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 Swamishri enters the Rath Yatra assembly

Swamishri participates in a game to please balaks and balikas

Swamishri in a cheerful mood during the evening assembly

Friday, July 9, 2004

    Rath Yatra is a famous religious festival during which murtis are taken out in a chariot procession throughout the town. Symbolically, this festival maintains that God is the charioteer and the devotee the rider, as it is God who helps the devotee transcend the cycles of births and deaths. Balaks and balikas, during this evening, celebrated this festival keeping its significance in mind.

    Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and Swamishri entered the Rath Yatra assembly in a rath, after which the evening program was about how Swamishri is the ideal charioteer because of his love and compassion. Balaks showed that Swamishri is always willing to make time for them, and saints relayed prasangs of how Swamishri touched their hearts when they were children.

    Swamishri personally expressed his affection for the children by playing a game with them called "Swami's Ruchi"; and by saying, "I love you all," during his evening blessings to the assembly. Swamishri also celebrated the Rath Yatra festival by giving Shri Harikrishna Maharaj a ride on a remote-controlled rath, and guiding a blimp that would symbolically take the balaks and balikas to Akshardham.


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