2/1/17 Today is #VasantPanchmi and #ShikshapatriJayanti. The original Shikshapatri, which was written by Swaminarayan Bhagwan in the Hari Mandap at Vadtal on this very day in the VS year 1882, is kept at the Bodleian Library of Oxford University. Sir John Malcom was a British governor of Bombay who recognized Bhagwan’s spiritual greatness and His actions in helping maintain social control. On February 26 VS 1886 Falgun Sud 5, a meeting between Lord Swaminarayan and Sir Malcolm was held at Mr Blane's bungalow in Rajkot. Sir Malcolm's secretary, Mr. Thomas Williamson, Mr. Blane, and 3 other officials were also present. Accompanying Bhagwan were Shree Ayodyaprasadji Maharaj, Shree Raghuvirji Maharaj, Shree Mukund Brahmchari, S.G. Sukhanand Swami, S.G. Muktanand Swami, Sura Khachar, Somla Khachar, Dada Khachar, Ladha Thakar, Hirji Thakar, Deva Bhagat, and Bhimbhai. He was greeted very well and the entire meeting went nicely. At the end, Swaminarayan Bhagwan gifted this Shikshapatri to him. It was a small 5½ by 3½ inches book containing 166 paper pages with 6 lines of writing on each page and there are 5 pages without text. It was protected by a cloth binding that is folded over and tied shut. On the fly-leaf there was an unsigned inscription written in English. The commentary in Gujarati was written by Nityanand Muni. The copy was made by Nilakanthanand Muni in 1830.
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