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  • 𝒫𝓇𝒶𝓂𝓊𝓀𝒽 𝒱𝒶𝓇𝓃𝒾 𝒟𝒾𝓃

Pramukh Varni Din commemorates the day Shastriji Maharaj appointed Pramukh Swami Maharaj as the President of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. On Vaishakh Vad 10 Vikram Samvat Year 1963 (June 5, 1907), Shastriji Maharaj, the third spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminaryan, inaugurated a shikharbaddha mandir in Bochasan with Akshar Purushottham in the central shrine. Thus, this day became known as the day Shastriji Maharaj founded the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

On Jeth Sud 4 Vikram Samvat Year 2006 (May 21, 1950 CE), Shastriji Maharaj held a meeting at the hari mandir in Ambli Vali Pol, an area just inside the old city walls of Ahmedabad. This meeting was held at 5 o’clock in the evening. Shastriji Maharaj told everyone that was present, “Just as Sadguru Ramanand Swami appointed the young Sahajanand Swami [Bhagwan Swaminarayan, who was 21 years old at that time] as the head of the Sampraday, I hereby appoint in my place Sadguru Shastri Narayanswarupdasji as the head of the Sanstha.” He then draped a saffron colored shawl around Shastri Narayanswarupdasji’s shoulders. While glancing at the 28-year-old sadhu, Shastriji Maharaj said, “Yogiji Maharaj here is vachansiddh and a spiritually elevated sadhu. You are to further the progress of satsang under his guidance.” Shastriji Maharaj turned to Yogiji Maharaj and requested, “Kindly place your hands on Shastri Narayanswarupdasji’s head so that he may be graced with your virtues.” #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #pramukhvarni #pramukhvarnidin #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsindia #bapsamdavad #ambliwalipol #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝒫𝓇𝒶𝓂𝓊𝓀𝒽 𝒱𝒶𝓇𝓃𝒾 𝒟𝒾𝓃

    Pramukh Varni Din commemorates the day Shastriji Maharaj appointed Pramukh Swami Maharaj as the President of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. On Vaishakh Vad 10 Vikram Samvat Year 1963 (June 5, 1907), Shastriji Maharaj, the third spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminaryan, inaugurated a shikharbaddha mandir in Bochasan with Akshar Purushottham in the central shrine. Thus, this day became known as the day Shastriji Maharaj founded the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

    On Jeth Sud 4 Vikram Samvat Year 2006 (May 21, 1950 CE), Shastriji Maharaj held a meeting at the hari mandir in Ambli Vali Pol, an area just inside the old city walls of Ahmedabad. This meeting was held at 5 o’clock in the evening. Shastriji Maharaj told everyone that was present, “Just as Sadguru Ramanand Swami appointed the young Sahajanand Swami [Bhagwan Swaminarayan, who was 21 years old at that time] as the head of the Sampraday, I hereby appoint in my place Sadguru Shastri Narayanswarupdasji as the head of the Sanstha.” He then draped a saffron colored shawl around Shastri Narayanswarupdasji’s shoulders. While glancing at the 28-year-old sadhu, Shastriji Maharaj said, “Yogiji Maharaj here is vachansiddh and a spiritually elevated sadhu. You are to further the progress of satsang under his guidance.” Shastriji Maharaj turned to Yogiji Maharaj and requested, “Kindly place your hands on Shastri Narayanswarupdasji’s head so that he may be graced with your virtues.” #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #pramukhvarni #pramukhvarnidin #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsindia #bapsamdavad #ambliwalipol #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  677  2  9 hours ago
  • AUSTERE JINA BHAGAT

The King of Mengni was a great devotee of God. At his request, Krishnacharandas Swami visited Mengni every year to celebrate the Annakut festival.

One year, however, the King of Lodhika invited Swamiji to celebrate Annakut in Lodhika. The king was also a staunch devotee. He provided all the raw materials for the celebrations. From morning till evening, the sadhus and parshads devoutly prepared the various sweet and savoury delicacies for the festival. When the day of Annakut arrived, a grand festival was held. The delicacies were first offered to God. At the king’s order a meal with sata and jalebi were ready to be served to everyone.

Jina Bhagat used to fast some days in the month. Realizing that such delicious sweets like sata and jalebi will be served on that day he decided to observe a fast. All the sadhus went for lunch, except Jina Bhagat.

When the king heard that Jina Bhagat was fasting, he pleaded with him saying, “Today is a festival day. You should not fast today, so please eat.” Jina Bhagat politely refused. The king repeated his request several times but Jina Bhagat told him, “I have a stomachache and am not hungry, so I do not want to eat anything.” #yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #yogijimaharajsmruti #bapsgondal #bapsindia #bapsphotos #bapsphoto #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • AUSTERE JINA BHAGAT

    The King of Mengni was a great devotee of God. At his request, Krishnacharandas Swami visited Mengni every year to celebrate the Annakut festival.

    One year, however, the King of Lodhika invited Swamiji to celebrate Annakut in Lodhika. The king was also a staunch devotee. He provided all the raw materials for the celebrations. From morning till evening, the sadhus and parshads devoutly prepared the various sweet and savoury delicacies for the festival. When the day of Annakut arrived, a grand festival was held. The delicacies were first offered to God. At the king’s order a meal with sata and jalebi were ready to be served to everyone.

    Jina Bhagat used to fast some days in the month. Realizing that such delicious sweets like sata and jalebi will be served on that day he decided to observe a fast. All the sadhus went for lunch, except Jina Bhagat.

    When the king heard that Jina Bhagat was fasting, he pleaded with him saying, “Today is a festival day. You should not fast today, so please eat.” Jina Bhagat politely refused. The king repeated his request several times but Jina Bhagat told him, “I have a stomachache and am not hungry, so I do not want to eat anything.” #yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #yogijimaharajsmruti #bapsgondal #bapsindia #bapsphotos #bapsphoto #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  901  6  25 May, 2020
  • (Pic: Pujya Swāmishri with Bhaktaraj Dr. Madhusudanbhai at his house, Ahmedabad- 1985.) The talk was over so Srutipriyadas Swami asked, 'Swami! You said that Dr. Madhusudanbhai and you were cleaning the toilets and bathrooms there, how many toilets would have to be cleaned? '

Swamishri starts counting a little and says, 'Five ...' Srutipriyadas Swami asked, 'Were they all Haribhaktas or saints also used them?' Swamishri says, 'Hatibhakto-saints all used together.' Srutipriyadas Swami asked, 'How long have you been did this seva?' Swāmishri says, 'when we met in gondal... whenever yogibapa in gondal, madhusudanbhai and me reach there. and every-time we did seva till the end of yogibapa's stay in gondal.

Pic credit @shashindesai_ 
#msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsgondal #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • (Pic: Pujya Swāmishri with Bhaktaraj Dr. Madhusudanbhai at his house, Ahmedabad- 1985.) The talk was over so Srutipriyadas Swami asked, 'Swami! You said that Dr. Madhusudanbhai and you were cleaning the toilets and bathrooms there, how many toilets would have to be cleaned? '

    Swamishri starts counting a little and says, 'Five ...' Srutipriyadas Swami asked, 'Were they all Haribhaktas or saints also used them?' Swamishri says, 'Hatibhakto-saints all used together.' Srutipriyadas Swami asked, 'How long have you been did this seva?' Swāmishri says, 'when we met in gondal... whenever yogibapa in gondal, madhusudanbhai and me reach there. and every-time we did seva till the end of yogibapa's stay in gondal.

    Pic credit @shashindesai_
    #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsgondal #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,017  7  24 May, 2020
  • 𝗜 𝗔𝗠 𝗢𝗡𝗟𝗬 𝗔 𝗦𝗘𝗥𝗩𝗔𝗡𝗧

After staying for some days in Rajkot, Swami Krishnacharan- dasji and his group of sadhus resumed their tour of the villages. In the course of their tour they visited Hajdiyala near Sardhar. There was no Swaminarayan mandir in the village, and therefore the sadhus rested at the community hall of the village.

It was afternoon. The sadhus, following the afternoon sermon, retired for a short rest. Jina Bhagat, after completing his duties also lay down for some rest. A Rajput devotee, who was an expert in astrology and palmistry, was struck with wonder when he saw the soles of Jina Bhagat’s feet. He had never seen such extraordinary lines on the feet of any sadhu before.

Thus, when Jina Bhagat got up and welcomed him, the Rajput devotee exclaimed, “O Jina Bhagat! You will be a great sadhu one day. People in their thousands will follow you. They will pray to you to earn your favour and blessings. Shriji Maharaj will be your constant companion. There are urdhvarekhas on your soles. Holy men with urdhvarekhas are extremely rare. They are the sacred signs possessed by a sadhu who has a constant rapport with God.” On hearing these words, Jina Bhagat at once covered his feet and said, “Don’t talk like that. I am only a servant. Krishnacharandas Swami is a great sadhu. Please never speak about this to anybody.”
But the devotee could not remain silent. He at once disclosed his thoughts to Krishnacharandas Swami. Swamiji smilingly said, “Yes, he possesses all the qualities of a great sadhu.” #yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #yogijimaharajsmruti #bapsgondal #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageswami #vintagesmruti #vintageshukh #vintagesukh
  • 𝗜 𝗔𝗠 𝗢𝗡𝗟𝗬 𝗔 𝗦𝗘𝗥𝗩𝗔𝗡𝗧

    After staying for some days in Rajkot, Swami Krishnacharan- dasji and his group of sadhus resumed their tour of the villages. In the course of their tour they visited Hajdiyala near Sardhar. There was no Swaminarayan mandir in the village, and therefore the sadhus rested at the community hall of the village.

    It was afternoon. The sadhus, following the afternoon sermon, retired for a short rest. Jina Bhagat, after completing his duties also lay down for some rest. A Rajput devotee, who was an expert in astrology and palmistry, was struck with wonder when he saw the soles of Jina Bhagat’s feet. He had never seen such extraordinary lines on the feet of any sadhu before.

    Thus, when Jina Bhagat got up and welcomed him, the Rajput devotee exclaimed, “O Jina Bhagat! You will be a great sadhu one day. People in their thousands will follow you. They will pray to you to earn your favour and blessings. Shriji Maharaj will be your constant companion. There are urdhvarekhas on your soles. Holy men with urdhvarekhas are extremely rare. They are the sacred signs possessed by a sadhu who has a constant rapport with God.” On hearing these words, Jina Bhagat at once covered his feet and said, “Don’t talk like that. I am only a servant. Krishnacharandas Swami is a great sadhu. Please never speak about this to anybody.”
    But the devotee could not remain silent. He at once disclosed his thoughts to Krishnacharandas Swami. Swamiji smilingly said, “Yes, he possesses all the qualities of a great sadhu.” #yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #yogijimaharajsmruti #bapsgondal #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageswami #vintagesmruti #vintageshukh #vintagesukh

  •  1,116  6  23 May, 2020
  • 𝐏𝐑𝐀𝐌𝐔𝐊𝐇 𝐒𝐖𝐀𝐌𝐈 𝐌𝐀𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐉

In the year 1950 (V.S. 2006), Shastriji Maharaj appointed Shastri Narayanswarupdasji as the administrative head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). All the devotees were asked to work under his orders and guidance. He was only 28-years-old at the time. Since then, Shastri Narayanswarupdasji has been known by the name of Pramukh Swami.

Yogiji Maharaj, wrote about this incident in his diary as follows, “Swami (Shastriji Maharaj) looked at him, ‘I want to appoint only him as the President of the Sanstha.’ So, he was so appointed at a meeting in Ahmedabad. I was then sitting nearby. Swami told me, ‘Put your hand on his head and bless him so that he acquires your virtues.’ So I put my hand on his head, whereupon Shastriji Maharaj said, ‘You have placed your hands on his head, by which my hands are also included.’ In this way, Swamiji asked me to bless him, and when I did so, he became very happy.” Since then, in accordance with the wishes of Yogiji Maharaj, Pramukh Swami has worked day and night to further the cause of the BAPS. Many sadhus and devotees celebrated the forty-eighth birthday of Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Mumbai. On this occasion Yogiji Maharaj said, “Shastriji Maharaj was highly pleased with him ever since his younger days and so appointed him as the president. How fast and how admirably he has developed the Sanstha! All should obey him implicitly. Pramukh Swami is the manifest form of Shastriji Maharaj. He is not at all different from him. Everyone should behold him with divine feelings. Seven hundred sadhus will be initiated. This task will be fulfilled by Pramukh Swami.” Yogiji Maharaj thus revealed the glory of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsamdavad #bapssarangpur #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝐏𝐑𝐀𝐌𝐔𝐊𝐇 𝐒𝐖𝐀𝐌𝐈 𝐌𝐀𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐉

    In the year 1950 (V.S. 2006), Shastriji Maharaj appointed Shastri Narayanswarupdasji as the administrative head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). All the devotees were asked to work under his orders and guidance. He was only 28-years-old at the time. Since then, Shastri Narayanswarupdasji has been known by the name of Pramukh Swami.

    Yogiji Maharaj, wrote about this incident in his diary as follows, “Swami (Shastriji Maharaj) looked at him, ‘I want to appoint only him as the President of the Sanstha.’ So, he was so appointed at a meeting in Ahmedabad. I was then sitting nearby. Swami told me, ‘Put your hand on his head and bless him so that he acquires your virtues.’ So I put my hand on his head, whereupon Shastriji Maharaj said, ‘You have placed your hands on his head, by which my hands are also included.’ In this way, Swamiji asked me to bless him, and when I did so, he became very happy.” Since then, in accordance with the wishes of Yogiji Maharaj, Pramukh Swami has worked day and night to further the cause of the BAPS. Many sadhus and devotees celebrated the forty-eighth birthday of Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Mumbai. On this occasion Yogiji Maharaj said, “Shastriji Maharaj was highly pleased with him ever since his younger days and so appointed him as the president. How fast and how admirably he has developed the Sanstha! All should obey him implicitly. Pramukh Swami is the manifest form of Shastriji Maharaj. He is not at all different from him. Everyone should behold him with divine feelings. Seven hundred sadhus will be initiated. This task will be fulfilled by Pramukh Swami.” Yogiji Maharaj thus revealed the glory of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsamdavad #bapssarangpur #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,147  9  22 May, 2020
  • 𝐈𝐍𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐀𝐓𝐄 𝐌𝐄 𝐀𝐒 𝐀 𝐒𝐀𝐃𝐇𝐔

Now Jinabhai passed his days and nights in the mandir. He worshipped Maharaj with single-minded devotion. Jina would also serve visiting sadhus during their short stays in Dhari. All of them were pleased with his service and would bless him. At school, Jinabhai passed the Standard VII exams. At that time, Krishnacharandas Swami, along with his group of sadhus visited Dhari from Junagadh. On seeing the sadhus, Jinabhai was extremely pleased. He was in their service from early morning till late night. He would get up early in the morning and have his bath. After completing his morning prayers he would attend to the needs of the sadhus. He helped them by drawing water from the well for their bath. He would sweep the mandir floor, and neatly arrange the mats for the sadhus to sit and meditate upon. He lovingly served them all throughout the day.

Sadguru Krishnacharandas Swami was a blessed disciple of Gunatitanand Swami, the incarnation of Aksharbrahman. He saw that Jinabhai, though often very tired, still completed his daily duties and services at the mandir. He was pleased to see the devotion of Jinabhai, and appreciated the zeal with which he served.

One morning, while giving prasad to Jinabhai Swami asked, “Jina, would you like to become a sadhu?” Jinabhai was filled with joy at Swami’s question. He replied eagerly, “Yes Swamiji, I would be happy if you would make me a sadhu. It is my only wish. For many days I have been hoping to talk to you about it. But today, you yourself have read my mind. Swamiji, please initiate me as a sadhu. I want to become a sadhu and serve you and Maharaj.” Swami Krishnacharandasji blessed him and said, “Your wish will be fulfilled.” #yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #yogijimaharajsmruti #baps #bapsgondal #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝐈𝐍𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐀𝐓𝐄 𝐌𝐄 𝐀𝐒 𝐀 𝐒𝐀𝐃𝐇𝐔

    Now Jinabhai passed his days and nights in the mandir. He worshipped Maharaj with single-minded devotion. Jina would also serve visiting sadhus during their short stays in Dhari. All of them were pleased with his service and would bless him. At school, Jinabhai passed the Standard VII exams. At that time, Krishnacharandas Swami, along with his group of sadhus visited Dhari from Junagadh. On seeing the sadhus, Jinabhai was extremely pleased. He was in their service from early morning till late night. He would get up early in the morning and have his bath. After completing his morning prayers he would attend to the needs of the sadhus. He helped them by drawing water from the well for their bath. He would sweep the mandir floor, and neatly arrange the mats for the sadhus to sit and meditate upon. He lovingly served them all throughout the day.

    Sadguru Krishnacharandas Swami was a blessed disciple of Gunatitanand Swami, the incarnation of Aksharbrahman. He saw that Jinabhai, though often very tired, still completed his daily duties and services at the mandir. He was pleased to see the devotion of Jinabhai, and appreciated the zeal with which he served.

    One morning, while giving prasad to Jinabhai Swami asked, “Jina, would you like to become a sadhu?” Jinabhai was filled with joy at Swami’s question. He replied eagerly, “Yes Swamiji, I would be happy if you would make me a sadhu. It is my only wish. For many days I have been hoping to talk to you about it. But today, you yourself have read my mind. Swamiji, please initiate me as a sadhu. I want to become a sadhu and serve you and Maharaj.” Swami Krishnacharandasji blessed him and said, “Your wish will be fulfilled.” #yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #yogijimaharajsmruti #baps #bapsgondal #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,166  6  21 May, 2020
  • 𝗝𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗕𝗛𝗔𝗜 𝗜𝗡 𝗠𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡

There is a confluence of three rivers on the outskirts of Dhari. The place of confluence is known as Triveni Sangam, and the resulting river is called the river Shetrunji. The Shetrunji narrows on reaching a bridge, and shrinks to the size of a small rivulet under the bridge. The inhabitants of Dhari call it Patalio Jharo.

Jinabhai used to have his daily morning bath at this spot near the bridge. He would wear clean clothes after his bath and then sit in an upright posture and perform meditation for hours together. He meditated upon the divine form of Shriji Maharaj. To the many who saw Jinabhai seated in meditation at such a lonely place, it seemed as if Dhruv himself was meditating! They invariably stood and watched the young Jina engrossed in meditation.

