The Vachanamrut is a collection of discourses given by Lord Swaminarayan during his stay on earth. It was compiled by four prominent saints of the Swaminarayan fellowship, namely Shukanand Muni, Muktanand Swami, Gopalanand Swami, Nityanand Swami.It is the main philosophical text of the Swaminarayan Sect.
It does not contain the chronicles of Lord Swaminarayan, yet without reading and understanding it, one cannot develop a conviction that Lord Swaminarayan is the ultimate sovereign God.
It is a philosophical text.
This compilation consists of 262 Vachanamruts which are classified into various chapters according to the places (names of the villages where the discourses took place).
The following are the sections of Vachanamrut:
- Gadhada I (78)
- Sarangpur (18)
- Kariyani (12)
- Loya (18)
- Panchala (7)
- Gadhada II (67)
- Vadtal (20)
- Ahmedabad (3)
- Gadhada III (39)
- Astronomy and Geography
The issues raised in the Vachanãmrut are quite varied, ranging from deeply philosophical and theological subjects, such as the nature of Bhagvãn, creation of the universe, clarifications of the classical Hindu philosophies of ãchãryas, to more spiritually practical subjects such as the kalyãn of the Jeev, good and bad company, and the means of attaining eternal happiness. Regardless of the subject, Swãminãrãyan Bhagvãn had the gift of clearly and elegantly explaining complex concepts through simple examples. In fact, even the uneducated villagers sitting in the sabhã were able to grasp profound philosophical concepts due to His use of simple language and meaningful examples.
As compared to the Bhagvad Gita or the Vedas, the Vachanamrut is easy to understand as it specially made for people in Kaliyug. The most striking feature of Vachanamrut is that it remains the only scripture; unadulterated and checked by its orator, Lord Swaminarayan Himself.
Lord Swaminarayan has also given a blessing that anyone who repeatedly and regularly reads Vachanamrut, the meanings of it will be gradually revealed to the reader by the Grace of God, that is why it is read daily in temple and we insist that all the devotees or non-devotees should read it carefully with a critical and inquisitive mind.
Instead of opting for a monologue style of speaking, Swãminãrãyan Bhagvãn delivered His talks in the form of a discussion, like a method used by the rushis in the Upanishads. At times, Swãminãrãyan Bhagvãn would pose a question to the members of the sabhã, or sometimes He would ask the sabhã to pose a question to Him. On some occasions, members of the sabhã would ask a question directly. In His sabhãs, all were free to question and even to counter-question, regardless of whether they were educated tyãgis or simple grahasthas. Even though the sabhã was graced by many learned scholars, Swãminãrãyan Bhagvãn was able to provide gratifying answers to the questions posed. Not only does this confirm His status as the Purushottam Nãrãyan, but it also illustrates that whatever guidance we receive from the Vachanãmrut, it is from Swãminãrãyan Bhagvãn Himself.
In conclusion, the Vachanamrut is enough scripture that a spiritual aspirant should refer to, to attain ultimate redemption without any fault. This one scripture is enough and explains it all, yet to develop a better understanding of vachanamrut, help of other books can be taken, like the Sayings of Gopalanand Swami and Gunatitanand Swami etc.
If one wants to know the true glory of Vachanamrut, one must refer to it sincerely and try to understand what it says. With repetitive reading, Lord Swaminarayan has promised to bless anyone who refers to Vachanamrut repeatedly and sincerely. Lord Swaminarayan will bestow its true meaning on anyone who reads it.
Some Exclusivities of Vachanamrut:
- It is easier to understand and to the point as compared to other Hindu philosophical scripture. Despite being easy to understand it incorporates all the deep meanings of Vedas, Mahabharat, Srimad Bhagwatam Srimad Gita etc scriptures
- It is authenticated by Lord Swaminarayan Himself, no other spiritual scripture is authenticated by God Himself.
- It concentrates on liberation, and therefore it keeps the spiritual aspirant focussed on liberation.
Different versions of Vachanamrut:
The Ahmedabad Desh uses the 273, the extra Vachanamruts were added later from the original handwritten texts obtained from Kubersinghji, a Parshad of Lord Swaminarayan.
Although, the Ahmedabad Desh version has many alterations done in various vachanamruts that I came across when I was comparing the two. They have invariably added Nar Narayan Upasana in many Vachanamruts. Beware of such alterations, and always refer to the original Vachanamrut.
That being said, the Vachanamrut I have in the link below is Ahmedabad desh, since I have not yet got my hands onto any authentic translation of Vachanamrut by Vadtal desh. Hopefully, if anyone can guide me, I will love to add it to this library.
Even the BAPS has its own Vachanamrut, similarly, Maninagar Sanstha has its own interpretation. Beware of such altered sacred texts.
- Vachanamrut Adhyayan By Hariswarup Swami- An English Translation (Click Here)