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Guru Purnima Celebration

13 July 2003, Sunday, Jersey City, NJ:

Guru Purnima is the special day dedicated to the Guru in Hindu culture. Traditionally, it is the birthday of Ved Vyas. It is a day when every Hindu remembers and offers their devotion to their Guru. Each Hindu, all over the world, celebrates Guru Purnima with great enthusiasm and joy.

Program was commenced with the Stuti followed by Dhoon and Prathna. The Kirtan Group filled up the sabha environment with Guru Bhakti by singing two melodious Kirtans - 'Guru Parmeshwar re' and 'Guru Bin Kaun Bataye Bat'. An impressive speech by a Kishore was done focused on explaining the place of a Guru in our life and how he helps us achieving our final goal of becoming brahmaroop. The final thought given by that speech was that we should put our total faith and trust in our Guru. A kirtan, 'Purva Na Punya Falya', was sung to put more realistic meaning to that speech.

After an unforgettable Parayan explaining different types of Guru and the great virtues of an ideal Guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Sabha was lucky enough to have a video aashirvad of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The climax of the sabha was a lovely video presentation made of bapa's pictures with the audio of the kirtan - 'Pramukh Swami no jai bolo'. Everyone did the 'Guru Pujan' at the end of the sabha.


Guru Purnima Celebration

Guru Purnima Celebration

12 July 2003, Sunday, Boston, MA:

Boston B.A.P.S. Swaminarayan Mandir celebrated the auspicious event of Guru Bhakti in the presence of hundreds of haribhaktos. One and all were engrossed in the program which included kirtans and speeches extolling the mahima of the Guru. The speeches explained the importance of Guru Bhakti referencing the Shrimad Bhagwat and Pramukh Swami Maharaj's life. The celebration culminated by recognizing the highest achievers in the Satsang Exam, and then by performing pujan of Pramukh Swami's murti.


20 July 2003, Sunday, Washington DC:

Washington B.A.P.S. Swaminarayan Mandir celebrated the "Guru Purnima" Samaiyo in the presence of Pujya Yagnavallabh Swami, Pujya Bhaktiswarup Swami, and devotees who had gathered to offer adoration to their beloved Guru, Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

The program included melodious kirtans revolving around Guru Bhakti and Guru Mahima. A kishore, delivered an inspiring speech on necessity of 'The Guru' with examples depicting the significance of Ekantik Guru in our life. The motivating keynote speech was given by Pujya Yagnavallabh Swami, who further elaborated on a necessity for a genuine Gunatit Sat-Purush, a Guru - Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj and discussed true life illustrations of Pramukh Swami Maharaj's invincible seva and samarpan for mankind and how he has strengthened and changed the quality of numerous people's life. The audience felt blessed and entertained viewing video clips of Swami Bapa's divine and ever delightful nature during Fuldol samaiyo in Sarangpur. The auspicious program was concluded with Guru-Pujan by the entire gathering of devotees.

Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Aksharbrahma Gunatitanand Swami

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Guru Purnima Celebration

13 July 2003, Sunday, Corpus Christi, TX:

Corpus Christi B.A.P.S. Mandir celebrated the auspicious occasion of "Guru Poornima" . The program included kirtans and speeches performed by Houston Yuvak mandal praising and expressing the Guru Bhakti to our Guru H.D.H. Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The program concluded with CD presentation of Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj.


13 July 2003, Sunday, Clifton, NJ:

The Clifton BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir celebrated the Guru Purnima festival with great splendor and enthusiasm. The afternoon program commenced with a traditional maha puja. The evening assembly was interspersed with several devotional bhajans and kirtans and video presentations depicting Guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj's contribution to the society.

The key note speech centered around how Hindus traditionally celebrate the day of full moon, Purnima, in the month of Ashadh as Guru Purnima. The speaker elaborated on characteristics of Guru and true meaning of the Guru Pujan that will help us achieve our ultimate spiritual goal of being brahmrup. In accordance with the injunctions from scriptures of Hindu Dharma written by Ved Vyas and cited above, Lord Swaminarayan too considers the Guru as foremost; to be venerated as one venerates God. A Kishore from Clifton emphasized the need for a guru in one's life and spoke about the meaning of Guru as the remover of darkness. The celebrations concluded with participants offering their humble reverence to H.D.H. Pramukh Swami Maharaj for his grace in making them better human beings. Clifton Kishori Mandal had organized a bake sale, fundraiser for "Akshar Dham Inside and Out: Divine Food for Divine Cause".


13 July 2003, Sunday, Los Angeles, CA:

The Los Angeles B.A.P.S. mandir celebrated the Guru Purnima Samaiyo in honor of the faith's most cherished Guru His Divine Holiness Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj .

The celebration was enjoyed with much jubilation and included devotional songs singing the glory of Guru Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Mr Haribhai Maru, delivered the religious discourse on Guru Bhakti explaining the necessity of a Guru for spiritual elevation and progress. It is the Guru who helps attain dharma, gnan, vairagya and bhakti to gain ultimate moksh (Spritual Freedom).

Sabha Sanchalak introduced the chief guest of today's memorable function, Mr. Hiteshbhai Bhakta who is the current Chairman of Asian American Hotel Owners Association ( AAHOA ).After a welcome introduction, Mr. Bhakta said in appreciation how impressed he was of BAPS organization. He was also impressed of all the volunteers of the BAPS organization, not only in America but all over the world. It was for this reason that the money AAHOA raised for the earthquake relief fund in Gujarat was given to BAPS in India to utilize in rebuilding the disaster-stricken villages.

13 July 2003, Sunday, Augusta, GA:

The Augusta B.A.P.S. Swaminarayan Mandir celebrated the Guru Purnima Samiayo with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement.

The samaiyo included several speeches interspersed with many uplifting kirtans. The eventful discourse befitting the celebration was on "Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu" which discussed the three kinds of guru - (1) Shiksha guru, (2) one who takes you on the right religious path and (3) one who leads to become Brahmroop and to Akshardham. Two CD videos themed "Gurur Devo Maheshver" and "Pramukh Swamino Jay Bolo" were shown.



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