As the faithful followers of Bhagwan Shri
Swaminarayan, we should never allow our mind to
remain idle as well as empty. The mind is full of
worldly desires. It is very active and motive. It
motivates soul to enjoy the objects of the five senses.
Like a ghost the empty and idle mind works of devil.
The unconventional mind has created many
problems in everybody's life.
To control over the mind is not an easy task as we
think. It is as hard as to control the stormy wind.
Bhagwan Shri Swaminarayan has prescribed many
methods to control the sensitive, smart and cunning
mind in the Vachanamrut.
Listening to talks and tales regarding God is the most
powerful means to keep the mind steady and free
from worldly desires.
To purify the wicked mind, it should be filled with
the fragrance of remembrances of the exploit-charitra
of God with the knowledge of His greatness. The
mind should be entangled into the web of sweet
memories of God and in His human as well as divine
actions and incidents.
To serve that aim and object, this booklet presents
a nice collection of Bal Ghanshyam charitra
for the peace of mind.
It is a great pleasure for us to publish Shri Ghanshyam
Balcharitra translated in English, by the grace of Supreme
Godhead Bhagwan Shri Swaminarayan.
The Supreme Godhead Bhagwan Shri Swaminarayan 1s
the God of the Gods. He is the cause of all incarnations. He
took birth in a small village named Chhapaiya near Ayodhya in
Uttar Pradesh state, India on the pious day of Ramnavmi of
Vikram Samvat Year 18371.e. Monday, 2nd April 1781 AD.
His father Pande Dharmadev and mother Bhaktidevi
named Him Ghanshyam as a pet name. Ghanshyam passed
early three years of His childhood in Chhapaiya and later eight
years in Ayodhya. During this childhood period Ghanshyam
displayed His divine as well as human heroic deeds. Some of
these are described in this booklet.
By the upasana - devotion of God 1.e. narrating and
listening to His divine as well as human deeds, chanting His
holy name and by observing one’s dharma — duty, it is an easy
path to attain liberation like crossing the ocean by sitting in a
ship. For anyone God's heroic deeds are easy to digest like
milk. Narrating and listening to His divine heroic deeds give us
peace of mind.
I am glad to note that computerized type-setting has
been done by Shri Manish J. Changela. Shri Harikrishna J.
Changela has given valuable suggestions. Here I take the
special note of our Gurudev Swami Shri Devkrishnadasji for his
blessings. I cannot forget ShriB. A. Kotak and ShriR. B. Ganatra
who have helped me in proof checking as well as Swami
Vishvswarupdasji and Swami Rasikvallabhdasji for his page
setting work and Piyush V. Changela for page correction.
IT hope this booklet will be useful to the students who are
studying in English medium.
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