The fifth and final day of the Shree Vachanamrut Dwishatabdi Mahotsav and Shree Abji Bapashree Shatamrut Mahotsav was here – with so much joy and celebration, so much a divinity experienced throughout the festivals, the time had flown by.

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Morning Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj

Day 5 - Shree Vachanamrut Dwishatabdi Mahotsav & Shree Abji Bapashree Shatamrut Mahotsav

The fifth and final day of the Shree Vachanamrut Dwishatabdi Mahotsav and Shree Abji Bapashree Shatamrut Mahotsav was here – with so much joy and celebration, so much a divinity experienced throughout the festivals, the time had flown by.

The day started with a Shobha Yatra from Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Vrushpur to the Sabha Mandap, led by the combined Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Bands from India, London, Bolton, Nairobi and USA. The procession also featured a Shahi Swagat with disciples carrying various offerings for the Lord and others dressed in traditional Kutchi attire, performing ucchav. All the while, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree presided sat on an ornately decorated ox cart that His beloved Sants were pulling.

The cart was also carrying buckets full of Sukhdi prasad, and as soon as the procession reached the forecourt of the Sabha Mandap, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj began feeding all those gathered with it. The very same prasad was distributed to each and every individual in the Sabha Mandap – a staggering three and a half tonnes of Sukhdi was made to satisfy the spiritual desires of the some ten thousand attending these Mahotsavs. When Jeevanpran Bapashree used to hold grand mahotsavs in Vrushpur, He had Sukhdi made. He used to sit on the back of a cart and feed handfuls of the Sukhdi to all the disciples. In the exact same way, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj too distributed the prasad to everyone on this last day of the Mahotsav.

Soon after They presided onto the stage, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj began the poojan ceremony to Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree by first adorning Him with gold garlands, kundal, and mugat. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj then cut a cake and offered it to Bapashree.

Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree was then ceremonially weighed during a Tula ceremony. At the beginning of the ceremony, Bapashree was adorned with a garland made entirely of sesame seeds, lovingly prepared by disciple in a show of devotion and dedication. He was then weighed against flowers first, and then against betel nuts, sugar, coconuts, dry fruits, pure silver, and finally against the ‘panch-ratna’ - five precious jewels including gold and diamonds. In between each weighing, a chhadi to salute Bapashree boomed out across the sabha.

Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Swamibapa Pipe Band paid their final salute to Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree as He presided in the Tula scales, before Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and Sants offered Aarti. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj then showered His divine Ashirwad on everyone, in which He personally acknowledged all the immense efforts of the Sants and disciples.

  • On this final day of the Mahotsavs, let us pray to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa that all those disciples around the world who were unable to attend in person due to unavoidable circumstances are bestowed with the same blessings as those who sat here in this assembly.

  • A kingdom of spiritual love, dedication and devotion can be seen within this assembly, because this is the assembly of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. May those virtues remain flourishing within you all, so that you progress day by day and become closer and closer to the merciful Lord.

  • The Lord is saying that the reward of all this devotion is the bestowal of His own Murti. He will impart the bliss of His Murti to those who remain associated with this assembly for the duration of their life.

  • The Lord has personally seen what kind of service each Sant and disciple performed during this Mahotsav. Not even a small deed was unknown to Him. Becoming pleased with you all, He will ensure your spiritual desires are fulfilled.

  • In GFS 62 of the Vachanamrut scripture, Lord Shree Swaminarayan says that those who yearn for their own salvation will enjoin everything; their physical body, wealth, home, family etc. for the service of the Lord, and discard everything that does not come in use for performing the services of the Lord. Such sincere dedication has been seen during the Mahotsavs.

  • Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree says that by performing services, one becomes enabled to identify one’s own flaws. That is the first step towards progression towards the Lord. By identifying one’s fault and making steps towards rectifying them, one becomes enabled to please the Lord.

  • Lord Shree Swaminarayan remained in Kutch for seven years, from Samvat 1861 to Samvat 1868. For the next 18 years, He was not able to re-visit the region. So then, the disciples of Kutch, including Surajba, Sundarjibhai, Gangaram Mall, and many others went to Gadhpur and prayed for the Lord to return with them. However, by that time. Lord Shree Swaminarayan had already made His decision to end His human appearance from this Earth. So He replied, “I will fulfil your wishes, but not at this time. I will come again there in the future, and bring a renaissance to the Faith and to your lives. The decision that I had made to appear in a human on the Earth for 125 years will be fulfilled through whom I appear as in Kutch. I will also bring great Muktas with Me, such as this Gopalanand Swami. Together, the true essence of My supremacy and philosophy will become spread everywhere.

  • Shree Achutdasji Swami from Bhuj Mandir had the remarkable ability to visualise what Lord Shree Swaminarayan was doing at that very moment. Tat ability had been given to him from two eminent Nand status Sants when he was only a very small child. When Shree Achyutdasji Swami first saw baby Bapashree, he delightfully said, “The Lord Himself has appeared again in this form.”

  • Right from His childhood years, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree showed countless miracles. Many of these have been portrayed in the exhibition at the entrance of this grand assembly marque.

  • Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree created the Rahasyarth Pradeepika Tika – the commentary to the Vachanamrut. This is the only way to understand what the Lord is saying, and why He spoke in any particular manner in that Vachanamrut.

Parayan sponsors were still streaming in, and come the end of Ashirwad, the grand total of Shree Abji Bapashree ni Vato recitals sponsored reached 2001 – a staggering show of love and devotion from the worldwide Shree Swaminarayan Gadi family, not just those who were able to personally attend. In a special acknowledgement to Sants for their incredible efforts in delivering such grand, magnificent and successful Mahotsavs, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj gifted each Sant with a prasad shawl.

An announcement was made regarding the new Shikshapatri Application that has been created with the blessings of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.

Acharya Swamishree Maharaj also inaugurated Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sayak fund – which is dedicated to the relief of poverty. To start the activities of this charitable project, 175 poor people in the village of Vrushpur and surrounding villages, who made a living selling goods from the roadside, were given trolleys and 20 cartfuls of whatever goods they were selling. In this manner, they were provided with the kickstart to earn a living in a more effective manner.

Disciples then had the opportunity to offer Aartis of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, as Bapa was keen to ensure each and every person attending the festivals had their spiritual desires completely fulfilled – no-one was left wanting on this most auspicious of occasions. The day and Mahotsavs ended with everyone taking prasad lunch.