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8 June 2002, Saturday, San Jose, CA

Yogi Jayanti, the 111th Birthday of Yogiji Maharaj was celebrated with the central theme of "Haalo.. Kathaama...", a favorite of Yogibapa. The bal mandal, rich in musical talents, presented the kirtan "Yogibapa amaari tame...” A speech on Yogiji Maharaj's unconquerable resolution for "Niyan & Dharma" walked through various related prasangs and explained how he was the ideal saint according to the Vachanamrut. The main speech was an excellent in-depth coverage of the theme of the celebration, "Haalo Kathaama". The topics covered were the benefits of listening to katha, how to listen and get the most out of the katha, results and effects of not attending the katha with suitable examples from our scriptures as well as lives of Ygobapa and Swamishri. Other elements of the program were the narration of 3 of the Yogiji Maharaj's tales of wisdom, melodious kirtans and analysis of the recent survey of the haribhaktos regarding the benefits they have realized from listening to katha.

Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj

Kirtan by Bal Mandal

Kirtan by Bal mandal

Devotees performing Arti

8 June 2002, Saturday, Houston, TX

The Houston Mandal celebrated the joyous and auspicious occasion of Shri Yogiji Maharaj’s Janma Jayanti. The program started off with stuti, dhun, and prathna, performed by balaks. Thereafter, devotional, melodious bhajans glorifying Shri Yogiji Maharaj were sung by the kishores and yuvaks. Spiritual discourses and prasangs of Yogiji Maharaj were given and recited by yuvaks throughout the entire evening. The theme of the entire samaiyo was based on Muktanand Swami’s bhajan, “Haji Baala Sadhu.” Each stanza of the bhajan was elaborated and related to Yogiji Maharaj’s sadhana and to his life in general. The program concluded with a small graduation ceremony of high school and college students (kishore, kishori, yuvaks, and yuvati’s). On behalf of the mandir, each graduate was given a memorabilia for his or her outstanding dedication to mandir and academic achievements. The program concluded with aarti, thaal, dhoon, and a delicious, mouth watering mahaprasad, prepared by the balika, kishori, yuvati & suvasini mandal.

© 1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith