- 22 May 2003
(V.S. 2059, Vaishakh vad 7) Thursday, Gondal
In the evening Bal-Kishore Day assembly Pujya Ghanshyamcharan
Swami addressed parents to inspire values in children. Thereafter
balaks and kishores performed a drama called 'Khoj' (Search).
Finally Swamishri eloquently talked about the need for parents
to inspire values and satsang in children.
- 24 May 2003
(V.S. 2059, Vaishakh vad 9) Saturday, Gondal
An inter - BAPS Chhatralay Convention commenced from today wherein
sadhus and Swamishri inspired students through enlightening
lectures and blessings.
- 27 May
2003 (V.S. 2059, Vaishakh vad 12) Tuesday, Gondal; 111th Yogi
Jayanti Festival and Completion of 700 Sadhus (diksha ceremony)
- In the morning
Swamishri visited Yogi Smruti Mandir for darshan and blessed
the sadhus by instructing all on how to scale the
heights of saintliness that Yogiji Maharaj lived and preached.
- Swamishri fulfilled the desire
of Yogiji Maharaj to initiate 700 sadhus.
Swamishri gave sadhu and parshad dikshas to 31 youths and
blessed the assembly.
(See special report)
- In the evening,
the 111th birthday of Yogiji Maharaj was celebrated on the
mandir grounds. (See special report)
- 30 May 2003
(V.S. 2059, Vaishakh vad 14) Friday, Gondal
After visiting Akshardham
on 27 May, the Vice president of India Shri Bhaironsinh Shekhavat
arrived at 12.20 p.m. in Gondal for darshan of Thakorji and
Swamishri. Pujya Kothari Swami and Pujya Viveksagar Swami welcomed
him with garlands and then led him for darshan to Akshar Deri.
Thereafter the Vice president met Swamishri who welcomed him
with a garland. Swamishri then, after performing pujan of Shri
Harikrishna Maharaj, applied a chandlo on Shri Shekhavat and
tied an auspicious thread on his wrist. Swamishri also welcomed
Shri Ashokbhai Bhatt, Shri Vallbhbhai Kathiriya and others.
The Vice President shared his impressions about his recent visit
to Dwarika, Somnath and the Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden,
London. Shri Shekhavat praised Swamishri's accomplishment in
initiating 700 educated sadhus for the service of society.
Swamishri explained the glory of Yogiji Maharaj and the divinity
of Akshar Deri.
The Vice President departed at 1.00 p.m. When the All India
Radio reporter asked him about his impression after his meeting
with Swamishri he said, "I feel that my pilgrimage has
been completed by having the darshan of Swamishri. I experienced
a lot of peace. And I would like to say to everyone that two
days earlier Pramukh Swamiji initiated 700 sadhus here. And
there cannot be a greater gift to society then that."