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The Shikshapatri (Devanagari: शिक्षापत्री) is a text of two hundred and twelve verses, written in Sanskrit by Bhagwan Swaminarayan. The Shikshapatri is a key scripture to all followers of the Swaminarayan faith and is considered the basis of the faith.
Summary of teaching
The book of precepts strictly prohibits the destruction of animal life; promiscuous intercourse with the other sex; use of animal food and intoxicant liquors and drugs on any occasion, suicide, theft and robbery; false accusation against a fellow man; blasphemy; company of atheists and heretics, and other practices which might counteract the effect of the founder's teaching. 
Governor Sir John Malcolm
On February 26 1830 an historic meeting took place between Swaminarayan and Sir John Malcolm, the then Governor of Bombay. At this meeting, Swaminarayan presented a Shikshapatri to Sir John Malcolm. This copy is now housed at the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford. 
Swaminarayan instructed Nityanand Swami to translate Shikshapatri from Sanskrit into Gujarati. It has since been translated numerous times into other languages. It has been translated to Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Udiya, Urdu, Vraj, Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Modern Hebrew, North Sotho, Portuguese, Russian, South Sotho, Spanish, Swahili, Xhosa, and Zulu,
- ↑ http://www.swaminarayan.nu/sampraday/shiksha.shtml Shikshapatri (in English)
- ↑ http://www.baps.org/scriptures/shikshapatri/index.htm Shikshapatri
- ↑ M. G. Chitkara (1997). Hindutva. APH. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=zqkBNr4U7cwC&printsec=copyright&dq=swaminarayan+ahmedabad&lr=&client=firefox-a#PPP1,M1. Retrieved March 26, 2009. Page 230
- ↑ Raymond Brady Williams (2004). Williams on South Asian religions and immigration. Ashgate Publishing Group. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=nkVBOfE1KkAC&dq=swaminarayan+mandir+ahmedabad&lr=&client=firefox-a&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0. Retrieved March 26, 2009. Page 57
- ↑ http://www.swaminarayan.org/essays/2007/0801.htm Bhagwan Swaminarayan's Shikshapatri
- An English translation of the Shikshapatri with further analysis - Swaminarayan Sampraday
- English version of the Shikshapatri with images
- BAPS - Pictorial Shikshapatri for Children
- Digital Shikshapatri Provides a wide variety of online resources which set the Shikshapatri in its historical, cultural and religious context - The oldest copy of the Shikshapatri in the world today is shown, in digital form.