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A Spiritual Travelogue of Pramukh Swami Maharaj
  29 April to 16 May 2006  
Junagadh (29 April to 6 May 2006)
Gondal (6 to 16 May 2006)

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  • 9 May 2006, Gondal ( Mp3 1,772 KB)
     Vastu Yagna of mandir
    • 30 April 2006 (V.S. 2062, Vaishakh sud 3) Sunday, Junagad
      This morning, from 9.00 am to 12 noon, the mandir prasad pravesh rituals were performed beneath the mandir dome by Dr Swami.
      In the evening assembly Swamishri and senior sadhus honoured all those who had helped in the mandir project. More than 960,000 man-hours of voluntary of effort had gone into the mandir construction project. Mahamandaleshwar Pujya Bharati Bapu and Shri Shernath Bapu of Nath Sampraday also presided over the assembly.
      Pujya Bharati Bapu said, “Pramukh Swami is the pride of the world and the entire sadhu samaj. I have been to the Sanstha’s mandirs in London, America and others. I feel they are the descension of God’s infinite powers. Today Girnar is also fortunate because a mandir has been built in its lap. It is a mandir the entire sadhu samaj and the country can be proud of. Our country is fortunate that from time to time great sadhus are born. Today, when people have become slaves to addictions, when destruction is ongoing, Pramukh Swami is a ray of hope. Pramukh Swami has spread the glory of Sanatan Dharma.”
      The mandir was built through Swamishri’s inspiration and guidance and through the efforts of Akshaymuni Swami, Sanjay Parikh and members of the BAPS Planning Cell. The efforts of the residing kothari, Dharmakirti Swami, Uttamcharan Swami and sadhus of Junagadh are laudable.

    • 1 May 2006 (V.S. 2062, Vaishakh sud 4) Monday, Junagadh
      In the evening, part one of the drama presentation on the life and work of Gunatitanand Swami, Jai Jai Gunatitanand, was made by 300 BAPS youths and children. The drama was written by Sadhu Brahmaprakashdas.

     Swamishri holds kalash as a part of yagna rituals
    • 2 May 2006 (V.S. 2062, Vaishakh sud 5) Tuesday, Junagadh
      At 9.15 am Swamishri presided over the Aksharbrahma Yagna for World Peace. Swamishri performed the pujan and arti rituals of the murtis for the BAPS mandir, Junagadh and murtis for six hari mandirs, namely, Majra, Keshod, Mendarda, Swamina Bodka, Moti Maarad, Bhayavadar.
      From 3.30 pm to 6.15 pm a grand procession of the murtis was carried out in the city.
      In the evening, part two of Jai Jai Gunatitanand was enacted.

     Swamishri performs the murti-pratishtha rituals amidst chanting of Vedic mantras
    • 3 May 2006 (V.S. 2062, Vaishakh sud 6) Wednesday, Junagadh
      Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Junagadh. Thereafter at 10.05 am Swamishri attended the pratishtha assembly at the Agriculture University ground. Viveksagar Swami, Siddheshwar Swami, Dr Swami, and Mahant Swami addressed the assembly. The dignitaries on the dais were Shri Vajubhai Vala, President of BJP, Gujarat, city collector Shrimali, DIG Shri Mohan Jha, Commissioner Shri Meena, Vice-chancellor of Agriculture University Shri B.K. Kikani, DSP Shri Bhavsinh Vaghela, MLA Shri Kanubhai and Shri Devji-bhai who had helped in the acquisition of the mandir land. After the address of Shri Vaju-bhai Vala, Swamishri blessed the assembly.

     Blessing the assembly
    • 6 May 2006 (V.S. 2062, Vaishakh sud 9) Saturday, Junagadh, Jetpur, Gondal
      At 10.00 am Swamishri departed from Junagadh. On the way to Gondal Swamishri sanctified the land in Jetpur on which the construction work of the BAPS hari mandir was going on.
      In the evening assembly in Gondal Prabhucharan Swami elaborated upon the Shrimad Bhagvat as part of the seven-day parayan.

    • 16 May 2006 (V.S. 2062, Vaishakh vad 3) Tuesday, Gondal, Bhavnagar
      At 10.20 am Swamishri departed from Gondal by car and arrived in Bhavnagar at 12.00 noon.
           Honest and Humble Way
    • 7 May 2006, Gondal
      “Should I go into politics?” a youth asked Swamishri.
      “What do you want to be?” Swamishri enquired.
      “A minister,” the youth replied confidently.
      “Not a minister, but a Prime Minister,” Swamishri added tellingly. “If you become a Prime Minister then it would be worth the while. Because when you become a minister, no one may respect you or ask of you later. So if you want to be a minister then be a Prime Minister.”
      “I want to be a Health Minister,” the youth trumpeted further.
      “First, study properly and then think about becoming a minister. But bear in mind if you are going to extort money then don’t go into politics. Never take another’s money (by corruption). Earn through your own sweat and toil, but never through deceptive or corruptive ways.”
      Swamishri agreed to the youth’s wish, but with the requisite of being honest.
      When the youth left, a satsangi youth, Jitu Patel, went to Swamishri and enthusiastically said, “I want to be a big, big sevak.” Jitu thought that Swamishri would be happy at the idea of becoming a sevak (humble servant). Swamishri perceived the resonance of ego in the youth’s words and answered, “There is no question of becoming ‘great’ at all. One should always become the smallest of sevaks. By saying a ‘great’ sevak, it reflects one’s ego.”
             Pathway to Success
    • 8 May 2006, Gondal
      A youth came to seek Swamishri’s blessings because he was setting up a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) production plant. Since it involved a lot of investment he said, “I have come to take your blessings. Whenever I lose hope, I wish your blessings shall be with me.”
      Swamishri replied, “God will be with you, if you do what I say.” Then Swamishri added, “Keep your satsang (faith) strong in life. Don’t allow any addictions and bad habits to enter in your life. And do the mala every day. Then God will be with you.”
      Swamishri prescribed personal spirituality, no bad habits and chanting God’s holy name for success in life.
             Keys to Concentration
    • 13 May 2006, Gondal
      A child student asked Swamishri, “How can I concentrate?”
      “Firstly, don’t watch TV. Don’t read anything that is not related to your studies. Do your puja. Give up wandering or seeing that which is unnecessary and pointless. Study properly. If you travel and visit others all through your vacation then you will forget what you have learnt. So pay attention while reading, have restraint (saiyam), and control your eating habits. Do not listen to bad things. This will enable you to concentrate.”

    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.

    29 April 2006, Junagadh

    • Vivek Gohil performed 8000 prostrations,
    • Chintan Maniyar performed 921 prostrations,
    • Jai R. Patel performed 585 prostrations and
    • 550 devotees walked from their suburbs to the mandir.


    14 May 2006, Gondal

    • Shri Babubhai pilgrimaged by foot from Jasdan.
    • Twenty-five youths pilgrimaged by foot from Rajkot.

    15 May 2006, Gondal

    • Thirty-three female devotees and 37 male devotees pilgrimaged 75 km by foot from Amreli.
    • Seven devotees pilgrimaged by foot from Rajkot.