The auspicious manifestation day of the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Shree Hari Jayanti, was celebrated on Monday 14 April 2008.


The auspicious manifestation day of the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Shree Hari Jayanti, was celebrated on Monday 14 April 2008.

Purna Purushottam Lord Shree Swmainarayan came onto this Earth for the eternal salvation of souls on Samvat 1837 Chaitra Sud 9, Monday 2 April 1781. Exactly 227 year later, the almighty Lord’s arrival was celebrated at His eternal home, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar, in the divine presence of Acharya Swamishree.

On this special occasion, continual chanting of the Swaminarayan mantra was performed by sants and disciples for 24 hours, from 8.30 am on Monday 14 April 2008 to 8.30 am on 15 April 2008.

At just after 10 pm on Monday night, Acharya Swamishree performed the manifestation aarti, to celebrate the arrival of the Lord. He was seated in a silver, ornate swing and gently cradled, whilst the sants and disciples sang devotional songs with the accompaniment of traditional musical instruments.

Panchajiri, a sweet mixture of five items, such as coriander seeds, cumin, coconut, ghee and ghor, was offered to the Lord and then distributed to all as prasad.

During the morning of Tuesday 15 April 2008, Acharya Swamishree presided over the conclusion of the 24 hour chanting. The divine blessings of Jeevanpran Swamibapa were heard and thereafter, Acharya Swamishree bestowed blessings to the sants and disciples.

Acharya Swamishree explained:

By reciting the sacred name of God, one’s mind becomes purified and the enemies that remain within a person, such as lust, anger, greed, etc. are destroyed.

The supreme Lord manifested on the Earth for this very purpose; to explain the futility of such worldly pleasures, and the magnitude of the eternal pleasures that are associated with God; and thereby, free souls from such enemies.

Year on year, you continue to worship God in numerous different ways, but you need to examine what you are doing. Are you advancing or declining in the Satsang? Are you getting closer to God or not? Is your status in the divine eyes of God increasing or decreasing? That is the manner of examination that each disciple needs to perform.

Jeevanpran Swamibapa has taught us to maintain a continuous remembrance of God, even whilst performing all of one’s daily routines. Through having such a constant recollection of the Lord, one can remain amongst the mire of the worldly Maya and yet maintain one’s fidelity towards God and experience the eternal, divine pleasures of God. The muddy waters of Maya cannot affect a person who actively makes efforts never to forget the almighty Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa.