In times of famine and catastrophe
Sahajanand Swami started free food distribution centres and dug wells,
lakes, etc., to provide the basic needs of food and water. He eradicated
female infanticide and the practice of Sati (self-immolation by a woman
on her husband's pyre). He replaced the lewd songs sung during marriage
ceremonies with the more dignified songs like 'Radha-Vivah' and 'Rukmini-Vivah'.
He eradicated the brute and vulgar behavior that prevailed during the
Holi Festival and revived morality and spirituality. The reforms introduced
by Him not only appealed to the educated elite, but also left their
indelible mark on the people belonging to different faiths, even among
Christian missionaries. Justice Ranade has rightly epitaphed Him as
the 'Last of the Hindu Reformers'.
© 1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith