Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performs Shikshapatri Anniversary celebrations in Mumbai
Vasant Panchmi, the end of the winter season and official start of the joyous spring season in India. For disciples in the Swaminarayan sect, this is the auspicious day chosen by Lord Swaminarayan; to gift humanity with the Shikshapatri scripture. On this day, disciples gather in Mandirs to jointly recite the entire scripture – 212 verses of rules and stipulations that serve to benefit everyone in society.
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.
Lord Shree Swaminarayan and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj also decree; that for a disciple to remain happy in this life, and thereafter, the commandments in the Shikshapatri should be adhered to. It is the only way of attaining salvation.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj has been resting in Mumbai since the end of December 2019 due to an illness. However, due to the significance of this day, He came into the Mandir and performed all the Vasant Panchmi rituals. He remained in the congregation whilst the recital of the Shikshapatri took place and thereafter performed adoration to the Holy Scripture, the Shikshapatri.
The recital of the Shikshapatri taking place in all the Mandirs of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan around the world on this sacred day are a prayer to the merciful Lord for Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s good health to be restored.