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Scripture Name: Shikshapatri English
1. Shlok 1
  I meditate, in my heart, upon Lord Shree Krishna, on whose left stands Radhikaji, on whose bosom resides Laxmiji and who sports in Vrindavan.
2. Shlok 2
  I Sahajanand Swami, write this Shikshapatri from Vadtal, to all my disciples who reside in different parts of the world
3. Shlok 3
  Rampratapji and Icharamji, both born of Shree Dharmadev, are >my brothers.  Rampratapji’s son, Ayodhyaprasad and Icharamji’s son, Raghuvira - both of whom I have adopted as my sons (and established as the Acharyas of my disciples);
4. Shlok 4
  The Naishtik Brahmcharis (Brahmin celibates), headed by Mukundananda and the devoted Grihastas (householders) headed by Mayaram Bhatt and others;
5. Shlok 5
  My devotees such as married women and widows.  Also Sadhus such as Muktanand and others; all of which are my disciples.
6. Shlok 6
  May they all read and accept my ennobling blessings (which are there to protect their religious duty) prescribed by the happy remembrance of Shreeman Narayan
7. Shlok 7
  All my devotees should realise that the purpose of writing this Shikshapatri is for the spiritual welfare of every soul.
8. Shlok 8 - 9
  Those who observe the Rules of Ethics as prescribed by the holy scriptures shall derive happiness in this world and the next.Those who violate the Rules of Ethics and behave wilfully are evil minded and shall suffer great distress in this world and the next.
9. Shlok 10
  Hence, all my disciples shall love and follow the commandments of this Shikshapatri vigilantly and shall never violate them.
10. Shlok 11
  My disciples shall never kill intentionally any living creature, not even small insects such as lice or bugs.
11. Shlok 12
  They shall never kill any living creature as sacrifice for the Yagna of deities and ancestors, as non-violence is declared by scriptures to be the highest of Dharmas.
12. Shlok 13
  One shall never commit homicide, even in order to acquire women, wealth or political power and sovereignty.
13. Shlok 14
  One shall never commit suicide even in a place of pilgrimage, or through anger or on account of some untoward action by taking poison, strangulation,jumping into a well or from a hill top or by any other means.
14. Shlok 15
  One shall never eat meat even in a moment of extreme necessity, be it the remains of a sacrifice.  Nor should they drink liquor, wine or intoxicating beverages even though it may be an offering to a deity.
15. Shlok 16
  Even in a state of excitement, one shall never mutilate any part of one’s body or that of others with a weapon or by any other means in order to punish oneself or others for any unworthy deed either by oneself or by others.
16. Shlok 17
  One shall not commit theft, even for the sake of performing an act of Dharma.  No article, even firewood, flowers etc., owned by others shall ever be taken without their owner’s permission.
17. Shlok 18
  My male and female disciples shall never commit adultery nor indulge in gambling and other such vices.  They shall abstain from inhaling and drinking intoxicating substances such as bhang, tobacco, snuff and the like.
18. Shlok 19
  One shall never consume food or drink prepared by a person from whom one is prohibited by holy scriptures, at any place, even if it is the Prasad from the offerings to Lord Shree Krishna, except the Prasad at Jagnathpuri.
19. Shlok 20
  One shall never make false accusations or abuse anyone verbally even if it serves one’s self-interest.
20. Shlok 21
  One shall never slander deities, places of pilgrimage, Brahmins, devout wives, priests or the holy scriptures, nor listen to such slander.
21. Shlok 22
  One shall never accept the remnant part of an offering made to any deity to whom wine and flesh are offered and before whom goats and such other  animals are scarified.
22. Shlok 23
  When passing by temples of Lord Shiva and other deities, one shall bow to them and pay due reverence to the deities therein.
23. Shlok 24
  One shall never abandon one’s own duties as ordained by one’s own Varna and Ashram nor follow a course of conduct prescribed for others nor follow any faith which is pretentious or fictitious.
24. Shlok 25
  One shall never listen to any religious discourses from a person whose preaching might lead one away from the devotion to Lord Shree Krishna and personal Dharma.
25. Shlok 26
  One shall never speak such truth which might bring about harm to oneself  or others, nor keep the company of ungrateful people, nor take any bribe from anyone in social affairs.
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