During the 11th Patotsav of Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Secaucus, New Jersey, all North American Mandals (Chapters) of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan (“SGS”) will join to celebrate the following milestones achieved by His Divine Holiness Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj (Acharya Swamiji Maharaj):
- 50th anniversary of Acharya Swamiji Maharaj’s Diksha Din (initiation as an ascetic into the Swaminarayan sect)
- 25th anniversary of Acharya Swamiji Maharaj’s first visit to the United States as Acharya of SGS
- 25th anniversary of Acharya Swamiji Maharaj’s establishment of SGS in North America.
In honor of these milestones, SGS North America has organized a Platinum Tula (ceremonial weighing) of our Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj’s dearly loved predecessor. As the fourth spiritual successor to Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa worked tirelessly to spread the teachings of Lord Shree Swaminarayan to countless souls through the far corners of the world. Indeed, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa was the first Swaminarayan leader to travel to the United States and establish the Swaminarayan sect in this nation. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj has embraced His role as the spiritual successor of Lord Shree Swaminarayan and Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa and has profoundly built on Their divine legacy.
By weighing our Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, who was “Shreeji-Sankalp-Murti” or the will-manifest of Lord Shree Swaminarayan, we are in fact weighing Lord Shree Swaminarayan Himself. We recognize and understand that Lord Shree Swaminarayan, as the creator and cause of all things, is “atul” or incapable of being weighed. Quite simply, Lord Shree Swaminarayan and His will-manifest are incomparable. By performing the Platinum Tula, we are attempting that which cannot be done. Platinum, one of the most precious materials in the world, is symbolic of our love – our love for our Gurudev who has shown us the divine path to oneness with Lord Shree Swaminarayan, the very love that our Gurudev has unselfishly instilled in us. With Lord Shree Swaminarayan’s blessings, may our love prove to be comparable.
The only other Platinum Tula to take place in the history of the Swaminarayan sect was in celebration of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa’s 60th manifestation day anniversary almost 45 years ago. This will be the first Platinum Tula to take place since then – a truly historic occasion.
The Platinum Tula will take place at Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Secaucus, New Jersey, on Sunday, August 5, 2012. It will be performed inside the temple facility in the presence of Acharya Swamiji Maharaj, respected ascetics of SGS, and disciples from throughout the world. The program also will be broadcast live worldwide on the internet. Please visit www.SwaminarayanGadi.com for more details.
SGS North America warmly invites everyone to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event, witness the historic Platinum Tula, and receive the divine blessings from Acharya Swamiji Maharaj.