Sometimes, friends of Jinabhai would come to have their bath at Patalio Jharo. They were amazed to find Jinabhai rapt in meditation. They would wait for him till he came out of his meditation and then enquire, “What were you doing?” And Jinabhai would reply, “I was remembering God. You also sit with me to meditate. I will teach you how to meditate.” From his childhood Jinabhai never failed to do his meditation every morning. He advised everybody to start their daily work
only after remembering Shriji Maharaj.

#yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #yogijimaharajsmruti #baps #bapsgondal #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝗝𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗕𝗛𝗔𝗜 𝗜𝗡 𝗠𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡

    There is a confluence of three rivers on the outskirts of Dhari. The place of confluence is known as Triveni Sangam, and the resulting river is called the river Shetrunji. The Shetrunji narrows on reaching a bridge, and shrinks to the size of a small rivulet under the bridge. The inhabitants of Dhari call it Patalio Jharo.

    Jinabhai used to have his daily morning bath at this spot near the bridge. He would wear clean clothes after his bath and then sit in an upright posture and perform meditation for hours together. He meditated upon the divine form of Shriji Maharaj. To the many who saw Jinabhai seated in meditation at such a lonely place, it seemed as if Dhruv himself was meditating! They invariably stood and watched the young Jina engrossed in meditation.

    Sometimes, friends of Jinabhai would come to have their bath at Patalio Jharo. They were amazed to find Jinabhai rapt in meditation. They would wait for him till he came out of his meditation and then enquire, “What were you doing?” And Jinabhai would reply, “I was remembering God. You also sit with me to meditate. I will teach you how to meditate.” From his childhood Jinabhai never failed to do his meditation every morning. He advised everybody to start their daily work
    only after remembering Shriji Maharaj.

    #yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #yogijimaharajsmruti #baps #bapsgondal #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  885  4  20 May, 2020
  • 𝐁𝐈𝐑𝐓𝐇 𝐎𝐅 𝐉𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐁𝐇𝐀𝐈

In the small town of Dhari in the Amreli District of Saurashtra there lived a devotee by the name of Devchandbhai Vasanji of the Lohana community. Jethabhai, the grandfather of Devchandbhai, was a blessed devotee of Shriji Maharaj.

Yogiji Maharaj, the son of Devchandbhai, was born in Dhari on 23 May 1892 (Vaishakh vad 12, V.S. 1948). His mother’s name was Puribai. His childhood name was Jinabhai, but his parents lovingly called him ‘Jina’. Jina was loved by everyone. All were captivated by his handsome, shining face.

When Jina was a child, his mother took him with her to the cotton farm every day. Other women of the village who came to pluck cotton also brought their children with them. The women would leave their children under the shade of a tree, before commencing their work in the fields. Sometimes their children, failing to see their mothers, would cry loudly. This infuriated the farm owner. He scolded the women daily, “Why do you bring your wailing children to my farm?” The farmer, however, never became angry with Jina’s mother. Looking at Jina, the owner always remarked, “Jina is a miracle child. Look, he always sucks his toe, just as Shri Krishna did. Puribai, one day everybody will fall at his feet.
They will worship him.” Gradually, Jina grew up and he was popularly called Jinabhai.

Jinabhai, though young, had a strong liking for simplicity and cleanliness. He enjoyed nothing more than to engage in bhakti and singing bhajans.

Pic @_gunatit_ 
#yogijimaharaj #yogibapa #yogijimaharajsmruti #baps #bapsdhari #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti #bapsgondal
  • 𝐁𝐈𝐑𝐓𝐇 𝐎𝐅 𝐉𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐁𝐇𝐀𝐈

    In the small town of Dhari in the Amreli District of Saurashtra there lived a devotee by the name of Devchandbhai Vasanji of the Lohana community. Jethabhai, the grandfather of Devchandbhai, was a blessed devotee of Shriji Maharaj.

    Yogiji Maharaj, the son of Devchandbhai, was born in Dhari on 23 May 1892 (Vaishakh vad 12, V.S. 1948). His mother’s name was Puribai. His childhood name was Jinabhai, but his parents lovingly called him ‘Jina’. Jina was loved by everyone. All were captivated by his handsome, shining face.

    When Jina was a child, his mother took him with her to the cotton farm every day. Other women of the village who came to pluck cotton also brought their children with them. The women would leave their children under the shade of a tree, before commencing their work in the fields. Sometimes their children, failing to see their mothers, would cry loudly. This infuriated the farm owner. He scolded the women daily, “Why do you bring your wailing children to my farm?” The farmer, however, never became angry with Jina’s mother. Looking at Jina, the owner always remarked, “Jina is a miracle child. Look, he always sucks his toe, just as Shri Krishna did. Puribai, one day everybody will fall at his feet.
    They will worship him.” Gradually, Jina grew up and he was popularly called Jinabhai.

    Jinabhai, though young, had a strong liking for simplicity and cleanliness. He enjoyed nothing more than to engage in bhakti and singing bhajans.

    Pic @_gunatit_
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  •  929  4  19 May, 2020
  • 𝐊𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐇𝐍𝐀𝐉𝐈 𝐀𝐃𝐀’𝐒 𝐁𝐋𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐍𝐆𝐒

In Vartal, on the morning of 11 April 1911 (Chaitra sud 13, V.S. 1967), Acharya Shripatiprasadji Maharaj gave Jina Bhagat the bhagwati diksha. Jina Bhagat was renamed Sadhu Jnan- jivandasji. But the sadhus and devotees fondly called him ‘Yogi’, while Krishnacharandas Swami called him ‘Jnanji Swami’. On 7 June 1911 (Jeth sud 11, V.S. 1967), after celebrating ekadashi, Sadhu Jnanjivandasji, along with seven other sadhus, left the Junagadh mandir to join Shastriji Maharaj to help promote the true philosophy of Akshar and Purushottam, as taught by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the Vachanamrut.

It was on Saturday, 4 October 1911 (Aso sud 11, V.S. 1967), that Krishnaji Ada breathed his last. Bidding his last ‘Jai Swaminarayan’ to Shastriji Maharaj and other sadhus he asked, “Where is Jnanji Swami? Call him here.” Jnanji Swami (Yogiji Maharaj), who was sitting in the corner, prostrated before him and then came and stood respectfully by his side. Krishnaji Ada asked him to come nearer; and when he did, he placed his hands upon his head, and blessed him.

Nirgundas Swami remarked, “Jnanji Swami! It is not Krishnaji Ada who is blessing you, but believe that Bhagatji Maharaj and Jaga Bhagat are blessing you.” Because of his great love for all, Krishnaji Ada’s eyes welled up with tears. Then bidding ‘Jai Swaminarayan’, his last farewell, he left this world for Akshardham.

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  • 𝐊𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐇𝐍𝐀𝐉𝐈 𝐀𝐃𝐀’𝐒 𝐁𝐋𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐍𝐆𝐒

    In Vartal, on the morning of 11 April 1911 (Chaitra sud 13, V.S. 1967), Acharya Shripatiprasadji Maharaj gave Jina Bhagat the bhagwati diksha. Jina Bhagat was renamed Sadhu Jnan- jivandasji. But the sadhus and devotees fondly called him ‘Yogi’, while Krishnacharandas Swami called him ‘Jnanji Swami’. On 7 June 1911 (Jeth sud 11, V.S. 1967), after celebrating ekadashi, Sadhu Jnanjivandasji, along with seven other sadhus, left the Junagadh mandir to join Shastriji Maharaj to help promote the true philosophy of Akshar and Purushottam, as taught by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the Vachanamrut.

    It was on Saturday, 4 October 1911 (Aso sud 11, V.S. 1967), that Krishnaji Ada breathed his last. Bidding his last ‘Jai Swaminarayan’ to Shastriji Maharaj and other sadhus he asked, “Where is Jnanji Swami? Call him here.” Jnanji Swami (Yogiji Maharaj), who was sitting in the corner, prostrated before him and then came and stood respectfully by his side. Krishnaji Ada asked him to come nearer; and when he did, he placed his hands upon his head, and blessed him.

    Nirgundas Swami remarked, “Jnanji Swami! It is not Krishnaji Ada who is blessing you, but believe that Bhagatji Maharaj and Jaga Bhagat are blessing you.” Because of his great love for all, Krishnaji Ada’s eyes welled up with tears. Then bidding ‘Jai Swaminarayan’, his last farewell, he left this world for Akshardham.

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  •  744  5  18 May, 2020
  • 𝙸𝙽𝙳𝙸𝙵𝙵𝙴𝚁𝙴𝙽𝚃 𝚃𝙾 𝙸𝙽𝚂𝚄𝙻𝚃

Now Yogiji Maharaj was known to belong to Shastriji Maharaj’s group. While touring the villages with the sadhus, Yogiji Maharaj arrived in the village of Keriya. They stayed in the village mandir. Some resentful sadhus, who were not on friendly terms with Shastriji Maharaj, heard that the sadhus of Shastriji Maharaj had put up in the mandir.
It was afternoon and, except for Yogiji Maharaj who was fasting that day, all the sadhus were having an afternoon nap. Meanwhile, the resentful sadhus came to the mandir. At once, they flung the clothes and other belongings of Shastriji Maharaj’s sadhus out of the mandir and broke their water pots.
They saw that Yogiji Maharaj was the youngest, so they caught hold of him and pushed him out of the mandir. “Call your Gunatit, and see if he can save you,” they shouted, and then banged the blind sadhu Bhagwatswarupdasji against the grills.
Another sadhu was violently pushed aside into a corner. Others were beaten severely, while Vignandas Swami was locked up behind the grills.
The villagers came to know about the sudden unrest. They hurried to the mandir with sticks in their hands. They threatened the intruders, and peace was quickly restored.
Though the sadhus opposing Akshar Purushottam had beaten and insulted them, Yogiji Maharaj and his fellow sadhus did not utter even a single word against them. They met the assault with a smile on their face. Their humility and saintli- ness was admirable.

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  • 𝙸𝙽𝙳𝙸𝙵𝙵𝙴𝚁𝙴𝙽𝚃 𝚃𝙾 𝙸𝙽𝚂𝚄𝙻𝚃

    Now Yogiji Maharaj was known to belong to Shastriji Maharaj’s group. While touring the villages with the sadhus, Yogiji Maharaj arrived in the village of Keriya. They stayed in the village mandir. Some resentful sadhus, who were not on friendly terms with Shastriji Maharaj, heard that the sadhus of Shastriji Maharaj had put up in the mandir.
    It was afternoon and, except for Yogiji Maharaj who was fasting that day, all the sadhus were having an afternoon nap. Meanwhile, the resentful sadhus came to the mandir. At once, they flung the clothes and other belongings of Shastriji Maharaj’s sadhus out of the mandir and broke their water pots.
    They saw that Yogiji Maharaj was the youngest, so they caught hold of him and pushed him out of the mandir. “Call your Gunatit, and see if he can save you,” they shouted, and then banged the blind sadhu Bhagwatswarupdasji against the grills.
    Another sadhu was violently pushed aside into a corner. Others were beaten severely, while Vignandas Swami was locked up behind the grills.
    The villagers came to know about the sudden unrest. They hurried to the mandir with sticks in their hands. They threatened the intruders, and peace was quickly restored.
    Though the sadhus opposing Akshar Purushottam had beaten and insulted them, Yogiji Maharaj and his fellow sadhus did not utter even a single word against them. They met the assault with a smile on their face. Their humility and saintli- ness was admirable.

    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintagesmruti #vintageswami

  •  1,138  8  17 May, 2020
  • (Pic: 1984 Pennsylvania, USA)

𝗡𝗲𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗹𝗹-𝗗𝗼𝗲𝗿

The paramount sadhana for the liberation of the jiva is to know God as the all-doer. Shriji Maharaj says, “For the purpose of liberation, however, realizing God to be the all-doer is the only means” (Vachanãmrut, Gadhadã II 21). “Furthermore, the jiva’s liberation is attained only by the following understanding: ‘Everything happens by the will of the incarnate form of Shri Krishna Nãrãyan, not by kãla, karma, mãyã, etc.’ In this manner, understanding only God to be the all-doer is the supreme cause of liberation. ...There is no sinner worse than the person who does not realize God to be the all- doer. In fact, he should be known to be a sinner worse than one who has killed a cow, killed a Brahmin, associated with the wife of one’s own guru or maligned a true guru who is a knower of Brahman. Why? Because he believes kãla, karma, etc., to be the cause of everything, not God. In fact, one should not even stand in the shadow of such persons who are nãstik outcasts, nor should one listen to their talks, even unknowingly” (Vachanãmrut, Kãriyãni 10). Furthermore, “God is the all-doer. To ignore this and to claim that only kãla, karma, mãyã and swabhãv are the all-doers of this world is serious slander against God” (Vachanãmrut, Vartãl 2). Therefore a true devotee “realizes that God is not like kãla, not like karma, not like swabhãv, not like mãyã, and not like Purush. He realizes God to be distinct from everything, their controller and cause; yet, despite being their cause, he is beyond their influence” (Vachanãmrut, Gadhadã I 62). Pic credit @ruchizzle 
#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • (Pic: 1984 Pennsylvania, USA)

    𝗡𝗲𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗹𝗹-𝗗𝗼𝗲𝗿

    The paramount sadhana for the liberation of the jiva is to know God as the all-doer. Shriji Maharaj says, “For the purpose of liberation, however, realizing God to be the all-doer is the only means” (Vachanãmrut, Gadhadã II 21). “Furthermore, the jiva’s liberation is attained only by the following understanding: ‘Everything happens by the will of the incarnate form of Shri Krishna Nãrãyan, not by kãla, karma, mãyã, etc.’ In this manner, understanding only God to be the all-doer is the supreme cause of liberation. ...There is no sinner worse than the person who does not realize God to be the all- doer. In fact, he should be known to be a sinner worse than one who has killed a cow, killed a Brahmin, associated with the wife of one’s own guru or maligned a true guru who is a knower of Brahman. Why? Because he believes kãla, karma, etc., to be the cause of everything, not God. In fact, one should not even stand in the shadow of such persons who are nãstik outcasts, nor should one listen to their talks, even unknowingly” (Vachanãmrut, Kãriyãni 10). Furthermore, “God is the all-doer. To ignore this and to claim that only kãla, karma, mãyã and swabhãv are the all-doers of this world is serious slander against God” (Vachanãmrut, Vartãl 2). Therefore a true devotee “realizes that God is not like kãla, not like karma, not like swabhãv, not like mãyã, and not like Purush. He realizes God to be distinct from everything, their controller and cause; yet, despite being their cause, he is beyond their influence” (Vachanãmrut, Gadhadã I 62). Pic credit @ruchizzle
    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  700  4  16 May, 2020
  • ιмρσятαη¢є σƒ υρãѕαηã

All aspirants are striving to attain brahmabhãv through vrat (vows), tapa (austerities), yagna (offerings), dãn (alms) and satsang (association with sadhus and religious people). By such religious activities, followers on the spiritual path aspire to attain moksha and thus liberation from the cycles of birth and death. To achieve this, upãsanã is absolutely indispensable.
Bhagwan Swaminarayan, known to his followers as Shriji Maharaj or simply Maharaj, states in the Vachanãmrut, “Many people become realized yogis, many become omniscient, many become deities, and thus attain countless types of greatness, including the highest state of enlightenment. All this is achieved through the force of the upãsanã of God. Without upãsanã, though, nothing can be accomplished. ...Therefore, forsaking one’s dependence on the strength of other spiritual endeavours, one should rely exclusively on the strength of God’s upãsanã” (Vachanãmrut, Gadhadã I 56).
Shriji Maharaj is emphatic about the impossibility of achieving ãtmajnãn or brahmajnãn in the absence of upãsanã. He says, “Only through upãsanã can the ãtmã and Brahman be seen; without it, they cannot be seen. In fact, wishing to see the ãtmã and Brahman without upãsanã is like attempting to lick the sky with one’s tongue; even if one tries for a hundred years, one will never be able to taste it as sour or salty. Similarly, the ãtmã and Brahman simply cannot be seen without the upãsanã of the form of God – regardless of the efforts one may resort to. Furthermore, the shastras’ mentioning of the possibility of ãtmã-realization through nirbij1 Sãnkhya and Yoga is irrelevant – I have not seen anyone do so, nor is the claim in accordance with my experience. Therefore, the claim is false” (Vachanãmrut, Gadhadã III 36).
#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintagesukh #vintageshukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • ιмρσятαη¢є σƒ υρãѕαηã

    All aspirants are striving to attain brahmabhãv through vrat (vows), tapa (austerities), yagna (offerings), dãn (alms) and satsang (association with sadhus and religious people). By such religious activities, followers on the spiritual path aspire to attain moksha and thus liberation from the cycles of birth and death. To achieve this, upãsanã is absolutely indispensable.
    Bhagwan Swaminarayan, known to his followers as Shriji Maharaj or simply Maharaj, states in the Vachanãmrut, “Many people become realized yogis, many become omniscient, many become deities, and thus attain countless types of greatness, including the highest state of enlightenment. All this is achieved through the force of the upãsanã of God. Without upãsanã, though, nothing can be accomplished. ...Therefore, forsaking one’s dependence on the strength of other spiritual endeavours, one should rely exclusively on the strength of God’s upãsanã” (Vachanãmrut, Gadhadã I 56).
    Shriji Maharaj is emphatic about the impossibility of achieving ãtmajnãn or brahmajnãn in the absence of upãsanã. He says, “Only through upãsanã can the ãtmã and Brahman be seen; without it, they cannot be seen. In fact, wishing to see the ãtmã and Brahman without upãsanã is like attempting to lick the sky with one’s tongue; even if one tries for a hundred years, one will never be able to taste it as sour or salty. Similarly, the ãtmã and Brahman simply cannot be seen without the upãsanã of the form of God – regardless of the efforts one may resort to. Furthermore, the shastras’ mentioning of the possibility of ãtmã-realization through nirbij1 Sãnkhya and Yoga is irrelevant – I have not seen anyone do so, nor is the claim in accordance with my experience. Therefore, the claim is false” (Vachanãmrut, Gadhadã III 36).
    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintagesukh #vintageshukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,035  10  14 May, 2020
  • We measure our lives in numbers and define it by moments. One such moment for me was in 1989, when I was fortunate enough to spend six weeks with Swamishri during his South India vicharan. Swamishri took care of all my arrangements and made sure that over the six weeks I had a good time. Those six weeks passed away in the blink of an eye.

