In Hinduism, there are 4 main yugs: Satya Yug, Treta Yug, Dwapar Yug and Kali Yug. Currently, humans are living in Kali Yug. In past, there were many people who called themselves god/bhagwan, and many will take birth and call themselves god, but one should understand god. Is swaminarayan god? Let’s find out why he is not god.
Is Swaminarayan god?
Little about myself, I’m an Engineer. Being an Engineer, I believe that there is always reason for everything. I come from Gujarati community. In recent years, swaminarayan has become very popular in Gujarati community, which concerns me a lot. I have strong points to prove that swaminarayan is not the god.
Swaminarayan followers believes that he was incarnation of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna, himself, was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ancient text of “Puranabharati” describes Lord Vishnu’s Dashavatara as follows; Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Maryada Purshottam Shri RAM, Purn Purshottam Shri Krishna, Buddha and Kalki; Ved and many other purans also describes most of the avatar. Lord Vishnu is still to incarnate as a Kalki; Kalki will be the 10th and final incarnation of Vishnu, it has been foretold to appear at the end of Kali Yug. Kalki will end Kali Yug and will start new Satya Yug.
- If swaminarayan is incarnation of Krishna, then he would have been ultimately 10th avatar of Lord Vishnu. Looking around current ongoing crisis in the world, anyone can clearly tell that we’re not leaving in Satya Yug. In contrast, for some reason, let’s just believe for a minute that swaminarayan was incarnation of Lord Krishna, then it would make “Dashavatara” story hoax. Either swaminarayan or Dashavatara story is false and fake, one of the story has to be hoax to prove my above theory. I lean towards swaminarayan being fake.
- On side note, during 14th century in West Bengal, India, “Chaitanya Mahaprabhu” spiritual teacher founded Gaudiya Vishanavism. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu followers believe that he was incarnation of Shri Krishna. Sarcastically and statistically speaking, Shri Krishna is due to born any time soon.
Swaminarayan books claim that Lord Hanuman came to swaminarayan, and Lord Hanuman expressed desired to worship swaminarayan for life time.
- When Hanuman Ji after finding the whereabouts of Sita ma, Hanuman Ji went to see Shri Ram at kishkindha. Hanuman Ji told the entire story of what happened in Lanka and how he found Sita ma. Shri Ram asked Hanuman ji for a boon, and Hanuman Ji only asked for following.
नाथ भगति अति सुखदायनी। देहु कृपा करि अनपायनी।।
सुनि प्रभु परम सरल कपि बानी। एवमस्तु तब कहेउ भवानी।।
- Above slok is from Sunderkand (33.1), Hanuman Ji only and only ask for Prabhu Ram’s Bhakti.
- These fake books and story of swaminarayan raises my blood pressure to sky-high level. Lord Hanuman is my favourite of all the lords. I have read “Ramayan”, and Lord Hanuman only asked to worship Lord RAM for eternity. It is just impossible to believe utterly fake swaminarayan stories.
Famous sloks from Bhagvat Geeta as follows
यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत ।
अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ॥४-७॥
परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम् ।
धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय सम्भवामि युगे युगे॥४-८॥
Above sloks translate that “Whenever virtue subsides and wickedness prevails, I manifest Myself. To establish virtue, to destroy evil, to save the good I come from Yuga (age) to Yuga”. What adharm swaminarayan destroy? Swaminarayan had a very good relationship with Britishers. Jaliyawala bag kand and cruelty of Britishers are well-known. If swaminarayan is really the god, then why did he not destroy evil Britishers and stopped cruelty from all over the world?? Instead swaminaryan met Britishers more than 1 time, and supported Britishers, because of this millions of innocent people died all around the world. Supporting adharm also makes your adharmi. swaminarayan is nothing but adharmi.
Swaminarayan built temple for himself land given by Britishers. No god ever built temple for themselves. Ram and Krishna both were king, yet they didn’t build temple for themselves. Hindu has tendency to pray to anyone who sits in the temple. Swaminarayan was smart to figure it out, and built a temple for himself.
Mahatma Gandhi’s view on swaminarayan.
Mahatma Gandhi is a well-known figure around the world and he somewhat criticized swaminarayan. On Thursday July 25th, 1918; Mahatma Gandhi wrote letter to Maganlal in which Mahatma Gandhi never addressed swaminarayan as Bhagwan and criticized that swaminarayan tradition is not true vaishnava tradition. Gandhi Ji goes on to mention that swaminarayan all sentimentalism and not to compare swaminrayan traditions with true vaishnav tradition. To read a full article click here
- Even Mahatma Gandhi knew that swaminarayan practice are not true Vaishnava tradition, but current sampraday with hands full of greed made swaminarayan a god.
Swaminarayan in his lifetime wrote shiksapatri; at many places in shiksapatri swaminarayan mentions that Shri Krishna’s bhakti is everything.
वामे यस्य स्थिता राधा श्रीश्च यस्यास्ति वक्षसि ।
वृन्दावनविहारं तं श्रीकृष्णं हृदि चिन्तये ॥ 1॥
Translation: With all My heart, I meditate on Shree Krishna, who resides in the divine abode Vrindavan; with Radha on his left and Shree residing within his heart.
Some of the followers often argue that swaminarayan wrote first line as ‘mangla charan’, but ‘mangla charan’ don’t continue till half of the shikhsapatri.
स श्रीकृष्णः परंब्रह्म भगवान् पुरुषोत्तमः ।
उपास्य इष्टदेवो नः सर्वाविर्भावकारणम् ॥ 108॥
Translation: The Lord, Shree Krishna is the greatest entity. I admire Him the most. He is the cause of all incarnations and is thus truly worthy to be worshiped.
There are various other place where it is mentioned that Shri Krishna’s bhakti is everything.
There are many swaminarayan sampradays; and each and every one of them leading people in wrong direction, their sadhus fly in private jets and rides in Rolls Royce, yet their swaminarayn follower forcefully ask for donation. Swaminarayan temples are doesn’t follow any vedic rituals. For example, swaminarayan temple have murti for Shiva, but no Shiv Ling. Shiv Puran says that to pray Shiv Ling is more important than murti of Shiva.
Also Read: Lavish Lifestyles of swaminarayan sadhus
At times, hindu would involve in violence against Islam, but it is very sad to see that handful sects are dividing our own hindu religion, and made their own god supreme. Hinduism is considered the oldest religion in the world; but the oldest religion has been divided into Buddhism, Sikh, Jainism, and is now on path to divide further. Swamianrayan is also on the same path, we should unite all Hindus by following centuries old traditions and not by following any new modern world traditions.
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