Day 2 - Suvarna Pratishtha Mahotsav in Mankuva - New District
Inside the temple devotees gathered to awaken the Lord and be granted the divine darsan of the first divine aarti of the day... Mangla Aarti.
The disciples chanted the dhoon "Swaminarayan Gadi, Swaminarayan", followed by "Swaminarayan Gadi, Jay Ghanshyam" to awaken the Lord. As 5:30am drew near, the chanting grew louder and the rhythm increased.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed Mangla aarti.
On the second day of the Mahotsav the swagat yatra started at the home of the devotees offering the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Granth Parayan. HDH Acharya Swamishree was seated in an intricatelly decorated swan shaped chariot pulled by the devotees. Shree Ghanshyam Band from Madahapur played whilst welcoming HDH Acharya Swamishree to the Sabha Mandap.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree's divine ashirwad;
"Jeevanpran Swamibapa has taught us that if we understand the greatness of Lord Swaminarayan's divine happiness, then all other things will become like poision to us. Such divine happiness can be experienced only from the company of the Anadi Muktas from Akshardhaam. That is why Premanand Swami has asked Lord Swaminarayan for two boons. Firstly, all His devotees should never have any hatred towards Lord Swaminarayan, and secondly, He asked that the Lord always give His devotees the company of the Lord's Anadi Muktas....."
"Jeevanpran Swamibapa has shown us that even today Lord Swaminarayan plays, eats, calls, makes his devotees laugh, and uses numerous other ways to bring divine happiness to His devotees who have understood the true supremacy of Lord Swaminarayan. If any devotee understands that even the true Sants of Lord Swaminarayan are capable of the same work as the Lord Himself then the devotee achieves the same divine happiness, such is the greatness of Lord Swaminarayan and His divine Sants....."
"One day, Bapashree asked Sadguru Bapa 'When Shobharam used to ask questions to Lord Swaminarayan, is that the same as you asking me questions at this time?' Sadguru Bapa replied that it is the same, and the questions, and your answers are one and the same. Bapashree said that this is exactly what has to be understood about Karan Satsang. That very Bapashree, came back in the divine form of our dear Jeevanpran Swamibapa....."
"Jeevanpran Swamibapa has showered countless divine blessings on everyone. The magnetism of the Lord will pull those devotees towards Him, who obey the Lord's commands. It is the Lord's solemn pledge that He will rescue that devotee from any difficult situation......
"Mavjibhai of Mankuva had faith in Jeevanpran Swamibapa and had truly recognised Him. Mavjibhai understood that Lord Swaminarayan, Bapashree and Jeevanpran Swamibapa are one and the same, and that Jeevanpran Swamibapa had come here to look after everyone. When Mavjibhai was in great difficulty and hardship, and had no support from anyone, he ran to Jeevanpran Swamibapa who was at Madhapur at the time. Jeevanpran Swamibapa took his hand and said 'Mavjibhai, Lord Swaminarayan, and Bapashree is holding your hand. You do not need to worry.' Jeevanpran Swamibapa immediately came with Mavjibhai and and saved Mavjibhai, and all the devotees of Lord Swaminarayan. Lord Swaminarayan, Bapashree and Jeevanpran Swamibapa overlooks all aspects of the lives of all His devotees. "
"Lord Swaminarayan was travelling from Bhuj to Mankuwa. At that time, all the devotees of Bhuj came to meet and follow the Lord to the edge of the city. Then Lord Swaminarayan requested all the devotees to go back. They all returned except for Narayanji. Lord Swaminarayan asked Narayanji to also go back. Narayanji prayed to Lord Swaminarayan that he wanted to stay with Him. Lord Swaminarayan sat on a horse, and Naranji followed. After some distance, Narayanji stopped and stood still because he was tired. Lord Swaminarayan said 'Narayanji, put your hand up'. Narayanji instantly put his right hand up. Lord Swaminarayan pulled him up onto his horse, and then said to Narayanji 'Hold me around the waist'. Narayanji immediately did this. Lord Swaminarayan then asked His Sants to collect berries for Narayanji. The Sants picked berries for Narayanji, and Lord Swaminarayan started talking. If we all do as Lord Swaminarayan, Bapashree and Jeevanpran Swamibapa ask us, we will all immediately become pulled towards the Lord, by the Lord, and He will look after us."
