Vachnamrut Jayanti - Friday 6th December
The Vachanamrut is the nectar of all spiritual & philosophical knowledge narrated by Lord Swaminarayan Bhagwan. It has been compiled by His five contemporary scholarly-sadhus who were known for their asceticism and scholarship in Sanskrit, besides their devotion to the Lord. In fact every statement of our Lord is packed with and based on His in-depth religious knowledge, spiritual insights and practical experience. It contains practical and philosophical answers to the sincere enquiries of all types of aspirants, regarding life in this world and the life hereafter.
The Vachanamrut is not only a sacred shastra in the Swaminarayan faith, but a shastra of every day study. All the literate followers read it daily and the illiterate daily listen to its narration. It is read and elaborated upon daily in our temples around the world.
The Vachanamrut, a compilation of 273 spiritual discourses, is divided into 10 sections. The discourses were delivered by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the last decade of his life, between 1819 and 1829 CE in gujarati. They were mostly delivered in ashram-like-environments in the following villages: Gadhada, Sarangpur, Kariyani, Loya, Panchala, Vadtal, Aslali, Jetalpur and Ahmedabad.
The Vachanamrut is the most sacred and foundational scripture of our Swaminarayan Sampradaya. It contains the profound wisdom of the Vedas, Upanishads, Brahmasutras, Bhagvad Gita, Bhagvat Purana, Dharma shastras like Yagnavalkya Smruti, Vidurniti, and epics like the Ramayan and Mahabharat (Vachanamrut Gadhadha II-28). Bhagwan Swaminarayan says in Gadhadha II-28, "What is this discourse which I have delivered before you like? Well, I have delivered it having heard and having extracted the essence from the Vedas, the shastras, the Purans and all other words on this earth pertaining to liberation."
The scripture records the dialogues and conversation between our Lord Swaminarayan Bhagwan and His disciples, answering philosophical and religious questions. It further explains doctrines and formulate terminology concerning both theoretical and practical points of view in daily life and spiritual sadhana.