Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
Abjibapa Jayanti Celebrations in Maninagar  

Kartik Sud Ekadashi

On the 4th of November 2003, Kartik sud ekadashi, Abjibapashree Jayanti celebrations were held at temples around the world. A 24-hour continuous dhoon was held at the headquarters of the Karan Satsang, Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Maninagar, India, in the presence of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree. Continuous dhoon were also held for shorter periods of time at all Swaminarayan Gadi Temples around the world.

On the auspicious occasion of Jeevanpran Bapashree's manifestation day, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree blessed the entire congregation with His divine ashirwad.

  • We have all gathered here, at the divine feet of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa, at the centre of the Swaminarayan faith, the home of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. This is the true home of Lord Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Bapashree and Jeevanpran Swamibapa.

  • To please the Lord, you all performed a 24 hour continuous dhoon (chant of the supreme Swaminarayan name). Even though the continual dhoon concluded some time ago, you will still be experiencing its reverberation in your mind and that sound will be ringing within you for the rest of the day. However, that is not where this should end. The auspicious sound and reverberation of the divine dhoon should remain ringing within you until your very last breath. Only then can it be said that you have taken part in the continual dhoon.

  • When can one say that they have truly performed the dhoon? I will answer this question, using the example of computers, because the world today is regarded as the age of computers.

  • If you want to run a program, you need an operating system, such as Windows. In the same manner, your mind, the body's computer, needs an operating system, in the form of it's burning desire. The nature of the burning desire will dictate the workings of the computer, i.e. the mind. If the burning desire is about God, the mind will run according to the wishes and commands of God. If the operating system, i.e. the burning desire is directed towards worldly objects, the mind will run in that mode, using that operating system.

  • You need a constant trust in the commands and actions of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa. Just as a computer requires a constant voltage supply to run efficiently, your own computer, in the form of your mind, requires a constant supply of energy, in the form of trust. If one starts to have doubts about the Lord and His commands, then it can be said that your power supply is becoming unreliable, and your voltage is fluctuating. Once this happens, you can be sure that your computer is on the verge of burning itself out.

  • Disobedience of the commands of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa, and actually raising doubts about His deeds, is the biggest virus that can attack your computer, i.e. your mind. Just as a biological virus can completely disrupt your normal bodily functioning, and a computer virus can destroy entire networks of computers, mistrust in the Lord, disobedience of His commands, and doubt about His actions, can be construed as being lethal viruses. It may have taken you years to create within you, the programs of devotion and service unto the Lord. However, the infection of this virus, for even a short moment, will be enough to immediately destroy all these programs. This virus is so powerful that all the data lost will never be recovered.

  • If you truly wish to please the Lord, and remain in His divine service forever, you must keep the strength within you to remain faithful to God, and obey His wishes and commands. Then, your computer will continue to function effectively. This is the teaching that you all must learn today and adopt within you. Only then will you be able to keep the continual dhoon of the merciful Lord sounding forever within you.

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