The first day of Acharya Shree Purushottampriya Swamishree Maharaj Smruti Satra commenced with the scripture recitals of Shree Rahasyarth Pradeepika Tika sah Vachanamrut, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Leelamrut Sukhsagar and Shree Abji Bapashree ni Vato.
The first day of Acharya Shree Purushottampriya Swamishree Maharaj Smruti Satra commenced with the scripture recitals of Shree Rahasyarth Pradeepika Tika sah Vachanamrut, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Leelamrut Sukhsagar and Shree Abji Bapashree ni Vato. After performing the Shangar Aarti of the Lord presiding in Maninagar Mandir, Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj led a procession into the assembly marquee. Gurudev Swamibapa and Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj were seated on a golden chariot, which was brought to the front of the stage. Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band Maninagar performed during this welcoming parade, and saluted the Lord upon His arrival.
Two publications were inaugurated by Acharya Swamiji Maharaj on this occasion. The first was Shree Brahmsutra Bhashya Ratnam, which was written by Sadguru Shree Muktanand Swami, first published by Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa, and led by Gurudev Swamibapa - Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj had requested Acharya Swamiji Maharaj to re-publish this sacred text as the second edition. This Sanskrit and Gujarati text of deep philosophy is a commentary of the Vishishtadwait philosophy advocated by Lord Shree Swaminarayan.
The second publication was Ved Ratna Acharya Shree Purushottampriya Swamishree Maharaj Smruti Suman - a special scripture collating Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s unsurpassed episodes, and the memories of Sants and disciples about Him.
As part of this period of special remembrance, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s divine blessings from London 2019, in which He announced that the ‘Shree Abji Bapashree Shatamrut Mahotsav’ would be the last of the Mahotsavs. Little did we realise at that time what He was forecasting through these words. On that occasion, He also stated that in 2022, Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan will be celebrating 50 years since Gurudev Swamibapa gave a physical embodiment to Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj bestowed divine blessings to all the Sants and disciples in the audience and watching online from around the world, in which the divinity and extraordinary episodes of Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj were narrated. He spoke extensively about the immense fortune for us all, to have been amongst, and to have had the opportunity to serve, Vishwa-vatsalya Mahodadhi Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. The total dedication and devotion that He had for His Gurudev Swamibapa was unparalleled, and provides a teaching to us all about the definition of what true, unconditional, devotional love towards a Guru should be.
Several Sants and disciples then spoke about their experiences of Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj from the time He was a student in the Boarding School, during His time as a devoted Sant in Gurudev Swamibapa’s personal service, and how He magnificently led Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan’s remarkable flourishing around the world for 41 years. They described the miraculous deeds He had performed, the acts of unparralled kindness for all forms of life and all facets of society, and how He was a true Mother and Father figure for countless disciples and and many others.
The morning assembly concluded with devotional singing and dhoon.
The evening’s event was Kirtan Bhakti performed by Gurudev Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s Sants. The 262 kirtans written by Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa that make up the Shree Harignanamrut Kavya scripture were sung during this special evening. The sublime philosophy and supremacy of Lord Shree Swaminarayan that is contained within the Vachanamrut and clarified in Shree Abji Bapashree ni Vato and other sacred texts, have been retold in the form of spiritual poems by Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa in this scripture.
Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj had memorised all these devotional songs, and He used to recite them every day as part of His daily routines of prayer and worship. It is therefore befitting that the recital of Shree Harignanamrut Kavya scripture is taking place as part of this period of remembrance dedicated to our beloved Darshanik-sarva-bhaum Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.