Swaminarayan Arti

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The arti prayer sung within the Swaminarayan tradition was composed by Muktanand Swami, one of Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s most senior and learned sadhus, on 5 November 1802. Muktanand Swami composed the arti and performed it personally by waving lighted wicks before Bhagwan Swaminarayan himself, who was only 21 at the time. Muktanand Swami was 44.

Below are the words of the Gujarati arti (transcribed from an original manuscript of Muktanand Swami’s works) transliterated and translated into English.

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English Transliteration

Jaya Sadguru Swāmi, Prabhu Jaya Sadguru Swāmi;
Sahajānanda dayālu (x2), Balavanta Bahunāmi… Jaya Sadguru Swāmi.

Charana-saroj tamārā vandu kara jodi, Prabhu vandu kara jodi;
Charane chitta dharyāthi (x2), dukha nākhyā todi… Jaya Sadguru Swāmi.

Nārāyana sukha-dātā dvija-kula tanu dhāri, Prabhu dvija-kula tanu dhāri;
Pāmara patita udhārya (x2), aganita nara-nāri… Jaya Sadguru Swāmi.

Nitya nitya nautama lilā karatā Avināshi, Prabhu karatā Avināshi;
Adasatha tiratha charane (x2), koti Gayā Kāshi… Jaya Sadguru Swāmi.

Purushottama pragat-nu je darshana karashe, Prabhu je darshana karashe;
Kāla-karma-thi chhuti (x2), kutumba sahita tarashe… Jaya Sadguru Swāmi.

Ā avasara Karunānidhi karunā bahu kidhi, vāhle karunā bahu kidhi;
Muktānanda kahe mukti (x2), sugama kari sidhi… Jaya Sadguru Swāmi.

Jaya Sadguru Swāmi, Prabhu Jaya Sadguru Swāmi;
Sahajānanda dayālu (x2), Balavanta Bahunāmi… Jaya Sadguru Swāmi.

 

English Translation

O Sahajanand Swami! All glory be unto you, my eternal master!
He who is merciful, powerful, and known by many names.

I offer with folded hands my obeisance unto your lotus feet;
And by offering my mind unto your lotus feet, you have torn asunder all my miseries… All glory be unto you.

O Narayan, the bestower of bliss! You took birth in a brahmin family as a human being,
And elevated innumerable abject and fallen men and women… All glory be unto you.

O Indestructible one! You daily perform new divine actions;
All 68 places of pilgrimage reside at your lotus feet, as well as millions of [sacred places such as] Gaya and Kashi… All glory be unto you.

Whoever shall have a glimpse of the manifest form of this Supreme Lord
will be liberated from time and karma, and shall cross [the ocean of births and deaths] along with their whole family… All glory be unto you.

O Trove of Mercy! You have indeed bestowed so much mercy on this occasion [by your manifestation];
I, Muktanand Swami, declare that attaining liberation has become easy and straightforward… All glory be unto you.

O Sahajanand Swami! All glory be unto you, my eternal master!
He who is merciful, powerful, and known by many names.