the path of spirituality and mysticism, a mantra or mystic syllable
is a 'must' for various reasons. The Supreme Bhagwan Swaminarayan
gave the Swaminarayan mantra on the thirteenth day after the demise
of His Guru, Ramanand Swami. The Swaminarayan mantra has spiritual
force and divine power. It has the power to manifest right knowledge,
spiritual light, and divine bliss in the heart of an aspirant.
The mantra is composed of two words - 'Swami' and 'Narayan', which
respectively signify Aksharbrahma Gunatitanand Swami and Purna Purushottam
Sahajanand Swami. The conjunction of these two words imply the relationship
between a devotee and his Supreme Lord. It suggests the upasana of
Akshar and Purushottam i.e. the ideal Devotee and the Supreme Master.
The Swaminarayan mantra, when understood in this sense, suggests that
an aspirant has to become like Aksharbrahma and worship the Supreme
Parabrahma. In short, it explains the eternal and inseparable relationship
between Akshar and Purushottam.
When recited loudly it emits a sound that is at once divine and brahmanising.
Its continuous loud recitation helps in concentration, meditation
and attainment of ecstatic bliss of the Divine. The mantra is the
embodiment of God and His divine power. Therefore, when recited in
chorus, rhythmically and melodiously with musical accompaniments,
before the murti of God or in a mandir, it purges the mind of all
impure thoughts and distractions. It creates a divine atmosphere around
singers. Thus the Swaminarayan mantra is identical with the spirit
of the Lord.
The effects and impact of this mantra are very subtle, sublime and
divine. Its power of spiritual influence is incomprehensible. To a
man of undivided devotion, its power is revealed by God at His sweet
will, especially when He is pleased by mantra-recitation and showers
His grace on a devotee. The strength of its power is now known to
a scholar or a yogi. But it is also commonly experienced by a devotee.
The experience of the divine power of mantra-recitation is the unfathomable
bliss and presence of the Divine in the heart. Consequently, the devotee's
interest and involvement in the world declines and he withdraws himself
from the objects of enjoyment.
The Swaminarayan mantra liberates one from all sins, done consciously
and unconsciously in this life and previous lives. It is the Supreme
mantra with the most subtle and purificatory effect.
Its single recitation equals the recitation of other mantras a thousand
Its recitation accomplishes all wishes. It yields good health, a peaceful
life, material prosperity and worldly wisdom to a man of worldly desires.
It helps in preserving health and curing illness. It helps in gaining
peace of mind from fear, tensions and worries. It helps in resolving
conflicts. It helps in overcoming obstacles and hardships in life.
It helps in putting an end to pains, miseries and sufferings.
However, to a spiritual aspirant it helps in getting rid of his faults,
vices and insufficiencies. Its recitation helps in concentration and
meditation. It alone helps in disentangling oneself from the cycle
of births and deaths.
When it is recited uninterruptedly, keeping God alone in view, its
spiritual effects are great and indescribable. It dispels the darkness
of ignorance and enlightens the soul by the light of spiritual wisdom.
It fills the heart by the bliss of the Divine!
When it is recited by the instructions of a God-intoxicated Sadhu
(Pragat Brahmaswarup) its effects are all the more powerful. When
it is recited incessantly, keeping the mind fixed on God, manifesting
in the person of the God-intoxicated Sadhu like Pramukh Swami Maharaj,
then it brahmanises the soul. It lifts the soul to the level of Aksharbrahma.
It yields the identity with Aksharbrahma. It makes a jivanmukta (liberated
in the embodied state) and graces one with a place in the divine abode
called Akshardham, in the service of the Supreme Bhagwan Swaminarayan,
It is the mantra recited by the most fortunate and spiritually pious
It liberates even a sinner on his death-bed, if he happens to listen
to it but once with reverence!
Its recitation liberates one from the influence of evil spirits. Its
recitation drives away the ghosts, demons, witches and other evil
spirits. They cannot harm the reciter of this mantra. Even the messengers
of Yama (the god of death) cannot come near its reciter.
Therefore, let us recite the Swaminarayan mantra day and night, in
all our activities, keeping Shri Hari and Pramukh Swami in view.