Through merely realising that Lord Shree Swaminarayan is the doer and controller of all, salvation is attained. All other spiritual means are performed in order to please Him.
There are many means to please Lord Shree Swaminarayan. Amongst these, to have true loving devotion unto the Lord is the best means of all. One should develop this true loving chaste devotion unto the Lord, together with an understanding of the religious decree, spiritual knowledge and asceticism. By developing such devotion, the devotees should think of their own form to be that of God, and still maintain the sentiments of being the Lord’s humble servant.
The supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan dispelled the belief that, “Salvation can be attained through worshipping the Lord’s pratima (idol forms)only after an extensive period of time.” He said, “My pratima is Me. My divine formthat exists in Akshardham is the same as this human form that is visibleto you all, and is the very same divine, salvation-granting pratima form. There is no difference between these forms. Not even an iota of a difference exists between them.”
Lord Shree Swaminarayan has said, “My philosophy is the Vishishtadwait philosophy.” He has elucidated its meaning.
Vishishtam cha Vishishtam cha Vishishte
Vishishtayoho adwaitam iti Vishishtadwaitam
“The Lord and His Muktas have distinct forms. By the grace of God, the distinct form of the Mukta becomes merged into the Murti of God, and there appears just one entity, the Lord.”
By His own will, Lord Shree Swaminarayan manifests Himself in different forms. The Sankalp and the Sankalpi, are exactly the same. They grant salvation to numerable souls.
At the last moments of the devotees’ life, Lord Shree Swaminarayan gives His divine darshan to their relatives and others. He converts the devotee’s soul to become sakar like Himself and merges the soul into His Murti. In this manner, He enlightens souls to experience the reality of the Vishishtadwait philosophy.
The almighty power and supremacy of the name ‘Swaminarayan’ is such that at the time of their death, many witness amazing miracles. Chariots, horsedrawn carriages and aircraft would be seen taking the soul to His abode, and then being merged into His Murti.
"If someone has recognised the true essence of the form of God, there remains nothing more for that individual to know. God is extremely competent, extremely lustrous and infinitely great. He conceals His supremacy and lustre within Himself, and assumes the form of a human for the salvation of souls. He assumes a form that can be visualised by humans, in order that they can serve and offer worship etc. to that form. If a tiny thorn pricks the leg of an ant, the thorn cannot be removed using a lance or a knife. A minute needle would be required. Similarly, God conceals His greatness within Himself and assumes an incredibly minute form." Vachanamrut, Gadhada First Section 63