Teachings

Teachings

HDH Bapji is an ocean of knowledge and principles. His immense eagerness to preach has always been very evident. He always says, "Preaching is My true medicine. Arrange continuous twenty-four-hour sermons for Me." Through His preaching, countless people's lives have been transformed. His preachings have helped individuals experience internal peace and completeness in life. A small collection of the philosophy and principles He has taught us is presented here:

Acknowledging Shriji Maharaj's Supremacy

Acknowledging Shriji Maharaj's Supremacy
  • All Gods are not the same, their abodes are also not the same. Amongst all the abodes, Akshardham is supreme. It is this Akshardham which belongs to supreme Lord Swaminarayan only.
  • Just like zeros without the digit one preceding it has no value, worship without acknowledging Bhagwan Swaminarayan's supremacy has no value. One can achieve eternal salvation only if they consolidate Maharaj's supremacy. Different forms of worship can only help one gain some merit however, eternal salvation is not possible.
  • To acknowledge Bhagwan Swaminarayan's true form, one must consolidate the following six fundamentals.
  1. Swaminarayan Bhagwan is the one and only supreme eternal (Sanatan) God.
  2. Understand Swaminarayan Bhagwan's supremacy with respect to the anvay-vyatirek form.
    • Shreeji Maharaj's divine, luminous Murti is His vyatirek form. The limitless cluster of rays being emitted from all directions of His Murti is referred to as Akshardham.
    • Out of the entire cluster of rays being emitted from Shreeji Maharaj's Murti, one single ray is referred to as His anvay form. Shreeji Maharaj is indirectly present within countless Akshars through to all the living beings via this one single ray.
  3. Swaminarayan Bhagwan is forever omnipresent.
  4. Swaminarayan Bhagwan is forever omniscience.
  5. Swaminarayan Bhagwan is forever divine and with a distinct form.
  6. Swaminarayan Bhagwan is the all-doer.
  • Swaminarayan Bhagwan is a Sanatan God.
    • This means that Swaminarayan Bhagwan has not been designated by another nor can His status as God be taken away because He holds complete authority and is independently in control. There is no one above Him in the hierarchy. He is always and forever omnipresent. This is what a Sanatan Bhagwan means. Out of the infinite universes, there is only one Sanatan Bhagwan and that is our Swaminarayan Bhagwan.
    • One whose existence is due to the power of the Sanatan Bhagwan; one whose existence is sustained due to the power of the Sanatan Bhagwan; and one who is appointed and can also be dismissed by the Sanatan Bhagwan is referred to as the Adhunik Bhagwan.

 

  • Swaminarayan Bhagwan is a supreme God.

From the infinite Akshars to all the infinite living beings, in relation to the anvay line, all are created and sustained through Shreeji Maharaj's indirect power via the anvay shakti. On the other hand, those in relation to Shreeji Maharaj's vyatirek form are created and sustained due to Shreeji Maharaj's vyatirek form.

Like so, those in relation with Shreeji Maharaj's anvay and vyatirek form are infinite in numbers and Shreeji Maharaj is their one and only ruler. They do not possess any power. Whatever they have, has all been granted by Shreeji Maharaj. If we understand the matter as such, then we have truly understood Shreeji Maharaj's supremacy.

 

  • Swaminarayan Bhagwan is the incarnator of all incarnations.

To truly understand Shreeji Maharaj's form as is, it is compulsory to first understand the difference between the incarnator and His incarnations via the anvay and vyatirek form. There are countless incarnations within each category. All of these incarnations are created and sustained due to the power of Shreeji Maharaj's anvay shakti. The ultimate incarnator of all such incarnations is the one and only Bhagwan Swaminarayan.

 

  • Swaminarayan Bhagwan is the initial cause of all causes.

