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HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj's Vicharan

16 to 31 March 2003



  • Sarangpur (8 pages)
    Swamishri's Itinerary
    March 2003  

    16 to 31:


    Swamishri's daily routine in Sarangpur included darshan, puja, morning assembly, meetings and pradakshina at Yagnapurush Smruti Mandir. During breakfast, lunch and dinner various sadhus presented and performed speeches and debates before Swamishri.

    • 16 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan sud 13) Sunday, Gandhinagar, Sarangpur
      At 5.30 p.m., Swamishri departed from Gandhinagar and arrived in Sarangpur at 7.50 p.m. The students of 'Pramukh Swami Vidya Mandir' played the band and welcomed Swamishri at the Yagnapurush Smruti Mandir. After Thakorji's darshan, Swamishri attended the welcoming assembly.
    • 17 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan sud 15) Monday, Sarangpur
      This morning, an assembly to celebrate the 174th birth anniversary of Bhagatji Maharaj was held. Pujya Bhaktavatsal Swami, Pujya Tyagvallabh Swami, Pujya Bhaktipriya Swami (Kothari Swami) and Pujya Balmukund Swami spoke about the glory of Bhagatji Maharaj. Finally, Swamishri elaborated upon the divinity that Bhagatji Maharaj had in Gunatitanand Swami when he asked him about the 64 pilgrim places. Swamishri also mentioned the incident about Bhagatji Maharaj's service in offering four bucketfuls of water to each of the 300 mango trees in Maliya Hatina.
    • 18 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan vad 1) Tuesday, Sarangpur; Pushpadolotsav
      • After his puja Swamishri inaugurated two video cassette publications on the drama called 'Paksh' and 'Where is Pramukh Swami?' He also inaugurated an audio cassette and CD publication 'Avsar Anandno' and two print publications 'Prasadam' in Gujarati and 'Nilkanth Charitra' in Marathi language.
      • At 9.45 a.m., the Fuldol festival commenced. Pujya Atmaswarup Swami spoke on how Swamishri has 'colored' (transformed) the lives of teenagers and youths, Pujya Viveksagar Swami spoke about how Swamishri has 'colored' the lives of senior devotees, Pujya Doctor Swami spoke about the glory of Swamishri, Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami announced the 50th anniversary celebration of BAPS Children's Activities by citing incidents about how Yogiji Maharaj and Swamishri have inspired and elevated the lives of children and Pujya Mahant Swami explained how Swamishri has inspired devotion in the lives of thousands of devotees. After the bhajan 'Yogi Aavo te rang mane shid lagadyo', Swamishri blessed the assembly. He said, "By believing in the glory and purity of God one will not become bound by the social, business and political activities one performs... By abiding in the commands of the Satpurush one becomes brahmrup. Everyday one must strive to give up one swabhav (base instincts), and in so doing one will become free from them altogether..."
    • 30 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan vad 13) Sunday, Sarangpur; Kishore Day
      At 10.30 a.m., Pujya Viveksagar Swami spoke on the occasion of Kishore Day. The kishores performed a traditional dance and a seminar was presented by kishores of Tajpur on "The Necessity of Mandirs." Thereafter the kishores of Botad performed a drama on 'Vajesinh Darbar's Hookah.' Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly.
      Gems from Swamishri:

    Living with Swamishri

    A Common Principle

    • 22 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan vad 5) Saturday, Sarangpur
      After Swamishri's evening dinner, a sadhu asked, "Once in Sarangpur, Bapubhai asked Shastriji Maharaj as to which matter did his joy and pleasure (rajipo) rested in. To this Shastriji Maharaj replied that he was pleased in the making of Akshar Purushottam mandirs and in the propagation of the Akshar Purushottam philosophy. Then from the life of Yogiji Maharaj one can conclude that his joy lay in having harmony, friendship and unity. So at present in which principle does your joy (rajipo) lie in?"

      Swamishri explained, "Shriji Maharaj has said that His principle is the same in all things and it follows like a thread in a needle. This principle is that of ekantik dharma, to become brahmarup and to offer devotion to God. Shastriji Maharaj did not differ from this principle of ekantik dharma of Shriji Maharaj. For this he desired that everyone should understand the knowledge of Akshar and Purushottam, establish mandirs and spread that mode of worship (upasana). In this lay his joy which was not different from the principle of Shriji Maharaj.

      "Then Yogiji Maharaj said that to promote this principle of upasana harmony, friendship and unity were necessary. So it was not different from the principle of Shriji Maharaj. It is we who differentiate that is this true or is that true..., and in this way we go on elaborating but none of the principles are different. They are the same principles that Shriji Maharaj had established. To spread His principle (of ekantik dharma) it is necessary to have mandirs and to increase Satsang it is necessary to have harmony, friendship and unity. So we have to do the same. What I say is not different from the principles established. They are the same that were propagated by Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj."
      Swamishri's answer of a common principle and aim resolved the expectation of any other new principle that aspirants generally expect to hear and become enlighgtened with.
    A Reawakening
    • 27 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan vad 10) Thursday, Sarangpur
      A veteran devotee came for Swamishri's darshan. Someone said, "His frequency to the mandir has decreased because he has become a grandfather."

      Devotee: I come once a week for darshan.

      Swamishri: On Sunday!

      Devotee: No. Not on Sundays.

      Swamishri (in a tone of reproach): You must attend the Sunday assembly without fail. Take your children with you, but if they cry then there is no need to bring them for the present. Because, when he starts crying your mind will not remain focused in the discourse. Don't always keep your mind engaged in your grandchild, otherwise you will have to take another birth. Look after his physical needs and with the aid of spiritual knowledge remain aloof.

      Swamishri brought the senior devotee's life-boat back to its true spiritual direction...
      Spiritual Endeavors :

    To please Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj children, youths and senior devotees perform austerities, pilgrimages or other devotional means. The spiritual endeavors performed by the devotees during Swamishri's visit to the local centers are congratulatory and worthy of recognition. It also reflects Swamishri's divinity for inspiring such spiritual efforts in children, teenagers and devotees.

    23 March 2003, Sarangpur

    • 135 female and 25 male devotees and 40 children pilgrimaged by foot from Botad to Sarangpur (11 km). 83 female devotees pilgrimaged by foot from Rojid to Sarangpur (20 km).

    24 March 2003, Sarangpur

    • 18 female and 4 male devotees pilgrimaged from Jadila (10 km). 10 women devotees pilgrimaged from Lathidad (10 km). 30 female and 15 male devotees pilgrimaged from Pati (17 km). And 12 kishores cycled from Gadhada (30 km).

    25 March 2003, Sarangpur

    • 3 satsangi youths pilgrimaged by foot from Turkha.

    29 March 2003, Sarangpur

    • For Swamishri's good health, 42 kishores performed 5,813 prostrations and 2,380 rosaries all night in the Yagnapurush Smruti Mandir. And 35 kishores performed 4,251 pradakshina and 11,111 rosaries in the mandir.

    30 March 2003, Sarangpur

    • 15 devotees had cycled 125 km from Khambhat to Sarangpur. 45 women and kishoris and 10 kishores from Tajpur pilgrimaged by foot to Sarangpur. 45 devotees walked from Barvala to Sarangpur.
    © 2003, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith