The ancient Hindu scripture, the Brahmand-Puran, has forecasted:
Dattatreyah Krutayuge, Tretaayaam Raghunandanah;
Dwapare Vaasudevah syaat, Kalau Swami Vrushaatmajah.
“In the age of Sat-yug, Lord Dattatreya will manifest. In Treta-yug, Lord Raghunandan alias Ramchandraji will manifest. The Vasudev, alias Lord Shree Krishna will manifest in Dwapar-yug, and in the age of Kali-yug, the son of Dharmadev, Lord Shree Swaminarayan will manifest.”
In the Holy Scripture, the Padma-Puran, it is said:
Paakhanda-bahule loke Swami-naamnaa Harihi swayam,
“When dishonesty has spread throughout society and the world has become immersed in a mire of sin, Lord Shree Swaminarayan will manifest in order to liberate all."
The Vishnu-Dharmottar scripture states:
Mahaa-dharmaatyaye punye naamnaa paap-vinaashake,
Hariprasaad-viprasya Swami-naamnaa Harihi swayam.
“When the principles of the elite religion are being destroyed, Lord Swaminarayan will manifest at the home of the Brahmin Hariprasad. By the mere utterance of His name, sinners will be purified.”
In the Vishvaksen-Sanhita scripture, it is said:
Bhoomyaam krutaavataaro vai sarvaan-etaan-janaan-aham,
prapayishyami Vaikuntham Sahajanand-namatah
“I will assume the name Sahajanand and will manifest upon this earth. I will ensure that souls attain My divine abode.”
In the eleventh chapter of the Shreemad Bhagwat, it is written:
Krutaadishu prajaa raajan Kalaa-vichchhanti sambhavam,
Kalau khalu bhavishyanti Naaraayan-paraayanaaha.
“The people of Sat-yug, Treta-yug and Dwapar-yug wish to be born in Kali-yug, because it is in this age that the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan and His Satpurush will manifest.”
In the same scripture, it states:
Ye-nye cha paapaa yad-upaashraya-ashrayaha
shuddhyanti tasmai prabhavishnave namah.
“Both people of the low classes, such as Kirat, Hun, Andhra, Pulinda, Pushkas or Barewasi, Abhir or Ahir, Kank or Kathi, Muslim, Khoja, Koli, Tamboli etc. and people who are of the higher classes by birth, but who have performed vile deeds, will renounce their evil ways, purify themselves and become ardent devotees through their association with the ascetic and gruhasth disciples of Purna-Purushottam Lord Shree Swaminarayan who will manifest in the future. Therefore, it is needless to say that the higher caste Brahmins will also become purified. I bow down to this incarnator of all incarnations Lord Shree Swaminarayan, who will manifest in the future.
Fulfilling the forecasts of these scriptures, Purna-Purushottam Lord Shree Swaminarayan manifested to:
- Eradicate irreligion and establish the true religion (Bhagwat-dharma).
- Destroy evildoers and protect sants.
- Abolish the practise of animal sacrificial ceremonies and instead, to advocate the ideology of no violence under any circumstances (ahimsa).
- Liberate souls from the web of superstition, black-magic, witchcraft etc.
- Establish loving devotion (prem-lakshana-bhakti) unto the Lord.
- Rescue all those who seek salvation from their internal enemies such as lust, anger etc. and to ensure that they attain eternal salvation (aatyantik moksh).