Written by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan's own blissful hand on Vasant Panchmi day of Vikram Samvat 1882, this is a booklet of 212 Shlokas. Shreeji Maharaj sat in the Hari Mandap – His residence at Vadtal Temple – and wrote it in Sanskrit. He instructed the pandit Saint Nityanand Swami to translate it into Gujarati. It has since been translated numerous times into other languages.
It contains general guidance and specific instructions to a variety of categories of followers – the Acharyas & their wives, householder males and females, widows, saints and brahmacharies.
On February 20th, 1830 Maharaj went to visit the British Governor, Sir John Malcolm, in Rajkot. He was received with a guard of honor by the infantry and the cavalry. The Governor himself received Maharaj and offered Him a royal chair. Then he presented Him with a shawl. Maharaj presented the Governor with a Shikshapatri which has to this day been very carefully preserved in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.
- મંગળાચરણ (શ્લોક 01-10)
- સર્વે સત્સંગીઓના સામાન્ય ધર્મ (શ્લોક 11-122)
- આચાર્યના વિશેષ ધર્મ (શ્લોક 123-132)
- આચાર્ય પત્નીના વિશેષ ધર્મ (શ્લોક 133-134)
- રાજા અને ગૃહસ્થના વિશેષ ધર્મ (શ્લોક 135-158)
- સધવા અને વિધવા સ્ત્રીઓના વિશેષ ધર્મ (શ્લોક 159-174)
- બ્રહ્મચારી અને સાધુના વિશેષ ધર્મ (શ્લોક 175-202)
- સમાપન (શ્લોક 203-212)
- Introduction (Shlok 01 – 10)
- General Preachings (Shlok 11 – 122)
- Duties of Acharyas (Shlok 123 – 132)
- Duties of Wife of Acharyas (Shlok 133 – 134)
- Duties of King and Householders (Shlok 135 – 158)
- Duties of Married and Widowed Woman (Shlok 159 – 174)
- Duties of Celibates and Saints (Shlok 175 – 202)
- Conclusion (Shlok 203 – 212)