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

Jay Sadguru Swami, Prabhu Jay Sadguru Swami;
Sahajananda dayalu (x2), Balavanta Bahunami… Prabhu Jay Sadguru Swami.

Charana-saroj tamara vandu kar jodi, Prabhu vandu kar jodi;
Charane chitta dharyathi (x2), dukh nakhya todi… Prabhu Jay Sadguru Swami.

Narayan sukh-data dvija-kula tanu dhari, prabhu dvija-kula tanu dhari;
Pamar patit udharya (x2), aganit nar-nari… Prabhu Jay Sadguru Swami.

Nitya nitya nautam lila karta Avinashi, Prabhu karta avinashi;
Adasath tirtha charane (x2), koti Gaya Kashi… Prabhu Jay Sadguru Swami.

Purushottam pragat-nu je darshan karshe, Prabhu je darshan karshe;
Kal-karma-thi chhuti (x2), kutumb sahita tarshe… Prabhu Jay Sadguru Swami.

Aa avasar Karunanidhi karuna bahu kidhi, vahle karuna bahu kidhi;
Muktanand kahe mukti (x2), sugam kari sidhi… Prabhu Jay Sadguru Swami.

Jay Sadguru Swami, Prabhu Jay Sadguru Swami;
Sahajananda dayalu (x2), Balavanta Bahunami… Prabhu Jay Sadguru Swami.
 

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.