April 2006 (V.S. 2062, Chaitra sud 5) Sunday, Sarangpur
More than 600 devotees from Himmatnagar and Amdavad had come
to celebrate the silver jubilee of Satsang in Himmatnagar.
At 6.30 pm Swamishri arrived in the silver jubilee assembly.
The devotees honoured Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and Swamishri.
Finally, Swamishri appreciated the efforts of Yogiji Maharaj,
sadhus and devotees in establishing and spreading Satsang
in the Sabakantha district. Swamishri added, “By offering
such bhakti, God is pleased. It is God who has given everything
to us, therefore we must also give to him. When one offers
heartfully and with devotion even a leaf, flower or water
then God is pleased. Bhakti means to remain steadfast in God’s
refuge no matter whether happiness or misery comes one’s
6 April 2006 (V.S. 2062, Chaitra
sud 9) Thursday, Sarangpur;
225th Shri Hari Jayanti Celebration
The Shri Hari Jayanti Celebration assembly commenced at 8.00
pm. The stage backdrop was made up of scenes depicting the
life and message of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. A giant cut-out
of Shri Harikrishna Maharaj’s face rose above the backdrop
scenes. The assembly was first addressed by Brahmadarshan
Swami, who elaborated upon the principles preached by Bhagwan
Swaminarayan in the Vachanamrut. Thereafter Shri J.J. Bhatt
of Mumbai, advocate in the Supreme Court, addressed the assembly,
“The former speaker talked about Shriji Maharaj, but
I am seeing Shriji Maharaj here before me. Whatever that happened
in the presence of Shriji Maharaj I believe the same process
is happening here in the 21st century85” Then Viveksagar
Swami explained the supreme glory of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
Swamishri was honoured with garlands by senior sadhus and
guests. Then the assembly was charged with devotion with the
singing of a kirtan by sadhus, “Premvati sut jayo anupam85”
In his blessings Swamishri said, “It has been 225 years
since Bhagwan Shriji Maharaj was born. He came and liberated
countless souls. He revealed his divine form, and inspired
all to live a God-conscious life. The Gita says that whenever
there is a rise in unrighteousness, God takes birth to destroy
adharma and re-establish dharma. In this way Bhagwan Shriji
Maharaj took birth in Kaliyug. The ignorant did not realize
God despite seeing his divine powers. Ravan, though he was
intelligent, did not realize Ram as God. Hanumanji is believed
to be the most intelligent among the intelligent because of
his unique bhakti towards Ram. He loved only Ram and harboured
no desires for worldly things85 God, out of compassion, came
in a human form so that countless humans could happily have
his darshan and take refuge in him. Bhagwan Shriji Maharaj
came and established ekantik dharma.”
At 10:10 pm Swamishri performed the birthday celebration arti
and thereafter rocked Shri Harikrishna Maharaj in a hindolo.
2006 (V.S. 2062, Chaitra sud 10) Saturday,
A special assembly of devotees, who had reformed from their
wayward and lawless means, was held today. They came from
Bhangadh, 17 km from Dholera (120 km from Amdavad), and twelve
neighbouring villages, namely, Goghla, Khun, Mahadevpura,
Mingalpur, Gandhipura, Rahtalav, Jhankhi, Mundi, Kamatalav,
Sarasla, Shela and Devpura. They are farmers by occupation,
but because of droughts, addictions, superstitions and bad
customs their lives had declined morally. Then through the
blessings of Swamishri, BAPS sadhus started regular satsang
visits to the villages. Through the inspiration of Swamishri
the BAPS built a school and hostel for children in Bhangadh.
Thereafter, the efforts of leading locals of the region, namely,
Aniruddhsinh, Arunbhai Trivedi (secretary of Bhanumala Trust),
Dr L.P. Shukla and Dr Sharadbhai Thakkar, played an important
role in transforming the villagers. A small medical clinic
was also set up by the Sanstha.
To appreciate the change in the locals and the efforts of
the leading lights an assembly was arranged today in Sarangpur.
Dr Sharadbhai Thakkar, Sagarbhai Solanki, administrator of
Pramukh Swami Maharaj Vidyamandir (school) and Pramukh Kumar
Chhatralay (hostel) in Bhangadh, Chandubhai, chief of Bhangadh
village, Hariombhai Chauhan, a social worker, and Arunbhai
Trivedi, secretary of Bhanumala Trust expressed their feelings
in the assembly.
Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly, “We have heard
the wonderful reformations that have been effected in the
lives of people. Bhagwan Swaminarayan and his sadhus had reformed
the lives of thousands who were under the vice-grip of addictions
and bad customs. This mission of moralizing people is still
being continued today. The sadhus seek to unshackle people
from addictions, to purify their souls and to engage them
in devotion to God. Bhagwan Swaminarayan has preached “Dharmo
gneyaha sadacharaha” – to live a life of dharma
free from addictions, gambling, violence, etc. If there are
no morals in life then a person cannot do good things.”
2006 (V.S. 2062, Chaitra sud 11) Sunday,
Swamishri performed the pratishtha rituals of pujan and arti
of Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj, Shri Radha-Krishna Dev,
Shri Sita-Ram, Shri Shiv-Parvati, Shri Hanumanji and Shri
Ganapatiji for the hari mandir in Deesa, and Shri Hanumanji
and Shri Gana-patiji for the hari mandir in Visnagar.
2006 (V.S. 2062, Chaitra sud 13) Tuesday,
Swamishri performed the pratishtha rituals of pujan and arti
of Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj, Guru Parampara, Hanumanji
and Ganapatiji for the hari mandir in Kathlal.
2006 (V.S. 2062, Chaitra sud 15) Thursday,
Jubilee Celebration of Yagnapurush Smruti Mandir
On the occasion of the 25th inauguration anniversary (patotsav)
of Yagnapurush Smruti Mandir the senior sadhus bathed the
murti of Shastriji Maharaj with panchamrut. Thereafter, an
annakut was arranged. Swamishri performed the patotsav arti
prior to his morning puja.
At 10.15 am Swamishri arrived in the assembly hall to perform
the diksha ceremony of youths. Dr Swami and Mahant Swami had
addressed the devotees. Thereafter, the diksha ceremony commenced.
The senior sadhus gave the kanthi, upper cloth, pagh to each
of the newly initiated parshads and sadhus. Swamishri gave
the guru mantra and blessed each one of them. In all 13 parshads
were given the bhagvati diksha and 45 youths were given the
Swamishri released a publication called Shri Akshar Purushottam
Charitam (in Sanskrit) authored by Prof. Jethalal Swaminarayan
and translated by Shrutiprakash Swami. Swamishri also inaugurated
an audio kirtan cassette Chalo Chale Hum Akshardham and Satsang
Darshan Part-51 (video). Thereafter, the senior sadhus honoured
Swamishri with garlands.
Finally, the assembly climaxed with Swamishri’s blessings,
“Twenty-five years have passed since the pratishtha
of Shastriji Maharaj’s Smruti Mandir. This assembly
is celebrated under the auspices of the patotsav festival.
Also, we have performed the diksha ceremony of young educated
youths. The youths have the enthusiasm to take diksha, but
it is a great thing that their parents also desire that they
become sadhus. It is natural for the parents to wish that
their educated sons earn and take care of them, but they have
all happily supported them.
“All this is happening due to the wish of Shastriji
Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj85 The more bhajan one does the
more happiness one experiences. By keeping God in the forefront
while doing bhajan and in attending to our mundane affairs,
one attain lots of happiness.”