Acharya Swamishree celebrated the Patotsav ceremony on 4th April 2005.
It has been fifteen years since Acharya Swamishree accepted the humble prayers of the devoted disciples of Mokhasan, and had a magnificent Temple built in the village.
In celebration, Acharya Swamishree presided over the Patotsav ceremony which took place on 4th April 2005. A recital of the divine holy scripture, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi was performed as part of the celebrations.
In His divine blessings, Acharya Swamishree narrated an episode of Lord Swaminarayan.
Once, Brahmanand Swami asked Shreejimaharaj a question, “You have mercifully assumed a human form and come onto this earth to grant salvation to souls. Up till now, to how many souls have you granted salvation?” Shreejimaharaj replied, “Infinite souls have attained salvation.”
Brahmanand Swami questioned further, “How many; one thousand, ten thousand, one million?” The only answer that Shreejimaharaj gave was, “Infinite souls have attained salvation.”
A few days later, Shreejimaharaj was travelling from one village to another. He arrived near a village and saw a huge well. He said to the sants, “I am thirsty. Go to that well and see if there is any water in it.” Shreejimaharaj sent Brahmanand Swami to investigate.
Brahmanand Swami went to the well and looked inside. There was no water in the well; instead, it was completely full with mustard seeds. Brahmanand Swami filled his water pot with the mustard seeds and returned to Shreejimaharaj.
Shreejimaharaj asked, “What have you brought?” Brahmanand Swami replied, “The well has no water in it. Instead, it is full of mustard seeds.” Shreejimaharaj commanded, “Go back to the well and count how many mustard seeds are in it.” Brahmanand Swami queried, “Maharaj! How can we count so many seeds. That is an impossible task.” Shreejimaharaj replied, “The number of mustard seeds in that well is the number of souls that I have granted salvation to already.”
Shreejimaharaj continued, “Eminent sants like you will remain in the Satsang and tour from region to region. By your darshan, innumerable other souls will become worthy of salvation. Even if the wind that has passed by you touches a soul, he will become be granted salvation.”
Acharya Swamishree said, “We are fortunate, at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, to be granted the divine darshan of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa Himself. Here, we are able to experience the supreme Lord’s divinity. Understand the magnitude of your great attainment, and remain in divine bliss forever.”