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HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj's Vicharan

16 to 31 July, 2000
London - toronto - Fall River - Edison

Swamishri's Itinerary
July 2000  

17 to 24:
24 to 26:
27 to 30:

London, Toronto
Fall River
Fall River, Edison
Edison, Augusta

  • 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 elevating program.
  • 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 by devotees.
  • 25 July 2000: (V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 9) Tuesday,
    Fall River

    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, Children's Day
    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 Swami Maharaj.
  • 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 Ganapatiji
  Living with Swamishri :

16 July 200: (V.S. 2056, Ashadh Sud 15) Sunday, London, Guru Bhakti Din

  • The Redeeming Hand
    Prior to his morning puja, Swamishri was shown a small exhibition panel prepared by kishores and kishoris. Chirag briefly explained the panel and showed a card saying, "Swami, this is the hand of a kishore surrounded by a windstorm. Here, from the top is the outstretched hand of the Satpurush. It means that the kishore is in the midst of a storm of problems and worldly attractions and the Guru stretches his hand to redeem him."
    Swami stretched his hand and shook it with Chirag's , saying, "In this way you hold on to the Satpurush's hand."
    Vandan, a child, was standing nearby. Swamishri also shook his hands with him and said, "You too also hold on. Atleast you will not get strayed!"
    As Swamishri went ahead towards the mandir hall he saw a few youths. There too, Swamishri shook his hands with them.

    The Satpurush always lends his hand to support and redeem us.

18 July 2000: (V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 2) Tuesday, Toronto

  • Devotion to Thakorji
    Despite Swamishri's old age, he always grasps the opportunity of offering devotion to Thakorji in any form.
    Today, after his morning puja Swamishri came for Thakorji's darshan at the Swaminarayan mandir. He asked for the mattress to be laid. The attendant sadhus were surprised as to why Swamishri wished to perform prostrations. It was not Ekadashi or neither was he taking leave - two occasions when Swamishri offers prostrations before the Lord. When Swamishri was asked, he remained silent. After performing the prostrations Swamishri said, "Because the Hindola Festival has started today."

21 July 2000: (V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 5) Friday, Toronto

  • Cure for Mental Illness
    "Jai Swaminarayan doctor!" Swamishri addressed a youth called Jayesh.
    "He is not a doctor. He is studying psychiatry," someone added.
    "Even a psychiatrist is a doctor. Some are doctors of the physical body, some of the mind," Swamishri replied. And then looking at Jayesh, Swamishri asked. "Isn't that true?"
    "Yes Swami," replied Jayesh.
    "Do you know how to cure the diseases and afflictions of the mind?" Swamishri asked Jayesh.
    Jayesh remained quiet, not knowing what to say.

    At this pause Swamishri confidently replied, "Say Swaminarayan, Swaminarayan and the diseases of mind will be cured."
    Swamishri casually revealed the chanting of God's holy name as the panacea of all mental ills.

23 July 2000: (V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 7) Sunday, Toronto

  • Reinstating Faith
    A devotee brought his 17 year old son for Swamishri's blessings.
    "Bapa! My son is very intelligent in his studies. But for the last six months he has stopped coming to the mandir."
    "Why?" Swamishri asked.
    "Because he does not believe in God," the devotee replied.
    "Why don't you believe in God," Swamishri asked the devotee's son.
    "Because I haven't seen God," he replied.
    "But you should have faith in someone who has seen Him. Did you see the astronauts land on the moon? Yet you believe it, isn't it? Likewise you should also believe that there is a God. It is all a matter of faith. Once you start coming here you will gradually understand everything. Don't mentally give up and resign yourself. Ask the sadhus whenever you have any questions."
    The teenager was convinced and accepted the kanthi at the hands of Swamishri.

30 July 2000: (V.S. 2056, Ashadh Vad 14) Sunday, Edison

  • No Spiritual Difference in Shriji Maharaj's Murtis
    A young boy, called Kirtan, who studies at the BAPS hostel in Abu, India, asked Swamishri, "Bapa, what is the difference between the murti of Ghanshyam Maharaj in Abu and the murti of Harikrishna Maharaj with you?"
    Swamishri replied, "There is no difference at all. They are one."
    Kirtan had observed that Swamishri's Thakorji - Lord Harikrishna Maharaj - is offered profuse devotion and receives maximum attention and respect from all. To satisfy a child's curiosity regarding the difference in his mind, Swamishri conveyed that though the murtis of Lord Swaminarayan may be different in name and form yet it is the same Shriji Maharaj who accepts the devotion and prayers of devotees in all of them.
  Gems From Swamishri :
  • It is useless not to eat once the food has been prepared. Similarly, after building such a beautiful mandir it is useless (for ourselves) if one does not do Satsang, bhakti and seva.

© 1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith