Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830) established the now worldwide Swaminarayan Sampradaya, teaching the unique Akshar-Purushottam Darshan doctrine which enlightens and provides a practical path of spirituality that leads all genuine aspirants to ultimate liberation.
Learn about Bhagwan Swaminarayan's inspiring life, work and teachings through his detailed 5-part biography.
Part 1 narrates his childhood as Ghanshyam in Chhapaiya and Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, North India, his remarkable seven-year pilgrimage throughout India as Nilkanth, a teenage yogi, and the initial years after his arrival in Loj, Gujarat, to the ashram of Ramanand Swami, where he received initiation into the sadhu-fold and was named Sahajanand Swami. His innate spirituality touched all and when he was 20 years old, Ramanand Swami appointed him as the head of the Fellowship. After Ramanand Swami passed away, Sahajanand Swami began to tour in villages and towns reaching out to all and teaching his unique Vedic path of spirituality that encouraged people of all social strata to lead morally pure and God-centric lives.