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Morality is a component of spirituality.  The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha encourages a lifestyle rooted in spirituality and purity.  Followers of the Swaminarayan faith lead a life of non-violence, service, and devotion to God.  Pramukh Swami Maharaj emphasizes the importance of living honestly, working ethically, and giving back generously to the community.  These values thus lend to a strong spiritual foundation for devotees. Bhagwan Swaminarayan enunciated key moral disciplines for sadhus and householders.

For Householders:

• Live an addiction-free life; Do not partake in drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

• Consume a strict vegetarian diet free from tamasic foods, such as onion and garlic.

• Refrain from stealing, violence, slander, and fraud.

• Live a morally pure life free from adultery.  

For Sadhus: 

• Nishkam - Live a life free from lust; Follow the discipline of eight-fold celibacy.

• Nisneh - Live a life free from attachment; Offer complete servitude and love for God.

• Niswad - Live a life free from gluttony or vicarious taste; Relish only in the flavor of God’s splendor.

• Nirman - Live a life free from ego; Practice humility and selfless service.

• Nirlobh - Live a life free from greed; Satisfaction is only derived from attaining God.

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