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 Swamishri gives Shri Harikrishna Maharaj a boat ride

Swamishri lovingly bathes Thakorji

Monday, July 5, 2004

    The cycle of births and deaths is often described as an ocean that the soul must cross in order to be liberated. Just as a person cannot cross an ocean without the aid of a ship, the soul cannot cross this ocean without the aid of God and His Saint.

    On the first full day of the National Kishore-Kishori Convention, the Jal-Jhilani Utsav was celebrated, during which devotion is displayed by giving a boat ride to Shri Harikrishna Maharaj. This represents the need for God and His Saint to help our souls cross the ocean of maya for ultimate redemption.

    During this Utsav, aarti was performed five different times, and after each aarti, Swamishri gave Shri Harikrishna Maharaj a boat ride while saints sang kirtans. Throughout the program, delegates learned about the history and international growth of BAPS through speeches by senior saints and multimedia presentations.

    In his blessings to the assembly, Swamishri described the reasons for the growth of satsang, and explained how this growth can be sustained in the future. At the conclusion of the assembly, Swamishri lovingly bathed Shri Harikrishna Maharaj, and all delegates received sanctified water.


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