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Bhagwan Swaminarayan

Campaigned against Addictions and Superstitions

Sahajanand Swami redeemed society from the shackles of addictions and superstitions. He preached not to fear the demons and devils, and promoted undivided devotion to God.
One Mulu Khachar was initiated into the Swaminarayan Sampradaya. As a disciple he was bound to follow the cardinal tenets, but having an old habit for addictions, he was allowed to take opium and tobacco. Once on his way to Vadtal, the pedestrians pointing towards him commented: "That fellow is not a true adherent of the Swaminarayan Sampradaya as he smokes hookah." Muluji could not bear to hear this. So he broke his hookah. At Vadtal, the group was greeted by the devotees and they embraced one another. However, none embraced Mulu Khachar, because he was addicted to opium. He decided to thenceforth abstain from opium. Thus he was weaned away from the addictions of tobacco and opium.
Thus, Bhagwan Swaminarayan eradicated addictions and superstitions from the lives of thousands of people.


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