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Monday 19th May 2003
Vaishakh Vad 4

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This, the third day of the Survana Pratishtha celebrations was based on the theme of sadaachaar – good, moral conduct in one’s daily life. The very definition of dharma is to abide by sadaachaar as clarified by the Lord in the Shikshapatri, slok 103. This theme was reflected throughout Acharya Swamishree’s ashirwad and the evening’s dharmic sankrutik karyakram (religious drama production).

His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree was led from the home of the family on whose behalf one of the main scripture recitals the Mahotsav had been held. A magnificent procession passed through the streets of Kera to the sabha mandap at 8am. Sants and devotees drew Acharya Swamishree in a golden chariot, with the sound of and colour of firework filing the morning sky.

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Ashirwad

  • Those, who listen with reverence and maintain their utmost of attention to the Lord’s teachings, will attain pure and simple thoughts.

  • Many believe that the soul achieves salvation as a result of the deeds that it’s transporting body performs. However our Gurudev Jeevanpran Swamibapa has taught us, that without true spiritual knowledge, salvation cannot be attained. Ultimate salvation is only achieved through the grace of the supreme Lord Swaminarayan and His Sankalpa Svaroops, who reside at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.

  • One must contemplate on the Lord in everything that one does and in every aspect of one’s life. In the 22nd Vachanamrit of the Gadhada First Section, Lord Swaminarayan explains that if one sings kirtans without remembering the Lord, it does not provide any benefit. It may not as well have been sung.

  • In the 48th Vachanamrit of the Gadhada Middle Section, Lord Swaminarayan describes the immense skills and talent of His great Sadguru’s such as Premanand Swami, who became engrossed in the Lord’s murti and wrote many great kirtans whilst meditating upon the Lord. On one occasion, Sadguru Premanand Swami was recited the meditational garbi “Vandu Sahajanand Rasroop…” in the presence of Lord Swaminarayan. After he had completed the recital, the Lord said “You have sung a beautiful poem. If someone listens to it and contemplates about it, they will easily be able to become engrossed in the Lords murti. Lord Swaminarayan Himself bowed down in reverence to Sadguru Premanand Swami for creating such a beautiful kirtan.”

  • Pleasing the supreme Lord and attaining His favour cannot be done without due effort. To please the Lord, one must concentrate the mind on Him, in all of one’s activities. By doing so, the Lord will show His compassion.

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Honored Guests of the Day

Dr S. K. Sakarari MD and his wife Dr Kalpna S. Sakaria, dental surgeon.
Dr Galatra MD and his wife Patmaniben Galatra, gynecologist.

Due to the divine grace of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, these medical practitioners have successful surgeries in the Bhuj district of Kutch.

Lord Swaminarayan has stated in the Shikshapatri (slok 31) that even medicine containing meat or alcohol should be consumed. Many of the patients that these doctors treat are satsangis of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan living in the Kutch region. Thus the medical advice and prescriptions that Satsangis receive from these doctors is assured to be in accordance with the Shikshapatri. Today, these four guests had come for the darshan of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and to thank Acharya Swamishree for blessing their practices and making them so successful. In acknowledgement of their services to members of the Sanstha, Acharya Swamishree presented the two male doctors with prasanta paags. Their wives were given prasanta shawls on behalf of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan.

Religious Drama Production

The remarkably talented Sants and devotees of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan have performed many drama productions in order to lucidly explain some of the fundamental theology of our religion.

The drama production performed during the Suvarna Pratishtha Mahotsav included a series of short sketches that described the power and benefits of good, moral conduct (sadaachaar) and the power of associating with the Lord’s great Sants. The entire program was named “Sant to chalata bhala (Sants are the epitome of walking mercy)”

The first story depicted a thief who used to commit sins and then thank various deities for ensuring that he was not captured. He believed that praying to these deities would wash away his sins. He believed that the Lord washes away one’s sins, just like one washes clothes. He also believed that it was his duty to sin because otherwise the Lord would not have anything to do. He thought that God’s only role was to wash away the sins of dacoits such as himself. On one occasion, the thief encountered the sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. From their guidance, the thief realised the error of his ways. Lord Swaminarayan, our Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa and our beloved Acharya Swamishree have instructed us to have pativrata bhakti – chaste devotion likened to the devotion and commitment that a wife has for her one and only husband. By praying to many deities like the thief used to, he was not chaste in his devotion and could never attain the favour of the Lord. In the same manner, we must remain faithful and loyal to our supreme Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree. This understanding can only be attained at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi through the association of such great Sants.

Another story was based on the manner in which Lord Swaminarayan’s Sants teach good conduct by using themselves as examples of moral behaviour. One such Sant was Mahant Swami, who through his tolerance of abuse by non-believers served as an example of Lord Swaminarayan’s love and compassion for all living beings. As he and his group of Sants travelled through various regions, they encountered abuse, violence and tyranny. However, through their infinite love, compassion and tolerance, the Sants inspired the people to change their ways and take up a life of devotion to the Supreme Lord Swaminarayan.

 
 
 
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