Third Day of the Mahotsav
Wednesday 29 April 2009, Samvat 2065 Vaishak Sud 5
On day 3 of the festival, the scripture recital of the Rahasyarth Pradipika Tika Sah Vachanamrut continued. Sadguru Shashtri Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swami and Shree Vignanprakashdasji Swami recited the divine scripture and then explained further each of the issues discussed by the Lord. Several dignitaries came for the darshan and blessings of Acharya Swamishree, including Dr Shankariya and Dr Chadhari, eminent physicians of the region. A charity donation was also made for improvements to the village crematorium.
Acharya Swamishree then blessed the congregation in which He said:
- In order to protect and propagate the true, unadulterated principles of Lord Swaminarayan and Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, our beloved Gurudev, Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa established Shree Swaminarayan Sidhant Sajivan Mandals around the world. Through this glorious institution, disciples have understood the unsurpassed glory of Lord Swaminarayan.
- The Lord guides us to the way that we should behave. Even when taking part in religious activities, such as performing devotional dance and music, one must never forget the Lord’s divine Murti. Otherwise, taking part in such dance and music events is futile. If one becomes engrossed in the Lord’s Murti whilst dancing, singing, and performing the musical instruments then, the blessings of the supreme Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa are attained. There is a vast difference between the dancing performed by disciples and people of the world; disciples take part to please the God whilst others of the world dance for their own worldly pleasure.
- Throughout your life, you must remain along the path directed by God. A virtuous soul enjoins his life with a true Satpurush, who directs him to God. An imprudent soul interacts with those who are averse to God. Such an individual strives to remain afar from the path advocated by God and instead, seeks pleasure in mere worldly objects. Such worldly gains can only be transient, whereas, the divine pleasure of God is eternal and limitless.
- The supreme Lord has manifested upon the Earth to free souls from such worldly attachments. This merciful Lord is present today at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, and He is imparting His divine bliss to souls who faithfully surrender to the resort of this supreme, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
After the blessings, the benefactors of the scripture recitals performed aarti.
During the afternoon, a magnificent procession, Nagaryatra was held through Madhapar. A magnificent, ornately decorated gold chariot carried Jeevanpran Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree through all the main streets of Madhapar. A military style tank carried the divine Murtis of Lord Shree Swaminarayan and Jeevanpran Bapashree.
It seemed as if the entire population of Madhapar had come out onto the streets for the Lord’s darshan. The procession passed through both the new and old conurbations.
Dancers and musicians performed throughout the procession. Just before sunset, the procession reached the Mandir. The entire village of Madhapar had been blessed this day by the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree.