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A Spiritual Travelogue of Pramukh Swami Maharaj
  1 to 14 January 2011  
Mumbai (1 to 14 January 2011)
  • 2 January 2011 (VS 2067 Vad Teras) Sunday, Mumbai
    The evening satsang assembly celebrated Swamishri’s 72nd diksha anniversary. It was themed upon the virtues of a true sadhu highlighted in the Ramayan, Bhagavad Gita and the Shrimad Bhagvat. The entire programme was interspersed with video shows, speeches by sadhus and a cultural dance by BAPS children and youths. In conclusion, Swamishri blessed the assembly describing how Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj had endeavoured in establishing mandirs and satsang. They served with humility, tolerance and faith in Bhagwan Swaminarayan. “Yogiji Maharaj served in the kitchen. In Gondal, while the mandir construction work was going on, he would wake up at 4.00 a.m. and make food for the artisans. Our tradition is one of humility and service. The 500 paramhansas abided by the moral disciplines prescribed for sadhus and remained focussed on pleasing Maharaj.”
  • 5 January 2011 (VS 2067 Posh Sud Padvo) Wednesday, Mumbai
    Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of pujan and arti for the murtis of BAPS hari mandirs in Dali (Mahelav region), Amod (Mahelav region) and Godavadi (Sankari region).
  • 9 January 2011 (VS 2067 Sud Pancham) Sunday, Mumbai
    To celebrate the first of two parts of the Jholi festival more than 7,000 devotees had assembled in the evening assembly. The devotees were seated in the Yogi Sabhagruh, Yogi Mandapam and several floors on Pramukh Sadan.Pujya Viveksagar Swami spoke about the significance and glory of the Uttarayan festival. Thereafter a drama titled “A unique assembly of askhar muktas for Jholi” written by Adarshjivan Swami was enacted by youths. Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly, “If one has devotion what can one not sacrifice? Dada Khachar gave his entire property to Shriji Maharaj. Maharaj put him through many trials, but he was a bona fide devotee and passed. The five Pandavs and King Ambrish were put to the test and they too passed.”
  • 14 January 2011 (VS 2067 Uttarayan Festival) Friday, Mumbai
    After his morning puja Swamishri hailed the Jholi call of “Swaminarayan Hare Sacchidanand Prabho”. Prior to this he explained in detail about how Shastriji Maharaj, Yogiji Maharaj, himself and other sadhus used to beg for grains in the villages.
    The festive ambience of Uttarayan was evident with the decorations of kites and grains before Thakorji in the mandir sanctums and on the main auditorium stage.

       Remembering god includes everything

  • 1 January 2011, Mumbai
    Kishorebhai Bhuptani, a devotee, asked Swamishri, “You are engaged 24 hours in remembering the name of God, but whenever you become free who or what do think of. Do you think of devotees, about the mandir (activities) or about your own health?”
    Instantly Swamishri replied, “Everything is included while thinking of God. By remembering God the sadhus, devotees and all activities are encompassed.”

       Remembering a dedicated devotee

  • 6 January 2011, Mumbai
    A sadhu called from Chicago Mandir and talked with Swamishri. During their conversation Swamishri remembered a dedicated devotee serving in the mandir, “Convey my Jai Swaminarayan to Kanu.” As soon as Kanubhai found out that Swamishri had remembered him, he rang up Swamishri and said, “I am immensely pleased that you remembered me.”Swamishri praised, “I have to remember you because of your satsang, which is of soul-level, and your profound faith (nishtha). May your devotion and service remain of such calibre.”