Day 6 - Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Shatabdi Mahotsav - Afternoon
Samvat 2063 Bhadarva Vad 11, Saturday 6th October 2007
Day 6 Main
The afternoon sabha included the Shree Jeevanpran Bapashree ni Vaato samou parayans for the disciples from Nairobi and Bolton. Each benefactor was given a gift as a commemoration of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Shatabdi Mahotsav.
Acharya Swamishree's Divine Ashirwad
- Today, we have begun the recital of the Discourses of Shree Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree – Part 2. If we tried to describe the true greatness of Jeevanpran Bapashree, we would be here for many years! Abji Bapashree is the personification of God Himself, who manifested amidst the disciples of Kutch, to explicate His own principles and sow the seeds of devotion.
- In His devotional song, Jeevanpran Swamibapa has told all souls, “You have tasted the glorious nectar of Shreejimaharaj, so why would you disregard that God and become helpless?” That supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan has manifested on this Earth along with His Muktas in order to free us from the cycle of birth and death. Therefore, we should wholeheartedly and unreservedly obey His commands. Further in the same poem, Swamibapa has explained that if one firmly resorts to the shelter of God, not even Maya has the power to disturb him – in fact she even assists in his devotion.
- God is ever ready to enlighten souls but souls must be prepared to make equivalent efforts to accept that enlightenment. Whether one is filled with lustre or darkness is in one’s own hands. It is stated in the Bhagwat Gita, “A person is responsible for uplifting himself; one is one’s own friend, yet one is also one’s own enemy.”
- It is the nature of people to blame others for their own shortcomings. When a person makes a mistake, he is quick to say that that mistake was made due to the influence of someone else. Anyone who says this is a fool. A person may tell you to jump into well; will you do it! Therefore, blame always lies with the person who makes the mistake. To blame others is simply foolish.
- On one occasion, Shree Vivekanand Swami was walking through an alley in Kashi. A wild monkey was chasing him. After he got tired from running from the monkey, a farmer told him, “Young Swami, by running from the monkey, it will harass you even more. Instead, turn around and stand up to it.” Having done this, the monkey ran scared from Vivekanand Swami.
- Life’s difficulties are like the monkeys; running from them results in them hassling you more but by standing up to them, they become impotent. Therefore, on must take the path of God wholeheartedly and with conviction and courage. In this way, a person who defeats his [internal] enemies never runs, but a person who runs, never defeats anything. Someone who is half-hearted thinks, “We shall see. While it suits me I will continue, else I will quit.” Lord Shree Swaminarayan has forbidden even associating with someone who speaks in such a cowardly way.
- At the battlefield of Kuru-kshetra, as Arjun’s resolve appears to be softening, Lord Shree Krishna says to him, “One should never recede from the duties of life. Arjun, instead of running, remain under my shelter and fight. I will free you from all your sins.” To stand and fight in this manner is a victory in itself. We too must show similar resolve and courage at the divine shelter of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
- On this occasion, let us pray to the supreme Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa: Oh Bapa! By your divine strength, may we have the courage to remember and abide by Your words for the duration of our lives. Give us the conviction, wisdom and strength to do so.