On my last day, I wanted to meet him and
thank him. And I knew that he was going to
Madras [from Bangalore] by train in the evening.
So, I thought that there would be enough time
during the day to tell him. After morning puja,
Swamishri was busy in meeting local devotees, so
there was no time. Thereafter, at lunchtime, same
story – he was tied up. In the afternoon, during
the fruits session, I was alone with Swamishri in
his room and I knew that this is the moment I
could talk to him. For ten minutes I looked at
him and he looked at me. But, there was silence.
No talk. After Swamishri had his fruits, I left the
room. Evening came. Swamishri got ready to go
to the train station. I went on behind him. When
I got to the train station platform, I saw hundreds
of people. They were not passengers, but they
were devotees doing darshan. And at that moment, I realized that I would not be able to speak
to Swamishri today. So, from a distance, I looked
at him. I saw him get on the train and then the
devotees departed. I stood there. The carriage
door was open and, overwhelmingly, to my surprise, I got onto the train and started looking for
him. Pujya Kothari Swami told me that Swamishri
is in the washroom. I went towards there and as
I approached it, Swamishri came out. He looked
into my eyes. I went to bow down, but he stopped
me. Again, he looked deeply into my eyes and
then he hugged me, squeezing every air space
between me and him. It was not short, nor long,
but it was sincere, assuring and full of emotions. And, above all, it was unconditional. This is the
strength of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
(Continue in comment)
- Tarun Patel, London (PSM 97th Birthday Celebration Speech)
#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapslondon #bapsphotos #bapsphoto #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • We measure our lives in numbers and define it by moments. One such moment for me was in 1989, when I was fortunate enough to spend six weeks with Swamishri during his South India vicharan. Swamishri took care of all my arrangements and made sure that over the six weeks I had a good time. Those six weeks passed away in the blink of an eye.

    On my last day, I wanted to meet him and
    thank him. And I knew that he was going to
    Madras [from Bangalore] by train in the evening.
    So, I thought that there would be enough time
    during the day to tell him. After morning puja,
    Swamishri was busy in meeting local devotees, so
    there was no time. Thereafter, at lunchtime, same
    story – he was tied up. In the afternoon, during
    the fruits session, I was alone with Swamishri in
    his room and I knew that this is the moment I
    could talk to him. For ten minutes I looked at
    him and he looked at me. But, there was silence.
    No talk. After Swamishri had his fruits, I left the
    room. Evening came. Swamishri got ready to go
    to the train station. I went on behind him. When
    I got to the train station platform, I saw hundreds
    of people. They were not passengers, but they
    were devotees doing darshan. And at that moment, I realized that I would not be able to speak
    to Swamishri today. So, from a distance, I looked
    at him. I saw him get on the train and then the
    devotees departed. I stood there. The carriage
    door was open and, overwhelmingly, to my surprise, I got onto the train and started looking for
    him. Pujya Kothari Swami told me that Swamishri
    is in the washroom. I went towards there and as
    I approached it, Swamishri came out. He looked
    into my eyes. I went to bow down, but he stopped
    me. Again, he looked deeply into my eyes and
    then he hugged me, squeezing every air space
    between me and him. It was not short, nor long,
    but it was sincere, assuring and full of emotions. And, above all, it was unconditional. This is the
    strength of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
    (Continue in comment)
    - Tarun Patel, London (PSM 97th Birthday Celebration Speech)
    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapslondon #bapsphotos #bapsphoto #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,486  12  12 May, 2020
  • 𝙵𝙾𝚁𝙶𝙸𝚅𝙴 𝙰𝙽𝙳 𝙵𝙾𝚁𝙶𝙴𝚃

During the Birth Bicentenary Celebrations of Bhagwan Swaminarayan in 1981, BAPS has organized a literary coference. After the event, former President of the Indian Historical Association and famous literary writer, Dr. Makrandbhai, ciriticized the conference in the Arthat journal, defaming Bhagwan Swaminarayan's life and work. Many other Swaminarayan Organizations opposed his article and published responses to his accusations. The dispute fuelled a full fledged battle between the two sides. Throughout this period, Swamishri had not reacted adversely towards Makrandbhai, but had remained silent and advised the sadhus and devotees of the BAPS organization to remain calm. Not realizing the difference between BAPS and the other organizations, Makrandbhai developed a grudge towards Swamishri as well.

A few months later, Makrandbhai had to visit United Kingdom for an academic conference. He was worried about where he would stay and thought of his old friend Jaykrishna Patel.

Makrandbhai arrived at his friend's hosue and to his surprised realized that J.K. Patel was a devotee of Swamishri. He was apprehensive at the thought of having to stay at a Swaminaryan devotee's house for a month but he had no choice.

During Makrandbhai's one-month stay J.K. Patel never once mentioned the incident that had occured. In fact,  when Makrandbhai tried apologizing, J.K. Patel said, "There is no need to bring that up. It is in the past." Makrandbhai was touched by the host's openheartedness and from him he learnt about the sainliness and compassion of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

In the next leg of his tour, Makrandbhai and his wife went to Rome, Italy, for a conference. There, Makrandbhai sufferend an unfortunate chain of events. His passport along with all his cash, was stolen. He reported the incident to the police and the Indian Embassy but they could do little to help.

#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝙵𝙾𝚁𝙶𝙸𝚅𝙴 𝙰𝙽𝙳 𝙵𝙾𝚁𝙶𝙴𝚃

    During the Birth Bicentenary Celebrations of Bhagwan Swaminarayan in 1981, BAPS has organized a literary coference. After the event, former President of the Indian Historical Association and famous literary writer, Dr. Makrandbhai, ciriticized the conference in the Arthat journal, defaming Bhagwan Swaminarayan's life and work. Many other Swaminarayan Organizations opposed his article and published responses to his accusations. The dispute fuelled a full fledged battle between the two sides. Throughout this period, Swamishri had not reacted adversely towards Makrandbhai, but had remained silent and advised the sadhus and devotees of the BAPS organization to remain calm. Not realizing the difference between BAPS and the other organizations, Makrandbhai developed a grudge towards Swamishri as well.

    A few months later, Makrandbhai had to visit United Kingdom for an academic conference. He was worried about where he would stay and thought of his old friend Jaykrishna Patel.

    Makrandbhai arrived at his friend's hosue and to his surprised realized that J.K. Patel was a devotee of Swamishri. He was apprehensive at the thought of having to stay at a Swaminaryan devotee's house for a month but he had no choice.

    During Makrandbhai's one-month stay J.K. Patel never once mentioned the incident that had occured. In fact, when Makrandbhai tried apologizing, J.K. Patel said, "There is no need to bring that up. It is in the past." Makrandbhai was touched by the host's openheartedness and from him he learnt about the sainliness and compassion of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

    In the next leg of his tour, Makrandbhai and his wife went to Rome, Italy, for a conference. There, Makrandbhai sufferend an unfortunate chain of events. His passport along with all his cash, was stolen. He reported the incident to the police and the Indian Embassy but they could do little to help.

    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,514  7  11 May, 2020
  • (Pic: 10 May 1951, Sarangpur. 
The day Shastriji Maharaj passed to Akshardham)

ℍ𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕣𝕖𝕕𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕋𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕤𝕒𝕟𝕕𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕊𝕒𝕝𝕦𝕥𝕖𝕤 𝕥𝕠 𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕚𝕛𝕚 𝕄𝕒𝕙𝕒𝕣𝕒𝕁

Everyone was concerned as Swamishri’s condition became critical on 10 May 1951 (Vaishakh sud 4, Samvat 2007).
At nine in the morning, Swamishri said, “Take me to the Rang Mandap.”
Swamishri was taken to the Rang Mandap. Holding their breath, the devotees did darshan of Swamishri. They chanted the Swaminarayan mantra and prayed to Shriji Maharaj. At exactly 10:50 a.m., the entire Rang Mandap was filled with divine light.
“Swami! Maharaj!” said Swamishri, as he breathed his last and passed away to Akshardham.
News of Swamishri’s passing away soon reached all. The
sadhus and devotees were devastated. Swamishri’s body was laid on a pyre of sandalwood in the farm that had once been sanctified by Shriji Maharaj. Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami Maharaj performed the final rites.
The entire Satsang community was drowned in grief. Yogiji Maharaj consoled and guided the sadhus and devotees. The murti- pratishtha ceremony of the mandir on the hill in Gadhada was to take place in just six days. However, because of Swamishri’s passing away, everyone was confused. Was it appropriate to have such a celebration?
Yogiji Maharaj said, “Has Swamishri really gone? He is ever- present. It was Swamishri’s wish that the pratishtha be held on the tenth. Therefore, he will only be pleased if we conduct the murti-pratishtha as planned.”
These words infused courage into the hearts of all. Everyone remembered Swamishri’s words, “Jogi will do the arti of Gadhada mandir.” With renewed enthusiasm, everyone joined in the final seva of Gadhada mandir. They saw Swamishri in Yogiji Maharaj.

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  • (Pic: 10 May 1951, Sarangpur.
    The day Shastriji Maharaj passed to Akshardham)

    ℍ𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕣𝕖𝕕𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕋𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕤𝕒𝕟𝕕𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕊𝕒𝕝𝕦𝕥𝕖𝕤 𝕥𝕠 𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕚𝕛𝕚 𝕄𝕒𝕙𝕒𝕣𝕒𝕁

    Everyone was concerned as Swamishri’s condition became critical on 10 May 1951 (Vaishakh sud 4, Samvat 2007).
    At nine in the morning, Swamishri said, “Take me to the Rang Mandap.”
    Swamishri was taken to the Rang Mandap. Holding their breath, the devotees did darshan of Swamishri. They chanted the Swaminarayan mantra and prayed to Shriji Maharaj. At exactly 10:50 a.m., the entire Rang Mandap was filled with divine light.
    “Swami! Maharaj!” said Swamishri, as he breathed his last and passed away to Akshardham.
    News of Swamishri’s passing away soon reached all. The
    sadhus and devotees were devastated. Swamishri’s body was laid on a pyre of sandalwood in the farm that had once been sanctified by Shriji Maharaj. Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami Maharaj performed the final rites.
    The entire Satsang community was drowned in grief. Yogiji Maharaj consoled and guided the sadhus and devotees. The murti- pratishtha ceremony of the mandir on the hill in Gadhada was to take place in just six days. However, because of Swamishri’s passing away, everyone was confused. Was it appropriate to have such a celebration?
    Yogiji Maharaj said, “Has Swamishri really gone? He is ever- present. It was Swamishri’s wish that the pratishtha be held on the tenth. Therefore, he will only be pleased if we conduct the murti-pratishtha as planned.”
    These words infused courage into the hearts of all. Everyone remembered Swamishri’s words, “Jogi will do the arti of Gadhada mandir.” With renewed enthusiasm, everyone joined in the final seva of Gadhada mandir. They saw Swamishri in Yogiji Maharaj.

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  •  1,277  10  10 May, 2020
  • 𝐀𝐧 𝐄𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐮𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲

Prior to the Bhagwan Swaminarayan Bicentenary Celebrations in 1981, Swamishri went on a satsang tour abroad. As part of the Bicentenary Celebrations, a special assembly was organized at the Kenyata Conference Hall in Nairobi in East Africa. I was engaged in decorating the hall the previous night. So, I had not slept at all. I could not find time to sleep till the assembly began in the evening. Subsequently, I began to feel sleepy when the assembly commenced. But where could I go to rest? So I rested my head on the back of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s decorated seat and began to sleep sitting there. As a result I was unaware of what was going on in the assembly.  After the assembly, Swamishri bent a little from his seat and woke me up, calling me. He lovingly told me, “See, tomorrow is a day of fast. I have instructed to keep your meal covered for you in the kitchen at our residence. The car is also ready for you. Now, leave immediately.” Rubbing my eyes, I left to have my meal, thinking of Swamishri’s affectionate care.

Pic credit @ruchizzle 
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  • 𝐀𝐧 𝐄𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐮𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲

    Prior to the Bhagwan Swaminarayan Bicentenary Celebrations in 1981, Swamishri went on a satsang tour abroad. As part of the Bicentenary Celebrations, a special assembly was organized at the Kenyata Conference Hall in Nairobi in East Africa. I was engaged in decorating the hall the previous night. So, I had not slept at all. I could not find time to sleep till the assembly began in the evening. Subsequently, I began to feel sleepy when the assembly commenced. But where could I go to rest? So I rested my head on the back of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s decorated seat and began to sleep sitting there. As a result I was unaware of what was going on in the assembly. After the assembly, Swamishri bent a little from his seat and woke me up, calling me. He lovingly told me, “See, tomorrow is a day of fast. I have instructed to keep your meal covered for you in the kitchen at our residence. The car is also ready for you. Now, leave immediately.” Rubbing my eyes, I left to have my meal, thinking of Swamishri’s affectionate care.

    Pic credit @ruchizzle
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  •  1,258  8  9 May, 2020
  • (Pic: Bhojan Darshan - 1988 Poconos USA)

𝔽𝕣𝕖𝕖 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝔸 ℂ𝕙𝕚𝕝𝔻

A young boy called Yogi asked Swamishri, “Bapa, you are always busy all day. When are you free?” “Do you see me free during the day?” Swamishri asked lovingly. “No. But I would like you to say yes or no,” Yogi insisted. “Whenever you come I’m free,” Swamishri replied. “When you are free what do you think about?” Yogi enquired. “I chant God’s name, do bhajan, write letters and bless the devotees.” Then Yogi offered a donation to Thakorji. Swamishri blessed him and instructed, “Study well. Do not fall into the habit of addictions. Serve your parents. And do satsang.” Swamishri gave prasad and blessed Yogi. 
Pic @ruchizzle 
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  • (Pic: Bhojan Darshan - 1988 Poconos USA)

    𝔽𝕣𝕖𝕖 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝔸 ℂ𝕙𝕚𝕝𝔻

    A young boy called Yogi asked Swamishri, “Bapa, you are always busy all day. When are you free?” “Do you see me free during the day?” Swamishri asked lovingly. “No. But I would like you to say yes or no,” Yogi insisted. “Whenever you come I’m free,” Swamishri replied. “When you are free what do you think about?” Yogi enquired. “I chant God’s name, do bhajan, write letters and bless the devotees.” Then Yogi offered a donation to Thakorji. Swamishri blessed him and instructed, “Study well. Do not fall into the habit of addictions. Serve your parents. And do satsang.” Swamishri gave prasad and blessed Yogi.
    Pic @ruchizzle
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  •  1,235  9  8 May, 2020
  • 𝐑𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐅 𝐓𝐎 𝐀𝐍 𝐀𝐂𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐇𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐓

In 1982, Swamishri was in Leicester and had finished writing letters. He was about to leave for a public assembly when Anandswarup Swami brought Frank.
“Swami, this is Frank. He wishes to talk to you.”
Then Frank narrated a recent tragedy from his life:
“I had a son who was 17-years old. My wife and I took him to
a psychiatrist for a minor mental problem. But the psychiatrist declared that he was mad and had him admitted to a mental hospital. Subsequently, my son was terribly shocked. Each time we met him, he reacted strongly by stamping his feet in anguish and crying that he was not mad, and that he should no longer be in the hospital. We consoled him every time. But one day he climbed over the seven feet high hospital wall and escaped. Then he got onto the roof of a neighbouring house, tied a rope around its chimney and hanged himself.”
While narrating the incident Frank broke down.
“From then onwards I have been extremely unhappy and full of grief. My wife is also terribly disturbed. There is no peace in our hearts anymore. We feel he committed suicide because of our mistake. People keep telling us that we did not give him enough love! This makes us feel even more guilty. There is no peace...no peace... I can’t understand what I should do.”
Then Swamishri asked Frank, “Did you give him enough love?”
“Yes Swamiji. We loved him very much.”
“Were there any lapses on your part for his treatment?”
“Not one bit. We had taken all the care and responsibility.” “Then you are not to blame for his death,” Swamishri consoled.

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  • 𝐑𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐅 𝐓𝐎 𝐀𝐍 𝐀𝐂𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐇𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐓

    In 1982, Swamishri was in Leicester and had finished writing letters. He was about to leave for a public assembly when Anandswarup Swami brought Frank.
    “Swami, this is Frank. He wishes to talk to you.”
    Then Frank narrated a recent tragedy from his life:
    “I had a son who was 17-years old. My wife and I took him to
    a psychiatrist for a minor mental problem. But the psychiatrist declared that he was mad and had him admitted to a mental hospital. Subsequently, my son was terribly shocked. Each time we met him, he reacted strongly by stamping his feet in anguish and crying that he was not mad, and that he should no longer be in the hospital. We consoled him every time. But one day he climbed over the seven feet high hospital wall and escaped. Then he got onto the roof of a neighbouring house, tied a rope around its chimney and hanged himself.”
    While narrating the incident Frank broke down.
    “From then onwards I have been extremely unhappy and full of grief. My wife is also terribly disturbed. There is no peace in our hearts anymore. We feel he committed suicide because of our mistake. People keep telling us that we did not give him enough love! This makes us feel even more guilty. There is no peace...no peace... I can’t understand what I should do.”
    Then Swamishri asked Frank, “Did you give him enough love?”
    “Yes Swamiji. We loved him very much.”
    “Were there any lapses on your part for his treatment?”
    “Not one bit. We had taken all the care and responsibility.” “Then you are not to blame for his death,” Swamishri consoled.

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  •  981  8  7 May, 2020
  • (ઉપરોક્ત છબી: ઉત્તરાખંડ યાત્રા, ૧૯૮૭)

𝙵𝙰𝙸𝚃𝙷 𝙸𝙽 𝙿𝚁𝙰𝚈𝙴𝚁

During March and April 1981, there was a students’ agitation against reservations in Amdavad.
On the one hand, Gujarat echoed with the announcement of the Bicentenary Celebration of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, and on the other, students were vehemently protesting against the reservation of seats in colleges for scheduled caste students. The sponsors of violence in the agitation had upset the daily tenor of life in many cities of Gujarat.
The ‘Swaminarayan Nagar’ – a 200-acre spiritual township specially created in Amdavad for the Bicentenary Celebration – provided a refreshing contrast to the unrest. On 12 April 1981, the climax-day of the celebration, Swamishri was interviewed by many media reporters.
One reporter asked, “What have you done to solve the students’ agitation in the city?”
“We have prayed for peace,” Swamishri answered solemnly.
“But what has your organization done in the streets and by- lanes of the city to solve this issue? Will it be resolved through mere prayer?”
“Yes,” Swamishri’s voice rang with faith. “I have faith that my prayers will work.”
The reporter with little faith was not convinced.
That same night, during the main celebration assembly, Swamishri prayed on the public address system for peace. He said, “I pray to God that may there be peace in the whole of Gujarat and may the political leaders and students come to a compromise.” And then Swamishri appealed for peace to the people of Gujarat.

