Those were the days when pundits
used to vociferously dissect religious theories at public forums. Taking
a cue from this, Lord Swaminarayan enjoined His sadhus to study the
scriptures. The results were reassuring. Muktanand Swami won a debate
in Baroda and so did Nityanand Swami in Amdavad and Junagadh. The profound
spiritual knowledge of the sadhus in Vedant and Nyaya was remarkable.
It was Gopalanand Swami who wrote treatises on the Gita, Shrimad Bhagwat
and Upanishads on the basis of Lord Swaminarayan's philosophy of Qualified
Non-Dualism or neo-Vishishthadvaita. Nityanand Swami and Muktanand Swami
penned the Shri Hari Digvijay and Brahmasutra Bhashya respectively.
For the masses, Lord Swaminarayan asked the sadhus to write in vernacular.
© 1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith