Final Sabha & Samuh Raas

The last congregation was held on the 16th January 2022. Sandhya Aarti Niyams commenced at 5.30pm. Thereafter Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj showered His divine discourses, emphasising disciples to continue pleasing the Lord more and more every day. He also recalled the event in the morning- grand opening of Purushottam Heights.

On 16th January 2022, during the morning hours, devotees gathered with so much enthusiasm and joy to inaugurate Purushottam Heights ceremoniously. It was Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s auspicious will/wish to do something for the convenience of the devotees of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan- Nairobi, to reside in proximity of the Temple. With Prem Murti Bapa’s blessings and grace, this project was accomplished. His only aim for this project was to enable disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi to participate in all the activities of the temple without any difficulty.

Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj explains that Lord Shree Swaminarayan and His Muktas always accomplish their wills and everything happens as per their will but, they give disciples the opportunity for seva. The Lord is extremely happy unto those who gave their services towards accomplishing this project that Prem Murti Bapa wished for, Purushottam Heights. Prem Murti Bapa gave us Purushottam Heights, it’s now our responsibility to ensure that we fulfil His wishes by participating in activities of the temple at all times.

In Kalyuga, the kind of association a disciple has plays an important part in one’s life, especially for disciples staying in different regions and countries. A strong company will ensure a deed is accomplished. Therefore, we as disciples of Lord Swaminarayan have to congregate and pray to Him daily. We have to keep the vow and routine our ancestors and elders maintained, of proceeding to work  only after doing darshan of the Lord. It is not an easy task, but it definitely is beneficial. One has to make it a habit of coming to temple daily morning and evening for Katha-Varta, as for children, they should be present during Sandhya Niyams and Kirtan Bhakti. Parents should Engage their children in religious and devotional activities from a very young age. This will help them gain a good understanding of the Karan Satsang, and they will remain dedicated to the Lord and religious activities. Just as one gives time to earn money, one should also give time to their family daily and discuss all matters, this in return will help the bonds of affection grow amongst each other.

Living a life in constant remembrance and fear of the Lord, under His guidance and as per His will is the key to a blissful and peaceful life. The Lord’s favour and mercy upon His disciples is endless. To attain this human life is in itself rare. It is only when 350 million natural devastations (maha-pralay) have occurred that a soul attains a human body. One has to understand these; to take the patronage of the Lord, His Sadguru and sant, i.e. the masters of salvation; to ensure that his body, indriyas and antah-karans accord with the Lord’s commands; better their soul and reach the abode of God. If someone does not understand this issue, He will needlessly waste this human body, which is a source of salvation-granting (aatyantik kalyaan) means. Therefore one should have this understanding of the Lord’s mercy upon us and His greatness.

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After His divine discourses, there was a samuh raas, where disciples played raas to please Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, Ved Ratna Bapa and Acharya Swamiji Maharaj. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj then concluded the evening by blessing every disciple and marking it the end of His Africa vicharan 2021/2022.

Prashad was then served to all devotees.

Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj's Ashirwad and Samuh Raas - Nairobi 16th January 2022