Day 2 - Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Shatabdi Mahotsav - Morning
Samvat 2063 Bhadarva Vad 7, Tuesday 2nd October 2007
Day 2 Main
The second day of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Shatabdi began with Acharya Swamishree performing mangla aarti to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa.
Following the shangar aarti, Acharya Swamishree and sants arrived at Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smarak Bhavan Tower. At the Tower Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Pipe Band, Bolton saluted Acharya Swamishree who was seated on a model plane crafted by the sants of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. The Band then led the Swagat Yatra to Maninagar Mandir.
Today saw the conclusion of the recital of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Granth scripture and the benefactors offered gifts to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree.
The Guest of Honour for today was Dr. J N Bhatt, the Chief Justice of the High Court of Bihar-Patna, a renowned author of numerous titles on Law. On behalf of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Acharya Swamishree presented the Chief Justice with a prasanta paagh and garland. Other dignitaries included Mr. Rajesh Gandhi - Managing Director of Vadilal Industries, Mr. Pandey – the Charity Commissioner and Advocate Mr. Umeshbhai Mudder.
Addressing the sabha Dr Bhatt remarked
I am honoured to have been invited to the Mahotsav on Mahatama Gandhi’s birthday and International Peace Day. I had recently been suffering from typhoid but my health improved once I received the invitation from Acharya Swamishree.
We judges give decisions based on law and we may be either correct or incorrect. When Acharya Swamishree makes a decision it will always be for the benefit of society at large and hence always correct.
I read a brief introduction to this Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan and I am delighted to learn that the Sanstha through the teachings of Acharya Swamishree not only carries out religious activities but is also a centre for cultural and social welfare.
Acharya Swamishree's Addresses the Guest
In his blessings Acharya Swamishree stressed the importance of everyone for serve their country not just for their own good but also for the benefit of all the citizens. Using the example of Vibhushan abandoning his brother Raven, Acharya Swamishree explained that the Lord will always favour those that perform virtuous deeds and will abandon those who commit injustices.
In the presence of the honoured guests the two scriptures; “Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Gauravgatha” and “Sarvabhom Gopalanand Swami” and a DVD twin set, “Swamibapa Divya Ashirvad Parts 1 and 2” were released.
Acharya Swamishree's Divine Ashirwad
- Today is the second day of the Mahotsav. The recital of the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi scripture concluded today, while the recital of the Shree Harignanamrut Kavya scripture begins.
- Jeevanpran Swamibapa composed and sang three devotional songs before Sadgurubapa (Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa). Sadgurubapa became so pleased; he got up and affectionately embraced Swamibapa and commanded Him to compose at least a hundred such devotional poems. In accordance with this command, Jeevanpran Swamibapa gifted the entire Satsang with the Shree Harignanamrut Kavya scripture. This scripture encapsulates the supreme knowledge about God; it contains the essence of all the scriptures.
- Jeevanpran Swamibapa was more than just a poet; he had mastery in all disciplines: The Swaminarayanbapa Charitramrut scripture contains over 20,000 Sanskrit verses – Swamibapa wrote this scripture. His knowledge was equivalent to that of Sadguru Shree Gopalanand Swamibapa. The sweetness of His words was akin to those of Muktanand Swami – even the most stone-hearted would succumb upon hearing His words. His scholastic prowess was equal to Shree Nityanand Swami's – no-one could defeat Him in a religious debate. His poetic genius was on par with that of Brahmanand Swami. Despite His grandeur, Jeevanpran Swamibapa insisted on being the servant of His servants (dasanudas), and has taught us to have the same humility.
- Swamibapa has taught us that if one is planning for a year’s worth of fruition, grain should be planted; if one is aiming for ten years’ worth of fruition, a tree should be planted and nurtured. If one hopes for a lifetime of joy, a spiritual teacher should be adopted; and if an eternity of bliss is sought, one’s life should be filled with the worship of God.
- The seeds of spiritual knowledge and asceticism only grow in a soft, tender heart. When a lotus flower is asked why it is revered by everyone, it replies that it is because it is soft. If a farmer is asked what needs to be done to prepare soil for seeding, he would reply that it needs to be turned until it is completely soft. If a housewife is asked what makes her chapattis so round, she replies that it is because the dough she has prepared is so soft. So, a person should have a soft character. In order to do so, he must become a disciple of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
- In accordance with nature, the kind of fruits that result depends on the type of tree. In the same way, if resentment has been sewn into someone and has become rooted within him, his characteristics will be such, i.e. he will have anger and enmity. This is the teaching that should be drawn from the epics such as the Mahabharat and Ramayan – the outcomes of having love, compassion and unity are far more beneficial than those born of having anger and resentment.
- Let us pray to the Lord on this occasion: give us the strength and wisdom to eradicate any flaws from within us. We are all Your children and so may we remain united in pleasing you. May we never develop any kind of resentment. May our hearts remain soft so we are able to develop only love and compassion. May we continue to please You with our loving devotion. Oh Lord! Give us this divine strength, wisdom and enlightenment.