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Pledge :
Ame Sau Swamina balak...
We are the children of Swami; we will die for him. We are the youths of Shriji Maharaj; we will fight for him. We are fearless; we will not shirk sacrificing our lives, for we are born to die. We have launched this movement, and will undergo any suffering. We will sing the praises of Akshar-Purushottam. We are the sons of Shriji; we have our abode in Akshar. Consecrated as we are to swadharma (religious faith), we have no apprehension whatsoever. Lord Purushottam and Akshar, Gunatitanand Swami, are with us. We have accomplished our goal.
Acharya - Head of a religious order
Acharya Maharaj - Head of a religious order
Acharyapad - Authority of office
Acharyashri - Head of a religious order
Adhik Maas - Additional month in the year
Airavat - Indra's elephant
Ajatshatru - Man without an enemy
Akshar - Divine abode of God
Akshar Deri - Edifice built on the crematorial ground of Gunatitanand Swami
Akshardham - Divine abode of Lord Supreme
Akshar-Roop - One with Akshar
Anadi - Eternal
Anythakartum - Ability to perform the impossible, supernatural
Annakut - Offering a variety of food
dishes at the feet of the Lord
Arti - The act of a priest moving his right hand with a lighted lamp in a circular movement in front of the image of a deity and ringing a small bell with his left hand along with the singing of the glories of the Lord.
Asana - Seat
Ashadh - A month of the Indian calendar

Bandia - Rebel
Barfi - A sweetmeat made from milk
Bhadarva - A month of the Indian calendar
Bhagat - An ardent devotee
Bhagatji - Pragji Bhakta
Bhagvat - Shrimad Bhagavatam
Bhagvati Diksha - Initiation into a saint in saffron
Bhagwan - Lord
Bhakta - Lord's favoured devotee
Baktachintamani - Scriptural text in poems extolling life and teachings of Lord Swaminarayan
Bhakti - Devotion
Bhandar - Kitchen
Bhashya - Commentary
Brahmachari - Ascetic order of Brahmins
Brahmadarshi - One who perceives Brahman
Brahman - Divine abode of God
Brahmasthiti - Brahmic consciousness
Brahma sutras - The Vedanta Sutras or aphorising composed by Badarayana
Brahmaswarup - Brahmanised
Brahmavetta - Versed in Brahma-Vidya, fully enlightened
Brahma Vidya - Knowledge (science) of Brahman

Chadar - A saffron robe
Chaitra - A month of the Indian calendar
Charnarvind - Lotus feet
Charotar - District around Anand in Gujarat State

Dandavat - Prostration
Darshan - Look with veneration
Deeva - A ghee lamp
Deh - Gross body
Dham - Highest abode viz. Gunatitanand Swami
Dhami - Shriji Maharaj
Dharala - Member of a community akin to kolis, thakardas, etc.
Dharma - Righteousness
Dharmamrit - Compendium of code of conduct for saints
Dharmashala - A guest house
Dhun - Repeated recitation accompanied with clapping of hands
Diwan - Minister

Ekadashi - Eleventh day of both bright and dark halves of the month
Ekantik - God intoxicated
Ekantik Dharma - Single minded devotion
Ekantik Satpurush - Most sublime saint; Brahmanised saint

Gadi - As head of the fellowship
Gaushalas - Cow-sheds
Ghanshyam Maharaj - Lord Swaminarayan
Gunatit Jnana - Brahmic knowledge; supreme knowledge
Gunatit state - State beyond (transcending) the three qualities (gunas)
Guru - Preceptor, teacher
Guru-hari - Lord's manifestation in the from of guru

Haribhakta - Devotee
Harigeeta - Scriptural text
Harileelamrit - Scriptural text in poems extolling life and teachings of Lord Swaminarayan
Haveli - Hari Mandir

Ishtadev - Choicest deity

Jala Jhilani - Eleventh day of the bright half of the month of Bhadarva (August-September)
Janmastami - Birthday of Lord Krishna, falling on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Shravan (July-August)
Janoi - Sacred thread
Jiva - Soul
Jeth - A month of the Indian calendar
Jnana - Knowledge
Jnani - Realised; Knowledgeable
Jodia Sadhu - Companion saint

Kalasha - Pitcher
Kaali - Dark
Kalyan - Emancipation, Salvation
Kartik - A month of (October-November) the Indian calendar
Katha - Scriptural tales, discourses
Kathakar - Teller of scriptural tales
Katha Varta - Religious discourses
Khichdi - Hotchpotch
Kirtan - Religious hymns
Kothar - Store
Kothari - Person in charge of the property of the temple
Kund - Cistern

Lakshagraha - House of wax
Leelas - Divine sports

Madhya Mandir - Sanctum sanctorum of a temple
Magas - A sweetmeat
Magshar - A month of the Indian calendar (November-December)
Maha - A month of the Indian calendar (January-February)
Mahabharata - An Indian Epic
Mahant - Pontifical head
Mahaprabhu - God of gods
Maharaj - Lord Swaminarayan
Mana - Metal pot
Manabhatt - Preacher telling mythological stories by playing metal pitcher for rythmic accompaniment
Mandal - Group of saints
Maund - 20 kilos
Maya - Illusion
Moksha - Emancipation of soul; redemption
Mool Akshar Murti - The eternal and primordial image of Akshar
Mukta - Liberated soul
Mumukshu - Aspirant for liberation
Mumukshuta - Aspiration for liberation
Murti - Form; idol

Nand Sadhu - Some of the 500 saints initiated by Shriji Maharaj with "nand" suffixed to their names.
Nirvikalp Nischay - Unstinted faith; gloria in excelsis
Nishkulanand kavyam - Poems by Nishkulanand Swami
Nishtha - Devotion; faith
Niyam Cheshta - Prayers to be offered before retiring to bed

Padharamanis - Visits to sanctify the places
Palas - Guards
Panchatirthi - Pilgrimage of five holy places
Param Ekantik - God-intoxicated saint. God communion saint
Paramhansa - A great saint
Parana - Breaking of fast of the previous day
Parayan - Recitation of holy scriptures and discourses thereon
Parshad - Saint in white garments
Pattar - Wooden bowl
Pendas - A sweetmeat
Phagan - A month of the Indian calendar (Feb.-March)
Pooja - Ceremonial worship
Poonam - Full-mooh day
Posh - A month of the Indian calendar (Dec.-Jan.)
Prabodhini Ekadashi - Eleventh day of the bright half of the month of Kartik
Pradakshina - Periphery of the temple
Pragat - Ever present; manifest
Pranami Sampradaya - A kind of fellowship
Pran Pratishtha - Ceremony of infusion of divinity into the idols
Prasad - Consecrated food
Pratap - Supernatural power
Pratyaksha - Visible, perceptible
Pratyaksha Bhagwan - Perceptible Lord
Pujan - Adoration, honouring with reverence
Pundit - Scholar
Punya - Merits, sanctity
Purani - One who specialises in delivering religious discourses
Purushottam Bhagwan - Supreme God
Purushottam Narayan - Supreme God

Rajoguni - Sensual
Ramayana - An Indian epic
Ramnavami - Birthday of Lord Swaminarayan and of Lord Rama, falling on 9th day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra (March-April)
Rangmandap - Basement
Rasoi - Meals

Saamaiya - Grandiose reception
Sadguru - Eminent preceptor
Sadhu - Saint, sage, ascetic
Sadhuram - Good saint
Samagam - Association, fellowship
Samaiya - Religious congregation
Sampraday - Fellowship
Samvat - Indian year
Sankalp - Aspiration; desire; wish
Sansar - Mundane life
Sarasvat - Sanskrit grammar
Sarvopari Bhagwan - Supreme Lord
Satsang - Swaminarayan fellowship
Satsangi - Devotee belonging to the fellowship
Satsangijivan - Scriptural text extolling the glories, life and teachings of Lord Swaminarayan
Shashtra Vidya - Scriptural knowledge
Shastri - Scholar; learned teacher
Sheero - A sweetmeat
Sheshnag - The mythological multi-hooded serpent, carrying the earth on its hood.
Shikhar - Pinnacle
Shikshapatri - Code of precepts given by Lord Swaminarayan
Shriji Maharaj - Lord Swaminarayan
Shwapach - Low caste person
Siddhant Kaumudi - Sanskrit grammar
Siddhis - Accomplishments, any of the eight supernatural powers attained by Yoga
Sinhasan - Throne
Soji - Coarse wheat flour
Sutra - Slogan
Swami - Swami Gunatitanand
Swamishri - Swami Gunatitanand
Swarup - Form; manifestation

Thakor - Ruler
Thakordwar - Small shrine
Thakorji - Idol of God
Thal - Plate of foodstuff offered to God
Tulavidhi - Weighing ceremony
Tyagi - Recluse

Upasana - Mode or doctrine of worship

Vachanamritam - Scriptural text compiled from Lord Swaminarayan's teachings
Vachan siddha - Of proven words
Vairagya - Sense of detachment
Vaishakh - A month of the Indian calendar (April-May)
Vanaprastha - Detached from worldly affairs after age of 50.
Vartaman - Initiation into fellowship
Vasant Panchami - The fifth day of the bright half of the month Maha
Vasudev Mahatmya - A scriptural text
Vedantik - Pertaining to Vedanta
Vimukh - Non-conformist; excommunicated
Vishishtadvait - Qualified non-dualism
Vyatirek - Distinct

Yagna - Sacrifice
Yogi - Sage
Yogic - Pertaining to Yoga

Zoli - Cloth ba

Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan

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