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Day 7 - Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Shatabdi Mahotsav - Morning
Samvat 2063 Bhadarva Vad 12, Sunday 7th October 2007

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Acharya Swamishree performed mangla aarti to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa to commence the seventh day of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Shatabdi.

Following shangar aarti Acharya Swamishree presented Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa with the new booklets ‘Panchmahal na Nyalkaran’ and a photo collection ‘Visualisation of the Supreme’ which were to be released today.

Acharya Swamishree and sants then arrived at Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smarak Bhavan Tower for the darshan of Jeevanpran Swamibapa enthroned upon his Golden Tula. At the Tower Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Pipe Band, Bolton saluted Acharya Swamishree who was seated on ornately decorated golden chariot shaped in the form of two swans. The Band then led the Swagat Yatra to Maninagar Mandir.

The scripture recital of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Leelamrut Sukh Sagar – Final Volume was concluded and the benefactors offered gifts to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree.

Chief Guest

The Guests of Honour for today included leading advocates, accountants and tax officials. These included: Mr. R C Shetti – Chief Commissioner of Income Tax; Mr. Rameshbhai P Bhatt – LLB, Senior Advocate in Delhi; Mr. Jitendrabhai P Shah – LLB Advocate in Gujarat High Court & Supreme Court; Mr. Pankaj R Patel – Advocate; Mr. Manubhai G. Patel – Chartered Accountant; Mr. Mukesh Patel – LLB Advocate; Mr. Ashwin C Shah – Chartered Accountant; Mr. L G Thakkar – LLB Senior Advocate; and Mr. Sameer Divetiya – Chartered Accountant. On behalf of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Acharya Swamishree presented the guests with prasanta paagh and garlands.

Addressing the sabha Mr Mukesh Patel reminisced, “I came for Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa’s darshan 35 years ago and through his blessings I have attained my current position in Law. Today we are celebrating the Shatabdi of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa and we must all aim to develop the characteristics that Jeevanpran Swamibapa demonstrated to us. It is very pleasing to that Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan through Acharya Swamishree is continuing the work of Swamibapa in the fields of spiritual, cultural and educational activities”.

An emotional Mr. Ashwin C Shah remarked, “I have no words to describe the manner in which I have been honoured today. In the literature I read on the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, I observed that Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa demonstrated compassion and charity to all of the Lord’s creatures and humanity irrespective of caste or creed. Today Acharya Swamishree continues and expands on these deeds”.

Mr. LG Thakaar addressed the sabha with, ”I am extremely please to learn that the wealth of this Sansthan is used for social, charitable and educational activities. The Sansthan offers scholarships to high ability students but also ensures that the less able are catered for. If humanity lives as per the rules laid down in the Shikshapatri, then we will have no troubles throughout our lives”.

In the presence of the honoured guests, the booklet ‘Panchmahal na Nyalkaran’ and the art collection ‘Visualisation of the Supreme’ – narrating the history of Lord Shree Swaminarayan and His Spiritual Heritage as selected by Acharya Swamishree, were official released.

Acharya Swamishree's Divine Ashirwad

  • Today is the 7th of October. According to the Western calendar, today is Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s manifestation day. It is also the anniversary of the day that Jeevanpran Swamibapa revealed Shree Swaminarayan Gadi to us.
  • Yesterday, we had the darshan of an evening of devotional songs (Bhakti Sandhya). This form of devotion – kirtan bhakti – was very dear to Jeevanpran Swamibapa; so much so that he made the singing of devotional songs an integral vow in His disciples’ daily routines. The ancient scriptures have stated that in Sat-yug, God is pleased by meditation; in Treta-yug, holding ceremonies is the means to please God; in Dwapar-yug, the means to please God is by serving Him; and in Kali-yug, kirtan-bhakti is the sure means to please the Lord.
  • Today, we start the recital of the First Part of the Discourses of Jeevanpran Swamibapa. This scripture is the embodiment of the divine principles of Lord Shree Swaminarayan and Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, and strengthens the soul of anyone who reads it. By reciting this nectar-like scripture, innumerable kinds of devotion erupt within a person, and pure qualities flow through him. Flaws such arrogance recede and he is able to become a true disciple of God.
  • Without water, a river looks desolate; without a guest, a porch seams useless. In this way, an association without love is no use whatsoever. If one has no money, what is the point in having a superlative wallet? Similarly, if one does not find a true Sat-purush, life itself is absolutely useless.
  • A large stone in the middle of the road jolts all cars that use that road. However, if that same stone is given to a sculptor, it can be made into a Murti and installed into a temple by a Sat-purush where it is worshipped and revered. Swamibapa is the sculptor who shapes our lives. A sculptor says that he does not create a form, but he merely chips away the useless parts of the stone to reveal the form. Our sculptor, Swamibapa, too has chipped away our flaws to reveal the true disciples within.
  • On one occasion in Surat, Shreejimaharaj was presiding over an assembly. He said, “Dear disciples, you must all maintain the utmost unity. If there is unity in one’s household, a guest would stay for a long time. If there are any signs of disunity, he would leave as soon as possible. In that way, if you all sow unity, I will stay for a long while.” If people understand the greatness of eminent disciples, such unity can be achieved. However, if their status is not understood, jealousy arises and the unity is disrupted. This is to the detriment of the Satsang.
  • Lord Shree Swaminarayan has said that if someone becomes a disciple and does not maintain unity, it is as useless as going to a pilgrimage and not washing away one’s sins. Parents are pleased if their children have unity and they are unhappy if there is no such unity. In that same way, God becomes extremely pleased at seeing unity amidst His disciples. If one understands the greatness of the disciple of God, no disunity can ever develop.
  • On one occasion, Jeevanpran Swamibapa was travelling to Delhi by Car. En route, in Abu, the car broke down due to the timing belt breaking. The belt was replaced with some rope and the car restarted. A short while later that too broke, but a cart-wheeler was at hand to give them a replacement belt. That belt was too big so it had to be cut and sewn to size. After they stopped at a well to wash and perform their daily routines, the car would not restart due to the gearbox failing. Many mechanics diagnosed the car and said it would not be possible to fix the car and only the reverse gear would function. Swamibapa said, “What is the problem? We’ll drive backwards!” The driver replied, “The roads are winding and narrow; how will we reverse along them?” Swamibapa said, “Why are you afraid? Here, let me drive.” Swamibapa took the steering wheel and negotiated the treacherous roads in reverse, as everyone looked on in amazement. By the time Swamibapa reached the top of mount Abu, news of this amazing feat reached the local community. This is a mere glimpse of the true power of our true driver – our true Guru, Jeevanpran Swamibapa. In this manner, we must give up our lives to the control of Swamibapa, and have total faith that He will drive us to our ultimate destination.
  • Let us pray to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa on this occasion: “Oh Bapa. You have mercifully given us our lives and installed the Murti of God within us. Enable us to forever keep that Murti within our hearts".

 

 

 

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