The proposed title of this page “I’m a Hindu and I’m a Swaminarayan” is taken from a German book with the same title by Gabriele Reifenrath. The purpose of this page is:
To explore the oldest religion of this world – Hinduism (Santana Hindu Dharma)
To explain the modern spiritual branch of Hinduism – Swaminarayan Hinduism.
People in this world have various concepts and perceptions in their mind related to Hinduism. Often they are confused by the diverse and complex nature of it. Some thinks it as polytheistic in nature because they see the worship of multiple Gods (more correctly deities). But it is not polytheistic. It believes in One Supreme God though perceived in different forms by different devotees. Yes, it is Monotheistic in nature. Apart from that, various people are confused by its ritualistic nature, its philosophy and other things. So this page will talk about it upto a certain limit.
Secondly, as people are unknown about the intricacies of Hinduism. So, I don’t expect my audience to be more aware of The Swaminarayan Faith which is a modern tradition (discovered somewhat 215 years ago) but founded in Vedas. People know of it by the large beautiful temples of Swaminarayan tradition around the world like Delhi Akshardham Temple, Gujarat Akshardham Temple, Neasden Temple in London, Robbinsville Akshardham Temple, etc.
The Wikipedia says;
Swaminarayan Hinduism, also known as the Swaminarayan faith or the Swaminarayan sect, is a modern spiritual tradition, as a subsect of Vaishnava Hinduism, originating in the state of Gujarat, in which followers offer devotion to and worship Swaminarayan as a form of Parabrahma. The Swaminarayan faith has a large percentage of Gujarati Hindus who are followers of Swaminarayan.
Soon a book to come on Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Swaminarayan Vedic Tradition. Right here on this page.
◊ If you want to be beautiful, spend a minute before the mirror, five before the soul and fifteen before God.
◊ Religion is not a bond but it makes us free from all the bonds
– Gaurav S Kaintura