Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
Gurupoonam Celebrations Held in Maninagar  

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The Supreme Enlightener of all, i.e. the Guru of all is Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa because it is He who removes the darkness of worldly miseries and bestows the enlightenment of eternal bliss to souls who take report to Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.

Ashadh Sud Poonam, Gurupoonam, is the dedicated to one’s Guru. This auspicious occasion was celebrated in Maninagar, the centre of the divine Karan Satsang, in the presence of Acharya Swamishree on Tuesday 11 July 2006.

A special Bhakti Sangeet performance was held during the evening of 10 July in the Shree Muktajeevan Auditorium. The sants performed devotional songs at the start of the evening’s performances. Several leading singers from Gujarat then performed devotional songs. A spectacular patriotic dance performance was given by a disadvantaged artist from Varodara. A Kathak dancer delighted the audience with his stunning performance that involved fire and dancing on broken glass and the edge of open swords.

During the morning of 11 July 2006, Acharya Swamishree performed the Shanghar Aarti of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shree Harikrishna Maharaj, Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj, Shree Jeevanpran Bapashree and Shree Jeevanpran Swamibapa; all of whom were giving darshan adorned in wonderful flower garments that had been prepared by the sants during the preceding night.

Jeevanpran Swamibapa was seated in a decorated palanquin and carried by the sants and disciples to Shree Muktajeevan Auditorium where the Gurupoonam celebrations were held. Acharya Swamishree and eminent sants performed the poojan of Jeevanpran Swamibapa and adorned Him with flower garments. A new CD of devotional songs called Rase Rame Rasilo, was inaugurated. The music for this CD has been composed by Shree Viju Shah and the words for this continuous, 79 minute devotional song has been written by Sadguru Shashtri Shree Sarveshwardasji Swami.

Acharya Swamishree then bestowed His divine blessings during which He explained the significance of this day and explained the importance of attaining the true Guru, Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and remaining obedient to His commands.

Acharya Swamishree will be embarking on a two month tour of Europe and the USA on Friday 14 July 2006. On this occasion, the sants who will be accompanying Him were garlanded by disciples.

These celebrations were also broadcast live over the internet.

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