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Discussion in 'Interfaith Dialogues' started by Neutral Singh, Feb 15, 2005.
Can anybody put some light on the teaching of Swãminãrayan Ji ? Thanks
The Swaminarayan Sampraday is a bhakti path formed on 31st december 1801 CE. This sect of Hinduism focusses on knowledge, righteousness and detachment.
Lord Swaminarayan, who is considered to be Purushottam by the Swaminarayan Sampraday, was born/incarnated on 3rd april 1781 and left home at age 11 to establish ekantik dharma, taking with him only a picture of the lord, a loin cloth and a book containing the gist of the scriptures and at the age of 13 he performed austerities standing on one leg, in meditation for two and a half months, without food and water.
He abolished distinctions of caste and untouchability by promoting the belief that one should consider themself to be atma. He iniated many Sadhus into the fold and promoted non-violence, non-addiciton, non attachment, and celibacy. Hence Swaminarayan followers are not allowed to drink alcohol, smoke, take drugs, eat meat, egg, onion or garlic and must be celibate until marriage.
He also abolished sati, dowry, killing newborn babies. He granted samadhi to many and allowed non-Hindus to become Hindu [a Muslims converted in his time].
He had a great impact in his time and what I have written is just a few details. If you have any specific questions do ask... Please check the following link for other info. www.baps.org .
This is a growing sect and currently has 3 shikharbadh Mandirs in the western hemisphere: www.mandir.org , http://www.swaminarayan.org/globalnetwork/america/chicago.htm , http://www.swaminarayan.org/globalnetwork/america/houston.htm
And currently 3 more in construction: http://www.chinohillshindumandir.org/ , http://www.swaminarayan.org/globalnetwork/america/toronto.htm , http://www.swaminarayan.org/globalnetwork/america/edison.htm
so just wonderin are u a part of it then?
Nice to see you pointed out muslims converted!
Erm kinda. I visit the Swaminarayan Mandir often [a few times a month], would go more often if it was local but it takes me an hour to get their by public transport.
I try to follow most of the shikshapatri, but some I don't follow are:
My disciples shall awaken daily before sunrise, and immediately offer prayers to and meditate on Lord Shree Krishna, before attending to their bodily functions and going to answer the call of nature.
So I am not an offical member and I don't regard myself as Hindu but I guess in someways I am.
All disciples shall practise Vrata devoutly, by observing fasting on Ekadashi, on Janamashtami and on birth anniversaries of other avatars, and Shivratri. They shall also celebrate them with great reverence and festivity.
Muslims? No, just one Muslim that I know of... I think a few Jains converted also.