Those in relation with Shreeji Maharaj's anvay form, including countless Akshars to all living beings are indirectly created and sustained through Shreeji Maharaj's anvay shakti. Whereas, those in relation with the vyatirek form, including all four categories are created and sustained through Shreeji Maharaj's vyatirek connection. Hence, no one possesses any power. It is impossible for there to be two root causes for the infinite universes. There is only one true cause and that is Shreeji Maharaj Himself.

 

  • Loyal worship towards Swaminarayan Bhagwan.

Performing loyal worship towards Swaminarayan Bhagwan means to consolidate His supremacy and faithfulness but none others.

 

  • Understanding eternal salvation.

What is eternal salvation? Eternal salvation is essentially Swaminarayan Bhagwan's Murti, meaning His vyatirek form.

Who can gain eternal salvation? Irrespective of who the individual is but if they consolidate Shreeji Maharaj's supremacy and if they completely follow the five commandments they become connected to Shreeji Maharaj Himself meaning His vyatirek form. Hence, they gain eternal salvation.

Where can one gain eternal salvation from? Gaining eternal salvation is not with respect to a specific place or individual. It also has no concern with which ashram you are in (a householder or an ascetic). Eternal salvation essentially lies in Shreeji Maharaj's form. Hence, eternal salvation can be gained from any place where Shreeji Maharaj's true form is taught and consolidated with knowledge about the following: the anvay-vyatirek form of Shreeji Maharaj, Shreeji Maharaj's supremacy, Shreeji Maharaj being the incarnator of all incarnations, Shreeji Maharaj- the Sanatan God, and acknowledging Shreeji Maharaj as the cause of all causes.

How does one gain eternal salvation? Eternal salvation is gained simply by consolidating Shriji Maharaj's true form including the knowledge of His anvay-vyatirek forms. Because the Murti is essentially eternal salvation.

Through whom does one gain eternal salvation? When one listens to the discourses and believes in the words of someone who has such a firm conviction of Shriji Maharaj's true form. Shriji Maharaj showers blessings upon them and makes them be convicted of His true form, thus grants them eternal salvation.

Sthiti of an Anadimukta

Sthiti of an Anadimukta

What does an Anadimukta mean?

One who is entirely pushottamroop with Shriji Maharaj's Murti, continuously resides in the Murti and experiences the divine bliss of Murti is known as an Anadimukta. There is not only one Anadimukta but rather infinite Anadimuktas.

Anadimukta is the ultimate and topmost stage who is entitled to the ultimate and everlasting divine bliss of Lord Swaminarayan's Murti.

Who is an Anadimukta?

All sants and devotees in Karan Satsang who have a firm conviction of supreme nishtha of Lord Swaminarayan, strictly abide by the five commandments and have acquired the latak of Anadimukta are all Anadimukta by acquisition. However, they have not yet attained the sthiti of an Anadimukta.

Why should one become an Anadimukta?

The form of Supreme Lord Swaminarayan is the most divine and with a distinct form; whereas the soul is formless and shapeless. If the soul wishes to avail the bliss of Murti, it has to undergo metamorphosis from its shapeless form into an ever finite form like that of Murti. The status of an Anadimukta is the topmost status to attain and experience the bliss of Murti. Thus, one must become an Anadimukta in order to experience the divine bliss of Shreeji Maharaj and attain ultimate salvation.