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  • (ઉપરોક્ત છબી: ઉત્તરાખંડ યાત્રા, ૧૯૮૭)

    𝙵𝙰𝙸𝚃𝙷 𝙸𝙽 𝙿𝚁𝙰𝚈𝙴𝚁

    During March and April 1981, there was a students’ agitation against reservations in Amdavad.
    On the one hand, Gujarat echoed with the announcement of the Bicentenary Celebration of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, and on the other, students were vehemently protesting against the reservation of seats in colleges for scheduled caste students. The sponsors of violence in the agitation had upset the daily tenor of life in many cities of Gujarat.
    The ‘Swaminarayan Nagar’ – a 200-acre spiritual township specially created in Amdavad for the Bicentenary Celebration – provided a refreshing contrast to the unrest. On 12 April 1981, the climax-day of the celebration, Swamishri was interviewed by many media reporters.
    One reporter asked, “What have you done to solve the students’ agitation in the city?”
    “We have prayed for peace,” Swamishri answered solemnly.
    “But what has your organization done in the streets and by- lanes of the city to solve this issue? Will it be resolved through mere prayer?”
    “Yes,” Swamishri’s voice rang with faith. “I have faith that my prayers will work.”
    The reporter with little faith was not convinced.
    That same night, during the main celebration assembly, Swamishri prayed on the public address system for peace. He said, “I pray to God that may there be peace in the whole of Gujarat and may the political leaders and students come to a compromise.” And then Swamishri appealed for peace to the people of Gujarat.

    Pic credit @ruchizzle Thank you so much
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  •  1,022  7  5 May, 2020
  • 𝗔𝗕𝗦𝗢𝗟𝗨𝗧𝗘 𝗛𝗨𝗠𝗜𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗬

On seeing several sadhus gathered for his darshan Swamishri asked, “Why are you so happy?” The sadhus remained quiet, so Swamishri replied himself, “Oh, you are all happy because the new mandir is ready and you will also get to see new devotees!”
The sadhus replied referring to Swamishri’s glory, “But, who has made the mandir!” To this Swamishri replied, “Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj have done it.”
In every deed Swamishri’s life resonates with humility towards God and his gurus.
19 July 2007, Toronto

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  • 𝗔𝗕𝗦𝗢𝗟𝗨𝗧𝗘 𝗛𝗨𝗠𝗜𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗬

    On seeing several sadhus gathered for his darshan Swamishri asked, “Why are you so happy?” The sadhus remained quiet, so Swamishri replied himself, “Oh, you are all happy because the new mandir is ready and you will also get to see new devotees!”
    The sadhus replied referring to Swamishri’s glory, “But, who has made the mandir!” To this Swamishri replied, “Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj have done it.”
    In every deed Swamishri’s life resonates with humility towards God and his gurus.
    19 July 2007, Toronto

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  •  1,040  8  3 May, 2020
  • 𝙲𝙾𝙼𝙿𝙰𝚂𝚂𝙸𝙾𝙽𝙰𝚃𝙴 𝙿𝚁𝙰𝚈𝙴𝚁𝚂

In 1990, Swamishri was in London. One night, the attendant sadhu was suddenly awakened from his sleep by a murmuring sound.
But where was this sound coming from despite the entire Swaminarayan mandir complex being quiet and its members asleep at 2.30 am?
After a little while the attendant sadhu recognized the voice. He heard the chanting of the mantra coming from the direction of Swamishri’s bed. He saw Swamishri seated on his bed, with eyes closed and hands folded in prayer, chanting the Swaminarayan mahamantra.
For a little while, the attendant sadhu whispered the mantra himself but his patience wore down with time. So he asked Swamishri, who was absorbed in chanting, “Bapa! Don’t you want to sleep? Why are you chanting and praying now?”
On realizing that his attendant had found out, Swamishri recoiled and remained quiet. Then he answered slowly, “Since there is a famine in Gujarat, I’m praying for rains and the happiness of people and animals.”
“When do you pray like this?” the attendant sadhu enquired.
Swamishri did not answer. Only after some persistence did Swamishri reply briefly, “I pray quite often in the night for those who bring their troubles and problems to me during the day.”
The attendant sadhu was filled with admiration for Swamishri’s compassion and spirit to relieve the pain and suffering of souls.

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  • 𝙲𝙾𝙼𝙿𝙰𝚂𝚂𝙸𝙾𝙽𝙰𝚃𝙴 𝙿𝚁𝙰𝚈𝙴𝚁𝚂

    In 1990, Swamishri was in London. One night, the attendant sadhu was suddenly awakened from his sleep by a murmuring sound.
    But where was this sound coming from despite the entire Swaminarayan mandir complex being quiet and its members asleep at 2.30 am?
    After a little while the attendant sadhu recognized the voice. He heard the chanting of the mantra coming from the direction of Swamishri’s bed. He saw Swamishri seated on his bed, with eyes closed and hands folded in prayer, chanting the Swaminarayan mahamantra.
    For a little while, the attendant sadhu whispered the mantra himself but his patience wore down with time. So he asked Swamishri, who was absorbed in chanting, “Bapa! Don’t you want to sleep? Why are you chanting and praying now?”
    On realizing that his attendant had found out, Swamishri recoiled and remained quiet. Then he answered slowly, “Since there is a famine in Gujarat, I’m praying for rains and the happiness of people and animals.”
    “When do you pray like this?” the attendant sadhu enquired.
    Swamishri did not answer. Only after some persistence did Swamishri reply briefly, “I pray quite often in the night for those who bring their troubles and problems to me during the day.”
    The attendant sadhu was filled with admiration for Swamishri’s compassion and spirit to relieve the pain and suffering of souls.

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  •  1,137  12  2 May, 2020
  • 𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗗 𝗢𝗙 𝗔𝗞𝗦𝗛𝗔𝗥 𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗥 
It was the year 1934 CE (V.S. 1990). Most of the construction work of the Gondal mandir (also called ‘Akshar Mandir’) had been completed. In the same year, on 24 May 1934 (Vaishakh sud 10), Shastriji Maharaj ceremoniously consecrated the murtis of Akshar Purushottam in the mandir in traditional Vedic style. After the function, an assembly of all the devotees was held in the compound of the mandir. Here in the presence of thousands of devotees Shastriji Maharaj appointed Yogiji Maharaj as the Mahant of the Akshar Mandir and garlanded him. The whole congregration greeted the choice with joy and acclaim.
To Yogiji Maharaj the Akshar Mandir and Akshar Deri meant everything in life. The Akshar Deri was dearer to him than his soul. He was never tired of performing pradakshinas of the Deri. He would get up early at 3.30 am and sweep the floor of the Deri. After performing puja of the charnarvind with sandalwood paste and flowers, he would perform arti. Then he gave spiritual discourses to the devotees. He also performed mahapuja in the Deri regularly. During the mahapuja he prayed whole-heartedly, “May the number of sadhus increase and may the Satsang spread.” During his free hours he kept the accounts of the mandir himself, and maintained the ledger. Yogiji Maharaj looked after the maintenance of the mandir and himself attended to the needs and the comforts of the guests. The greater the number of visitors the happier he would be. He never allowed any visitor to leave without eating.

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  • 𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗗 𝗢𝗙 𝗔𝗞𝗦𝗛𝗔𝗥 𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗥
    It was the year 1934 CE (V.S. 1990). Most of the construction work of the Gondal mandir (also called ‘Akshar Mandir’) had been completed. In the same year, on 24 May 1934 (Vaishakh sud 10), Shastriji Maharaj ceremoniously consecrated the murtis of Akshar Purushottam in the mandir in traditional Vedic style. After the function, an assembly of all the devotees was held in the compound of the mandir. Here in the presence of thousands of devotees Shastriji Maharaj appointed Yogiji Maharaj as the Mahant of the Akshar Mandir and garlanded him. The whole congregration greeted the choice with joy and acclaim.
    To Yogiji Maharaj the Akshar Mandir and Akshar Deri meant everything in life. The Akshar Deri was dearer to him than his soul. He was never tired of performing pradakshinas of the Deri. He would get up early at 3.30 am and sweep the floor of the Deri. After performing puja of the charnarvind with sandalwood paste and flowers, he would perform arti. Then he gave spiritual discourses to the devotees. He also performed mahapuja in the Deri regularly. During the mahapuja he prayed whole-heartedly, “May the number of sadhus increase and may the Satsang spread.” During his free hours he kept the accounts of the mandir himself, and maintained the ledger. Yogiji Maharaj looked after the maintenance of the mandir and himself attended to the needs and the comforts of the guests. The greater the number of visitors the happier he would be. He never allowed any visitor to leave without eating.

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  •  1,474  12  1 May, 2020
  • 𝗦𝗪𝗔𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗥𝗜’𝗦 𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗧𝗢𝗨𝗖𝗛

Ratansinh, a resident of Radhu village, was suffering from an incurable skin disease. He could not bear the excruciating pain and growing decay in his body. The doctors refused to touch his pus-filled skin. Even his wife and family members would not come near him. Ratansinh could not comprehend as to which of his karmas were responsible for his agony and rejection. Life had become painful and meaningless to him. He had no solution to the depressing thoughts that repeatedly troubled him.
While Ratansinh was spending his days in pain in a hospital in Nadiad, one day, he got news that Pramukh Swami Maharaj had come to see him. His joy knew no bounds. By the time he managed to get up on his bed, Swamishri arrived and sat besides him. Ratansinh was overwhelmed with emotion. Tears rolled from his eyes. Swamishri’s care and compassion touched him profoundly. Swamishri began consoling and blessing him gently with his hands, “Don’t worry, nothing will happen to you. You will be cured soon!” Ratansinh felt relieved by Swamishri’s love and compassion for an ordinary, sick person like him.
A few days later, Ratansinh’s disease receded and he recovered fully. Subsequently, Ratansinh felt that his illness was a blessing because he got an opportunity to experience a priceless moment of divine happiness.

#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝗦𝗪𝗔𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗥𝗜’𝗦 𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗧𝗢𝗨𝗖𝗛

    Ratansinh, a resident of Radhu village, was suffering from an incurable skin disease. He could not bear the excruciating pain and growing decay in his body. The doctors refused to touch his pus-filled skin. Even his wife and family members would not come near him. Ratansinh could not comprehend as to which of his karmas were responsible for his agony and rejection. Life had become painful and meaningless to him. He had no solution to the depressing thoughts that repeatedly troubled him.
    While Ratansinh was spending his days in pain in a hospital in Nadiad, one day, he got news that Pramukh Swami Maharaj had come to see him. His joy knew no bounds. By the time he managed to get up on his bed, Swamishri arrived and sat besides him. Ratansinh was overwhelmed with emotion. Tears rolled from his eyes. Swamishri’s care and compassion touched him profoundly. Swamishri began consoling and blessing him gently with his hands, “Don’t worry, nothing will happen to you. You will be cured soon!” Ratansinh felt relieved by Swamishri’s love and compassion for an ordinary, sick person like him.
    A few days later, Ratansinh’s disease receded and he recovered fully. Subsequently, Ratansinh felt that his illness was a blessing because he got an opportunity to experience a priceless moment of divine happiness.

    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,013  5  30 April, 2020
  • A NEW DAWN! “What is your name?”
The affection with which the question was asked surprised him. He found it amazing because no one enquired about him during daytime, and now someone cared to ask him at midnight when the entire village was asleep. When he turned back to see who it was, he was all the more surprised.
“O, he is a great sage! Of what benefit will I be to him?” And before he could think further, Swamishri had already come near him.
Bhimpura is an utterly backward village in the district of Bharuch. During his visit there Swamishri was staying at the home of the village chief, Chunibhai. It was 11.30 p.m. when Swamishri had finished counselling people. He was about to retire for the night when he decided to visit the backyard. There, he saw a middle-aged man smoking in the open. Swamishri went up to him and affectionately asked him his name. Immediately, the man nervously threw away his bidi.
“My name is Mangal,” he said.
“Wonderful. What a nice name! What do you do here?” Swamishri enquired gently by placing his hand on Mangal’s shoulder.
“I am a servant of the village chief.” “Do you drink liquor?”
“Never, Maharaj.”
“Do you smoke bidi?”
“Yes, I have to smoke daily.”
“You should give it up,” inspired Swamishri. And then, while explaining to him, he stated, “Smoking is worthless and it will spoil your health. It is not for you, therefore give it up and you’ll be happy. Remember, it has devastating effects on your health and money.” #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • A NEW DAWN! “What is your name?”
    The affection with which the question was asked surprised him. He found it amazing because no one enquired about him during daytime, and now someone cared to ask him at midnight when the entire village was asleep. When he turned back to see who it was, he was all the more surprised.
    “O, he is a great sage! Of what benefit will I be to him?” And before he could think further, Swamishri had already come near him.
    Bhimpura is an utterly backward village in the district of Bharuch. During his visit there Swamishri was staying at the home of the village chief, Chunibhai. It was 11.30 p.m. when Swamishri had finished counselling people. He was about to retire for the night when he decided to visit the backyard. There, he saw a middle-aged man smoking in the open. Swamishri went up to him and affectionately asked him his name. Immediately, the man nervously threw away his bidi.
    “My name is Mangal,” he said.
    “Wonderful. What a nice name! What do you do here?” Swamishri enquired gently by placing his hand on Mangal’s shoulder.
    “I am a servant of the village chief.” “Do you drink liquor?”
    “Never, Maharaj.”
    “Do you smoke bidi?”
    “Yes, I have to smoke daily.”
    “You should give it up,” inspired Swamishri. And then, while explaining to him, he stated, “Smoking is worthless and it will spoil your health. It is not for you, therefore give it up and you’ll be happy. Remember, it has devastating effects on your health and money.” #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,080  7  29 April, 2020
  • 𝙵𝚁𝙾𝙼 𝚅𝙸𝙲𝙴𝚂 𝚃𝙾 𝚅𝙸𝚁𝚃𝚄𝙴𝚂 “God does not differentiate between high and low. However, such distinctions do exist in people because of their karmas. If your karmas are good, then you are virtuous.
“But several addictions and bad habits have become a part of your lives. Subsequently, your huts are as they are and you have been unable to progress. Even though you are people of ordinary means and live in humble huts you will be worthy of respect when you imbibe good values. If you cultivate character, then it will not take long for you to become rich.”
Swamishri’s words stirred the souls of the downtrodden Harijans and Vankars in the village of Bhoj. He had come of his own accord to the community of Harijans residing at the extreme end of the village. Here he gathered them in the middle of the ground hemmed by their ramshackled huts and preached to them about the true purpose of life and moral conduct. Swamishri’s loving words touched the community and they gave up their addictions at his holy feet.
A month passed after this incident. When the festival of Dhuleti arrived, a flock of guests and relatives came to Bhoj with the intention of celebrating it with a liquor party. But when they entered the Harijan ghetto they were surprised to see a small religious gathering in which the Shikshapatri was being read. They saw the festival being celebrated with purity and joy. The guests insisted that they have a liquor party. But the local Harijans refused and replied, “Ever since we have become disciples of Pramukh Swami Maharaj we have stopped drinking altogether.” Their words echoed with pride, joy and satisfaction.
Through Swamishri’s grace, the village of Bhoj, once a ground for bingeing, had become blessed with virtues.
Pic @sokishan 
#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝙵𝚁𝙾𝙼 𝚅𝙸𝙲𝙴𝚂 𝚃𝙾 𝚅𝙸𝚁𝚃𝚄𝙴𝚂 “God does not differentiate between high and low. However, such distinctions do exist in people because of their karmas. If your karmas are good, then you are virtuous.
    “But several addictions and bad habits have become a part of your lives. Subsequently, your huts are as they are and you have been unable to progress. Even though you are people of ordinary means and live in humble huts you will be worthy of respect when you imbibe good values. If you cultivate character, then it will not take long for you to become rich.”
    Swamishri’s words stirred the souls of the downtrodden Harijans and Vankars in the village of Bhoj. He had come of his own accord to the community of Harijans residing at the extreme end of the village. Here he gathered them in the middle of the ground hemmed by their ramshackled huts and preached to them about the true purpose of life and moral conduct. Swamishri’s loving words touched the community and they gave up their addictions at his holy feet.
    A month passed after this incident. When the festival of Dhuleti arrived, a flock of guests and relatives came to Bhoj with the intention of celebrating it with a liquor party. But when they entered the Harijan ghetto they were surprised to see a small religious gathering in which the Shikshapatri was being read. They saw the festival being celebrated with purity and joy. The guests insisted that they have a liquor party. But the local Harijans refused and replied, “Ever since we have become disciples of Pramukh Swami Maharaj we have stopped drinking altogether.” Their words echoed with pride, joy and satisfaction.
    Through Swamishri’s grace, the village of Bhoj, once a ground for bingeing, had become blessed with virtues.
    Pic @sokishan
    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,356  6  28 April, 2020
  • (Pic: July 12th 1991, CFI Edison, New Jersey, USA.
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The Cultural Festival of India took place from July 12 to August 11, 1991 in Edison, NJ. The 30-day festival brought the rich culture, traditions and value of India and Hinduism to America.
Through the selfless efforts of over 3,200 volunteers of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, over one million visitors took inspiration from majestic gateways, traditional dances, cultural programs, Indian classical music concerts and spiritual conferences. Relive the memories of the grandest culture festival of India on American soil.

NO COMPLAINTS!

The celebration of the Cultural Festival of India (CFI) in USA, 1991, by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha showcased the glory of India’s ancient heritage. For an entire month, 1.2 million visitors carried with them a lasting impression of India’s rich culture and wisdom. High-ranking officials, dignitaries and common people, who visited the festival grounds, also praised Swamishri’s divinity and managerial powers.
One evening, after dinner, Swamishri was routinely gargling salt water. After the first gargle Swamishri asked his attendant sadhu, “Is there salt in it?”
“Yes. I refilled the bottle with salt today,” the attendant sadhu replied.
Swamishri remained silent and finished gargling all the water. Then the attendant sadhu went to the kitchen to see whether he was right or not. He opened the bottle and it looked like table salt. Then he took a little and tasted it. The tangy, sour taste made him spit it out immediately. It was not salt but citric acid!
Swamishri had not uttered even a single word to reveal the distasteful experience. There was not a word of reproach either, and neither has Swamishri ever mentioned that incident to anyone.
Even today, the attendant sadhu is saddened whenever he remembers Swamishri’s tolerance during that incident.
Pic @maree.reema 
#psm #pramukhswami #psm100 #cfi1991 #bapsusa #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti #sakartula1991 #pramukhswamimaharaj #bapsatlanta #pramukhswamishatabdimahotsav
  • (Pic: July 12th 1991, CFI Edison, New Jersey, USA.
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    The Cultural Festival of India took place from July 12 to August 11, 1991 in Edison, NJ. The 30-day festival brought the rich culture, traditions and value of India and Hinduism to America.
    Through the selfless efforts of over 3,200 volunteers of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, over one million visitors took inspiration from majestic gateways, traditional dances, cultural programs, Indian classical music concerts and spiritual conferences. Relive the memories of the grandest culture festival of India on American soil.

