On the auspicious day of the 69th Patotsav ceremony of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Temple-Nairobi, Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj explains that the reward to offering our services and poojan to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, is the Lord’s appreciation and His Murti.
There is oneness in the congregation here and in Akshardham, the same darshan that is in Akshardham is the same that is here. Whosoever comes for the Lord’s darshan attains His divine blessings.
All our abilities, capabilities, goals become immense through Lord Shree Swaminarayan. By showering His grace upon us, He has made us just as divinely lustrous as His Murti is. Shree Jeevanpran Bapashree and Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa have always explained to us how fortunate our souls are such that, our soul’s countless sins , karmas, liabilities, burdens etc from the past births have been cleared and burnt away on the day we took patronage at the Lotus feet of Lord Swaminarayan and at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, and swore to abide by the five vartamans and wore Lord Swaminarayan’s Kanthi. The Lord cleared our souls off all these and made it pure, made it capable of attaining the divine abode of Akshardham and made it able to attain His lustrous Murti.
The Lord has mentioned in the Vachanamrut that out of all the means, worshipping Him is the most important. The biggest achievement in this life is to attain eternal salvation. Doing worldly related activities without resorting to the Lord is like doing zero work. Muktajeevan Swamibapa says that one has attained everything if he simply worships the Lord with an aim to attain eternal salvation. By doing this, a soul ends its continuous cycle of life and death.
Without having an understanding of the immense Glory of the Lord, one cannot build compassion towards Him. The Lord explaining His glory says that everything in this multiple universes happens according to His will; and by His efficacy, everything also happens according to the will of this assembly. The amount of deficiency that remains in one’s worship of Him determines the extent of one’s deeds that do not come to fruition. He frees His disciples from all miseries. Whilst remaining here, He knows about everything. He is God. Even if a gravely sinning soul comes to His shelter and remains in accordance with His religious decree and vows, He will ensure that he attains His divine abode, Akshardham. Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa have taken this responsibility for bestowing salvation to souls on them.
One should realize that salvation has already been attained. If a person maintains firm trust in Him and abides in accordance with His commands, the Lord will protect that person even during a crisis from which there is no other way of being rescued. However, if one does not associate with the Satsang and does not observe its commandments, the Lord has nothing to do with that person.
Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj explains that one has to always stay engrossed in offering services to the Lord. The more engrossed we stay in God the more one forgets the consciousness of the Body and attains the highest level of mental peace. This in turn helps one get rid of their evil worldly desires and hence purifying their soul. A pure soul then inclines towards worshiping the Lord. He also explains the positive and negative consequences of excess wealth. Excess wealth (Arth) comes with it lots of negative consequences (Anarth). With less wealth one acts in accordance to the religious decrees and the Lord’s Commands and remains at the service of Muktas and Sants. With the gaining of wealth; some start growing egoistic and stop abiding in accordance with the five vartamans. All have attained abundant wealth with the Lord’s Grace and therefore we should be extremely careful that we do not become egoistic due to wealth and mairain respect within each other as devotees of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and the Lord is pleased upon devotees who act in such a manner. Finally, we should pray to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj to bless us with the strength, courage and intellect to be able to abide in accordance to the Lord’s commands and understand their significance on us.