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Chaturmas Niyams

Extra Niyams for Devotees During Chaturmas
7 July to 2 November 2006

As instructed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the Shikshapatri and by the wish of guruhari Pramukh Swami Maharaj, devotees should undertake extra spiritual observances through the four holy months of chaturmas. This year chaturmas is from 7 July 2006 (Ashadh sud 11) to 2 November 2006 (Kartik sud 11). To please Bhagwan Swaminarayan and guruhari Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the following extra observances should be undertaken:

1. One month dharna-parna, chandrayan, etc. Or ek-tana during the month of Shravan.
2. Extra malas, dandvats, pradakshinas as per one’s faith.
3. Daily read one extra Vachanamrut and five Swamini Vato.
4. Read Part 5 of Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s biography (Gujarati).
5. Under the auspices of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Centenary, read Likhitan Yagnapurushdas (2 parts).
6. As per the wish of senior sadhus, those who have suitable facilities should listen to Pramukh Swami Maharajni Amrutvani Samput 10.
7. Inspire five people to give up addictions, become satsangis, attend satsang sabha and conduct a daily ghar sabha.

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