- The Upper Floor:
It reveals the divine philosophy and personality
of Lord Swaminarayan through His own words and teachings compiled in a
sacred scripture - The Vachanamrut.
Personality of Lord Swaminarayan:
It is presented as a series of golden
lotuses with glass etchings. Just as Lord Rama reveals himself in
the Ramayana and Lord Krishna reveals himself in the Gita, Lord
Swaminarayan reveals His divine attributes in the Vachanamrut.
The presentation is divided into four
sections. Few selections have been given here.
Lord Swaminarayan's state
He says, "Like a lion seizes a
goat, I seize the mind; while others cannot even see the mind."
His control over the mind was not momentary, but lifelong and eternal.
Not acquired or attained, but always there.
He reveals, "From the day of My birth to this day, never has
even a single evil thought of wealth or women ever crossed My mind;
neither in My dream nor waking state."
Lord Swaminarayan's vision
of the Atman was total and eternal. He reveals, "From the beginning
I have had the direct vision of the Atman. Even now, I see the Atman.
In all my activities, My vision of the Atman is not forgotten, not
even for a fraction of a moment."
Having total experience of the Atman Lord Swaminarayan perfectly possessed
the most divine virtues. Yet, He remained free of any pride of the
achievement. Revealing this, He says, "Within Me, I possess deep detachment
from the world, but I am not proud of it. The righteousness that I
possess, and the knowledge that 'I am Brahman', even this does not
weigh upon My conscience."
Lord Swaminarayan's concept
Is the Atman
the Ultimate Reality? No. Beyond Atman is Paramatman. Paramatman is
the all-doer, One and Unique.
Lord Swaminarayan says, "God is sakar - forever with a form. God is
full of divinity, free from all evil and the reservoir of all bliss.
He is extremely radiant, extremely pleasant, extremely glorious and
divine. The Lordís divine abode Akshardham is conscious and divine
light. And the God residing at the center of the light is Me. I am
Paramatman, the God Supreme."
Swaminarayan's promise to remain Ever Present:
Assuring that He is ever-present on
the earth, the Lord declares: "The saint who possesses countless
holy virtues, God resides in his heart. And such a Saint is the
Savior of infinite souls." Even today, through the spiritual
succession of Brahmaswarup Saints, many are experiencing the divine
presence of Lord Swaminarayan. In this succession of Saints are:
Akshar Brahma Gunatitanand Swami, Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj,
Yogiji Maharaj, and presently, Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Through them,
the mind is purified, the Atma is cleansed
and God-Realization is attained.
Philosophy of Lord Swaminarayan:
philosophy of Lord Swaminarayan can be described as Navya Vishishtadvait,
viz. Neo Qualified Non-Dualism. It holds that Jiva, Ishwar, Maya, Brahman
and Parabrahman are the five fundamental and eternal realities, distinct
from one another.
Redemption consists in the realization of Ekantik Dharma comprising righteousness,
right knowledge, detachment and devotion unto God. This is the goal to
be pursued under the guidance of the Sadhu who is in constant rapport
with God, the manifest form of Aksharbrahman. The divine experience of
this highest state is possible, here and now, in one's embodied state
of worldly existence.
Vachanamrut is the most sacred scripture of the Swaminarayan Sampraday.
It is an anthology of discourses delivered by Lord Swaminarayan. He preached
in Gujarati, and His four disciple-sadhus, Gopalanand, Muktanand, Nityanand
and Shukanand, faithfully recorded and compiled them. Through simple discourses,
the Lord shed light on every domain of spirituality. He laid great emphasis
on spiritual experience based on philosophical understanding. With infallible
logic, He presented original solutions to the most intricate and abstruse
The Vachanamrut preaches a synthesis of Samkhya, Yoga, Vedant and Pancharatra
and advocates personalistic theism. It shows the pathway to God as nothing
short of a unique spiritual effort - of an undivided supreme devotion
to God. The endeavor is, however, rooted in righteousness, right knowledge
and detachment, under the guidance of the Sadhu who is in constant rapport