Shikshapatri (Sanskrit, Gujarati & English)

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Verses of Meditation

Prayer and Introduction

Importance of Abiding by the Rules

Principal Commandments

Daily Practices for all Disciples

Social Etiquette

Religious Discipline

Religious Philosophy

Additional Responsibilities for Acharya

Additional Responsibilities for The wives of the Acharya

Additional Responsibilities for Gruhastha Disciples

Additional Responsibilities for Kings

Additional Responsibilities for Ladies

Additional Responsibilities for Brahmachari

Additional Responsibilities for Brahman Disciples

Additional Responsibilities for Sadhu

Additional Responsibilities for Both Brahmachari and Sadhu

Conclusion

Prayer to the Lord

Shikshapatri (Sanskrit, Gujarati & English)

  • Author: Lord Shree Swaminarayan
  • Edition: 4th
  • Published: Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar on 28 Jun 2006
 

Synopsis

The Shikshapatri is the epistle of beneficial instructions written by supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan. It describes the rudiments that one should adopt in order to lead an honest and moral life. Adhering to the commandments that are clearly narrated in the Shikshapatri, is the key to attaining ultimate salvation, i.e. attaining the divine abode of Lord Swaminarayan.


Section/Chapter
Religious Discipline
Slok 86

During a solar or lunar eclipse, My disciples must stop all other activities, purify themselves and chant the mantra (Swaminarayan) of the Supreme Lord. ||86||

The Puran (scriptures) narrate the story behind the conception of eclipses. At these times, it is said that the Sun or the Moon deities are engulfed by the demon Rahu. The end of the eclipse marks their escape. Disciples pray to the Lord at times of an eclipse, so that the deities are saved from the menacing demon.

અને સૂર્યનું ને ચંદ્રમાનું ગ્રહણ થયે સતે અમારા જે સર્વે સત્સંગી તેમણે બીજી સર્વે ક્રિયાનો તત્કાળ ત્યાગ કરીને પવિત્ર થઈને શ્રીકૃષ્ણ ભગવાનના મંત્રનો જપ કરવો. ॥૮૬॥

रवेरिन्दोश्चोपरागे जायमानेऽपराः क्रियाः ।
हित्वाशु शुचिभिः सर्वैः कार्यः कृष्णमनोर्जपः ॥

जब सूर्यग्रहण एवं चन्द्रग्रहण हो तब हमारे सभी सत्संगियो को अन्य सभी क्रियाओं का तत्काल त्याग करके पवित्र होकर श्रीकृष्ण भगवान के मन्त्र का जाप करना ॥८६॥