The final day of the Patotsav celebrations included the Patotsav Darshan of the divine murtis at Maninagar Temple and Acharya Swamishree's divine ashirwad.
After performing the grand patotsav ceremony, Acharya Swamishree presided amongst an assembly in the Main Auditorium.
Acharya Swamishree performed the inauguration of a new introductory book about our unique Organisation called ‘Sanstha Ek, Kaaryo Anek’ (One Organisation but with Many Functions).
He then blessed the august assembly with His divine blessings, in which He said;
The site where we are sitting today is a very holy place because Lord Swaminarayan came here on many occasions. He became so fond of this land that He made Maninagar His eternal home. Shree Swaminarayan Temple Maninagar is the divine abode where the Almighty Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa presides forever.
This holy site of pilgrimage is where one can become purified from all sins and experience divine bliss.
You have all been blessed with the auspicious shelter of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. All you have to do now is remain dedicated, trusting and faithful to this holy land. If your worldly body dies whilst you remain here, the only path that remains open to you is the wonderful road to the Lord’s Murti, in other words, you attain aatyantik moksh. You have attained this great shelter due to the immense mercy of Jeevanpran Swamibapa. If He had not held our hands and introduced us to the true identity of the Lord Swaminarayan and Jeevanpran Bapashree, we would not be sitting here today, at the lotus feet of the Lord.
In Gadhada First Section Vachanamrut 10, Lord Swaminarayan says that one must never forget the great deeds that others have done for us. He cites the example of Sevakram.
“During My forest expedition, I met a scholarly sadhu named Sevakram. Whilst travelling, he fell ill. Although he had one thousand gold coins with him, he had no one to look after him. Having pity on him, I started to look after him.
The sadhu was suffering from acute dysentery and was profusely passing pus and blood. I used to clean all these and serve him. The sadhu used to give Me only enough money to buy the amount of sugar, ghee, grain, etc., that he would need, but no more. I bought these items, cooked and then fed the food to him. For My food, I had to go to the village for alms. On certain occasions, I did not manage to get any food from the people; so I had to fast. Still, the sadhu never once said to Me that he had enough money, so I should cook for the both of us and we should dine together. After two months of dedicated nursing and treatment, the sadhu recovered to some extent. We resumed our journey. He used to make Me carry his luggage which weighed twenty kilograms. He used to walk with only a rosary in his hand. He then recovered completely to an extent that he was able to digest a pound of ghee. Even still, he only walked empty handed and continued to make Me carry his weighty luggage. Thus, I served that sadhu and made him well again. However, that sadhu never offered Me even a morsel of food. Finally I understood that he was a completely ungrateful person. So, I gave up his company.”
Therefore, the Lord says that someone who does not appreciate the services that are rendered to him should be considered an ungrateful person, and one should not associate with such individuals.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa has done so much for us, for our spiritual welfare, one cannot ever repay Him. You must remain obedient to His commands and His wishes. Then, you will not be considered ungrateful. If you become ungrateful, then just as in the case of Sevakram, the Lord will abandon you.
Understand that true happiness is here, at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi; and with this ultimate understanding, by remain here, at the home of the merciful Lord, you will experience the unsurpassed divine bliss.