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Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Naranpar - Shashtipurti Mahotsav - Day 4  


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The fourth day of the celebrations commenced with Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performing the mangla aarti in the Mandir. He then visited the home of the main benefactor of the festival for a padhramani. From there, a procession was held to the assembly marque. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj presided on a chariot and was led by Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band Maninagar, whilst the benefactors of the scripture recitals carried offerings for the Lord, as the formal conclusion of the sacred scripture, Ajod Murti Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa, was to take place during the morning assembly. As soon as Acharya Swamishree Maharaj reached the front of the stage, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band Maninagar saluted Him. Disciples offered adoration to the scripture, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and the narrators, and then performed aarti.

During Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s divine blessings, He explained, “Fifteen years after Lord Swaminarayan revealed His true name to the souls, in Samvat 1873 (1817 CE) Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa manifested. In 1852 CE, Sadguru Shree Gopalanand Swamibapa, appointed Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa as the leader of the Swaminarayan Karan Satsang. Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa preached the glory and supremacy of Lord Swaminarayan and all those who were fortunate to hear His discourses were always engrossed in its' tranquility. Bhaguji, Lord Swaminarayan's personal attendent, commented that the bliss in hearing the words of Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa was eactly the same as listening Lord Swaminarayan and Sadguru Shree Gopalanand Swamibapa. Unfortunately, some of the sadhus could not accept or understand the supremacy of Lord Swaminarayan as explained by Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa. They manipulated others and conspired against Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa. In one such episode these hypocrites persuaded Shree Ayodhyaprasdji Maharaj to evict Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa from Ahmedabad temple. Before Shree Ayodhyaprasdji Maharaj could fulfil their plan Lord Swaminarayan gave him darshan while he slept. During this darshan Lord Swaminarayan explained to Shree Ayodhyaprasdji Maharaj the glory of Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa and how Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa was Lord Swaminarayan's will manifest and was on the earth to spread the supreme tenets of Lord Swaminarayan and the Karan Satsang. Lord Swaminarayan commanded Shree Ayodhyaprasdji Maharaj to have utmost faith in the words of Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa and not to let anyone insult Him.

“Such was the greatness of Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa that Lord Swaminarayan Himself gave darshan to demonstrate Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa's omnipotence and magnificence. Shree Parmanand Swami, woefully thought of Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa as a mere mortal. Lord Swaminarayan gave darshan to Shree Parmanand Swami and announced that Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa resided with Him in His Akshardham. With this Lord Swaminarayan revealed Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa from His own divine lustrous form. Such was the true greatness of Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa.

“Only those who are one with Lord Swaminarayan understand the reality of the Lord. Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa preached the superiority of Lord Swaminarayan and also introduced the disciples of the Karan Satsang to Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree.

“Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa openly and with immense authority preached that Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree was Lord Swaminarayan Himself. Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa was the first to use the title Jeevanpran with Bapashree. He said, "You should seek association with Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree. He is without equal. He gives darshan by the divine ordinance of Lord Swaminarayan. He is my life and soul. Just as water means life to the fish, Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree is to me, my life.

“The name and glory of Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, who was so beloved by Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa, remains alive today due to the efforts and work of Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. It is Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa who has spread the true supremacy of Lord Shree Swmainarayan, and Bapashree, and their supreme, eternal philosophy around the world. If it was not for Swamibapa, this would all have become extinct.

“We are truly fortunate that we have been granted Swamibapa as our Gurudev, and the shelter of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. It is our duty to remain devoted to Him at this Gadi, and committed to adhere to His commands and teachings. Then, He will continue to save us from our troubles and miseries, within this world and thereafter, and grant us eternal bliss within the Murti of God.”

Chief guests during this assembly were Shri Vasanbhai Aahir, Hiteshbhai Khandol, Dhanjibhai Bhuva, Rahulbhai Gor, all leading representatives of the region’s Bharat Janta Party. Under the direction of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has remained committed to providing charitable donations and help in the field of education. Gujarat Legislative Member Shri Vasanbhai Aahir has witnessed many of the expeditions when our Sants have gone to the most remote regions to provide whatever provisions were needed in schools, so that they can give good education to the young children. He praised Acharya Swamishree Maharaj for bestowing such kindness to those who need it the most.

Acharya Swamishree Maharaj then welcomed and blessed a range of guests who are all engaged in disaster relief efforts. Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has for many years supported relief efforts during times of natural disasters. More recently the Sansthan has joined forces with partner organisations from other countries in the region to form a strong coalition with greater relief-delivering impact – operating under the auspices of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), which is an economic and geopolitical organisation of eight countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and more recently joined, Afghanistan). Today, representatives from those international organisations gathered to be honoured by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. Jointly, they presented a Letter of Appreciation to Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. Shri Hitesh Patel, Co-ordinator of the program and senior volunteer of Shree Muktajeevan Disaster Management and Rescue Training Academy, led this part of the assembly.

At 4pm, hundreds of disciples and onlookers gathered at the Mandir. A number of music bands, including members of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band Maninagar and Kenya, assembled around the four elephants that would lead the procession, as everyone eagerly awaited the arrival of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.

Acharya Swamishree Maharaj soon arrived and presided on His magnificent elephant. Throughout the entire procession, Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj gave divine darshan, presiding on their regal elephant-born carriages, to the hundreds of people lining the streets of both parts of Naranpar.

Just before 7pm, the procession returned to the Mandir, and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed the Sandhya aarti ceremonies. To conclude the festivities of this magnificent day, a spectacular fireworks display was held in the open ground just outside the village.

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