Shree Hari Naad-vansh Namnaashtak
During the Dvi-shat Rajat Mahotsav, Acharya
Swamishree presented the Naad-vansh Namnaashtak at the lotus feet of
Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj. These eight verses (ashtak), composed by
Acharya Swamishree, magnificently describe the glory of Lord Shree
Swaminarayan's supreme, divine heritage – our Guruparampara.
|Acharya Swamishree presents the Naad-vansh Namnaashtak at the lotus feet of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj
In Hinduism, there are two schools of thought
about who a spiritual leader's heir can be; his son (bindu-vansh), or
who he determines to have the best qualities to take forward his ideals
(naad-vansh). Lord Shree Swaminarayan decreed that His supreme
spiritual lineage should be chosen from amongst His sants. Lord Shree
Swaminarayan Himself appointed Sadguru Shree Gopalanand Swamibapa as
His spiritual heir and in this manner, Lord Shree Swaminarayan
initiated His Naad-vansh.
In this supreme Naad-vansh then came Sadguru Shree
Nirgundasji Swamibapa, Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa and
Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. Jeevanpran Swamibapa decreed
that His heir, the sovereign of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, is to be
Acharya Swamishree. Hence, Lord Shree Swaminarayan's Naad-vansh is
personified today through Acharya Swamishree.
Acharya Swamishree has encapsulated the
unsurpassed grandeur of our Guruprampara in this Naad-vansh Namnaashtak.
Therefore, it should be learnt by all in order to gain a greater
appreciation of the supremacy of Lord Shree Swaminarayan's divine
lineage of spiritual heirs. Acharya Swamishree has mercifully given us
this holy prayer, with which to pay homage to our sublime Naad-vansh
Guruparampara. The Naad-vansh Namnaashtak will be recited by sants and
disciples when ceremonies are being performed.