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Kera Suvarna Pratishtha Mahotsav - Day 2  
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Sunday 18th May 2003
Vaishakh Vad 3

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The Second day of the Mahotsav was based on the theme of social and charitable welfare. This ideal was reflected by the donations made to various organizations, represented by the honoured guests of the day.

As the official start to the day, 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 majestic procession in which Sants and devotees drew Acharya Swamishree in a golden regal chariot into the sabha mandap. As the parade passed through the streets of Kera, the sky was full with hundreds of fireworks.

River Naramada Celebrations

The water’s of the River Narmada are being released into the channels of the region to provide much needed water for the irrigation of the land. This is a significant occasion for the people of Kutch and a special assembly was held to celebrate this historic event.

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Morning Ashirwad

  • On this, the second day of the Suvarna Pratishtha Mahotsav in Kera, we also celebrate the 136th anniversary of the manifestation of Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa in Aslali in the Samvat year 1923.

  • Just as Lord Swaminarayan is supreme, His divine words, provided to all in the Raharshyarth Pradipi Tika Saha Vachnamrut are also supreme. Those who are privileged to read, listen or even touch this divine scripture will surely attain salvation.

  • Lord Swaminarayan has always had a special place in His heart for the village of Kera. Sadabaa was a loving devotee of Lord Swaminarayan. Even though her husband was not a believer in Lord Swaminarayan, she maintained her firm faith until the day she passed away.

  • Thirty-one days before Sadabaa passed away, she lost sight in both her eyes. Female devotees had come to her home to recite the Swaminarayan name. One of the female devotees was reciting the Lords name quietly. Sadabaa noticed this and called her by her name and told her to chant louder. Members of the congregation were amazed that Sadabaa, who had lost her sight managed to recognize who was speaking so softly. Sadabaa explained that the Lord had mercy upon her and because of this mercy and the divine blessings of the Lord, she had been gifted with divine vision by which she could not only see what was around her but also visualize the Lord and His Muktas in Akshardham.

  • When the Lord and His Mukta come onto the earth, they behave just like all other humans. However, all of their actions are divine and are beneficial for us. On one occasion, Lord Swaminarayan showed Himself to be extremely upset and sad. He refused to speak to anybody that approached Him. Sadguru Shree Bramahand Swami was known for his humorous and witty personality. He attempted many times to make the Lord laugh but to no avail. After failing on numerous occasions Bramahand Swami left to go to his room. Bramanand Swami then proceeded to dress up as a thakrani (tribal women), pulled a long veil over his head and walked towards the ladies congregation. As he walked through the congregation towards Lord Swaminarayan, a commotion started amongst the Sants congregation as they all tried to avoid the oncoming thakrani. Lord Swaminarayan smiled sweetly as He had recognized who it was under the long veil, and went on to say “Thakrani, why have you come alone?” Bramanand Swami lifted his veil and referring to Lord Swaminarayan said, “Because the Thakar is sad and upset with me!” This amused the Lord and He renounced His sad appearance.

  • On one occasion Jeevanpran Bapashree was playing with His childhood friends. They all took turns to jump into a well in the local village seeing who could stay under the water the longest. His friends managed to stay under for various durations between two to five minutes. Jeevanpran Bapashree plunged into the well, swam to the bottom and sat crossed legged in meditation. His friends began to worry as time passed. An hour passed and then another, and Jeevanpran Bapashree still had not resurfaced. Many feared that He may have drowned. When He eventually came to the surface the townsfolk were astonished to see that He was still alive. The Lord and His Sanklap Swaroops are omnipresent and miracles such as this are a regular occurrence. They reconfirm that even though the Lord may appear to us in human form, He is just as divine as He is when He is present within His Akshardham.

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Guests

Members of various political and social organizations had been invited to have the divine darshan of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree on the second day of the Suvarna Pratishtha Mahotsav.

The president of Shree Kera Kundanpur Leva Patel Shikshan Trust, Vinodbhai Pachani and secretary Ramjibhai Nadhani.
The Lord has stated in the Shikhshaptri Slok 132 that establishing schools and spreading knowledge is a highly commendable deed. In accordance with the Lord’s teachings, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan had previously donated 250,000 rupees to this organization to aid the building repairs to the local schools and colleges, which had become necessary as a result of the earthquake disaster of 2001. The representatives of the Shikshan Trust had come to thank Acharya Swamishree once again, for His much-needed contribution.

Vinodbhai Panchani, Ramjibhai Savani and other members of Shree Kera Leva Patel Samaj also attended this event. Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has previously donated 325,000 rupees to this organization to build the Samaj’s headquarters in Kera. A further 51,000 rupees was donated on this day to fund further building costs.