  • In infinite cosmoses, Shriji Maharaj is first (at the top) and Anadimuktas are second. There is no step beyond once one attains the status of an Anadimukta (it is the last stage).
  • It is mandatory to develop a divine bond with a satpurush and earn His happiness to attain the stithi of an Anadimukta. However, a Satpurush is not God. Satpurushes are numerous whereas there is only one Sanatan Bhagwan; Lord Swaminarayan. The three avarbhav's titles; Dhyan (Meditation), Bhajan (worship) and Upasana (acknowledging supremacy) and three Parbhav's titles; Swami (God), Daata (Power grantor) and Niyanta (Ruler) are all used only and only for Bhagwan Swaminarayan. 
  • Innumerable Anadimuktas continuously reside in Murti for infinite eons and take the divine bliss of Murti, yet the bliss does not subside by even a single drop.
  • Comparing infinite param ekantik muktas, who are purshottamroop in one aspect and infinite Anadimuktas, who are purshottamroop in every aspect (entirely); the bliss experienced by Param ekantik muktas is like a single drop and that experienced by Anadimuktas is like an ocean.
  • We must consolidate the following blessing in our life, "Shriji Maharaj has transformed my soul into an Anadimukta and has surely, surely, surely placed me in His divine bliss. The sun, moon, even infinite universes may move but we must not deviate from this understanding."
  • The first step is avarbhav's conviction (nischay) and the second step is parbhav's conviction (nischay). Avarbhav's nischay means consolidation of Shriji Maharaj's true form and Parbhav's nischay means attaining the stithi of an Anadimukta.
  • It is compulsory to attain sthiti after attaining the status of an Anadimukta. "I am an Anadimukta" – when one practices pratilom meditation with this understanding Shriji Maharaj is pleased and grants them the sthiti of an Anadimukta.

Great persistence towards exemplary lifestyle

Great persistence towards exemplary lifestyle
  • Along with solidifying the nishtha of Shriji Maharaj's true form, it is also important to abide by the five commandments (panchvartman) in order to attain ultimate salvation. A vyatirek relationship with Lord Swaminarayan is formed only if both exist. 
  • Superficial talks do not make an impact. Thus one must implement their preaching in their own life first before advising anyone else.
  • One who has firmness in Shriji Maharaj's true form and the commandments is superior. One who does not have such firmness is inferior regardless of him always sitting in the first row or having a tilak- chandlo on his forehead.
  • We like the devotees who follow through with the commands given to them throughout their lives more than those who give large donations.
  •  We do not like those who live dual lives. When he is with us he pretends to act ideal but behind our back he is something else. We detest such individuals.
  • During sermons, it is not sufficient to only listen but it is important to also understand the teachings. Furthermore, it is even more important to implement the teachings in one's own life. Putting words into action is key.
  • We should always act in a manner which pleases Maharaj and Motapurush. We should never do anything which displeases them.
  • We should live our lives with the thought that ‘God sees everything'. We should never think that no one is watching.

Ideal Humanitarian Qualities

Ideal Humanitarian Qualities
  • We must serve our parents, respect them and fulfill their wishes and commands. We should not forget the selfless favors and services provided by them.
  • A devotee's life should be free from all kinds of addiction. The smallest addiction such as tea should also be eliminated. HDH Bapji used to say- "I can only feel at ease whenever anyone who comes in my contact gets freed from all kinds of addiction."
  • Live life honestly. If you are an employee in any company, work as hard as you would work in your own company. If you are a partner in any business, write all accounts clearly.
  • Always be kind. Do not harm or cause violence to any human being or animal.
  • Always stay peacefully and united with everyone. Mix with everyone as a lemon which mixes with water. Be open-minded and always learn to endure suffering. Fights should be avoided at all costs.
  • As a devotee, we should not watch T.V., serials, movies nor should we hear filmy songs. Do not corrupt your conscience by putting such garbage in it.
  • Simplicity is our beauty. Our lives should be simple. Stylish or fashionable lifestyle does not suit us as a devotee.
  • Always have love and compassion for everyone. All devotees are our siblings and hence we should mutually share each other's happiness and sorrow.
  • Never criticize or be rude to anyone. This only wastes our precious time.

