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As instructed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the Shikshapatri and by the wish of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, devotees should undertake extra spiritual observances during the four holy months of chaturmas. This year chaturmas is from Ashadh sud 11 (15 July 2016) to Kartak sud 11 (11 November 2016). To please Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the following extra observances should be undertaken:

  • One month dharna-parna, chandrayan, etc. or ek-tana during the month of Shravan (3 August to 1 September 2016).
  • Extra malas, dandvats, pradakshinas as per one’s convenience and faith.
  • Daily read one extra Vachanamrut and five Swamini Vato.
  • Those who, under the auspices of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s Centenary Celebrations, have undertaken to read Jena Gune Rijhya Girdhai/Eternal Virtues should finish reading it first. Then, read Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s biography, Part 3 and Brahmasannidhi 2014. Youths should read Viral Vishwakarma Pramukh Swami Maharaj and Shriji Charitra Vihar, Part 1.
  • In accordance with the wish of senior sadhus listen to ‘Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s Amrutvani’, Samput 5 or 6.
  • Inspire five people to give up addictions, attend satsang sabha and conduct a daily ghar sabha.

Note: During Chaturmas, devotees should not eat brinjals, white and red radish, sugarcane and mogri.

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