Param Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj presented the Satsaṅgadīkṣā śāstra in July 2020. Since then, thousands of children, teenagers, youths and adults throughout the world have memorized it, either whole or in part. The original Gujarati text has also been translated into Sanskrit, Hindi, English, Swahili, Telugu, Udiya, Kannad, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Bengali and is also available in Braille. Also, over 20,000 devotees have enrolled for the one-year Satsaṅgadīkṣā online study course.
Scholars who have read the concise 315-shloka Satsaṅgadīkṣā śāstra have been impressed by the philosophical, ethical and practical depth of the text.
Hence, to delve further into the various aspects of the śāstra, a 5-day seminar titled ‘Satsaṅgadīkṣā: Perspectives on Enhancing Daily Living’ was organized in Sarangpur by the joint collaboration of the AARSH Research Centre in Gandhinagar and the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya in Sarangpur. A total of 46 scholars presented research papers during the seminar.
Mahant Swami Maharaj lit the inaugural lamp and blessed,
It was my wish that a small text which concisely encapsulates the eternal wisdom revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the Gunatit Gurus be written. The purpose for writing this śāstra is so that all attain happiness in life and also attain liberation. This international seminar on the śāstra will enlighten and benefit everyone even more.
Throughout the 5-day seminar, 34 scholars from India, 10 from America, 7 from England, 1 from Canada, 1 from France and 1 from South Africa presented papers on various topics, including, philosophy, sadhana, mukti, translations, grammar, Sankhya, atma, God’s all-doership, child and youth development, family unity, world peace and social harmony.
Among the scholars who chaired the seminar sessions were: Dr. Lalit Patel, Vice Chancellor, Somnath Sanskrit University, Veraval; Shri Ravindra Pandaji, Former Head of Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrut Languages Department, M.S. University, Vadodara; Shri Amrutlal Bhogayata, Principal Acharya, Sandipani Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Nadiad; Prof. Dr. Niranjanbhai Patel, Head of Postgraduate Studies, Sardar Patel University, Vidyanagar; Prof. Ramkishore Tripathiji, Former Principal Acharya, Vartantu Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Ahmedabad; Dr. Jitendrabhai Shah, Former Principal, L.D. Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad; Prof. Govindbhai Patel, Former Principal, Gurjar Pradesh Sanskrit Pathshala, Gandhinagar; Dr. Bipinbhai Joshi, Former Principal, Babdeshwar Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Porbandar.
Scholars from University of Toronto, University of Leeds, University of Cambridge, King’s College London, Harvard University, University of Chicago, University of California, University of Cape Town, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Shri Somnath Sanskrit University and other academic institutions presented papers.