- Shikshapatri means a ‘letter of teachings'. From a very young age Lord Swaminarayan was highly educated in various important Hindu scriptures. His father, Dharmadev had personally taught him.
- Lord Swaminarayan selected key points from various scriptures & made a small ‘GUTKO' booklet. This formed the basis of the Shikshapatri.
- It contains 212 shloks.
- It was written in Vadtal on the 5th day of the bright half of the month of Maha VS 1882 (AD 1826), on the day of Vasant Panchmi.
- The Lord wrote the Shikshapatri in Sanskrit. It was later on translated into Gujarati, English & various other languages.
- This scripture shows us the way to live life, daily duties & how to behave in the family and society.
- Maharaj Mention 8 scriptures which are very dear to Him:
1) Srimad Bhagvatam,
2) Srimad Bhagvat Gita,
3) Vasudev Mahatmiya,
4) Vishnu Shatranam,
5) Vidur Niti,
6) Vyas Sutra,
7) Yagnavalkya Smruti,
8) 4 Vedas.
In order to attain salvation one should listen to all 8 scriptures regularly.
Shikshapatri Shlok 41
All Brahmin, Shatriya and Vaishya devotees who have taken Diksha of Lord Shree Krishna by a spiritual master, descended from Dharmakul, shall always wear a two-fold kanthi made of tulsi wooden beads around their neck, and shall also place an upright U-shaped tilak mark on their forehead, chest and both upper arms.
અને ઉત્સવના દિવસને વિષે તથા નિત્ય પ્રત્યે શ્રીકૃષ્ણના મંદિરમાં આવ્યા એવા જે સત્સંગી પુરુષ તેમણે તે મંદિરને વિષે સ્ત્રીઓનો સ્પર્શ ન કરવો, તથા સ્ત્રીઓ તેમણે પુરુષનો સ્પર્શ ન કરવો, અને દિરમાંથી નિસર્યા પછી પોત પોતાની રીતે વર્તવું ||૪૧||