"To attain this divine happiness, Bapashree has said that whatever Lord Swaminarayan asks from His devotee, the devotee should do as the Lord commands at that very same time. Those who do not, are they not knowledgable? Big Rushis like Vyas, Pralad, Janak, Bhisma, Dadakachar, Parvatbhai, Jinabhai, and Surakachar, they all obeyed His commands. They all had rich social lives, but were still not attached nor interested in any of this......"
"Who is the devotee who will never abandon religion, even in difficult place and time? Lord Swaminarayan has said that whoever does as I command, whether my command is big or small, and who conducts every one of my commands with equal importance, and gives them all full attention, is a true devotee."
"Lavji Vipra and his wife Dahiben of Mankuwa were this type of devotee. One time, Lord Swaminarayan visited Nathabhakta. At that time, Dahiben requested Lord Swaminarayan to visit her house for thaar. 'Please fulfil this small request.' Lord Swamianrayan agreed and visited her house and saw idols covered in red powder. Lord Swaminarayan said 'What need do you have of all these false idols? I will not eat here, I am returning.' Lord Swaminaryan said 'You should not abandon the Lord and keep anything else.' Lavji Vipra came and begged Lord Swaminaryan to stay and promised that they would do as He commanded. Lord Swaminarayan commanded him to cut off his hair, and from today, abandon all black magic. He did as the Lord commanded immediately, and humbly stood before the Lord. Lord Swaminaryan became pleased and fullfilled both of their wishes...."
"Those who obey Lord Swaminarayan Swamibapa, should have no fear of wordly sins, and past actions because Lord Swaminarayan forgives the devotee by burning away their sins, and in this very life takes them to Akshardhaam....."
"Prathna: O Lord, please give us the strength to do as you say, and we are always able to please you....."
Na Samaju Shreeji Shi riteh - The three newly initiated Sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan
Chalo chalo darshan kare - Swaminarayan chatralalya (drama)
Lyo murti, Lyo murti - Sants
Lord Swaminarayan was giving darshan amongst a large assembly of sants and disciples. Professional dancers performed devotional dances to please the Lord. But they had some pride and arrogance in them. When the dance performances were over, they said to Lord Swaminarayan, "Is there any one of your disciples who can dance like we have just done?" Lord Swaminarayan commanded Shree Muktanand Swami to dance. Shree Mutanand Swami got onto the stage and danced. Muktanand Swami's dancing talent was so great that even the professional dancers became awestruck. They went up to Lord Swaminarayan and begged for forgiveness because of their arrogance. But the Lord said, " Wait. wait until the dance is over." Shree Muktanand Swami's dance finished. Lord Swaminarayan said "Go onto the stage and see Muktanand Swami's talent." On the stage had been spread a carpet of red kumkum. As Muktanand Swami danced, his feet made impressions in the powder. By the end of the dance, an elaborate elephant had been drawn. For the first time after two hundred years, Acharya Swamishree has demonstrated that the same talent exists today in the sants of Jeevanpran Swamibapa, at the divine shelter of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. Sant Shiromani Shree Sarvatmapriyadasji Swami performed a dance on a bed of 50 kg kumum. As he danced, his feet made impressions in the kumkum. The music included the mahamantra dhoon, which had been specially sung by His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Himself. At the end of the performance, the ancient symbol of Hinduism, the Swastika had been drawn. This was a marvelous and unique performance. What a wonderful talent exists in Jeevanpran Swamibapa's sants!!!
Hari charan ma nachu aaj - Shree Yagnapriyadasji Swami
Me to joya joya - Young devotees of Maninagar
Tej na samuh ma - Sants
Mere jeevan ka yehi sahara - Young devotees of Maninagar
Premijane ne vash paatadio - London
Prasad prabhuka hari mandir me - Sants
Bambu dance - Students of chatralaya, Maninagar