    NO COMPLAINTS!

    The celebration of the Cultural Festival of India (CFI) in USA, 1991, by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha showcased the glory of India’s ancient heritage. For an entire month, 1.2 million visitors carried with them a lasting impression of India’s rich culture and wisdom. High-ranking officials, dignitaries and common people, who visited the festival grounds, also praised Swamishri’s divinity and managerial powers.
    One evening, after dinner, Swamishri was routinely gargling salt water. After the first gargle Swamishri asked his attendant sadhu, “Is there salt in it?”
    “Yes. I refilled the bottle with salt today,” the attendant sadhu replied.
    Swamishri remained silent and finished gargling all the water. Then the attendant sadhu went to the kitchen to see whether he was right or not. He opened the bottle and it looked like table salt. Then he took a little and tasted it. The tangy, sour taste made him spit it out immediately. It was not salt but citric acid!
    Swamishri had not uttered even a single word to reveal the distasteful experience. There was not a word of reproach either, and neither has Swamishri ever mentioned that incident to anyone.
    Even today, the attendant sadhu is saddened whenever he remembers Swamishri’s tolerance during that incident.
    Pic @maree.reema
    #psm #pramukhswami #psm100 #cfi1991 #bapsusa #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti #sakartula1991 #pramukhswamimaharaj #bapsatlanta #pramukhswamishatabdimahotsav

  •  1,488  9  27 April, 2020
  • 𝐹𝑅𝒪𝑀 𝒱𝐼𝒞𝐸𝒮 𝒯𝒪 𝒱𝐼𝑅𝒯𝒰𝐸𝒮 “God does not differentiate between high and low. However, such distinctions do exist in people because of their karmas. If your karmas are good, then you are virtuous.
“But several addictions and bad habits have become a part of your lives. Subsequently, your huts are as they are and you have been unable to progress. Even though you are people of ordinary means and live in humble huts you will be worthy of respect when you imbibe good values. If you cultivate character, then it will not take long for you to become rich.”
Swamishri’s words stirred the souls of the downtrodden Harijans and Vankars in the village of Bhoj. He had come of his own accord to the community of Harijans residing at the extreme end of the village. Here he gathered them in the middle of the ground hemmed by their ramshackled huts and preached to them about the true purpose of life and moral conduct. Swamishri’s loving words touched the community and they gave up their addictions at his holy feet.
A month passed after this incident. When the festival of Dhuleti arrived, a flock of guests and relatives came to Bhoj with the intention of celebrating it with a liquor party. But when they entered the Harijan ghetto they were surprised to see a small religious gathering in which the Shikshapatri was being read. They saw the festival being celebrated with purity and joy. The guests insisted that they have a liquor party. But the local Harijans refused and replied, “Ever since we have become disciples of Pramukh Swami Maharaj we have stopped drinking altogether.” Their words echoed with pride, joy and satisfaction.
Through Swamishri’s grace, the village of Bhoj, once a ground for bingeing, had become blessed with virtues.

#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝐹𝑅𝒪𝑀 𝒱𝐼𝒞𝐸𝒮 𝒯𝒪 𝒱𝐼𝑅𝒯𝒰𝐸𝒮 “God does not differentiate between high and low. However, such distinctions do exist in people because of their karmas. If your karmas are good, then you are virtuous.
    “But several addictions and bad habits have become a part of your lives. Subsequently, your huts are as they are and you have been unable to progress. Even though you are people of ordinary means and live in humble huts you will be worthy of respect when you imbibe good values. If you cultivate character, then it will not take long for you to become rich.”
    Swamishri’s words stirred the souls of the downtrodden Harijans and Vankars in the village of Bhoj. He had come of his own accord to the community of Harijans residing at the extreme end of the village. Here he gathered them in the middle of the ground hemmed by their ramshackled huts and preached to them about the true purpose of life and moral conduct. Swamishri’s loving words touched the community and they gave up their addictions at his holy feet.
    A month passed after this incident. When the festival of Dhuleti arrived, a flock of guests and relatives came to Bhoj with the intention of celebrating it with a liquor party. But when they entered the Harijan ghetto they were surprised to see a small religious gathering in which the Shikshapatri was being read. They saw the festival being celebrated with purity and joy. The guests insisted that they have a liquor party. But the local Harijans refused and replied, “Ever since we have become disciples of Pramukh Swami Maharaj we have stopped drinking altogether.” Their words echoed with pride, joy and satisfaction.
    Through Swamishri’s grace, the village of Bhoj, once a ground for bingeing, had become blessed with virtues.

    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  886  11  26 April, 2020
  • 𝕊𝕒𝕔𝕣𝕖𝕕 𝔽𝕠𝕠𝕕

In 1990, Swamishri travelled from London to Cardiff.
During an evening satsang assembly, the attendant sadhus left to offer thal to Thakorji. When they reached the residence, they found that many food items had yet to be prepared. Hurriedly, they cooked the food, and by the time they finished offering it to Thakorji, Swamishri arrived.
Swamishri sat down to have his meal. From there he had to go to another devotee’s home for rest. So, the attendant sadhu served Swamishri rather hurriedly. While eating, Swamishri listened to the host devotee’s talks. Finally, khichdi and kadhi were served in Swamishri’s eating bowl.
When Swamishri finished his meal, another sadhu inside the kitchen shouted, “Don’t serve kadhi because it has turned stale.”
When the attendant sadhu rushed into the kitchen, he realized that he had used stale cream instead of curd for making the kadhi. On tasting it himself, he found it extremely distasteful. The thought of Swamishri having eaten the unpleasant kadhi filled him with remorse. He apologised, “Bapa, it was my mistake.”
Swamishri replied calmly, “When Thakorji had eaten it, there was no problem for me in having it!”
Through the lives of such great souls wedded to the virtue of non-taste (nisswad), one experiences their absolute devotion to God. Swamishri revels in the taste of God’s devotion, beholding food offered to Thakorji as sacred and unworthy of rejection.

Pic @sokishan 
#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #bapsindia #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝕊𝕒𝕔𝕣𝕖𝕕 𝔽𝕠𝕠𝕕

    In 1990, Swamishri travelled from London to Cardiff.
    During an evening satsang assembly, the attendant sadhus left to offer thal to Thakorji. When they reached the residence, they found that many food items had yet to be prepared. Hurriedly, they cooked the food, and by the time they finished offering it to Thakorji, Swamishri arrived.
    Swamishri sat down to have his meal. From there he had to go to another devotee’s home for rest. So, the attendant sadhu served Swamishri rather hurriedly. While eating, Swamishri listened to the host devotee’s talks. Finally, khichdi and kadhi were served in Swamishri’s eating bowl.
    When Swamishri finished his meal, another sadhu inside the kitchen shouted, “Don’t serve kadhi because it has turned stale.”
    When the attendant sadhu rushed into the kitchen, he realized that he had used stale cream instead of curd for making the kadhi. On tasting it himself, he found it extremely distasteful. The thought of Swamishri having eaten the unpleasant kadhi filled him with remorse. He apologised, “Bapa, it was my mistake.”
    Swamishri replied calmly, “When Thakorji had eaten it, there was no problem for me in having it!”
    Through the lives of such great souls wedded to the virtue of non-taste (nisswad), one experiences their absolute devotion to God. Swamishri revels in the taste of God’s devotion, beholding food offered to Thakorji as sacred and unworthy of rejection.

    Pic @sokishan
    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #bapsindia #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,723  4  25 April, 2020
  • 𝑻𝑶 𝑭𝑼𝑳𝑭𝑰𝑳 𝑨 𝑫𝑬𝑽𝑶𝑻𝑬𝑬’𝑺 𝑾𝑰𝑺𝑯

It was 10.30 p.m.
Swamishri’s car was racing ahead on the national highway in Kheda district, Gujarat. He had been travelling all day for the drought relief work by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. After having visited the Sanstha’s cattle camp in Bhavanpura, Swamishri was heading towards another camp in Bochasan. The sadhus and volunteers in Bochasan were waiting for him.
Then, Swamishri suddenly instructed the driver, “Take the car to the left.”
“Are we not going to Bochasan?” the driver asked.
Swamishri kept quiet. The car soon turned off from the highway to take an interior road.
The accompanying sadhus were surprised at the sudden change in itinerary. Swamishri had already visited four villages that day, and the schedule had been tiring. They wondered whether they were going to another village. The car was travelling speedily on the road to Tarapur. On seeing a signboard, Swamishri told the driver to slow down. “Now take the car inside this village.”
Swamishri’s car had entered the village of Limbasi. It was late night and there was not one home in which the lights were on. Everyone was blissfully sleeping. Swamishri guided the car with brief instructions of left and right till they came to the house of Dahyabhai Patel. Then he told the driver to knock on the door. The door opened with an enquiry from within as to who it was. On seeing Swamishri, the members of the family were amazed and welcomed him inside.
“Where is Dahyabhai? I want to see him. As he is ill, I have been wanting to see him for the past several days.”
As Swamishri spoke, his face showed his eagerness to meet Dahyabhai.

Pic @sokishan 
#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝑻𝑶 𝑭𝑼𝑳𝑭𝑰𝑳 𝑨 𝑫𝑬𝑽𝑶𝑻𝑬𝑬’𝑺 𝑾𝑰𝑺𝑯

    It was 10.30 p.m.
    Swamishri’s car was racing ahead on the national highway in Kheda district, Gujarat. He had been travelling all day for the drought relief work by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. After having visited the Sanstha’s cattle camp in Bhavanpura, Swamishri was heading towards another camp in Bochasan. The sadhus and volunteers in Bochasan were waiting for him.
    Then, Swamishri suddenly instructed the driver, “Take the car to the left.”
    “Are we not going to Bochasan?” the driver asked.
    Swamishri kept quiet. The car soon turned off from the highway to take an interior road.
    The accompanying sadhus were surprised at the sudden change in itinerary. Swamishri had already visited four villages that day, and the schedule had been tiring. They wondered whether they were going to another village. The car was travelling speedily on the road to Tarapur. On seeing a signboard, Swamishri told the driver to slow down. “Now take the car inside this village.”
    Swamishri’s car had entered the village of Limbasi. It was late night and there was not one home in which the lights were on. Everyone was blissfully sleeping. Swamishri guided the car with brief instructions of left and right till they came to the house of Dahyabhai Patel. Then he told the driver to knock on the door. The door opened with an enquiry from within as to who it was. On seeing Swamishri, the members of the family were amazed and welcomed him inside.
    “Where is Dahyabhai? I want to see him. As he is ill, I have been wanting to see him for the past several days.”
    As Swamishri spoke, his face showed his eagerness to meet Dahyabhai.

    Pic @sokishan
    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  980  10  24 April, 2020
  • 🄷🄸🅂 🅂🄰🅅🄸🄽🄶 🄶🅁🄰🄲🄴
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“Catch the thief! Catch the thief!”
The tranquillity of midnight was shattered by angry voices in a suburb of Trichinapalli, South India. Swamishri and some sadhus were resting in a guesthouse. The commotion woke up Ramcharan Swami who was sleeping in a room next to Swamishri’s. He came out to find a crowd of over 100 people with sticks shouting that the thief had hid himself inside the guesthouse. “Find him. Catch him,” they yelled.
On returning, Ramcharan Swami was surprised to find that Swamishri was not in his room. Only his upper cloth was lying on his mattress. Ramcharan Swami immediately came out looking for Swamishri in the open space on the fourth floor. Moments later, at the far end, in the faint light, he saw Swamishri’s silhouette. He was standing fearlessly in the darkness without his upper cloth. As Ramcharan Swami came closer, Swamishri beckoned him to remain quiet.
Ramcharan Swami realized that the noise and shouts had also awakened Swamishri. On perceiving the cause of the commotion, Swamishri had got up to search for the thief himself. And he had found him. The thief, in his bid to escape, had fallen into a water tank. Swamishri pointed to the tank with his torch and whispered, “Let us help him out.” When the thief was helped out of the tank he was wet and shaking with fear. Swamishri told Ramcharan Swami, “Give him some water to drink.”
The thief looked on with surprise. Swamishri then lovingly offered him a glass of water.
“Don’t let him go out. The angry crowd is waiting to beat him up.” Swamishri added.
Though the frightened thief did not understand Swamishri’s Gujarati, he felt assured he was in safe hands.
Then Swamishri spoke to him in broken Hindi, “Look brother!
Pic @sokishan 
#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 🄷🄸🅂 🅂🄰🅅🄸🄽🄶 🄶🅁🄰🄲🄴
    .
    “Catch the thief! Catch the thief!”
    The tranquillity of midnight was shattered by angry voices in a suburb of Trichinapalli, South India. Swamishri and some sadhus were resting in a guesthouse. The commotion woke up Ramcharan Swami who was sleeping in a room next to Swamishri’s. He came out to find a crowd of over 100 people with sticks shouting that the thief had hid himself inside the guesthouse. “Find him. Catch him,” they yelled.
    On returning, Ramcharan Swami was surprised to find that Swamishri was not in his room. Only his upper cloth was lying on his mattress. Ramcharan Swami immediately came out looking for Swamishri in the open space on the fourth floor. Moments later, at the far end, in the faint light, he saw Swamishri’s silhouette. He was standing fearlessly in the darkness without his upper cloth. As Ramcharan Swami came closer, Swamishri beckoned him to remain quiet.
    Ramcharan Swami realized that the noise and shouts had also awakened Swamishri. On perceiving the cause of the commotion, Swamishri had got up to search for the thief himself. And he had found him. The thief, in his bid to escape, had fallen into a water tank. Swamishri pointed to the tank with his torch and whispered, “Let us help him out.” When the thief was helped out of the tank he was wet and shaking with fear. Swamishri told Ramcharan Swami, “Give him some water to drink.”
    The thief looked on with surprise. Swamishri then lovingly offered him a glass of water.
    “Don’t let him go out. The angry crowd is waiting to beat him up.” Swamishri added.
    Though the frightened thief did not understand Swamishri’s Gujarati, he felt assured he was in safe hands.
    Then Swamishri spoke to him in broken Hindi, “Look brother!
    Pic @sokishan
    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,393  8  23 April, 2020
  • S͓̽W͓̽A͓̽M͓̽I͓̽S͓̽H͓̽R͓̽I͓̽’͓̽S͓̽ ͓̽O͓̽N͓̽E͓̽N͓̽E͓̽S͓̽S͓̽ In 1988, Swamishri was at the Swaminarayan Mandir in Los Angeles, USA. He was performing the fourth consecration anniversary (patotsav) rituals of the mandir. The mandir resonated with the chanting of Vedic mantras when Swamishri was performing the ritual of sprinkling holy water on the murtis of Akshar Purushottam Maharaj.

At that point, Narendraprasad Swami (Acharya Swami) came to seek Swamishri’s permission to depart on a short satsang tour. But Swamishri, instead of permitting him to go, gave him a towel and said, “Before you go, do a little seva by soaking up the water on the murtis with this towel.” While Narendraprasad Swami was performing the seva, a doubt arose in his mind regarding the divinity of the murtis. On reaching the feet, he pressed the thumb of Gunatitanand Swami a little harder.

At that moment Swamishri, though engaged in another ritual, turned to Narendraprasad Swami as if he had felt the pressure on his thumb and said, “Acharya, do it gently.”
Narendraprasad Swami was astonished and asked, “How did you know?” “Oh, I would know!” Swamishri replied with a smile.

Narendraprasad Swami was elated at the oneness Swamishri has with the murti of Gunatitanand Swami.

Pic @sokishan 
#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • S͓̽W͓̽A͓̽M͓̽I͓̽S͓̽H͓̽R͓̽I͓̽’͓̽S͓̽ ͓̽O͓̽N͓̽E͓̽N͓̽E͓̽S͓̽S͓̽ In 1988, Swamishri was at the Swaminarayan Mandir in Los Angeles, USA. He was performing the fourth consecration anniversary (patotsav) rituals of the mandir. The mandir resonated with the chanting of Vedic mantras when Swamishri was performing the ritual of sprinkling holy water on the murtis of Akshar Purushottam Maharaj.

    At that point, Narendraprasad Swami (Acharya Swami) came to seek Swamishri’s permission to depart on a short satsang tour. But Swamishri, instead of permitting him to go, gave him a towel and said, “Before you go, do a little seva by soaking up the water on the murtis with this towel.” While Narendraprasad Swami was performing the seva, a doubt arose in his mind regarding the divinity of the murtis. On reaching the feet, he pressed the thumb of Gunatitanand Swami a little harder.

    At that moment Swamishri, though engaged in another ritual, turned to Narendraprasad Swami as if he had felt the pressure on his thumb and said, “Acharya, do it gently.”
    Narendraprasad Swami was astonished and asked, “How did you know?” “Oh, I would know!” Swamishri replied with a smile.

    Narendraprasad Swami was elated at the oneness Swamishri has with the murti of Gunatitanand Swami.

    Pic @sokishan
    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,093  12  22 April, 2020
  • ℕ𝕠 𝕊𝕒𝕓𝕙𝕒 𝕎𝕚𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕥 𝕍𝕚𝕟𝕦

Yogiji Maharaj was in Anand, where Vinubhai was attending college. After Bapa’s lunch, he would have sabha and many would attend it. Even students would sit in on this sabha. But there were a lot of utensils to wash after lunch, so Purushottam Bhagat came out and dragged all the yuvaks to the kitchen to clean.

In this group, he also took Vinubhai. He silently started scrubbing and washing the dishes. The situation in the sabha changed. In the same way that without King Janak, Yagnavalkya would not start his katha, without Vinu, Yogiji Maharaj would not start his sabha.

