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A Spiritual Travelogue of Pramukh Swami Maharaj
  1 to 18 October 2006  
Mumbai (1 to 18 October 2006)

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  • 15 October 2006, Mumbai (Mp3 1463 KB)
    Swamishri performs festival arti 
    • 7 October 2006 (VS 2062, Aso sud 15) Wednesday, Mumbai; Sharad Punam & Patotsav
      The 221st birthday anniversary of Gunatitanand Swami was celebrated in the mandir hall. The celebration assembly was themed on the importance of Gunatitanand Swami’s presence on earth. Speeches on Gunatitanand Swami as an ideal sadhu, an inspirer of God-realization in devotees, and the promoter of supreme upasana were made by sadhus. Thereafter a drama, “Abhaysinh’s Resoluteness”, was performed in Swamishri’s presence. Viveksagar Swami discoursed about the eternal presence of the Gunatit Sadhu. Then the youths of Mumbai performed a traditional dance.
      Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly, “Shriji Maharaj said that he had come on earth with his abode, Gunatit. He brought his abode with him because he wanted all to attain the gunatit state – free of all desires – and liberate them from root-ignorance. It is because of body-consciousness (dehbhav) that one remains ignorant. Till one does not realize one’s original form (i.e. atma), one remains ignorant. One must perform one’s worldly duties, but one’s mind should be engaged in God.”
      At 7.45 pm Swamishri performed the celebration arti.

    Drama 'Mumbai Rangvu Chhe' Part-3
    • 15 October 2006 (VS 2062, Aso vad 9) Sunday, Mumbai
      The evening satsang assembly was themed on the yoga-yagna niyams under the auspices of the BAPS Centenary Celebration year. Swamishri inspired the congregation with his blessings, “You should take the niyams as per your time constraints and personal suitability. There is no point in pledging all the niyams and then fulfilling none of them. If you have time then subscribe to all of them. The important thing is that whatever you do it should be done to please Shriji Maharaj. Without entertaining any worldly desire or expectation, one should nourish pure feelings of pleasing God. While observing the rituals one must give up all worldly thoughts and solely become focussed. By making spiritual efforts one gets the grace of God. Do not do it for show or that others may praise you, because you will not benefit thereof. Do it to please God, to gain peace of mind, and that you be blessed with Akshardham.”
      The devotees placed their yoga-yagna pledges into a joli as they filed passed after Swamishri’s darshan.

    Swamishri blesses the satsang assembly
    • 16 October 2006 (VS 2063, Aso vad 10) Monday, Mumbai, Youth Day
      In the evening assembly the youths of Mumbai mandal performed three skits to inspire pride for BAPS. The first skit showed that though the parents were good satsangis the traditions of Satsang were not followed by their children. The second skit depicted the situation where the kids followed the satsang niyams but were not respectful and obedient to their parents. And the final skit portrayed the effect of bad company (kusang) in childen. Finally, Swamishri talked about values, respect to parents and the importance of doing satsang and staying away from kusang.
           Key to Good Health
    • 1 October 2006 (VS 2062, Aso sud 9) Sunday, Mumbai
      Swamishri was about to retire for the night. Six-year-old Jogi Dave requested Swamishri, “Bapa! Get well soon, because I do not like it without you.”
      Swamishri responded to his innocence with a question, “How can I get well?”
      “Which ever way you think right,” Jogi replied exuberantly.
      “I’ll get well when you do mala and offer prayers daily,” Swamishri replied.
      In a casual manner Swamishri prescribed spiritual means to good health.
             The Easiest Principle
    • 16 October 2006 (VS 2062 Aso sud 10) Monday, Mumbai
      Gnanvatsal Swami asked Swamishri as to how he manages such a mega organization like the BAPS. Swamishri replied, “Everything is being managed by the grace of God, Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj. I had said no to (Shastriji Maharaj) for managing the Sanstha. Then correspondence to Mumbai on this matter (with Shastriji Maharaj) took place two to three times. (Shastriji Maharaj) sent Champakbhai Seth to explain (to me to accept the responsibility as president). Shastriji Maharaj told me, ‘You won’t have to run everything! It is Maharaj who is doing everything. Through his will and wish all things happen.’ And really it is through His wish that everything runs. He is the doer and He is the inspirer.”
      Swamishri further added, “There is only one principle. Without God’s inspiration nothing happens. I remember Maharaj while speaking. It is because of His wish that I speak.”
      Gnanvatsal Swami concluded, “In all your deeds you hold God to be the doer.”
      Swamishri replied, “By realizing His doership one becomes free from all problems. One will remain happy by believing good or bad results to be Maharaj’s wish.”
      A sadhu responded, “It is the most difficult of all principles.”
      Swamishri smiled and stated, “It is the easiest of all.”

    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.

    1 October 2006, Mumbai

    • Fifty-eight devotees walked in the rain from Ghatkopar to the mandir in Dadar. They also collectively performed 4,113 malas.

    7 October 2006, Mumbai

    • Jayesh Umraniya, a teenager, pilgrimaged 18 km by foot from Dombivali

    15 October 2006, Mumbai

    • Prior to Swamishri’s scheduled arrival and stay in Gondal the devotees of Gondal and the regional villages and towns performed 183, 701 dandvats, 282,270 malas in Akshar Deri, 305 devotees fasted for a day and chanted 86,051 Janmangal paaths.

    18 October 2006, Mumbai

    • Rupesh Vala, Vishal Patel, Rajesh Parmar, Vimal Mistry, Vimal Shah, Hemant Bhavsar, Kirti Patel, Ronak Patel and Vishal Patel performed a fast to please Swamishri.