Before the disciples of North America knew it, Acharya Swamishree's one-and-a-half month-long 2018 North America Vicharan had come to an end. During this time, Acharya Swamishree and sants had traveled to sixteen states and bestowed divine darshan and blessings upon countless salvation-seeking souls across the continent.
On Tuesday, August 7th, 2018, young disciples from New Jersey put on a series of short religious dramas depicting the divine episodes of our Guruparampara. Through these skits, the very young disciples imparted various lessons taught by the divine lineage of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa in an enjoyable and memorable way.
Disciples who had performed exceptional seva in the previous year were then recognized, and eminant sants spoke about the 2018 North America Vicharan. Acharya Swamishree then showered His divine blessings upon the congregation in North America one last time in 2018, and Acharya Swamishree and sants were all ceremoniously garlanded.
Disciples then gathered inside Swamibapa Hall for the Samuh Rasoi event. Disciples had the darshan of Acharya Swamishree and sants having their evening meal in an ornate setting, while disciples from New Jersey and Delaware performed bhakti sangeet to please Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree. Everyone was then served mahaprasad.
On Wednesday, August 8th, Acharya Swamishree performed the last aarti in the temple, and sants and disciples performed Ekadashi utsav in the presence of Acharya Swamishree, who lovingly and peacefully bestowed His darshan upon all the disciples gathered at the temple on the final day of the vicharan. Acharya Swamishree and sants then departed around 10 PM for Newark International Airport to fly to London, U.K. After bestowing His darshan inside the airport to disciples and the mandal of sants who will remain in North America before returning to India in a few days, Acharya Swamishree and His accompanying sant mandal proceeded to the security screening and waved goodbye to His disciples one last time.
There are not enough ways for the disciples of North America to thank Acharya Swamishree and sants for everything that they do for them and the tireless travel they go through to bestow darshan to them every year. We are all truly blessed to be disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi and the Karan Satsang.