Yogiji Maharaj got up from his asan! He made his way to the back where the yuvaks were engaged in seva. The people in sabha were very surprised. This never happened!
He found Vinubhai, grabbed his hand and told him to come to sabha. Yogi Bapa said, “Purushottam Bhagat, don’t make him work too much, understand his mahima.” Afterwards, Yogiji Maharaj made Vinubhai wash his hands, took him into sabha, and then started it again.
#msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

#baps #bapsphotos #bapsmedia#baps_youth #bapsswaminarayantemple#bapsshriswaminarayanmandir #bapscharities #bapsvideos#bapsswaminarayan #bapsswaminarayanmandir#bapsekparivar #bapsdiwali #bapsanand #bapsatlanta#bapssarangpur #bapsmandir #bapsmsm
  • ℕ𝕠 𝕊𝕒𝕓𝕙𝕒 𝕎𝕚𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕥 𝕍𝕚𝕟𝕦

    Yogiji Maharaj was in Anand, where Vinubhai was attending college. After Bapa’s lunch, he would have sabha and many would attend it. Even students would sit in on this sabha. But there were a lot of utensils to wash after lunch, so Purushottam Bhagat came out and dragged all the yuvaks to the kitchen to clean.

    In this group, he also took Vinubhai. He silently started scrubbing and washing the dishes. The situation in the sabha changed. In the same way that without King Janak, Yagnavalkya would not start his katha, without Vinu, Yogiji Maharaj would not start his sabha.

    Yogiji Maharaj got up from his asan! He made his way to the back where the yuvaks were engaged in seva. The people in sabha were very surprised. This never happened!
    He found Vinubhai, grabbed his hand and told him to come to sabha. Yogi Bapa said, “Purushottam Bhagat, don’t make him work too much, understand his mahima.” Afterwards, Yogiji Maharaj made Vinubhai wash his hands, took him into sabha, and then started it again.
    #msm  #mahantswami  #mahantswamimaharaj  #baps  #bapsindia  #bapsphoto  #bapsphotos  #vintageshukh  #vintagesukh  #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

    #baps #bapsphotos #bapsmedia#baps_youth #bapsswaminarayantemple#bapsshriswaminarayanmandir #bapscharities #bapsvideos#bapsswaminarayan #bapsswaminarayanmandir#bapsekparivar #bapsdiwali #bapsanand #bapsatlanta#bapssarangpur #bapsmandir #bapsmsm

  •  3,543  14  22 April, 2020
  • ℕ𝕠 𝕊𝕒𝕓𝕙𝕒 𝕎𝕚𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕥 𝕍𝕚𝕟𝕦

Yogiji Maharaj was in Anand, where Vinubhai was attending college. After Bapa’s lunch, he would have sabha and many would attend it. Even students would sit in on this sabha. But there were a lot of utensils to wash after lunch, so Purushottam Bhagat came out and dragged all the yuvaks to the kitchen to clean.

In this group, he also took Vinubhai. He silently started scrubbing and washing the dishes. The situation in the sabha changed. In the same way that without King Janak, Yagnavalkya would not start his katha, without Vinu, Yogiji Maharaj would not start his sabha.

Yogiji Maharaj got up from his asan! He made his way to the back where the yuvaks were engaged in seva. The people in sabha were very surprised. This never happened!
He found Vinubhai, grabbed his hand and told him to come to sabha. Yogi Bapa said, “Purushottam Bhagat, don’t make him work too much, understand his mahima.” Afterwards, Yogiji Maharaj made Vinubhai wash his hands, took him into sabha, and then started it again.
Pic credit @sokishan 
#msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • ℕ𝕠 𝕊𝕒𝕓𝕙𝕒 𝕎𝕚𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕥 𝕍𝕚𝕟𝕦

    Yogiji Maharaj was in Anand, where Vinubhai was attending college. After Bapa’s lunch, he would have sabha and many would attend it. Even students would sit in on this sabha. But there were a lot of utensils to wash after lunch, so Purushottam Bhagat came out and dragged all the yuvaks to the kitchen to clean.

    In this group, he also took Vinubhai. He silently started scrubbing and washing the dishes. The situation in the sabha changed. In the same way that without King Janak, Yagnavalkya would not start his katha, without Vinu, Yogiji Maharaj would not start his sabha.

    Yogiji Maharaj got up from his asan! He made his way to the back where the yuvaks were engaged in seva. The people in sabha were very surprised. This never happened!
    He found Vinubhai, grabbed his hand and told him to come to sabha. Yogi Bapa said, “Purushottam Bhagat, don’t make him work too much, understand his mahima.” Afterwards, Yogiji Maharaj made Vinubhai wash his hands, took him into sabha, and then started it again.
    Pic credit @sokishan
    #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,516  12  22 April, 2020
  • CELEBRATION THROUGH SERVICE

December 1971. The village of Dharmaj, Gujarat, had hosted the 51st birthday celebration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
There was a wave of happiness and festivity in the village.
The Golden Jubilee celebration was Swamishri’s first birthday celebration after he became the guru.
The 11-day celebration included many enlightening programmes. Every morning and evening there were bhajans, prayers and spiritual discourses. Distinguished sadhus and scholars from India shared their wisdom, honoured Swamishri and praised his virtues. The celebration spirit was festive and divine.
Soon, the ultimate day of Swamishri’s 51st birthday celebration arrived. Early that morning, when Swamishri was brushing his teeth with a datan, he noticed the used sticks of datan thrown away carelessly by people in an open area nearby. He did not say anything to anyone. After brushing his teeth Swamishri went into the bathroom. And when those few who were present outside dispersed, Swamishri came out and collected the used datan sticks. Without saying a single word, he threw them into the dustbin and briskly spruced up the surroundings.
When thousands of devotees had congregated, eagerly waiting for Swamishri’s darshan and to greet him on his birthday, Swamishri began the day with menial service.
Even on his birthday Swamishri seized the opportunity of performing seva as if it were a celebration. He is happy in rendering such seva; it is his lifeblood. And that is why he always believes himself to be a servant.
Swamishri’s greatness lies in his spirit of service.

#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #bapssarangpur #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintagesmruti #vintageswami
  • CELEBRATION THROUGH SERVICE

    December 1971. The village of Dharmaj, Gujarat, had hosted the 51st birthday celebration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
    There was a wave of happiness and festivity in the village.
    The Golden Jubilee celebration was Swamishri’s first birthday celebration after he became the guru.
    The 11-day celebration included many enlightening programmes. Every morning and evening there were bhajans, prayers and spiritual discourses. Distinguished sadhus and scholars from India shared their wisdom, honoured Swamishri and praised his virtues. The celebration spirit was festive and divine.
    Soon, the ultimate day of Swamishri’s 51st birthday celebration arrived. Early that morning, when Swamishri was brushing his teeth with a datan, he noticed the used sticks of datan thrown away carelessly by people in an open area nearby. He did not say anything to anyone. After brushing his teeth Swamishri went into the bathroom. And when those few who were present outside dispersed, Swamishri came out and collected the used datan sticks. Without saying a single word, he threw them into the dustbin and briskly spruced up the surroundings.
    When thousands of devotees had congregated, eagerly waiting for Swamishri’s darshan and to greet him on his birthday, Swamishri began the day with menial service.
    Even on his birthday Swamishri seized the opportunity of performing seva as if it were a celebration. He is happy in rendering such seva; it is his lifeblood. And that is why he always believes himself to be a servant.
    Swamishri’s greatness lies in his spirit of service.

    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #bapssarangpur #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintagesmruti #vintageswami

  •  1,111  9  21 April, 2020
  • 𝑭𝑹𝑬𝑬 𝑭𝑹𝑶𝑴 𝑾𝑬𝑨𝑳𝑻𝑯

During the satsang tour of 1974, Swamishri took a flight from Mwanza to Dar-es-Salaam. On arriving at Dar-es-Salaam airport, the African officials began interrogating Swamishri’s entourage. The devotees, who had come to welcome Swamishri, were startled by the stubborn investigation of the officials. They tried their best to make them understand, but the officials emphasised on one point only, “Someone has smuggled diamonds in this flight and we have been directed by our higher authorities to search each and every person coming out of this plane.”
The devotees repeatedly pleaded with the officials to exempt Swamishri from the custom’s checking. But this only fuelled their doubts all the more. They began examining the belongings of Swamishri and the other sadhus in great detail. They even opened their articles of daily worship, emptying the vermilion powder from its vials.
Finally, the officials were astonished after all their rummaging. They asked, “How many countries will you be visiting during your tour?”
“A few more countries in Africa and then we will be travelling to England and the USA,” a spokesman answered.
The surprised officials said, “We are convinced that you do not have any diamonds. But we are surprised all the more that you are on an international tour and you do not even have the permitted 75 shillings on you! This is the first time in our lives that we have come across such tourists who do not keep a single shilling!”
The airport officials were all the more surprised when they came to know that Swamishri, let alone not having a single shilling as a tourist but, as the president of a world renowned organization does not have even a penny in his own name.
The officials felt privileged to have Swamishri arrive in their country.
Regretting and apologising for having rummaged through their belongings, the custom’s officials bowed before Swamishri and welcomed him to Dar-es-Salaam.
#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝑭𝑹𝑬𝑬 𝑭𝑹𝑶𝑴 𝑾𝑬𝑨𝑳𝑻𝑯

    During the satsang tour of 1974, Swamishri took a flight from Mwanza to Dar-es-Salaam. On arriving at Dar-es-Salaam airport, the African officials began interrogating Swamishri’s entourage. The devotees, who had come to welcome Swamishri, were startled by the stubborn investigation of the officials. They tried their best to make them understand, but the officials emphasised on one point only, “Someone has smuggled diamonds in this flight and we have been directed by our higher authorities to search each and every person coming out of this plane.”
    The devotees repeatedly pleaded with the officials to exempt Swamishri from the custom’s checking. But this only fuelled their doubts all the more. They began examining the belongings of Swamishri and the other sadhus in great detail. They even opened their articles of daily worship, emptying the vermilion powder from its vials.
    Finally, the officials were astonished after all their rummaging. They asked, “How many countries will you be visiting during your tour?”
    “A few more countries in Africa and then we will be travelling to England and the USA,” a spokesman answered.
    The surprised officials said, “We are convinced that you do not have any diamonds. But we are surprised all the more that you are on an international tour and you do not even have the permitted 75 shillings on you! This is the first time in our lives that we have come across such tourists who do not keep a single shilling!”
    The airport officials were all the more surprised when they came to know that Swamishri, let alone not having a single shilling as a tourist but, as the president of a world renowned organization does not have even a penny in his own name.
    The officials felt privileged to have Swamishri arrive in their country.
    Regretting and apologising for having rummaged through their belongings, the custom’s officials bowed before Swamishri and welcomed him to Dar-es-Salaam.
    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,991  16  20 April, 2020
  • 𝚃𝙰𝙼𝙸𝙽𝙶 𝙰 𝚁𝙰𝙲𝙴𝙷𝙾𝚁𝚂𝙴

In 1977, the devotees of Ashton-U-Lyne in England had made grand preparations for a procession to welcome Swamishri. They had enthusiastically arranged for a decorated buggy and a national prizewinning racehorse called Jacob to pull it. Everything was ready. The devotees eagerly awaited Swamishri’s arrival. The Mayor of Ashton and Mr Wilkinson, who had great respect for Swamishri, had come to welcome him. On seeing the spirited horse they drew the attention of C.T. Patel, “This is a racehorse. Look at it now. Its eyes are restless and impatient. Imagine what will happen when the marching band plays music? If it goes wild, it will cause havoc and injury.”
Mr Wilkinson spoke with concern because he was acquainted with the nature and habits of horses.
But the devout C.T. Patel said, “Swamishri will take care of it, because he has the power to control and calm anyone and any situation. Once he sits in the chariot, everything will be all right.”
Mr Wilkinson did not expect such an answer. Out of his love and concern for Swamishri he emphatically responded, “What you say is absolute nonsense! You are putting Swamishri’s life in danger...” During that time Swamishri arrived and before anyone could decide upon anything, Swamishri sat in the buggy. Mr Wilkinson became anxious. Everyone shuddered with fear as to what might happen. But the horse became calm. His roving eyes and fiery spirit turned placid. Throughout the entire procession the horse trotted tamely amidst the sound of the marching band and the throng of devotees.
Mr Wilkinson was wonderstruck and intrigued at the transformation. Even today he cherishes the memory of that procession – an occasion that reflected Swamishri’s divine charisma.

#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #bapssarangpur #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝚃𝙰𝙼𝙸𝙽𝙶 𝙰 𝚁𝙰𝙲𝙴𝙷𝙾𝚁𝚂𝙴

    In 1977, the devotees of Ashton-U-Lyne in England had made grand preparations for a procession to welcome Swamishri. They had enthusiastically arranged for a decorated buggy and a national prizewinning racehorse called Jacob to pull it. Everything was ready. The devotees eagerly awaited Swamishri’s arrival. The Mayor of Ashton and Mr Wilkinson, who had great respect for Swamishri, had come to welcome him. On seeing the spirited horse they drew the attention of C.T. Patel, “This is a racehorse. Look at it now. Its eyes are restless and impatient. Imagine what will happen when the marching band plays music? If it goes wild, it will cause havoc and injury.”
    Mr Wilkinson spoke with concern because he was acquainted with the nature and habits of horses.
    But the devout C.T. Patel said, “Swamishri will take care of it, because he has the power to control and calm anyone and any situation. Once he sits in the chariot, everything will be all right.”
    Mr Wilkinson did not expect such an answer. Out of his love and concern for Swamishri he emphatically responded, “What you say is absolute nonsense! You are putting Swamishri’s life in danger...” During that time Swamishri arrived and before anyone could decide upon anything, Swamishri sat in the buggy. Mr Wilkinson became anxious. Everyone shuddered with fear as to what might happen. But the horse became calm. His roving eyes and fiery spirit turned placid. Throughout the entire procession the horse trotted tamely amidst the sound of the marching band and the throng of devotees.
    Mr Wilkinson was wonderstruck and intrigued at the transformation. Even today he cherishes the memory of that procession – an occasion that reflected Swamishri’s divine charisma.

    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #bapssarangpur #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,108  5  19 April, 2020
  • 𝗔 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗚 𝗕𝗢𝗬’𝗦 𝗥𝗘𝗤𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 “Swami! Please come to my village.”
Fifteen-year-old Ganesh, who lived in a small village of Kankrawadi near Viramgam, was holding Swamishri’s feet and repeatedly requesting him to sanctify his home in 1977. Though there were no other satsangis in his village, and Swamishri’s programme had already been arranged elsewhere, Ganesh’s faith and love compelled Swamishri to promise him that he would come. The subsequent rescheduling and the physical hardship he would have to bear were of no concern to Swamishri.
Finally, the day arrived.
At dusk, cutting through the dust-filled air and the bumpy village road, Swamishri’s car entered the village of Kankrawadi. Ganesh’s happiness knew no bounds.
The village was very small and all the houses, except one, were built of mud and straw. Swamishri finally came to Ganesh’s mud-house. There was no electricity, no toilet and no bathroom in his house. Later in the night, Swamishri held a satsang assembly outside his house in the light of paraffin lamps. The summer heat was stifling.
Swamishri’s sleeping arrangements for the night were made on the terrace of a neighbouring house. He and all the sadhus slept on a mattress laid on the terrace floor.
Next morning, after his daily routine, Swamishri sanctified a few houses in the village and then held an assembly. After lunch, Swamishri retired for a nap in Ganesh’s mud-house. Despite the prickly afternoon heat and absence of ventilation, Swamishri slept soundly.
Ganesh’s young mind made a note of one point, that in spite of all the discomfort, Swamishri’s face was beaming with joy. Even today, Ganesh vividly remembers the pure, divine joy on Swamishri’s face.

#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝗔 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗚 𝗕𝗢𝗬’𝗦 𝗥𝗘𝗤𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 “Swami! Please come to my village.”
    Fifteen-year-old Ganesh, who lived in a small village of Kankrawadi near Viramgam, was holding Swamishri’s feet and repeatedly requesting him to sanctify his home in 1977. Though there were no other satsangis in his village, and Swamishri’s programme had already been arranged elsewhere, Ganesh’s faith and love compelled Swamishri to promise him that he would come. The subsequent rescheduling and the physical hardship he would have to bear were of no concern to Swamishri.
    Finally, the day arrived.
    At dusk, cutting through the dust-filled air and the bumpy village road, Swamishri’s car entered the village of Kankrawadi. Ganesh’s happiness knew no bounds.
    The village was very small and all the houses, except one, were built of mud and straw. Swamishri finally came to Ganesh’s mud-house. There was no electricity, no toilet and no bathroom in his house. Later in the night, Swamishri held a satsang assembly outside his house in the light of paraffin lamps. The summer heat was stifling.
    Swamishri’s sleeping arrangements for the night were made on the terrace of a neighbouring house. He and all the sadhus slept on a mattress laid on the terrace floor.
    Next morning, after his daily routine, Swamishri sanctified a few houses in the village and then held an assembly. After lunch, Swamishri retired for a nap in Ganesh’s mud-house. Despite the prickly afternoon heat and absence of ventilation, Swamishri slept soundly.
    Ganesh’s young mind made a note of one point, that in spite of all the discomfort, Swamishri’s face was beaming with joy. Even today, Ganesh vividly remembers the pure, divine joy on Swamishri’s face.

    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,162  10  18 April, 2020
  • (ઉપરોક્ત છબી: ગઢડા કળશ જયંતી પ્રસંગે મંચ પર બિરાજમાન યોગીજી મહારાજ સાથે પ્રમુખ સ્વામી, ગઢડા - સન ૧૯૬૧)

ℕ𝕆 𝕃𝔸ℕ𝔾𝕌𝔸𝔾𝔼 𝔹𝔸ℝℝ𝕀𝔼ℝ

In 1980, Swamishri was in Johannesburg at the residence of Dr. Rameshbhai. For 20 minutes, a reporter from the Sunday Tribune had been asking questions to Swamishri. Then Atmaswarup Swami, who was Swamishri’s interpreter, requested the reporter to ask his final question.
“Don’t the ladies feel neglected or discriminated when you keep yourself away from them?” the reporter asked.
Before Atmaswarup Swami could translate the question into Gujarati, Swamishri told Atmaswarup Swami, “Tell him to come to India and see for himself. Hundreds of thousands of women worship Bhagwan Swaminarayan but none of them feel discriminated...”
Atmaswarup Swami was amazed by Swamishri’s all-knowing power. He was further surprised when he saw the reporter writing down Swamishri’s answer even before he could translate it into English. Out of curiosity, Atmaswarup Swami asked him what he had written.
The reporter, who did not know a word of Gujarati, said, “Swamiji told me to come to India and see first hand the hundreds of thousands of women who worship Swaminarayan and yet do not feel discriminated.”
Atmaswarup Swami realized the time-old truth that the Satpurush has no language barrier.

#yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #yogijimaharajsmruti #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #bapsgadhada #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • (ઉપરોક્ત છબી: ગઢડા કળશ જયંતી પ્રસંગે મંચ પર બિરાજમાન યોગીજી મહારાજ સાથે પ્રમુખ સ્વામી, ગઢડા - સન ૧૯૬૧)

    ℕ𝕆 𝕃𝔸ℕ𝔾𝕌𝔸𝔾𝔼 𝔹𝔸ℝℝ𝕀𝔼ℝ

    In 1980, Swamishri was in Johannesburg at the residence of Dr. Rameshbhai. For 20 minutes, a reporter from the Sunday Tribune had been asking questions to Swamishri. Then Atmaswarup Swami, who was Swamishri’s interpreter, requested the reporter to ask his final question.
    “Don’t the ladies feel neglected or discriminated when you keep yourself away from them?” the reporter asked.
    Before Atmaswarup Swami could translate the question into Gujarati, Swamishri told Atmaswarup Swami, “Tell him to come to India and see for himself. Hundreds of thousands of women worship Bhagwan Swaminarayan but none of them feel discriminated...”
    Atmaswarup Swami was amazed by Swamishri’s all-knowing power. He was further surprised when he saw the reporter writing down Swamishri’s answer even before he could translate it into English. Out of curiosity, Atmaswarup Swami asked him what he had written.
    The reporter, who did not know a word of Gujarati, said, “Swamiji told me to come to India and see first hand the hundreds of thousands of women who worship Swaminarayan and yet do not feel discriminated.”
    Atmaswarup Swami realized the time-old truth that the Satpurush has no language barrier.

    #yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #yogijimaharajsmruti #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #bapsgadhada #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  697  4  17 April, 2020
  • 𝒮𝐸𝐿𝐹𝐿𝐸𝒮𝒮 𝐿𝒪𝒱𝐸

Once, a youth was overwhelmed by the unprecedented interest and care shown by a spiritual guru in his life.
In an instant, his shattered life began to flash before his mind. He recalled how much he had wished to study engineering, but his stubborn father came in the way and forced him to take up architecture.
Then, family conflicts added to his woes. He had to shift to a hostel. But soon, without his parent’s love and security, he found himself at the crossroads of life; confused and apprehensive about what would happen to him and how he would manage things by himself. At this juncture he went to Swamishri.
“How do you arrange for your expenses?” Swamishri asked. Then he also enquired about his lodging and boarding arrangements and his academic progress.
The youth’s deep sense of loneliness surfaced in his conversation. Swamishri responded affectionately, “Whenever you have any problem, write to me. I will write to Kothari Swami and he will make all the arrangements for you. However, for the present, just study and develop your talent in music.”
Like a child deprived of love, the youth instantly buried his head in Swamishri’s lap. He was overwhelmed by Swamishri’s unbounded love and generosity for him.
He broke down saying, “Even my parents have never showered so much love on me.”
He remembered the lines of the bhajan he had sung many times before:
Het to kare chhe kevu, anant janani jevu...
“O how he loves like a myriad mothers...” #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsphotos #bapsphoto #bapsindia #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝒮𝐸𝐿𝐹𝐿𝐸𝒮𝒮 𝐿𝒪𝒱𝐸

    Once, a youth was overwhelmed by the unprecedented interest and care shown by a spiritual guru in his life.
    In an instant, his shattered life began to flash before his mind. He recalled how much he had wished to study engineering, but his stubborn father came in the way and forced him to take up architecture.
    Then, family conflicts added to his woes. He had to shift to a hostel. But soon, without his parent’s love and security, he found himself at the crossroads of life; confused and apprehensive about what would happen to him and how he would manage things by himself. At this juncture he went to Swamishri.
    “How do you arrange for your expenses?” Swamishri asked. Then he also enquired about his lodging and boarding arrangements and his academic progress.
    The youth’s deep sense of loneliness surfaced in his conversation. Swamishri responded affectionately, “Whenever you have any problem, write to me. I will write to Kothari Swami and he will make all the arrangements for you. However, for the present, just study and develop your talent in music.”
    Like a child deprived of love, the youth instantly buried his head in Swamishri’s lap. He was overwhelmed by Swamishri’s unbounded love and generosity for him.
    He broke down saying, “Even my parents have never showered so much love on me.”
    He remembered the lines of the bhajan he had sung many times before:
    Het to kare chhe kevu, anant janani jevu...
    “O how he loves like a myriad mothers...” #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsphotos #bapsphoto #bapsindia #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,406  12  17 April, 2020
  • (ઉપરોક્ત છબી: પ્રથમ વિદેશયાત્રામાં યોગીજી મહારાજ સાથે વન મહોત્સવમાં - યુગાનડા, આફ્રિકા - સન ૧૯૫૯-૬૦)

𝑳𝑶𝑽𝑰𝑵𝑮 𝑺𝑬𝑹𝑽𝑰𝑪𝑬 “Do you have a fever?” Swamishri asked affectionately.
A student from South Gujarat, who had joined Swamishri in his satsang tour in Saurashtra, 1973, was shivering and feeling weak because of fever and vomiting. He was confused as to whom to approach and tell about his miserable state of health. At that point, Swamishri held his hand and posed the above question.
“Yes, Bapa!” he replied.
After Thakorji’s darshan, Swamishri sat down to have break- fast. He gave the youth a cup of hot milk and said, “Now drink this. You will be all right soon.” The youth hesitated. But he could not refuse what Swamishri had offered with care and affection. He took the cup of milk and walked off to a corner of the room. Swa- mishri called him back, “Not that far, sit near me and drink it.”
The youth hesitated again, but on Swamishri’s insistence he sat nearby him and drank the milk.
“Now, take rest. Don’t go out anywhere,” Swamishri advised.
It was 10:30 am, the same day. The youth was lying half asleep with a splitting headache. Suddenly, he felt a cool touch on his head. He opened his eyes and to his surprise found Swamishri softly pressing his head. He tried his best to dissuade Swamishri, but Swamishri told him, “Lie still and let me serve you.”
Tears rolled down the youth’s cheeks. He was filled with so much gratitude that he could not utter a word.
The next morning, when the youth got up for his bath, he heard Swamishri calling out, “Don’t have your bath now. There is cold in all the bathrooms. Take my hot water for your bath.”
Today, even after many years, when the youth recalls Swamishri’s selfless affection and care, his eyes turn moist with emotion and admiration for Swamishri’s deep love for him.

#yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #psm #pramukhswami #psm100 #baps #bapsafrica #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti #pramukhswamimaharaj #yogijimaharajsmruti
  • (ઉપરોક્ત છબી: પ્રથમ વિદેશયાત્રામાં યોગીજી મહારાજ સાથે વન મહોત્સવમાં - યુગાનડા, આફ્રિકા - સન ૧૯૫૯-૬૦)

    𝑳𝑶𝑽𝑰𝑵𝑮 𝑺𝑬𝑹𝑽𝑰𝑪𝑬 “Do you have a fever?” Swamishri asked affectionately.
    A student from South Gujarat, who had joined Swamishri in his satsang tour in Saurashtra, 1973, was shivering and feeling weak because of fever and vomiting. He was confused as to whom to approach and tell about his miserable state of health. At that point, Swamishri held his hand and posed the above question.
    “Yes, Bapa!” he replied.
    After Thakorji’s darshan, Swamishri sat down to have break- fast. He gave the youth a cup of hot milk and said, “Now drink this. You will be all right soon.” The youth hesitated. But he could not refuse what Swamishri had offered with care and affection. He took the cup of milk and walked off to a corner of the room. Swa- mishri called him back, “Not that far, sit near me and drink it.”
    The youth hesitated again, but on Swamishri’s insistence he sat nearby him and drank the milk.
    “Now, take rest. Don’t go out anywhere,” Swamishri advised.
    It was 10:30 am, the same day. The youth was lying half asleep with a splitting headache. Suddenly, he felt a cool touch on his head. He opened his eyes and to his surprise found Swamishri softly pressing his head. He tried his best to dissuade Swamishri, but Swamishri told him, “Lie still and let me serve you.”
    Tears rolled down the youth’s cheeks. He was filled with so much gratitude that he could not utter a word.
    The next morning, when the youth got up for his bath, he heard Swamishri calling out, “Don’t have your bath now. There is cold in all the bathrooms. Take my hot water for your bath.”
    Today, even after many years, when the youth recalls Swamishri’s selfless affection and care, his eyes turn moist with emotion and admiration for Swamishri’s deep love for him.

    #yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #psm #pramukhswami #psm100 #baps #bapsafrica #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti #pramukhswamimaharaj #yogijimaharajsmruti

  •  919  4  16 April, 2020
  • (ઉપરોક્ત છબી: યોગીજી મહારાજ સાથે પ્રથમ વિદેશયાત્રા: ડાબેથી વિનુભગત તરીકે મહંત સ્વામી, સંત સ્વામી, યોગીજી મહારાજ, પ્રમુખસ્વામી મહારાજ તથા બાલમુકુંદ સ્વામી, આફ્રિકા સન - ૧૯૫૯-૬૦)

VISITS TO AFRICA

Owing to the persistent requests of the devotees living in East Africa, Yogiji Maharaj visited East Africa and Aden for the first time in the year 1955 (V.S. 2012). He consecrated the murtis of Akshar Purushottam in the grand mandir at Mombasa. He consecrated Shriji Maharaj’s sacred footprints at the memorial spot of Shri Maganbhai, a respected veteran devotee, who had inspired many onto the spiritual path.
Yogiji Maharaj sanctified many places by celebrating festivals and holding spiritual assemblies. He travelled thousands of miles and spiritually uplifted many during his satsang tour of Africa. As a result of his visit many new centres for youths and elders were established. Their enthusiasm was sustained by his regular flow of letters to them. Later, the devotees built mandirs in Kampala, Jinja and Tororo, and requested Yogiji Maharaj to visit East Africa once again to perform the murti- pratishtha ceremonies in these mandirs.
So, once again Yogiji Maharaj visited East Africa and Aden in the year 1960 (V.S. 2016). He consecrated the murtis in the mandirs at Kampala, Jinja and Tororo. He travelled 35,000 miles, visiting 103 centres in seven different countries. Many new aspirants were drawn to the Satsang. The Satsang in Africa increased immensely.

#yogijimaharaj #yogibapa #yogijimaharajsmruti #pramukhswami #psm #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsafrica #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • (ઉપરોક્ત છબી: યોગીજી મહારાજ સાથે પ્રથમ વિદેશયાત્રા: ડાબેથી વિનુભગત તરીકે મહંત સ્વામી, સંત સ્વામી, યોગીજી મહારાજ, પ્રમુખસ્વામી મહારાજ તથા બાલમુકુંદ સ્વામી, આફ્રિકા સન - ૧૯૫૯-૬૦)

    VISITS TO AFRICA

    Owing to the persistent requests of the devotees living in East Africa, Yogiji Maharaj visited East Africa and Aden for the first time in the year 1955 (V.S. 2012). He consecrated the murtis of Akshar Purushottam in the grand mandir at Mombasa. He consecrated Shriji Maharaj’s sacred footprints at the memorial spot of Shri Maganbhai, a respected veteran devotee, who had inspired many onto the spiritual path.
    Yogiji Maharaj sanctified many places by celebrating festivals and holding spiritual assemblies. He travelled thousands of miles and spiritually uplifted many during his satsang tour of Africa. As a result of his visit many new centres for youths and elders were established. Their enthusiasm was sustained by his regular flow of letters to them. Later, the devotees built mandirs in Kampala, Jinja and Tororo, and requested Yogiji Maharaj to visit East Africa once again to perform the murti- pratishtha ceremonies in these mandirs.
    So, once again Yogiji Maharaj visited East Africa and Aden in the year 1960 (V.S. 2016). He consecrated the murtis in the mandirs at Kampala, Jinja and Tororo. He travelled 35,000 miles, visiting 103 centres in seven different countries. Many new aspirants were drawn to the Satsang. The Satsang in Africa increased immensely.

    #yogijimaharaj #yogibapa #yogijimaharajsmruti #pramukhswami #psm #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsafrica #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,078  7  15 April, 2020
  • (ઉપરોક્ત છબી: યોગીજી મહારાજ સાથે વિતરણમાં પ્રમુખસ્વામી મહારાજ, સંતવલ્લભદાસ સ્વામી, સન - ૧૯૫૬-૫૮)

𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙇𝙄𝙆𝙄𝙉𝙂𝙎 𝙊𝙁 𝙔𝙊𝙂𝙄𝙅𝙄 𝙈𝘼𝙃𝘼𝙍𝘼𝙅

Yogiji Maharaj used to wear only coarse clothes throughout his life. He was very simple and liked to spend his time in ser- vice. He always ate simple food which he mixed in a wooden bowl and ate only after adding water to it. Whenever there was any special dish or if there were any sweet delicacies, he would fast on that day. He always had a smile on his face. He was at home with young and old alike, inquired about their welfare and blessed them all. He prayed to Shriji Maharaj that every- one be relieved of their miseries. He chanted the Swaminarayan Mahamantra constantly with a mala in his hand.
Yogiji Maharaj had a special bond with children. He affectionately called them to him and taught them to sing, “Swami ane Narayan, Akshar ane Purushottam, Atma ane Paramatma, Brahman ane Parabrahman.”
He often gathered the children around him and taught them to sing bhajans, and to recite Swamini Vatus. He narrated stories from the life of Shriji Maharaj and Gunatitanand Swami to point out a moral or teach truths to the children. He also narrated incidents from the lives of Shastriji Maharaj and Bhagatji Maharaj as illustrations of correct thought and conduct. He taught everyone how to perform puja and arti and gave them prasad.

#yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #bapsindia #vintageswami #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintagesmruti
  • (ઉપરોક્ત છબી: યોગીજી મહારાજ સાથે વિતરણમાં પ્રમુખસ્વામી મહારાજ, સંતવલ્લભદાસ સ્વામી, સન - ૧૯૫૬-૫૮)

    𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙇𝙄𝙆𝙄𝙉𝙂𝙎 𝙊𝙁 𝙔𝙊𝙂𝙄𝙅𝙄 𝙈𝘼𝙃𝘼𝙍𝘼𝙅

    Yogiji Maharaj used to wear only coarse clothes throughout his life. He was very simple and liked to spend his time in ser- vice. He always ate simple food which he mixed in a wooden bowl and ate only after adding water to it. Whenever there was any special dish or if there were any sweet delicacies, he would fast on that day. He always had a smile on his face. He was at home with young and old alike, inquired about their welfare and blessed them all. He prayed to Shriji Maharaj that every- one be relieved of their miseries. He chanted the Swaminarayan Mahamantra constantly with a mala in his hand.
    Yogiji Maharaj had a special bond with children. He affectionately called them to him and taught them to sing, “Swami ane Narayan, Akshar ane Purushottam, Atma ane Paramatma, Brahman ane Parabrahman.”
    He often gathered the children around him and taught them to sing bhajans, and to recite Swamini Vatus. He narrated stories from the life of Shriji Maharaj and Gunatitanand Swami to point out a moral or teach truths to the children. He also narrated incidents from the lives of Shastriji Maharaj and Bhagatji Maharaj as illustrations of correct thought and conduct. He taught everyone how to perform puja and arti and gave them prasad.

    #yogibapa #yogijimaharaj #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #bapsindia #vintageswami #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintagesmruti

  •  1,094  8  14 April, 2020

Top #vintageswami Posts

  • (Pic: Pujya Swāmishri with Bhaktaraj Dr. Madhusudanbhai at his house, Ahmedabad- 1985.) The talk was over so Srutipriyadas Swami asked, 'Swami! You said that Dr. Madhusudanbhai and you were cleaning the toilets and bathrooms there, how many toilets would have to be cleaned? '

Swamishri starts counting a little and says, 'Five ...' Srutipriyadas Swami asked, 'Were they all Haribhaktas or saints also used them?' Swamishri says, 'Hatibhakto-saints all used together.' Srutipriyadas Swami asked, 'How long have you been did this seva?' Swāmishri says, 'when we met in gondal... whenever yogibapa in gondal, madhusudanbhai and me reach there. and every-time we did seva till the end of yogibapa's stay in gondal.

Pic credit @shashindesai_ 
#msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsgondal #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • (Pic: Pujya Swāmishri with Bhaktaraj Dr. Madhusudanbhai at his house, Ahmedabad- 1985.) The talk was over so Srutipriyadas Swami asked, 'Swami! You said that Dr. Madhusudanbhai and you were cleaning the toilets and bathrooms there, how many toilets would have to be cleaned? '

    Swamishri starts counting a little and says, 'Five ...' Srutipriyadas Swami asked, 'Were they all Haribhaktas or saints also used them?' Swamishri says, 'Hatibhakto-saints all used together.' Srutipriyadas Swami asked, 'How long have you been did this seva?' Swāmishri says, 'when we met in gondal... whenever yogibapa in gondal, madhusudanbhai and me reach there. and every-time we did seva till the end of yogibapa's stay in gondal.

    Pic credit @shashindesai_
    #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsgondal #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,017  7  24 May, 2020
  • 𝐏𝐑𝐀𝐌𝐔𝐊𝐇 𝐒𝐖𝐀𝐌𝐈 𝐌𝐀𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐉

In the year 1950 (V.S. 2006), Shastriji Maharaj appointed Shastri Narayanswarupdasji as the administrative head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). All the devotees were asked to work under his orders and guidance. He was only 28-years-old at the time. Since then, Shastri Narayanswarupdasji has been known by the name of Pramukh Swami.

Yogiji Maharaj, wrote about this incident in his diary as follows, “Swami (Shastriji Maharaj) looked at him, ‘I want to appoint only him as the President of the Sanstha.’ So, he was so appointed at a meeting in Ahmedabad. I was then sitting nearby. Swami told me, ‘Put your hand on his head and bless him so that he acquires your virtues.’ So I put my hand on his head, whereupon Shastriji Maharaj said, ‘You have placed your hands on his head, by which my hands are also included.’ In this way, Swamiji asked me to bless him, and when I did so, he became very happy.” Since then, in accordance with the wishes of Yogiji Maharaj, Pramukh Swami has worked day and night to further the cause of the BAPS. Many sadhus and devotees celebrated the forty-eighth birthday of Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Mumbai. On this occasion Yogiji Maharaj said, “Shastriji Maharaj was highly pleased with him ever since his younger days and so appointed him as the president. How fast and how admirably he has developed the Sanstha! All should obey him implicitly. Pramukh Swami is the manifest form of Shastriji Maharaj. He is not at all different from him. Everyone should behold him with divine feelings. Seven hundred sadhus will be initiated. This task will be fulfilled by Pramukh Swami.” Yogiji Maharaj thus revealed the glory of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsamdavad #bapssarangpur #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • 𝐏𝐑𝐀𝐌𝐔𝐊𝐇 𝐒𝐖𝐀𝐌𝐈 𝐌𝐀𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐉

    In the year 1950 (V.S. 2006), Shastriji Maharaj appointed Shastri Narayanswarupdasji as the administrative head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). All the devotees were asked to work under his orders and guidance. He was only 28-years-old at the time. Since then, Shastri Narayanswarupdasji has been known by the name of Pramukh Swami.

