17 to 24:
24 to 26:
27 to 30:
Fall River, Edison
- 16 July
2000: (V.S. 2056, Ashadh Sud 15) Sunday, London, Guru Purnima,
Guru Bhakti Din
At 5.15 pm a unique Guru Bhakti Din program by kishores commenced
in the mandir hall. It was a unique celebration in honor of
Swamishri on the occasion of Guru Purnima. The central theme
was Swamishri's divine life and work. Incidents of Swamishri's
devotion to his guru Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj were
narrated by two kishore comperes and Swamishri himself. Video
interviews and live addresses by senior sadhus and devotees
further enlightened the audience about Swamishri's humility,
atmanishtha, compassion, purity and love for kishores. The three-hour
program was punctuated with impressive slide and video presentations.
The celebration climaxed with Swamishri's blessings: "The
program presentation here today has become possible because
of the blessings of Yogiji Maharaj. It is through his benedictions
that balaks, kishores and youths have been touched by Satsang.
The great holy sadhus have always desired to make all souls
happy. They have explained that your happiness lies within.
True happiness is the happiness of God..."
More than 8,500 devotees had attended the memorable, spiritually
- 17 July
2000: (V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 1) Monday, London
Swamishri leave for Toronto at
- 18 July 2000:
(V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 2) Tuesday, Toronto
- At 11.10 am, the head of Namdhari
Sikh Sampradaya, Sadguru Jagjitsinh and his disciples came
to meet Swamishri. During their dialogue the practice and
belief of Guru being the way to God was discussed.
- At 5.47 pm Swamishri arrived
to inaugurate the site for the new Swaminarayan mandir.
The youths and devotees of Toronto Satsang Chapter had created
'Swaminarayan Nagar', comprising of an artistic archway,
exhibition, cultural spots, assembly hall, landscape and
kitchen facilities. After Vedic chantings Swamishri inaugurated
the Swaminarayan Nagar and visited the exhibition - 'Pathways
to Harmony'. Swamishri finally blessed the evening assembly.
- 21 July 2000:
(V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 5) Friday, Toronto
The evening program at the
' Swaminarayan Nagar' included a drama performance by the kishores
and youths depicting the
transformation of Joban Pagi, the faith of Khimo Sutar, the
steadiness of Abhaysinh Darbar and honesty of Govind Bhagat.
After every performance parallel incidents from the life of
Pramukh Swami Maharaj were narrated by the sadhus.
- 22 July 2000:
(V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 6) Saturday, Toronto
Lord Harikrishna Maharaj was honored by the devotees of Canada
- 23 July 2000:
(V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 7) Sunday, Toronto, Shilanyas Vidhi
At 9.15 am Swamishri arrived at the Shilanyas ceremony (foundation-stone
laying ritual) for the new Swaminarayan mandir. Amidst Vedic
chantings and rituals the foundation stones were laid by Swamishri.
Various dignitaries and government officials were present for
this historic occasion. Hon. Alan Rocke - Federal Member of
Parliament and Minister of Health, Mr. Tony Clement - Provincial
MP, Ontario, Mr. Rajnikant Verma - Indian High Commissioner
for Canada and Hon. Mayor Mel Lastman honored Swamishri and
spoke glowingly of his works.
Finally Swamishri blessed the assembly, saying, "... You
have all sacrificed something to become a part of the foundation
stones laid here today. You have performed this service with
love and heartfelt feelings. To offer support to any person
is a service of great merit. Today you have supported this occasion.
Though the brick may be small, but the work is great and gigantic.
Because the mandir that will be created here will be the house
of God. Thousands of people will come here for darshan ..."
- 24 July 2000:
(V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 8) Monday,
Fall River, MA
In the evening assembly, Lord Harikrishna Maharaj was honored
- 25 July 2000:
(V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 9) Tuesday,
Swamishri performed the murti pratishtha of the marble murtis
of Akshar Purushottam Maharaj, Radha Krishna Dev, Ganapatiji
and Hanumanji and the canvas murtis of guru parampara at the
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Fall River.
- 26 July 2000:
(V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 10) Wednesday, Edison, NJ
During the evening assembly the Mayor of Edison -Mr. George
Spadaro, Mayor of Franklin - Mr. Upendra Chivukula and other
dignitaries and devotees welcomed and honored Swamishri.
- 27 July 2000:
(V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 11) Tuesday, Edison,
A program by children on Bal Din was presented in the evening
assembly. On the principal theme of 'Mare Swamine Raji Karavaj
Chhe' the balaks conducted a bal sabha, a question answer session
with Swamishri and a few skits showing the importance of moral
and spiritual values given by Satsang.
Swamishri finally blessed the assembly, saying, "Your parents
have gone through a lot of struggle and pain in raising you.
Likewise you should attend to them and bear any struggle or
discomfort for them. They have tolerated your nature when you
were young, and now you too should bear with theirs. To tolerate
mutually is a hallmark of our culture and a part of family feelings."
- 28 July 2000:
(V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 12) Friday, Edison, Kishore Day
In the evening assembly the
kishores sang: "Jivan jivi janyu nahi to jindgi shaa kaamni"
and presented a performance of historical figures like King
Soloman, Alexander the Great, Elvis Prestly, Chanakya and others
- each narrating their achievements and the subsequent emptiness
and vaccum in their lives. This was followed by a drama presentation
of devotees who have been transformed and blessed by Pramukh
- 29 July 2000:
(V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 13) Saturday, Edison
- At 10.00 am Swamishri performed
the murti pratishtha ceremony of the marble murtis of Radha
Krishna Dev, Shiva Parvatiji, Sita Ram, Ganapatiji and Hanumanji
and the canvas murtis of Guru Parampara.
- In the evening assembly 7,500
devotees honored Lord Harikrishna Maharaj.
- 30 July 2000:
(V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 14) Sunday, Augusta
In the evening assembly
Lord Harikrishna Maharaj was honored by devotees of Augusta.
Mr. Mark Gibbons presented Swamishri, on behalf of the Mayor
of Augusta, the Honorary Citizenship of the city of Augusta.
Senator Mr. Charles Walker and Congressman Mr. Ben Harbin welcomed
Swamishri with a bouquet of flowers.
- 31 July 2000:
(V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 15) Monday, Augusta
Swamishri performed the murti
pratishtha of the marble murtis of Akshar Purushottam Maharaj,
Radha Krishna Dev, Guru Parampara (canvas) and Hanumanji and