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HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj's Vicharan

19 to 31 May, 2001
Sankari - Navsari - Surat


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Swamishri's Itinerary
May 2001  

19 to 25:
29 to 31:

Sankari, Navsari
Navsari, Surat

  • 20 May 2001 (V.S. 2057, Vaishakh Vad 12) Sunday, Sankari, 110th Yogi Jayanti celebration
    • The Yogi Jayanti celebration was held beneath the newly inaugurated mandir dome. In his blessings Swamishri said, "Yogiji Maharaj's virtues and glory were extraordinary. His saintliness and love can never be forgotten. Mulshankar Vyas of Zambia has never forgotten the laughter of Yogiji Maharaj which he had experienced only once. Those who have received his pat (dhabbo) never forget it … Such was his divine state."
    • Divya Sannidhi Parva - Bal Karyakar
      From 20 May to 22 May, a special 2-day camp for volunteers (karyakars) of the children's wing commenced at 6:40 pm in the presence of Swamishri. More than 450 male and female karyakars had arrived for this divine treat. To energise, guide and appreciate the Karyakars' tremendous effort in inspiring children with values, education and satsang, the camp comprised of interactive programs, skits, dramas, speeches and question answer sessions with senior sadhus, and blessings from Swamishri. The karyakars were further inspired to effectively organise their efforts through time and resource management, human relationships, etc.

  • 22 May 2001 (V.S. 2057, Vaishakh Vad 14) Tuesday, Sankari, Divya Sannidhi Parva - Youth volunteers
    The 3-day camp for youth volunteers (Yuva karyakar) commenced with Swamishri lighting the inaugural lamp and blessing the assembly. The three-day agenda comprised of speeches by senior sadhus, question answer sessions with Swamishri and reports on satsang activities by sadhus and karyakars. Over 400 karyakars had a special opportunity of Swamishri's darshan and samagam.
  • 26 May 2001 (V.S. 2057, Jeth Sud 4) Saturday, Sankari, Navsari
    • In the past few days a cyclone was brewing up in the Arabian sea. It was heading towards the state of Gujarat at a speed of 180 kmph. The weathermen forecasted a catastrophe of monstrous proportion.
      During the camp, Swamishri informed the sadhus and karyakars, " There is a forecast of a cyclone heading towards Gujarat. At present it is in the sea. Let us offer prayers so that it dissolves and fizzles out in the sea."
      For the next two days, Swamishri offered prayers by chanting the Dhun. And the cyclone died down.
    • This evening, Swamishri's 51st Pramukh Varni Din (anniversary of Swamishri's presidentship of BAPS) was celebrated at the Navsari Mandir. A drama 'Guru Roon Adaa Kem Kariye' by balaks and kishores reflected the indebtedness we owe to Swamishri. The presentation was laced with a graceful dance and arti in its concluding part. More than 4,500 devotees had assembled for the celebration. Finally Swamishri blessed the occasion, saying, " Whatever progress and growth we see of this Sanstha is due to the power and glory of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj. Things do not happen out of our wish and effort. Whatever we start remains incomplete mid-way. But the work initiated by God, Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj keeps on progressing. We are what we are because of those holy people.
      " It is because of man's ego that he feels 'I have done this.' However, even the mighty Ravan could not accomplish his works…." Swamishri then elaborated upon the
      power and all-doership of God."

  • 31 May 2001 (V.S. 2057, Jeth Sud 9) Thursday, Surat, Kishore Day
    In the evening assembly 1,800 kishores and kishoris had gathered for the special function. A drama presentation and interviews called 'Aa to Satyug Vartaay Chhe' depicted the resolve of many youths who have not flinched or relaxed in their morals.
    Finally Swamishri blessed the assembly.
  Living With Swamishri :

23 May 2001 (V.S. 2057, Vaishakh Vad 30) Wednesday, Sankari

  • Eradicating Dehbhav
    During a special question answer dialogue in the Divya Sannidhi Camp with Swamishri, a number of questions were first asked to the karyakars and then to Swamishri.

    Q : What does Swamishri like?

    Karyakars : By cultivating the virtues Swamishri possesses. Harmony (Samp).
    Friendship (Suhradbhav). Unity (Ekta).
    By doing ghar sabha. Humility. To abstain from watching television ….

    Swamishri : Everyone has given the answers to what I like - to do ghar sabha, not to be
    cynical about others, etc. This is all true but the heart of the matter is that one should dissolve one's dehbhav and offer devotion (to God). If the dehbhav remains then all problems remain. We see the faults of others because of dehbhav. If one's dehbhav is erased then automatically all problems and conflicts will be solved. If one dissolves one's dehbhav and attains brahmabhav - that I am atma - then one will not have problems and lose interest in spiritual discourses, kirtans and bhajans.

    This dehbhav cannot be eradicated immediately because it has befriended the atma for a very long time. This friendship is a bond with one's own body, base nature, desires, senses and mind. So how can they be severed immediately? One's dehbhav can be erased by engaging the body in discourses, bhajan-kirtan, seva and bhakti. We should pray to God to protect us from 'I ness' and 'Mine ness' …

  Gems From Swamishri :
  • God is fearless, therefore He makes us fearless. God is happiness, therefore He makes us happy.

© 2001, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith