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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, we have no apprehension whatsoever. Bhagwan Purushottam and Akshar, Gunatitanand Swami, are with us. We have accomplished our goal.

Adharma = Unrighteousness
Agna = Tenet, commandment
Aksharrup = Form of Akshar.
Annakut = Festival in which varieties of vegetarian delicacies are offered to God
Antahkaran = Conscience
Anuvrutti = To follow intuitively
Arti = Lighted wicks
Asan = Posture; seat
Atma = Soul
Atmabuddhi = Intense affection
Atmarup = Behaving as atma
Avatar = Incarnation


Babula = Weaklings
Bhagwati diksha = Initiation into a sadhu in saffron robes
Bhajan = Song singing the glory of god
Bhakta = Devotee
Bhakti = Devotion
Bhandari = Store-keeper
Bhim Ekadashi = Jeth sud 11
Brahma = Aksharbrahma
Brahmacharya = Celibacy
Brahmagnan = Knowledge of Brahma
Brahmarup = Form of Brahma
Brahmavidya = Knowledge of Brahma
Brahmic = Pertaining to Brahma


Chandan = Sandalwood
Cheshta = Verses describing the daily routine and divine form of Shriji Maharaj
Chintamani = Wish-fulfilling gem


Dandvat = Prostration
Darbar = A regional ruler
Darshan = To see with reverence and devotion
Dham = Short form for Akshardham, abode of Bhagwan Swaminarayan
Dharma = Righteousness
Dhoti = A garment wrapped round the waist and tucked to dress the lower part of the body.
Dhun = Chanting the name of God
Dhyan = Meditation
Diksha = Initiation
Divyabhav = To firmly believe that God and His Sadhu are divine
Diwan = Minister
Dosh = Moral flaws
Dudhpak = Sweet, thickened milk with rice


Ekadashi = The eleventh day of each half of a lunar month
Ekantik bhakta = God-realised devotee
Ekantik dharma = Collective term for dharma, gnan, vairagya and bhakti.
Ekantik sthiti = Brahmic state


Fagva prasadi = Sanctified food of popcorn and dates.
Fakir = Muslim mendicant or ascetic
Fagan = A month of the Hindu calendar (February-March)
Fuldol = Festival of colours

Gnan = Knowledge; wisdom
Gnani = A wise person
Gorakh = A type of yogic posture
Granthi = Complex
Guna = Innate nature
Gunatit = Transcends the three gunas


Haveli = Mansion
Hindola = Swing
Hriday-granthi = Desires
Hutashani = Holi festival


Ishwar = Second of the five eternal realities


Jal Jhilani Ekadashi = Bhadarva sud 11
Jamadar = Head constable
Janmashtami = Birthday of Shri Krishna, Shravan sud 8.
Jiva = Soul
Jivanmukta =Redeemed during this very life


Kalyan = Salvation; liberation
Kartik = A month of the Hindu lunar calendar (October-November)
Khatras = an observance in which only food devoid of the six types of taste – sweet, salty, bitter, sour, spicy – is eaten.
Khes = Silken scarf
Khuda = God
Kirtan = Devotional song
Kothari = Chief administrator of mandir


Mahant = Chief priest; pontifical head of a mandir
Mahaprasad = Sanctified food
Maithun-granthi = lust
Mala = Rosary
Mamatva-granthi = Attachment to self
Mandal = Group
Mangala arti = First arti of the day, performed at sunrise
Maya = Third of the eternal realities
Moksha = Redemption
Mul Akshar = The eternal and primordial form of Akshar
Murti = Image; idol
Murti-pratishtha = Consecration of murti in a mandir


Naivedya = Food offered to a deity
Nishchay = Absolute faith
Nishkam vrat = Vow of celibacy


Paras = Philosopher’s stone – magical stone which turns iron into gold
Paravidya = Wisdom of God
Parna = Breaking of fast
Parshad = Male renunciant in white robes
Pativrata = Fidelity
Pranam = Obeisance offered with folded hands
Prasad = Consecrated food
Puja = Worship
Pujan = Religious rites
Punya = Merits
Puranpoli = Sweet delicacy


Rajbhog arti = Third arti of the day performed after lunch has been offered to the deities
Rotlo = Millet bread


Sadguru = Senior sadhu
Sadhak = A person endeavouring on the spiritual path
Samadhi = Trance
Sangh = Group
Sanshay-granthi = Doubts
Sach-chid-anand = Truth-consciousness-joy
Satsang = Good company; spiritual association
Satsangi = One who practices satsang
Seva = Service
Sevak = One who serves
Shangar arti = Second arti of the day; performed after breakfast has been offered and the murtis have adorned with garments, ornaments and garlands.
Shvet dharma = A vow to avoid the company of women
Sneh = Attachment
Sud = Bright half of each lunar month of the Hindu calendar
Swadharma = One’s own dharma
Swarup = Form
Swarupnishtha = Understanding and resolve in the true form of God
Swastik asan = Cross-legged posture


Thal = Offering of food to the deities


Upasana =Philosophical understanding of the nature of God; mode of worship


Vairagya = Detachment
Vartman = Vows
Vishay = Worldly pleasure
Vrat = A Spiritual observance
V.S. = Vikram Samvat – the Hindu year from the reign of King Vikram

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

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