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Ghanashyam Charitra

Ghanashyam Charitra
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Item Code: IHL119
Author: Baps Sadhu
Publisher: Swaminarayan Aksharpith Publications
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 8175263385
Pages: 108 (Illustrated)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 Inch X 5.4 Inch
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Preface

The youth movement established and nourished by Brahmaswarup yogiji Maharaj has been expanding at a very rapid pace. With a view to satisfying the aspirations and the thirst for knowledge of the youth joining the organization and also to enable then to purushottam division Swaminarayan Aksharpith organized under the auspices of Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha has produced a series of books.

Through these books it is intended to impart systematic sustained and pure knowledge in simple language on a scholastic basis to children and youth of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. It is hoped that this Sanstha established by Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj for implementing and propagating the Vedic ideals propounded by Bhagwan Swaminarayan will through this activity spread the ideals and noble traditions of the sampraday and through it the culture and heritage of the Hindu religion.

It is the aim of this project to preach and spread the divine message of Bhagwan Swaminarayan to all corners of the world. We hope that all religious minded truth seekers of the Sampraday and those outside of it will welcome this activity and extend their fullest co-operation.

In order to encourage children and youths annual examination are held based on the curriculum as worked out in these books. Certificates are also awarded to successful candidates. We bless Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami Prof. Rameshbhai Dave, Kishorebhai Dave, and all other who have cooperated in the preparation of these books.

Introduction

This publication Ghanshyam Charitra gives a brief introduction to the divine childhood of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Known as Ghanshyam he was loved and revered by all right from birth his divinity was experienced by family friends and strangers.

His childhood teaches us the virtues that should be developed from a young age. Ghanshyam’s devotion to god sincerity in studies service to others regularity compassion and other noble qualities convinced everyone that he was the manifest of god.

This interesting and inspiring collection of Ghanshyam’s childhood stories will motivate all to develop such values in life.

The present publication is the English translation of the Gujarati text Ghanshyam Charitra written by Prof. Ramesh M. Dave we thank the BAPS sadhus who have diligently produced this latest edition. This book is one of the course books for the satsang prarambha examination.

It is our earnest prayer that all devotes will study these books carefully pass the examination with flying colors and above all earn the blessings of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

Contents

Preface vi
Introduction viii
1Birth of Ghanshyam 1
2Childhood exploits 3
3Darshan to Ramdayal 6
4Naming the lord 7
5A test for the son 8
6Ghanshyam has his ears pierced 9
7A Boon for Laksmiji 10
8Siddhis at his service 12
9Dudhpakh instead of Khichdi 14
10The Barber sees a miracle 16
11Kalidatt meets his end 17
12Curing smallpox 19
13Fish brought back to life 20
14Sparrows sent into Samadhi 23
15Monkey in a trance 25
16Monkeys get a sound thrashing 26
17Ramdatt is taught a lesson 27
18In which direction are the aspirants 30
19Seen in many mandirs at the same time 31
20The Ghost well 33
21The wrestles are defeated 35
22The greedy confectioner 39
23Khampa talavdi 41
24Sixteen signs of god 44
25Ghanshyam stops the killing 47
26The mahout is saved 50
27A new set of teeth 52
28A feat for his friends 54
29Thousands are fed and humbled 56
30Lakshmibai sees a miracle 59
31The importance of Ekadashi 63
32Ghanshyam is given the sacred thread 64
33Ghanshyam is sees as Ramchandra 68
34Sailing on stone slabs 69
35Miracle shown to aunts 71
36Ghanshyam eats all the food 73
37In search of Gauri the cow 75
38Walking on water 77
39Thieves in a fix 78
40Darshan in two forms 81
41The Priest’s sight is restored 83
42Ghanshyam’s daily routine 85
43Propagating the Vishistadvait teachings in kashi 86
44Bhaktimata and Dharmadev pass away 88
45Ghanshyam Leaves home 90
46On the Banks of River saryu 93
47Oceans of tears 94
Glossary 98
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