- 21 February
2005 (V.S. 2061; Maha sud 13) Monday, Atladra, Himmatnagar
At 9.20 am, Swamishri
departed from Atladra and arrived in Himmatnagar at 12 noon.
In the evening satsang assembly Swamishri was welcomed with
a traditional dance by youths. In his blessings Swamishri explained
the importance and objective of human birth.
- 24 February
2005 (V.S. 2061; Maha sud 15) Thursday, Himmatnagar, Poshina,
Khed Brahma, Himmatnagar
Swamishri travelled to
the tribal village of Poshina. Tribal devotees from distances
as far away as 50 km had assembled for the satsang assembly.
When Swamishri arrived he was welcomed by dancing tribal devotees.
During the assembly Pujya Viveksagar Swami and Pujya Ishwarcharan
Swami elaborated upon the work of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the
importance of satsang. Then a couple of tribal devotees spoke
about the drastic moral transformations effected through satsang.
A traditional tribal dance performance reflected their devotion
and sentiments, ‘Aje aje sonaro suraj ugiyo re…’
Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly of 8,000 tribal devotees,
“Through satsang you have come to realise the dawning
of a golden sun. God is like the golden sun and His devotees
and sadhus are like the sun. When it dawns there is light within.
Through the travellings of our sadhus in this region you have
attained this path of satsang and the sun has become golden.
Their discourses about God, morality, character and anti-addiction
shed more and more light in our lives. Then when God and His
Sadhu arrive one experiences light and peace through their darshan
and spiritual association… God also belongs to the poor.
The poor also offer their devotion and become redeemed. God
is not pleased by wealth and power. To rob or harass another
is not our goal. Our goal is to be happy and let others be happy…”
After the tribal assembly, everyone present was served with
Due to Swamishri’s blessings and the efforts of sadhus
and volunteers, out of 147 tribal villages in the region 120
villages have regular satsang assemblies.
At 6.15 pm Swamishri visited the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in
Khed Brahma. After a brief address Swamishri left and arrived
in Himmatnagar at 7.45 pm.
- 27 February
2005 (V.S. 2061; Maha vad 3) Sunday, Himmatnagar, Kheralu, Mahesana
Swamishri travelled 75
km by car from Himmatnagar to Kheralu to fulfil the devotion
of Virchandbhai Modi, a devotee. On arriving at the newly built
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Swamishri performed the pratishtha
rituals of pujan and arti of Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj,
Radha Krishna Dev, Guru Parampara, Shri Sita Ram and Hanumanji
and Shri Shiv-Parvati and Ganapatiji. After the addresses of
Pujya Viveksagar and Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami, Swamishri blessed
the assembly, “We are very happy to be here. The mandir
is also beautifully constructed. It has been said that one who
is intelligent does not worship God, but one who is ‘mad’
does. Virchandbhai has become ‘mad’. By ‘mad’
we mean having disinterest in the world. And that is why he
serves in mandirs and travels with sadhus in the service of
After departing from Kheralu, Swamishri arrived in Mahesana
at 11.45 am.
- 3 March 2005
(V.S. 2061, Maha vad 7) Thursday, Mahesana
Through the blessings
of Swamishri, the visits of sadhus and volunteers had transformed
the notorious Darbars of the village of Sunasar. This evening
about 500 Darbars had come with their families to be initiated
by Swamishri into Satsang. Swamishri addressed them, chanted
the vartman mantra and finally showered flower petals on them.