Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
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Divine Ashirwad  
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Afternoon Ashirwad  
Communial Devotional Dance  

Satuarday 17th May 2003
Vaishakh Vad 2


The first day of the Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav had an environmental theme. This was reflected in Acharya Swamishree’s morning ashirwad.

For many years, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree has tirelessly campaigned for, inspired and sponsored numerous environmental and conservational projects. These have included the digging of wells, bore holes, reservoirs, water purification facilities and the plantation of trees.

The day’s official events started when His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree was led from the home of the family who were holding one of the four main scripture recitals during the Mahotsav. This was a colourful and truly divine procession. Acharya Swamishree was seated in a golden chariot. The Sants and devotees pulled the chariot through the streets of Kera and led Acharya Swamishree into the sabha mandap. The procession filled the entire village with colour and the sound of fireworks. The entire atmosphere was transformed into pure divinity.

Divine Ashirwad
  • In celebration of Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s centenary, we are celebrating the Suvarna Pratishtha Mahotsav (the 50th anniversary of the installation of the murtis of our beloved Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa) in the village of Kera in Kutch.

  • We live in an era of modern technology where we produce much waste and use more water than we ever have done in the past. It is the duty of each and every one of us, that we use the resources of the world, especially water, in a responsible manner.

  • Sadabaa was a loving devotee of Lord Swaminarayan, who lived in the village of Kera. Acknowledging the love she had for Him, Lord Swaminarayan and His sants graced her home and dined there on many occasions. On one such occasion, Lord Swaminarayan expressed His wish to bathe. He visited the Gangaji (a sacred bathing pool) near the village of Kera and then went onto visit the Fuleshwar Mahadev.

  • Installed within the Fuleshwar Mahadev are the murtis of Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh and Karthikaya. These great devs all desire the darshan of the supreme Lord Swaminarayan. Seeing that the Lord had visited the temple, these devs all stood up from their respected seats within the murtis and bowed with reverence to Lord Swaminarayan.

  • This is the magnificence of the supreme Lord Swaminarayan that we have attained. Many great deities have wished for the divine darshan of Lord Swaminarayan for infinite years. They have performed many penances in order to be granted this divine darshan. However, they cannot attain such bliss. So think how fortunate we are at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, to have been granted the pragat and pratyaksha darshan of Lord Swaminarayan Himself.

  • Arjun was a loving devotee from the village of Shamdiya. He saw divinity in all of Lord Swaminarayan’s activities, and never faltered in His firm faith towards Him. On one occasion the townsfolk of Shamdiya said to Arjun, “Your Swaminarayan has kidnapped four ladies and taken them away from the village.” Upon hearing this, Arjun’s faith did not become unsteady, but instead he began to dance with joy, and replied “Only four? Even if He were to kidnap 16,108 ladies, He would still have only done the same as Shree Krishna. Even still, I wouldn’t question His actions. So why should I have any reason to be concerned if He has abducted 4? My Lord is the Supreme, unparalleled incarnator of all incarnations and as such His every action is also supreme, unparalleled and divine, and not for any us to question.”

  • A devotee who has such unfaltering faith and sees divinity in the Lord and all His actions will surely attain salvation.


A special assembly was held to honour the Indian Army and its many soldiers, who have constantly risked their lives to guard the borders between India and Pakistan. Colonel B.S. Adalawat and Colonel Palaram from Bhuj Army Camp had been invited by Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan to represent the Indian Army and its many soldiers stationed in the border regions.

His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree has on many occasions honoured members of India’s armed forces and praised the manner in which they risk their lives for the protection of our country. His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree honoured them by presenting prasanta paags to them.

Comments of the Guests

Colonel B.S. Adalawat

I am honoured to have been invited on behalf of the Indian Army and its many soldiers, and would like to thank you on their behalf.
It is with the divine blessings of HDH Acharya Swamishree and His continual inspiration, that we have strength to defend our country at its borders.

Colonel Palaram

I feel extremely honoured to have been invited to this magnificent event by His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree. During the earthquake of 2001, the Sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi under the guidance of Acharya Swamishree played a big part in helping the army during rescue operations. Acharya Swamishree was the first such leader to visit the devastated region and His selflessness at these times is an inspiration to us all.

The honoured guests took part in the inauguration ceremony of a new kirtan CD, Praata Stuti, which was performed by Acharya Swamishree.

Afternoon Ashirwad

• On this auspicious occasion, let us all remember the many devotees of our Karan Satsang who were residents of the village of Kera, and who have attained the divine bliss of Lord Swaminarayan’s murti. May the merciful Lord provide them all with more and more of His sublime happiness.

• Let us also remember a few episodes about this village. On one occasion, our beloved Gurudev, Shree Jeevanpran Swamibapa visited the small village of Tapar, which is adjacent to Kera. Tapar was a very poor village. However, Swamibapa did not need comforts. His main concern was for the spiritual welfare of His disciples. A bed was made from dry grass with piece of coarse material placed on top. Jeevanpran Swamibapa lay down to sleep on this dry-grass bed. A red ant crept into His eye. Swamibapa sat up and started rubbing His eyes. Next to Swamibapa slept a villager of Kera. Although he was not one of Swamibapa’s disciples, he had great admiration for Him. He took out His Kutchi knife and used its pointed edge to remove the ant from Swamibapa’s eye. Jeevanpran Swamibapa became extremely pleased with him and inspired him to become a humble servant of Lord SwaminayanBapa Swamibapa.

• Lord Swaminarayan states in the Vachanamrit that the Lord’s beauty is unparalleled, His speech is unequally lucid and His fragrance infinitely attractive. Everyone from beast to man, from the evil to those that have renounced all worldly attachments, from demons to those with knowledge, will be attracted to the Lord.

• On one occasion in Gadhada, Thagan Godi, a horse of high pedigree became ill. A vet was called to help ease the swelling of the filly’s injuries. The vet requested that a rope be placed around the filly in order to restrain it whilst treatment was carried out. The ever compassionate Lord Swaminarayan heard this and said that the animal should not be treated in such a cruel manner. Lord Swaminarayan assured the vet that he will be able to treat the horse, without any risk of injury. Lord Swaminarayan took His seat directly in front of the filly. The vet began to treat it and the filly became transfixed by the beauty of Lord Swaminarayan. She fell into a trance, and remained totally motionless until the vet completed his work. Such is the beauty of the Lord’s murti. All, including humans and animals are mesmerized by His splendour.

Evening – Communial Devotional Dance

At 8.30pm His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree entered the Sabha Mandap adorned in a purple garland, which was encrusted with crystals. All the sants and disciples took part in a communal devotional dance to celebrate the fifty-year anniversary of the installation of the murtis of Lord Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Bapashree and our beloved Jeevanpran Swamibapa in the village of Kera. As the incredibly talented Sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Santhsan sang kirtans, Acharya Swamishree sat at the centre, upon a revolving seat and gave encouragement to all.

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