Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
Devotional Dance Performance  


As part of the continuing celebrations of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Satabdi, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree hosted a special devotional dance and musical concert performed by the immensely talented Sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan.

The event was held on Friday 15th February 2002, at Tagore Hall, Ahmedabad.

Chief Guests present were Mahamandaleshwar Shree Mangalanandji Maharaj, "Lankesh" Shree Arvind Trivedi and Bollywood's infamous musical director Shree Anandjibhai.

Lord Swaminarayan encouraged His sants to become proficient in all areas of the cultural arts and use these skills in their worship of the Lord. Sants became poets, singers, musical artists, dancers, painters, sculptors etc. Each sant was skilful enough to make fortunes using their talent and prowess in society at large. Yet they devoted their skills only to please the supreme Lord Swaminarayan. Similarly, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree has provided constant encouragement to each of His sants so that they excel in their learning of literature and the arts. The love of Acharya Swamishree for the spiritual arts can be seen in each and every sant as they perform cultural dances or sing kirtans on stage. Over 50 years ago, Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa established the Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Kala Kendra, a centre for the learning of all the fine arts. Through this Kala Kendra , the sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan have reached the pinnacle of talent. There had been a great demand from the leading citizens of Ahmedabad for Acharya Swamishree to hold a public gala where His sants could demonstrate their skills. His Holiness Acharya Swamishree accepted their wishes and held this event.

The highlight of the performances was the creation of the Swastika symbol whilst dancing. A sant performed a classical Indian dance on a bed of auspicious kumkum. As he danced, he drew a perfect Swastika with his feet. The Swastika is a symbol of Hinduism and of the eternal religion. It symbolises unity, spiritual progression and the wheel of auspicious life. Many meanings relating to spirituality have been assigned to the Swastika symbol. It is therefore used to grace the entrance of homes and is inscribed as part of various religious and social ceremonies.

The youth of today have blindly followed the western practises and ignored their own rich identity and heritage. In an attempt to rekindle interest in the Bharatiya arts, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree has held grand devotional dance and music performances throughout the world. In this way, Acharya Swamishree has upheld, preserved and disseminated the glorious and rich heritage of Bharat. After the performances, Shree Mangalanandji Maharaj reaffirmed this fact, announcing that it is Acharya Swamishree and His sants that are preserving the true, essential heritage of India in the exact manner that the ancient Rushi Munis had intended.

Lankesh Shree Arvind Trivedi and Shree Anandjibhai spoke about their delight at being present to witness such performances. They commended Acharya Swamishree for His creation of such talent.

At the end of the programme, His Holiness Acharya Swamishree blessed the assembly. Acharya Swamishree talked about how bad habits and addictions cause lives to become useless and unaccomplished. "The youth today have become obsessed with addiction, to fashion, adultery, sin and immorality. The purpose of events such as this, is to save them from such futility, and encourage the youth today to live honourable and worthy lives."

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