Saturday 24 June 2017 | Jeth Vad 30/Ashadh Sud 1, Samvat 2073

Sat 24 Jun 2017

An extract from the divine scripture, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, Chapter 31 - Jeevanpran Swamibapa.

Jeevanpran Swamibapa travelled from village to village throughout Kutch and Gujarat, enlightening all to the spiritual knowledge and principles of Jeevanpran Bapashree. He also performed many extraordinary miracles and revealed his great prowess.

Once, Jeevanpran Swamibapa went to the Ganga of Rampur in Kutch with many of his devotees. He ceremonially bathed Shree Harikrishna Maharaj with milk and yoghurt. Everyone then took the opportunity to demonstrate their devotion towards Jeevanpran Swamibapa  and  performed  aarti  to him.   Thereafter everyone played raas.  They   sang the kirtan:



Aaje to Shreeji pragat Bhagwan, de chhe aatyantik moksh-nu daan

Today, the supreme Lord Shreeji is present before us, bestowing eternal salvation to all

It was late into the evening when the dancing concluded. Everyone had danced with such enthusiasm and energy to the rhythm of the dokad that they were extremely hungry. But, how could they find food in the forest? However, the one who provides auspicious delight everywhere, even in a forest, Jeevanpran Swamibapa, was with them. The sants had a half-filled, small tin of magaj, for offering to the Lord. Jeevanpran Swamibapa offered this to Shree Harikrishna Maharaj and then said everybody, “Everyone form a queue to receive prasad.” There were all about 300 to 400 devotees and there was only a half filled tin of prasad. So they prayed, “Swamibapa! You and the sants eat. We will be satisfied by that.” Jeevanpran Swamibapa replied, “We all will take prasad.” According to Swamibapa’s command, everyone came and held out their hands to receive the prasad. Jeevanpran Swamibapa started serving handfuls of magaj to each devotee. The line of devotees ended, but the tin of prasad remained just as full it was! Jeevanpran Swamibapa then asked, “If there is anyone left, come and take prasad.” Who would remain without receiving such divine prasad? Jeevanpran Swamibapa asked again, “If anyone wishes to have prasad again, let them come.” However, the devotees were fully satisfied, and replied, “Swamibapa! We have all had enough to eat.”

Jeevanpran Swamibapa and the sants then also took some prasad. Everyone hailed in acclamation and returned to their villages, singing the praises of Jeevanpran Swamibapa.

Extracted from the scripture, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, by Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj. Chapter 31 – Jeevanpran Swamibapa