarayan, also know as Sahajanand Swami, is the central figure in a modern sect of Hinduism known as Swaminarayan Sampraday. Swaminarayan Sampraday began as the Uddhav Sampraday and was led previously by Ramanand Swami.

Swaminarayan was born as Neelkanth Varni in 1781 in Chhapaiya (nowadays in Uttar Pradesh), in the northern part of India. After spending his childhood years in Chhapaiya and Ayodhya, he left home at the age of eleven. He traveled around India alone for seven years, finally settling in Gujarat at the age of eighteen.

In 1799, he was initiated into the Uddhav Sampraday as an ascetic (Sadhu) by his guru, Ramanand Swami, and given the name "Sahajanand Swami".

At the age of 21, he was given the leadership of the sect known as Uddhav Sampraday with the blessings of Ramanand Swami, who handed him control of the religious diocese shortly before his death.

Fourteen days after Ramanand Swami died, Neelkanth Varni, now known as Sahajanand Swami, held a large gathering of followers at the town of Faneni. It was during this meeting that Swaminarayan introduced what he termed "the father of all Mantras", and then he was known as Swaminarayan. It should be noted that there was no swami who he had appointed his successor or as an ideal devotee at that time. The name refers wholly and solely to one entity, Swaminarayan. Thereafter the name "Swaminarayan Sampraday" came into existence.

Successors:

Sarvopari Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan has initiated "Aacharya Parmpara" by adopting his two nephews Shree Ayodhyaprasadji Maharaj & Shree Raghuvirji Maharaj and assigned them to the Two Gadis -

1. Amdavad Desh (also known as Northern Gadi or Naranarayandev Gadi)

2.Vadtal Desh (also known as Southern Gadi or Laxminarayandev Gadi)

And Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan has wrote/authenticated Shree Desh Vibhag Lekh, Shree Shikshapatri Shloks, Shree Satsangijivan and some other satsashtras to enforce this Aacharya Parmpara and given the divine knowledge of his sect in written for generations to come.

As of now:

1. Param Pujya Dharm Dhurandhar 1008 Shree Koshlendraprasadji Maharaj is Aacharya maharaj shree of Amdavad Desh(Northern Gadi) and he has declared Param Pujya 108 Shree Lalji Maharaj Vrajendraprasadji as next aacharya.

2. Param Pujya Dharm Dhurandhar 1008 Shree Ajendraprasadji Maharaj is Aacharya maharaj shree of Vadtal Desh(Southern Gadi) and he has declared Param Pujya 108 Shree Lalji Maharaj Nrugendraprasadji Maharaj as next aacharya.

Teachings

Swaminarayan Hinduism,also known as the swaminarayan faith or the swaminarayan sect,is a modern tradition in the Vaishnava denomination of hinduism, in which followers offer devotion to and worship Swaminarayan as the Supreme manifestation of God.

Since its origin, Swaminarayan Hinduism has been noted by its preservation of Gujarati cultural and linguistic traditions, devotion to the personality of Swaminarayan as supreme god, dedication to social service and a strict ethical code including uncompromising segregation of the genders.

The Swaminarayan Sampraday has its roots in the Vedas. It follows the Vaishnava tradition and to its followers represents a form of Hinduism. The faith focuses on salvation through total devotion (or bhakti) to the God developed through virtues (dharma), spiritual wisdom (gnana) and detachment (vairagya).
The Swaminarayan Sampraday is devotion-focused and advocates God within the disciplines of virtues. Swaminarayan propagated a philosophy called Vishistadvaita, which says that God is supreme, has a divine form, is the all-doer and is completely independent. He simply stated that souls (jiva) never merge or dissolve into God and neither are they part of God, but are always subservient to God. Redemption consists in the realisation of ekantik dharma, comprising righteousness, right knowledge, detachment and devotion to that God.

The Swaminarayan Sampraday aims to consolidate characters in society, families and individuals by mass motivation and individual attention, through elevating projects for all, irrespective of class, creed, color and country. The organization believes that the hallmark of the Swaminarayan devotee is that he or she devoutly begins the day with pooja and meditation, works or studies honestly, and donates regular hours in serving others. Swaminarayan's lifetime objective for the organisation was to establish a permanent system of achieving the ultimate redemption from the cycle of life and death (aatyantik kalyaan).

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Locations

Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Kalupur Ahmedabad
Type: 
Temple
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Vadtal
Type: 
Temple