Each year is divided into 12 equal months comprising of 30 days. Each month is further divided into two equal halves. The first half (sud) is referred to as the bright half and this corresponds to the 15 days from when there is a new moon to when a full moon is visible (poonam), i.e. when the moon is waxing. The dark half (vad) refers to when the moon is waning, i.e. the 15 days from the full moon to when there is none (amaas). At Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, this amaas day is referred to as Shree Sadguru Din. Each Sadguru Din is held with great significance as it commemorates the life and works of Sadguru Shree Ishwar Bapa, who left his mortal appearance on the day of amaas.
On 29th December 2016, devotees gathered at Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Mandal – Nairobi to observe this auspicious occasion.
Sadguru Din commenced with Sandhya Arti Niyams at 5.30pm. Dhyan from 6-6.30pm followed by the commemoration of the divine granth. Thereafter Acharya Swamishree in His discourses explained that, “The Lord is pleased if a person is devoted to Him without any kind of jealousy, for the sole purpose of attaining his own salvation. Whilst performing devotion, if some fault is committed, that fault should be attributed to oneself; attributing the faults to the Indriyas and Antah-karans is the foolishness of the soul. Faults should be attributed to soul as well and not the mind alone. If one understands this, evil associations cannot affect a person and he can worship God without any hindrance.”
A samuh raas was played thereafter and Prasad of Ghanthiya and Amrut Paak distributed to all courtesy of the parayan hosts.