Code of Conduct for all - Shikshapatri "A small but effective "HOW TO LIVE LIFE"
2 Years ago
Yesterday was the day when Shikshaptri - A code of conduct summarization by Lord Swaminarayan came into being.
A small and compact book of 212 verses which shows us how to live, how to navigate through labyrinth of human life. I was reading through links that came from searching Google and found that Shikshaptri even though mentioned by one and all is scripted as a Spritiual book rather than a book which teaches us about how, where, why, when and what across the firmament of human life.
This small 212 verse covers everything from non-violence to what is the mystery of human soul. It covers
Where to eat
What to eat
What should be our hygiene
In short, it transcends through physical, social, economic and surreal spritiual bodies of one's life.
Shikshaptri - It means Shiksha (Teachings - A code of conduct) - Patri - summarization.
It is so surprising that 212 verses can cover all facets of life. It amazes more when we think about Lord Swaminarayan who wrote this.
I am not touching on the history which everyone can find through various search engines and wikipedia...
Two examples of what is Shikshapatri and how does it help?
Happiness is an ever elusive trait that humans are after. Lord Swaminarayan says and I quote "Good conduct written in scriptures is to be followed and that will bring happiness here and hereafter"
In contradiction, he also warns - "Those who behave in total disregard of good conduct, shall bring distress here and hereafter"
A simple yet powerful guidance to be happy. No one attains happiness by harming others.
I would urge everyone without the boundaries of religion, caste, sect, community to read through a simple message of "Shikshapatri" - The original is housed in Bodleian Library of University of Oxford - The copy presented to Sir John Malcolm, the then governer of erstwhile Bombay by Lord Swaminarayan himself.