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Acharya Swamishree Departs
August 5, 2015

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After a month and a half of touring United States and Canada to spread the glory and supreme philosophy of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj's 2015 North American Vicharan came to an end on Tuesday, August 5, 2015, when Acharya Swamishree departed for the United Kingdom to continue his vicharan there. From June 30 through August 5, Acharya Swamishree performed several patotsav ceremonies across the continent, inspired parayans, delivered countless ashirwads, performed padhramanis at many homes and businesses, and inspired the first-ever Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan North America Convention, which was a remarkable success with Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree's blessings.

The Subhechha Samarambh program was held at Shree Swaminarayan Temple New Jersey on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, the day before Acharya Swamishree departed. Around 5 PM, everyone gathered inside the temple prayer hall, and sants performed kirtan-bhakti. Afterwards, Acharya Swamishree performed sandhya aarti, and everyone recited daily niyams. Once niyams concluded, Acharya Swamishree showered His divine blessings upon the entire congregation for the last time during His 2014 North American vicharan. Honorable guests were blessed by Acharya Swamishree, disciples offered garlands to Acharya Swamishree and sants to bid them farewell until next time, and many disciples and Swamibapa Pipe Band members were then honored for their outstanding seva to the temple as a part of the annual seva recognition awards at Shree Swaminarayan Temple New Jersey. Acharya Swamishree then blessed all of the disciples and gave everyone His divine darshan before the program concluded.

Acharya Swamishree performed His last aarti of the vicharan at Shree Swaminarayan Temple New Jersey around 4:30 PM on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. He blessed disciples inside the temple one last time before exiting. He was then seated inside His car outside the main entrance of the temple, and a police escort led the car from the temple to Newark International Airport.

Acharya Swamishree's flight to London departed around 7:30 PM, and His 2015 North American vicharan came to an end. Acharya Swamishree will continue to elucidate the Lord's teachings in the United Kingdom before returning to India in September.

 


Chaturmaas Niyams
July 27, 2015

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Monday, July 27, 2015, marked the commencement of Chaturmas, a four-month auspicious period of religious vows dedicated to Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. Acharya Swamishree, sants, and disciples took their auspicious vows in front of Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa at Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Secaucus, New Jersey. This year, Chaturmas concludes on Kartik Sud Ekadashi on November 22, 2015.

The purpose of Chaturmas is to take on additional vows, as described by Lord Shree Swaminarayan in the Shikshapatri, Holy Book of Commandments, sloks 76 - 78. Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa urged disciples to include three elements in their vows: penance, scripture recital, and meditation.
Suggested Chaturmas Niyams:

  • Dharna parna - Oopvas on one day and one meal on the next day for 15 days, 1 month, or entire Chaturmas
  • Ek tana - One meal a day for 15 days, 1 month, or entire Chaturmas
  • Oopvas - On Ekadashi days for the entire Chaturmas
  • Dhyan - Perform at least 5 minutes dhyan every day during Chaturmas
  • Scriptual Recital - Choose a scripture (Shikshapatri, Swaminarayan Gadi Granth, Bapashree ni Vato, Vachnamrut, etc.) and complete the reading of it during Chaturmas
  • Kirtans - Learn a number of kirtans during Chaturmas
  • Extra Mala - Perform extra mala during your pooja for the duration of Chaturmas
  • Extra Pradakshina - Perform extra pradakshina during your pooja for the duration of Chaturmas

 


New Jersey Arrival
July 26, 2015

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