Eightieth Birthday Celebration of Guruhari:
the devotees decided to celebrate the eightieth birth anniversary
of Swamishri in Bochasan with great fanfare. This idea was first
conceived by Shri Champakbhai Banker and was acclaimed by one
and all. It was decided that the satsangis should present one
and a quarter lakh rupees to Swamishri on this occasion. Swamishri
flatly refused the proposal on the ground that a sadhu can never
accept money. Ultimately, he directed that the money should be
gifted to Thakorji and should be spent in the service of Thakorji.
All the devout devotees gathered in Bochasan on the Vasant Panchami
day of Samvat year 2001. Many great persons from all over Gujarat
had also assembled. Shri Chandulal Patel, then Director of Education
of Gondal State, other officers, reputed citizens and satsangis
had arrived. All of them extolled Swamishri for his infinite virtues.
They talked about the eminence of Swamishri. Two lakh devotees
availed of this divine occasion.
From Atladra Swamishri arrived at Ahmedabad. A parayan (session
of discourses) was arranged there. Swamishri recited from the
Bhagvat and gave a wonderful exposition. The satsangis and people
from other religious faiths swayed joyfully on listening to him.
Shri Vishwanathbhai, the scholarly shastri of the Vaishnav Sampraday
said after listening to Swamishri's recital and discourses: "I
say from the deep devotional feeling which I have experienced
today by listening to Swamishri, that although Shukji knows the
essence of the episode of Bhagvat and Shridhar, too, knows it
fully well, but whoever has listened to Bhagvat from Swamishri
must have realised that even Shridhar himself could not probably
expound Bhagvat as efficiently as Swamishri does. It is so because
Swamishri is the very manifestation of the Lord. He alone can
make us taste the sweet essence of this episode for he is the
manifestation of the Lord Himself. By this recital, peace and
joy have filled our hearts." The devotees were immensely
pleased to hear these words uttered by a Vaishnav devotee.