On the occasion of Vasant Panchami and Shastrji Maharaj Janma Jayanti at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Fall River, the Consul General of India to Canada, Shree Chandramohan Bhandari, celebrated the festival with the satsangis.
day of Vasant Panchmi, Lord Swaminarayan's nand paramhansas, Sadguru
Brahamanand Swami and Sadguru Niskulanand Swami, as well as Bochasanwasi
Shri AksharPurushottam Sanstha's founder Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj,
were born. Also, on this sacred day, Shriji Maharaj wrote the Shikshapatri
for the welfare of his devotees. In today's sabha, devotional songs
were sung in praise of the greatness of Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj.
Devotee gave a speech on Shastriji Maharaj as an exponent of the Vedic
Upasana. Pujya Yagnavallabh Swami's parayan shed light on Shastriji
Maharaj's divine personality and his work. A video presentation on foundation-laying
ceremony for Gadhada Mandir performed fifty years ago by Shastriji Maharaj
brought sweet and divine memories of the satsang history.
People participated in the Vasant Panchmi celebrations at Charlotte Mandir on February 17, 2002. Program highlights included spiritual discourses and devotional songs describing the births and divine lives of Shastriji Maharaj, Nishkulanand Swami, and Brahmanand Swami, together with advent of the Shikshapatri (code of conduct).
speech was delivered on Shastriji Maharaj depicting his sacrifices and
efforts in establishing the Akshar Purushootam Sanstha. The philosopy
of Akshar Purushotam is worship of Lord Swaminarayan or Shreeji Maharaj
together with his choicest devotee Gunatitanand Swami. Another disccourse
was on the importance of Shikshapatri in the human life. A central theme
of this speech was the discussion on the 116th verse of this divine
scripture, i.e., to identify one's self solely with Gunatit or Lord's
choicest devotee and then offer worship to Shreeji Maharaj or Lord Purushottam.
The program concluded with a skit 'Antkale Maharaj Ne' presented
by Kishore Mandal reiterating the importance of this day's celebrations.
Mandir celebrated Vasant Panchmi Samaiyo on Saturday, February 17, in
the presence of Pujya Yagnavallabh Swami & Pujya Haridarshan Swami.
Devotees attended the celebration. Program highlights included devotional
kirtan-bhakti by Bal-Kishores, Yuvaks, and P. Haridarshan Swami, and
Spiritual discourses by Saints. Pujya Yagnavallabh Swami elaborated
on Shastriji Maharaj's "Sadhuta & Asmita" and reminded
all devotees of his enormous struggle for "Akshar-Purshottam Upasana".
In addition, recital on the "Satpurush-no-Bhog and Para-Bhakti",
presented by Pujya Haridarshan swami, captivated the audience. He shared
Swami Shree's numerous divine prasangs experienced during 81st Pramukh
Jayanti celebration and Shree Swaminarayan Mahamntra Bicentenary celebration
in Gadhada. The event was concluded with Arti and Mahaprasad.
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Atlanta celebrated Vasant Panchami, Shastriji Maharaj Jayanti and Shikshapatri pragatya din Samaiyo on Sunday, February 17, 2002.
In the morning 9:00AM to 12:00PM, BAPS Atlanta Medical Services Team had arranged a LIPID PANEL PROFILE screening. People participated; Participants were examined for LIPID PANEL such as Thyroid, Cholesterol, Diabetes and Prostate Gland Cancer
Samaiyo started at 3:45M and ended at 6:30PM. People joined this celebration of Vasant Panchamimi and Shiksha Patri's Birth Anniversary. Left side of stage was decorated with 6 x 6 picture of H.D.H Shastriji Maharaj, and on right side a big Shikshapatri was created displaying key shloka 116 on Bhakti. Thakorji's Sinhasan was decorated with different verses from shikshapatri depiciting the highlights.
Celebration of Samaiyo started with Dhoon, Prarthana and Kirtan. P. Shantmurti Swami addressed the assembly and shed light on the importance of the Shikshapatri. The Bal Mandal presented an interesting game quiz detailing the importance of the Shikshapatri and upcoming Satsang Exams. Two teams of Balaks, Agna and Upasana were facing challenge of which the Upasana team came out as a winner in final round. This was very informative and well presented quiz from Bal Mandal. A short video highlighting the divine life of Shastriji Maharaj was presented. The video was followed by a speech from Pujya Amrutnandan Swami about maintaining our culture amongst our kids, and he also explained the importance of Gujarati language and Indian culture. After speech, Samaiyo ended with sankalp Dhoon and Aarti followed by Mahaparasad.
Southeast region is blessed with the idol of Shri Harikrishna Maharaj
which was brought by P. Santo from India. This Samaiyo was celebrated
in His divine presence.
With the background of lovely decoration depicting the arrival of spring, Vasant Panchami was celebrated with the characteristic joy and happiness of the spring season. All four historical events associated with the day i.e. divine creation of the Shikshapatri, birthday of Shashtriji Maharaj as well as Brahmanand Swami and Nishkulanand swami were very well presented in different forms.
People attended the BAPS Cleveland Samaiyo of Vasant Panchmi and JanmaJayanti of Shastriji Maharaj, Nishkulanand Swami and Brahmanand Swami and also Shikshapatri Jayanti. There was a talk on Shikshapatri written by Lord Swaminarayan Himself which provides rules for everyone to follow in daily life to attain happiness. There were several dramas by the Kishore and Yuvak Mandal based on Madhavtirth of Shankracharya "Math", Bhagudada and Lakshman, and also Nirgunswami and Dolatrambhai. There was an extensive talk on our Upasana as exemplified by Shastriji Maharaj. Interspersed between these were several kirtans pertaining to the celebration.
also a very informative medical talk on "Heart Disease and Diabetes"
by an invited physician Adi E. Mehta, M.D., who is an eminent endocrinologist
at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation and who also provides
medical education lectures to physicians. A video of Pramukh Swami Maharaj
providing Ashirvachan was also shown. Mahaprasad was served after the
Aarti. Everyone enjoyed the program which provided spiritual upliftment
and also medical information.
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