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:

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.

  • 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.