Vinodbhai Panchani spoke on behalf of these organizations, “I am truly delighted and honoured to have been invited to these magnificent celebrations by His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree. I thank you for bringing such a grand event to our village. The rally that took place a couple of days ago was truly remarkable and the festivities of the following days can only get better.

“I would like to thank Swamiji for His continual commitment to education in the region and I pray that He continues to serve as an inspiration to us and other community leaders.”

One of Lord Swaminarayan’s most fundamental tenets was His compassion for all living beings. As on many previous occasions and in accordance with this particular teaching of the Lord, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree donated Rs51,000 to the Mahavir Pashu Kendra of Ankorvala Dhaam, Mundra, who provide fodder to the needy animals of the region.

Devotional Dance

With the divine guidance and inspiration of our beloved Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa and with the sole aim of pleasing Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree, the extremely talented Sants and devotees of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan performed various devotional dances during this evening session of the Mahotsav.

The performances included:

  • Chhel Chhogaaraa Hari ne Pooji ne ~ Swamibapa’s Sants

  • Aaj Hoo to Mohan ne ~ Devotees from Bharasar

  • Aaj Chhabi Laage Nautam Pyaari ~ Swamibapa’s Sants

  • Mujh Par Tunhe Aisan Kiya ~ Students for Bhuj Chhatralaya

  • Sarvatana Aadhaar Maharaj ~ Devotees from Bavala#

  • Mujhe Shreeji Prabhuji se ~ Students from Maninagar Chhatralaya

  • Comic Sketch ~ Devotee from London

  • Lyo Murti Lyo Murti ~ Swamibapa’s Sants

  • Premijan ne Vash Paatariyo ~ Devotee from London

  • Maninagar me Swami ke Sang me ~ Students from Maninagar Chhatralaya

  • Hari Charan Ma Naachu ~ Swamibapa’s Sants

  • Ye Mera Maan Prabhu ka Diwana ~ Devotees from Bharasar

  • Maaraa Swamibapa naa Laal (Gof Gunthan – rope dance) ~ Swamibapa’s Sants and Students from Maninagar Chhatralaya

All those who witnessed the darshan of such devotional dances acknowledged the remarkable talents of the Sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. Past Mahotsavs have witnessed several unique performances, including the kankoo dance performed during the Mahamantra Mahotsav where a Sant traced out the swashtika symbol in the kankoo whilst performing a traditional dance.

Another such unparalleled feat was performed to the amazement of onlookers on this second night of festivities in Kera. Lord Swaminarayan’s Vishishtadvait philosophy describes the union between the Lord and His servant. Although the servant and the Lord remain distinct, only the Lord is seen. Many examples have been narrated by His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree to illustrate this relationship. When sugar dissolves in milk, only the milk is seen, but there remain two distinct entities – the sugar and the milk. The Sants and devotees performed a rope dance, which involved the performers holding ropes attached to a central canopy on the ceiling of the stage. Whilst performing raas the ten ropes became platted into an intricate larger twisted rope. Just as only the Lord is seen when in union with His servants only the central pattern was seen made from the individual ropes.

As the raas reached the halfway stage the complex yet organized plat was complete. When the mind is concentrating on the Lord, it becomes completely engrossed and entangled in thoughts of the Lord. In the same way, all the ropes in the performance were completely entangled into the one central pattern. This was not the end of the performance as the second half of the dance involved meticulously untangling the plat to once again reveal ten separate ropes. This was the first time in the history of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi that such a difficult feat had been attempted.

Guests during the evening Nrutya events

Pushpadanbhai Ghadvi – MP Kutch District.
Gopalbhai Dhuva – Member of State Assembly

Pushpadanbhai Ghadvi said:
“I have had the darshan of Acharya Maharaj Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swami on many occasions, and I am always honoured to be in His divine presence.

“The Kutch region has come a long way during my time in office. I have had the honour of helping to instigate the channelling of the Narmada to this region as well as building the new terminal at Bhuj Airport. Throughout my time in office, Acharya Swamishree has been an incredible source of inspiration and I always keep Him in my thoughts in every decision I make.

“Whenever there is an inauguration or opening ceremony in Kutch, I always request the presence of Acharya Swamishree. If He is unable to personally attend, He never fails to send Sants as representatives of our Sanstha, this commitment to the Kutch region is a great inspiration to me.

“I am often told that the Gujarat region has many great characteristics, fertile land, wealth and hard working people. But the common language of all the people in the region, and a fundamental pillar of society, is song and dance. If there is one person who has brought this to our region, it is Acharya Swamishree. The Nrutya performed by the incredibly talented Sants and devotees have been magnificent and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them all. I pray to Acharya Swamishree that He continues to bring such splendour to our region.”

 
 
 
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