On Friday 12 February 2016 , Shree Swaminarayan Mandirs around the world celebrated the 190th anniversary since Lord Shree Swaminarayan gifted the world His book of holy commandments, the Shikshapatri.
Lord Shree Swaminarayan has decreed that for a disciple to remain happy in this life, and thereafter, the commandments in the Shikshapatri should be adhered to.
Maha Sud 5 of the Hindu calendar is also celebrated as Vasant Panchmi, the end of the winter season and official start of the joyous spring season in India. This auspicious day was chosen by the Lord to gift humanity with the Shikshapatri scripture.
At Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury, disciples gathered to jointly recite the entire scripture – 212 verses of rules and stipulations that serve to benefit everyone in society. Young and old members of the congregation brought in their personal copies of the scripture to follow the reading; some even used e-readers, tablets and smartphones to follow the recital.
The Shikshapatri is the greatest rule book for perfectly forming one’s life in accordance with the will of supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan. The instructions outlined by the Lord are eternal. They are as relevant today as they were at the time they were written.
Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj is the current spiritual leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. He is the heir to Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree Maharaj, and sixth in the lineage of ascetic Acharyas, which descends directly from Lord Shree Swaminarayan.