Day 5 - Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Shatabdi Mahotsav - Afternoon
Samvat 2063 Bhadarva Vad 10, Friday 5th October 2007
Day 5 Main
The afternoon sabha heard the start of the Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Leelamrut Sukhsagar Middle Volume scripture recital. Guests for this sabha were sanskrit scholars who came for the darshan of Acharya Swamishree. They were warmly welcomed by Acharya Swamishree on behalf of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. During this sabha the highly distinguished scholars bestowed the title ‘Sanshkar Bhashkar’ to His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree.
Acharya Swamishree's Divine Ashirwad
- Dear sants and gathered scholars, Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa bids you all ‘Jay Shree Swaminarayan.’
- It is the characteristic of scholars to underpin society by passing on knowledge that they have assimilated. These are the kinds of scholars that we are honouring today.
- Jeevanpran Swamibapa made incredible efforts for the education of society. He was the first religious leader in this country to use the donations made to God, for the educational betterment of society.
- When Jeevanpran Swamibapa established Swaminarayan College, the president of India Dr Radhakrishna was present. He stated, “To have used wealth donated in the name of religion for the purposes of education is an unparalleled service. An unparalleled service by an unparalleled individual. Whilst there are sadhus such as Jeevanpran Swamibapa in India, the pride of the nation remains. I pray that You continue to uplift the pride of the nation in this way.”
- Jeevanpran Swamibapa established numerous boarding houses (chatralayas), which not only made mainstream education accessible, but also served to teach good moral conduct. Jeevanpran Swamibapa also pioneered the practice of travelling abroad to ensure expatriates residing overseas lived moral and religious lives. The fact that youngsters overseas maintain these values is the fruit of Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s endeavours.
- Jeevanpran Swamibapa has also ensured the language of God – Sanskrit – remains fervent. The definition of morals written in the ancient Hindu scriptures, in Sanskrit, have remained alive after many thousands of years – precisely because of the efforts of those such as Swamibapa. In order to maintain these values, Jeevanpran Swamibapa has ensured that Sanskrit is taught in all of His colleges.
- Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s scholastic prowess knew no bounds: He wrote the Shree Swaminarayan Charitramrut Sagar scripture containing over 20,000 Sanskrit verses. He also wrote the Harignanamrut Kavya scripture of religious poems, which contains the essence of the great scriptures.
- All of you scholars have gathered here today to pay homage to Jeevanpran Swamibapa and His immense efforts in spreading education and religiosity throughout the world. Let us all pray together to Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Bapashree and Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa: Oh Lord! May we all work together for the betterment of society through education; we pray that You remain the doer and cause of those endeavours.