August 2006 (V.S. 2062, Shravan sud 7) Tuesday, Atladra
With the heavy monsoon
rains many villages in Kheda district were flooded and left
people marooned. On Swamishri’s instruction BAPS sadhus
and volunteers provided rescue and relief. Food packets and
relief materials prepared in Bochasan and Atladra mandirs
were supplied by volunteers to the flood-affected victims.
August 2006 (V.S. 2062, Shravan sud 13) Monday, Atladra
Sixty BAPS teenagers and
50 children and teenage girls of UK arrived in Atladra after
completing their pilgrimage of holy places in Gujarat and
Chhapaiya. They were to spend a week to avail of Swamishri’s
blessings and spiritual company. Swamishri blessed them during
a special assembly, “In your age you can attain a lot
and you can also lose a lot. If you get into bad company you
lose out, and if you come to satsang then you will be liberated.
If you associate with good people, read good things, see good
things then you will be liberated. But if you sit with wrong
people then you will get drowned. When anyone gets involved
with kusang then he will lose interest in satsang.”
Swamishri blessed them for 50 minutes.
- 8 August 2006
(V.S. 2062, Shravan sud 14) Tuesday, Atladra
- With the floods
in Surat, Swamishri remained in contact with BAPS sadhus
at the Surat Mandir, guiding them and praying for the waters
- This morning,
prior to his puja, while Swamishri was engaged in Thakorji’s
darshan he instructed to start chanting the Swaminarayan
dhun for the flood waters to recede and no further loss
of lives and damage to property occurs. Sadhus and devotees
chanted dhun before Thakorji till 12 noon. Then the chanting
continued from 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm in the assembly hall.
And finally the dhun was continued till 7.00 pm before Thakorji
in the mandir.
- At 10.45 am
Swamishri got news that the water level in Surat Mandir
was rising. Swamishri reassured the sadhus that everyone
was praying for the waters to subside and for no further
loss of lives in the city.
In the evening, on Swamishri’s instruction, 20 BAPS
volunteers of Valsad, formerly fishermen, set off towards
Surat with a large motorboat, food packets, drinking water
and other relief materials for distribution. Swamishri had
also instructed sadhus at Navsari mandir to prepare food
- At 7.00 pm
Swamishri attended the satsang assembly during which the
balaks-kishores of UK made several stage presentations.
August 2006 (V.S. 2062, Shravan sud 15) Wednesday, Atladra;
Shravani Purnima (Raksha Bandhan)
In the evening assembly
Viveksagar Swami discoursed on base instincts. Yogicharan
Swami sang a bhajan with reference to Raksha Bandhan celebration,
‘Yogi Bapa hamari tame raksha karo.’ Finally,
Swamishri blessed the satsang assembly, “Today we ask
God to protect us, because God and his Sadhu are our true
protectors. They protect us from maya, which is very potent,
and once one becomes entangled in it, it is very difficult
to come out. But God can extricate us. We pray to God to protect
us, but one’s life should also be pure; then he will
protects. One should do darshan of God with single-minded
concentration, and always remember God in all actions.”
August 2006 (V.S. 2062, Shravan vad 6) Monday, Atladra
After the flood waters
started subsiding, Swamishri instructed the senior sadhus
of Surat mandir to take up a cleaning-up project in one of
the suburbs as requested by the state government. He advised
that more BAPS youth volunteers be called from our centres
in Navsari, Valsad and Sankari. Swamishri further instructed
that the cleaning-up work was to be done in collaboration
with government officials, and the Sanstha’s medical
vans be deployed in the city.
As part of flood relief services, Swamishri instructed the
BAPS mandirs in Amdavad, Mumbai, Bochasan, Atladra, etc. to
prepare kits of food provisions for distribution to the afflicted.
The 50-75 kg kit included wheat floor, grains, spices, ghee,
edible oil, etc.
August 2006 (V.S. 2062, Shravan vad 8) Wednesday, Atladra;
At 8.00 pm the Krishna
Janmashtmi celebration assembly commenced. Viveksagar Swami
discoursed about the life and work of Bhagwan Shri Krishna.
The BAPS children and youths performed the musical ‘Krishna
Lila’. Tyagvallabh Swami addressed the assembly. Thereafter
youths performed a cultural dance on the theme song, “Govind
Ala re…” Prior to Swamishri’s blessings
senior sadhus garlanded Swamishri. In conclusion Swamishri
blessed the assembly, “God comes on earth to fulfil
the wishes of devotees. To realize God and the incarnations
of his sadhus one requires ‘intelligence’. One
can become illusioned by the divine actions of God. But those
who have recognized and realized God have been hailed and
remembered as devotees. Similarly, one has to realize God,
have pure feelings for him and offer bhakti to him to please
“Many have died and suffered in the floods in Surat,
Vadodara, Kheda district, Amdavad, etc. Let us pray to God
to redeem Surat from its present crises and revive its commerce
once again. May there be no epidemic and no more suffering.
Despite our devotees and youths being afflicted by the floods
they have also joined in the relief work. They are supplying
fresh water, milk pouches and food materials to the flood-afflicted
victims.” Swamishri also remembered 800 BAPS volunteers
of Bharuch, Tithal, Navsari and Surat who were serving in
the flood relief programme in Surat.
At 10.10 pm Swamishri performed the birthday celebration arti
and rocked Shri Harikrishna Maharaj in a decorated hindolo.
The celebration concluded at 10.35 pm.