Religion, Knowledge, Asceticism, Devotion with Satsang

Religion, Knowledge, Asceticism, Devotion with Satsang
  • Every spiritual organization says to practice religion. However, what is religion in reality? Real religion (dharma) is following and fulfilling all of Shriji Maharaj's wishes and commands.
  • Having knowledge of the whole world is fruitless. Understanding Shriji Maharaj's true form is the real knowledge and this true knowledge can be acknowledged by meditating upon Shriji Maharaj's Murti. 
  • Real knowledge is understanding Maharaj's true form and then finally uniting in Maharaj's Murti.
  • Not eating fried- spicy food or sweets, sleeping without bedding are just external symbols of asceticism. All of this would not dissolve the internal desires of anyone. Real asceticism is the abandonment of everything except Murti, i.e., realizing that everything except Murti is mortal and perishable.
  • There are many forms of devotion. There are 9 types followed by another 9 sub-types each which comprises of a total of 81 types of devotions. However, the 82nd type of devotion is ‘Parabhakti' which is immeasurable attraction and love towards Maharaj's Murti. Dehbhaav can be dissolved only by Parabhakti. Hence, Parabhakti is the most truest and essential form of devotion.

Divine Life (Divyajivan)

Divine Life (Divyajivan)
  • Ego is destructive. Any egoistic person will fall from satsang sooner or later. Therefore, one should abolish his/her ego and serve everyone in satsang with modesty and humility.
  • A devotee's life should always be antarmukhi (reserved, sober).
  • Worldly desires and passion should be abandoned. The only fondness and attraction should be for Maharaj's Murti.
  • Everyone present in satsang should be seen only through a divine vision (Divyadrashti) and mundane vision (Dehdrashti) should be avoided at all costs.
  • Devotion should not be done with the hope of worldly desires or selfish motives. Devotion towards Maharaj should be selfless.
  • Never stay idle. The one who talks aimlessly is an extrovert. Whenever any free time is obtained, one should try to unite with Maharaj's Murti by meditation, devotion, reading, maala, etc.
  • Our lives should be very restrained (sayami). No efforts should be made to gain unnecessary knowledge. Hence, one should not speak, hear or see anything unless it is an absolute necessity.

Mahatmay: Avarbhav- Parbhav

Mahatmay: Avarbhav- Parbhav
  • Whatever seems to be correct through our naked eyes but is false in reality is known as avarbhav. Whatever cannot be seen through our eyes but is actually present in reality is called parbhav.
  • One should have pratyaksh nishchay for Maharaj's Murti, i.e., the Murti which I am viewing with my eyes is the one which contains infinite luminous, Anadimuktas, elegance, etc.
  • It seemed as if Shriji Maharaj was born in Samvat 1837 and left the world in Samvat 1886. However, this is not correct. It seemed as if Maharaj was mortal only to mortal human beings. In reality, Maharaj is immortal and omnipresent.
  • In the holy Vachanamrut, Shriji Maharaj has stated that one should become a true devotee. Who is a true devotee? A true devotee is one who understands that Maharaj is always present in parbhav amidst infinite divinity. Maharaj never had a mortal or idol form.
  • One should never say or think, ‘this Murti is of Vasna' or ‘this Murti is of Vadtal'. All this comprises of avarbhav, which is incorrect. Maharaj can never be fixed to any particular place. Hence, Maharaj is never in avarbhav but rather always resides in Akshardham. Maharaj is always omnipresent in parbhav.
  • Maharaj's divinity has no limits. One may try to write Maharaj's glory in words but Maharaj's divinity is infinite and boundless and will always remain so.
  • One who has gained immense rajipo during previous innumerable births will always have a divine vision for Maharaj and Motapurush whereas one who has gathered infinite sins will always portray Maharaj and Motapurush as mortals.
  • Everyone in Karan Satsang is an Anadimukta. All of them have gained direct vyatirek relation with Maharaj and hence we should have a divine vision for everyone.
  • Karan Satsang means supreme and final judgment. This is a huge congregation of Anadimuktas. Thinking or talking about anyone's vices (abhav- avgun) would lead to a downfall in satsang. Hence, one should always drown deep in parbhav thoughts.
  • All materials, places, tangible objects become divine once they come in divine contact with Shriji Maharaj.