On Kishore-Kishori Din in Houston,
members of the Southwest Kishore Mandal highlighted several
qualities of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, the guru parampara, and
Swamishi through a special awards ceremony.
After conducting a kirtan aradhana,
kishores started off the ceremony by recognizing Shri Harikrishna
Maharaj's limitless compassion with the "Karuna Na Sagar Award".
They then brought murtis of
Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj into the assembly on
palkis during a dance to "Akshar Purushottam Upasana ne Kaaj,"
distinguishing Shastriji Maharaj's efforts as the "Adarsh
Upasana Pravartak". The "Vatsalya Award" was presented to
Yogiji Maharaj, after video clips of his loving nature were
shown to the audience.
Finally, kishores offered various
awards to Swamishri, while explaining in detail the reasons
why he should be recognized as "Adarsh Shishya", "Seva Murti",
"Bhakti Swarup", "Aham Sunya Purush", and "Param Hitkari Sant".
As a part of the awards ceremony, during the presentation
of the "Adarsh Shishya Award", Swamishri was asked to explicate
verses from the Bhaktachintamani and narrate an incident in
which he gave up his own desires to follow his guru Shastriji
Maharaj's wishes. The verse describes how countless devtas
act according to the wishes of the true Sant, and Swamishri
explained that we should also follow the commands of our guru
fully and completely.