Yogi Smruti Mandir,
Akshar Deri, Morning Puja
Around 7.00 a.m., Swamishri arrived at the Yogi Smruti Mandir for darshan
and prayers. A grand annakut of 700 items was decoratively and devotionally
arranged before the murti of Yogiji Maharaj. Swamishri performed arti
of Yogiji Maharaj and then blessed the sadhus, saying, "Due to
the divine wish of Yogiji Maharaj the figure of 700 sadhus will be accomplished
today. It is through his glory, wish and blessings that this work will
be done. May the 700 sadhus consolidate ekantik dharma and attain the
saintly qualities in their lives. May the agna and upasna of God be
consolidated in their lives and suharadbhav be sustained towards all.
May they understand the glory of all and never see faults in others.
And we must all preserve his (Yogiji Maharaj's) tradition of katha,
kirtan, bhajan, niyam, chestha and darshan ...".
After performing the shangar arti of Thakorji in the mandir Swamishri
went for darshan of Akshar Deri. Here he prayed for the successful accomplishment
of the Akshardham project in New Delhi and peace in Gujarat, India and
the world. Thereafter Swamishri performed his puja while sadhus sang
bhajans in praise of Yogiji Maharaj.
Historic Diksha Ceremony
At 10.15 a.m., Swamishri arrived for the historic diksha ceremony. It
was an occasion that was to see the accomplishment of Yogiji Maharaj's
dream of initiating 700 sadhus through Pramukh Swami Maharaj. On stage,
the moving murti of Yogiji Maharaj captured the hearts and attention
of everyone. The diksha ceremony commenced with Vedic chantings and
climaxed with the guru mantra imparted by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The
enthusiasm of sadhus and devotees was reflected through the thundering
claps and jai's that echoed from all corners. The entire mandir ground
was filled with fervent devotees. A total of 32 youths were initiated
(9 parshads were given the bhagwati diksha and 23 sadhaks were given
the parshad diksha), which now brings the total to 703 BAPS sadhus.
Out of the newly initiated parshads one each were from UK and USA, 2
from Africa and 2 from the tribal areas. Totally, 10 were graduates,
4 were postgraduates, including an MBA.
Senior sadhus spoke on the occasion. Finally, Swamishri was in a joyous
and reminiscent mood. He blessed the families of the newly initiated
and then addressed the assembly, "By God's grace and wish works
are accomplished. His wishes are divine, whereas we desire for honor
and mundane things. Yogiji Maharaj's wishes were for the good of all
people... He desired that there be more sadhus and that they travel
in India and abroad to spread the message of goodness. So it is because
of his wish that such a work (achieving the diksha of 700 sadhus) has
been accomplished... In this, the efforts of the sadguru sadhus have
been immense. The devotees, too, have rendered great service by offering
their educated sons on this path... Look, Yogiji Maharaj is swaying
(pointing to the moving murti of Yogiji Maharaj). He is blessing and
congratulating all of us for this occasion and wonderful accomplishment.
He is present in person and is showering his happiness. When I came
to the assembly, he was swaying and said I bless you for the great work
you have done, I bless the devotees and sadhus. When he said this I
was very happy..."
The landmark occasion was attended by 10,000 devotees who were then
Yogi Jayanti Assembly
The Yogi Jayanti assembly, from 6.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., saw the personal
narration of memories of Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj by sadhus who were
initiated by him. Every incident revealed the divine virtues of Yogiji
Maharaj. The concluding note in every speech was "Pramukh Swami
Maharaj is giving the same love and spirituality as Yogiji Maharaj.
In fact Pramukh Swami Maharaj is the form of Yogiji Maharaj."
Then a video of Yogiji Maharaj's divine prophecy in 1968, Mumbai, saying
that, "Pramukh Swami will initiate 700 sadhus" was shown.
Pujya Viveksagar Swami talked about Yogiji Maharaj's wishes and how
Pramukh Swami Maharaj has fulfilled them.
Finally Swamishri blessed the assembly of 9,500 devotees: "We are
celebrating Pujya Yogiji Maharaj's birthday. From early morning everyone
is full of enthusiasm and joy. Just as we describe God's virtues and
works as infinite, we can say the same for Yogiji Maharaj. It is not
possible to describe it. Every moment he (Yogiji Maharaj) saw divinity
in everything ... The devotees and sadhus associated with him were always
happy. Whoever came to him was deeply impressed by his personality.
He used to pat people on their shoulders and many came especially to
receive that divine pat. By remembering this one is redeemed ... His
laughter was innocent and pure. His feelings and aura were such that
we would be suffused with happiness... Yogiji Maharaj was intelligent
in worldly matters... He never nourished any feelings to impress or