    Yogiji Maharaj, wrote about this incident in his diary as follows, “Swami (Shastriji Maharaj) looked at him, ‘I want to appoint only him as the President of the Sanstha.’ So, he was so appointed at a meeting in Ahmedabad. I was then sitting nearby. Swami told me, ‘Put your hand on his head and bless him so that he acquires your virtues.’ So I put my hand on his head, whereupon Shastriji Maharaj said, ‘You have placed your hands on his head, by which my hands are also included.’ In this way, Swamiji asked me to bless him, and when I did so, he became very happy.” Since then, in accordance with the wishes of Yogiji Maharaj, Pramukh Swami has worked day and night to further the cause of the BAPS. Many sadhus and devotees celebrated the forty-eighth birthday of Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Mumbai. On this occasion Yogiji Maharaj said, “Shastriji Maharaj was highly pleased with him ever since his younger days and so appointed him as the president. How fast and how admirably he has developed the Sanstha! All should obey him implicitly. Pramukh Swami is the manifest form of Shastriji Maharaj. He is not at all different from him. Everyone should behold him with divine feelings. Seven hundred sadhus will be initiated. This task will be fulfilled by Pramukh Swami.” Yogiji Maharaj thus revealed the glory of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsamdavad #bapssarangpur #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,147  9  22 May, 2020
  • ιмρσятαη¢є σƒ υρãѕαηã

All aspirants are striving to attain brahmabhãv through vrat (vows), tapa (austerities), yagna (offerings), dãn (alms) and satsang (association with sadhus and religious people). By such religious activities, followers on the spiritual path aspire to attain moksha and thus liberation from the cycles of birth and death. To achieve this, upãsanã is absolutely indispensable.
Bhagwan Swaminarayan, known to his followers as Shriji Maharaj or simply Maharaj, states in the Vachanãmrut, “Many people become realized yogis, many become omniscient, many become deities, and thus attain countless types of greatness, including the highest state of enlightenment. All this is achieved through the force of the upãsanã of God. Without upãsanã, though, nothing can be accomplished. ...Therefore, forsaking one’s dependence on the strength of other spiritual endeavours, one should rely exclusively on the strength of God’s upãsanã” (Vachanãmrut, Gadhadã I 56).
Shriji Maharaj is emphatic about the impossibility of achieving ãtmajnãn or brahmajnãn in the absence of upãsanã. He says, “Only through upãsanã can the ãtmã and Brahman be seen; without it, they cannot be seen. In fact, wishing to see the ãtmã and Brahman without upãsanã is like attempting to lick the sky with one’s tongue; even if one tries for a hundred years, one will never be able to taste it as sour or salty. Similarly, the ãtmã and Brahman simply cannot be seen without the upãsanã of the form of God – regardless of the efforts one may resort to. Furthermore, the shastras’ mentioning of the possibility of ãtmã-realization through nirbij1 Sãnkhya and Yoga is irrelevant – I have not seen anyone do so, nor is the claim in accordance with my experience. Therefore, the claim is false” (Vachanãmrut, Gadhadã III 36).
#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintagesukh #vintageshukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • ιмρσятαη¢є σƒ υρãѕαηã

    All aspirants are striving to attain brahmabhãv through vrat (vows), tapa (austerities), yagna (offerings), dãn (alms) and satsang (association with sadhus and religious people). By such religious activities, followers on the spiritual path aspire to attain moksha and thus liberation from the cycles of birth and death. To achieve this, upãsanã is absolutely indispensable.
    Bhagwan Swaminarayan, known to his followers as Shriji Maharaj or simply Maharaj, states in the Vachanãmrut, “Many people become realized yogis, many become omniscient, many become deities, and thus attain countless types of greatness, including the highest state of enlightenment. All this is achieved through the force of the upãsanã of God. Without upãsanã, though, nothing can be accomplished. ...Therefore, forsaking one’s dependence on the strength of other spiritual endeavours, one should rely exclusively on the strength of God’s upãsanã” (Vachanãmrut, Gadhadã I 56).
    Shriji Maharaj is emphatic about the impossibility of achieving ãtmajnãn or brahmajnãn in the absence of upãsanã. He says, “Only through upãsanã can the ãtmã and Brahman be seen; without it, they cannot be seen. In fact, wishing to see the ãtmã and Brahman without upãsanã is like attempting to lick the sky with one’s tongue; even if one tries for a hundred years, one will never be able to taste it as sour or salty. Similarly, the ãtmã and Brahman simply cannot be seen without the upãsanã of the form of God – regardless of the efforts one may resort to. Furthermore, the shastras’ mentioning of the possibility of ãtmã-realization through nirbij1 Sãnkhya and Yoga is irrelevant – I have not seen anyone do so, nor is the claim in accordance with my experience. Therefore, the claim is false” (Vachanãmrut, Gadhadã III 36).
    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintagesukh #vintageshukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,035  10  14 May, 2020
  • 𝐀𝐧 𝐄𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐮𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲

Prior to the Bhagwan Swaminarayan Bicentenary Celebrations in 1981, Swamishri went on a satsang tour abroad. As part of the Bicentenary Celebrations, a special assembly was organized at the Kenyata Conference Hall in Nairobi in East Africa. I was engaged in decorating the hall the previous night. So, I had not slept at all. I could not find time to sleep till the assembly began in the evening. Subsequently, I began to feel sleepy when the assembly commenced. But where could I go to rest? So I rested my head on the back of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s decorated seat and began to sleep sitting there. As a result I was unaware of what was going on in the assembly.  After the assembly, Swamishri bent a little from his seat and woke me up, calling me. He lovingly told me, “See, tomorrow is a day of fast. I have instructed to keep your meal covered for you in the kitchen at our residence. The car is also ready for you. Now, leave immediately.” Rubbing my eyes, I left to have my meal, thinking of Swamishri’s affectionate care.

Pic credit @ruchizzle 
#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #bapsamerica #bapsatladra #bapssurat #bapsmumbai #bapssarangpur #bapsbharuch #vintageswami #vintagesmruti #vintageshukh #vintagesukh
  • 𝐀𝐧 𝐄𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐮𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲

    Prior to the Bhagwan Swaminarayan Bicentenary Celebrations in 1981, Swamishri went on a satsang tour abroad. As part of the Bicentenary Celebrations, a special assembly was organized at the Kenyata Conference Hall in Nairobi in East Africa. I was engaged in decorating the hall the previous night. So, I had not slept at all. I could not find time to sleep till the assembly began in the evening. Subsequently, I began to feel sleepy when the assembly commenced. But where could I go to rest? So I rested my head on the back of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s decorated seat and began to sleep sitting there. As a result I was unaware of what was going on in the assembly. After the assembly, Swamishri bent a little from his seat and woke me up, calling me. He lovingly told me, “See, tomorrow is a day of fast. I have instructed to keep your meal covered for you in the kitchen at our residence. The car is also ready for you. Now, leave immediately.” Rubbing my eyes, I left to have my meal, thinking of Swamishri’s affectionate care.

    Pic credit @ruchizzle
    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #bapsamerica #bapsatladra #bapssurat #bapsmumbai #bapssarangpur #bapsbharuch #vintageswami #vintagesmruti #vintageshukh #vintagesukh

  •  1,258  8  9 May, 2020
  • (Pic: Bhojan Darshan - 1988 Poconos USA)

𝔽𝕣𝕖𝕖 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝔸 ℂ𝕙𝕚𝕝𝔻

A young boy called Yogi asked Swamishri, “Bapa, you are always busy all day. When are you free?” “Do you see me free during the day?” Swamishri asked lovingly. “No. But I would like you to say yes or no,” Yogi insisted. “Whenever you come I’m free,” Swamishri replied. “When you are free what do you think about?” Yogi enquired. “I chant God’s name, do bhajan, write letters and bless the devotees.” Then Yogi offered a donation to Thakorji. Swamishri blessed him and instructed, “Study well. Do not fall into the habit of addictions. Serve your parents. And do satsang.” Swamishri gave prasad and blessed Yogi. 
Pic @ruchizzle 
#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsamerica #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • (Pic: Bhojan Darshan - 1988 Poconos USA)

    𝔽𝕣𝕖𝕖 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝔸 ℂ𝕙𝕚𝕝𝔻

    A young boy called Yogi asked Swamishri, “Bapa, you are always busy all day. When are you free?” “Do you see me free during the day?” Swamishri asked lovingly. “No. But I would like you to say yes or no,” Yogi insisted. “Whenever you come I’m free,” Swamishri replied. “When you are free what do you think about?” Yogi enquired. “I chant God’s name, do bhajan, write letters and bless the devotees.” Then Yogi offered a donation to Thakorji. Swamishri blessed him and instructed, “Study well. Do not fall into the habit of addictions. Serve your parents. And do satsang.” Swamishri gave prasad and blessed Yogi.
    Pic @ruchizzle
    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #baps #bapsamerica #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,235  9  8 May, 2020
  • તા. 17-12-2010, મુંબઈ
બ્રહ્મવિહારી સ્વામી કહે : ‘અત્યારે કોઈને આટલા પત્ર વાંચવાની ધીરજ ન રહે, આપ જ શાંતિથી વાંચો છો. અત્યારના જમાનામાં આવું કોઈ ન કરે. આજની ટપાલ આપે આજે જ બધી પૂરી કરી દીધી.’
સ્વામીશ્રી કહે : ‘આજે પૂરી થઈ, પણ કાલે બીજી આવી જશે ને !’
ધર્મચરણ સ્વામી કહે : ‘ફેક્સ મશીન ચાલુ જ હોય છે, ફેક્સ આવતા જ હોય છે.’
અભયસ્વરૂપ સ્વામી કહે : ‘પરદેશથી સાત-આઠ પાનાંના મોટા મોટા ફેક્સ આવે, સરખા કરતાં થાકી જઈએ, ધીરજ ન રહે.’
સ્વામીશ્રી કહે : ‘ધીરજ ન રહે એવું જ કામ છે.’ #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsmumbai #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti
  • તા. 17-12-2010, મુંબઈ
    બ્રહ્મવિહારી સ્વામી કહે : ‘અત્યારે કોઈને આટલા પત્ર વાંચવાની ધીરજ ન રહે, આપ જ શાંતિથી વાંચો છો. અત્યારના જમાનામાં આવું કોઈ ન કરે. આજની ટપાલ આપે આજે જ બધી પૂરી કરી દીધી.’
    સ્વામીશ્રી કહે : ‘આજે પૂરી થઈ, પણ કાલે બીજી આવી જશે ને !’
    ધર્મચરણ સ્વામી કહે : ‘ફેક્સ મશીન ચાલુ જ હોય છે, ફેક્સ આવતા જ હોય છે.’
    અભયસ્વરૂપ સ્વામી કહે : ‘પરદેશથી સાત-આઠ પાનાંના મોટા મોટા ફેક્સ આવે, સરખા કરતાં થાકી જઈએ, ધીરજ ન રહે.’
    સ્વામીશ્રી કહે : ‘ધીરજ ન રહે એવું જ કામ છે.’ #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #psm100 #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsmumbai #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  2,141  19  1 March, 2020
  • • GOD IS THE SOURCE •

Former Professor of Religion and Dean at Wabash College, Dr Raymond Williams, asked Swamishri a few questions:
“Technically, you have no experience when it comes to living a social life. You are a sadhu. How are you able to guide your devotees in that aspect of their lives?”
“God gives me the answers. God has experienced everything.”
“Do you ever hesitate before answering or after answering? Have there been times when you wish you had answered differently?”
“No, I have never felt it that way.”
“For example, what if one of your devotees asks you about buying a small business. You tell him to buy it, and it fails miserably. He loses everything. Don’t you feel like you made a mistake? Don’t you feel like you should have told him not to buy it?”
“No, of course not. God gives me the answers. God knows your past, present and future. He does everything for a reason. Some good will always come of it.”
Swamishri firmly believes that God is at the core of all his decisions and reasoning,
God is the source of his energy.
God is the source of his skill and proficiency,
God is the reason behind his accomplishments.

#psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #pramukhswamimakhovavu #baps #bapsindia #bapsphotos #bapsphoto #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintagesmruti #vintageswami
  • • GOD IS THE SOURCE •

    Former Professor of Religion and Dean at Wabash College, Dr Raymond Williams, asked Swamishri a few questions:
    “Technically, you have no experience when it comes to living a social life. You are a sadhu. How are you able to guide your devotees in that aspect of their lives?”
    “God gives me the answers. God has experienced everything.”
    “Do you ever hesitate before answering or after answering? Have there been times when you wish you had answered differently?”
    “No, I have never felt it that way.”
    “For example, what if one of your devotees asks you about buying a small business. You tell him to buy it, and it fails miserably. He loses everything. Don’t you feel like you made a mistake? Don’t you feel like you should have told him not to buy it?”
    “No, of course not. God gives me the answers. God knows your past, present and future. He does everything for a reason. Some good will always come of it.”
    Swamishri firmly believes that God is at the core of all his decisions and reasoning,
    God is the source of his energy.
    God is the source of his skill and proficiency,
    God is the reason behind his accomplishments.

    #psm #pramukhswami #pramukhswamimaharaj #pramukhswamimakhovavu #baps #bapsindia #bapsphotos #bapsphoto #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintagesmruti #vintageswami

  •  1,488  7  18 November, 2019
  • સ્વામીશ્રી સમક્ષ ' દિગંતમાં ડંકા' પુસ્તક વંચાતું હતું. ત્યારે શ્રીજી મહારાજ વખતના એક સંત રોળાનંદની વાત નીકળી. હરિનારાયણદાસ સ્વામીએ પૂછ્યું : ' આપે રોળાનંદને આટલી બધી વાર યાદ કર્યા છે, તો એમનું કલ્યાણ થઈ ગયું ને ?!'
સ્વામીશ્રી કહે : ' હા ' પછી સમજાવતાં કહે : ' કરવત આમેય કાપે અને આમેય કાપે. મહારાજના યોગમાં આવે એટલે ચોરાસી તો ટળી જ ગઈ. બે - ચાર જન્મે ગમે તેમ કરીને કસર કાઢી નાખે. એમની આ કૃપા જ છે. ભગવાન કૃપાસાધ્ય છે. પુરુષપ્રયત્નથી કાંઈ ન થાય. અનંત જન્મ થયા, આપણે પુરુષપ્રયત્ન જ કર્યા છે, પણ કાંઈ ન થયું. મહારાજ આવ્યા ને સંકલ્પ કર્યો - (  સ્વામીશ્રીએ ચપટી વગાડી )  ગારોય લેવો છે. '
એક સંતે પૂછ્યું : ' એવી કૃપા થાય તે માટે કાંઈ પુરૂષપ્રયત્ન કરવાનો ?'
'સરખો રહે, બસ !' સ્વામીશ્રી બોલ્યા.
પછી ઉમેરતાં કહે : ' આઘોપાછો થાય તો વિલંબ થાય. પચાસ - સાઠ જન્મ લેવા પડે. ભગવાન વાટ જ જુએ છે - ધામમાં બેસાડવાની. સરખા રહીએ તો ગમે તેમ કરીને પાંખમાં બેસાડી દે.'
- ૨૬-૦૩-૨૦૧૭
 લેનેશિયા

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  • સ્વામીશ્રી સમક્ષ ' દિગંતમાં ડંકા' પુસ્તક વંચાતું હતું. ત્યારે શ્રીજી મહારાજ વખતના એક સંત રોળાનંદની વાત નીકળી. હરિનારાયણદાસ સ્વામીએ પૂછ્યું : ' આપે રોળાનંદને આટલી બધી વાર યાદ કર્યા છે, તો એમનું કલ્યાણ થઈ ગયું ને ?!'
    સ્વામીશ્રી કહે : ' હા ' પછી સમજાવતાં કહે : ' કરવત આમેય કાપે અને આમેય કાપે. મહારાજના યોગમાં આવે એટલે ચોરાસી તો ટળી જ ગઈ. બે - ચાર જન્મે ગમે તેમ કરીને કસર કાઢી નાખે. એમની આ કૃપા જ છે. ભગવાન કૃપાસાધ્ય છે. પુરુષપ્રયત્નથી કાંઈ ન થાય. અનંત જન્મ થયા, આપણે પુરુષપ્રયત્ન જ કર્યા છે, પણ કાંઈ ન થયું. મહારાજ આવ્યા ને સંકલ્પ કર્યો - ( સ્વામીશ્રીએ ચપટી વગાડી ) ગારોય લેવો છે. '
    એક સંતે પૂછ્યું : ' એવી કૃપા થાય તે માટે કાંઈ પુરૂષપ્રયત્ન કરવાનો ?'
    'સરખો રહે, બસ !' સ્વામીશ્રી બોલ્યા.
    પછી ઉમેરતાં કહે : ' આઘોપાછો થાય તો વિલંબ થાય. પચાસ - સાઠ જન્મ લેવા પડે. ભગવાન વાટ જ જુએ છે - ધામમાં બેસાડવાની. સરખા રહીએ તો ગમે તેમ કરીને પાંખમાં બેસાડી દે.'
    - ૨૬-૦૩-૨૦૧૭
    લેનેશિયા

    #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapsindia #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintageswami #vintagesmruti

  •  1,950  11  20 December, 2019
  • January 2017 Sarangpur, the pardeshi Santos were sitting in the Roop Choki (at the back of the mandir area). When Mahant Swami Maharaj came, the Pujya Santo said, “Je Abhav Avgun Na Le E Motap.” Hearing this Mahant Swami Maharaj was very happy and He told all the Pujya Santo to repeat it 3 times! 
A few days prior to this, when Mahant Swami Maharaj came to the stoop Choki, Mahant Swami Maharaj told the pardeshi Santo to say something. He said, “Kaik Bolo!” The pardeshi santo asked Mahant Swami Maharaj to say something in English so Maharaj Swami Maharaj said, “I like” and then He made a circle with His hand meaning everyone so basically “I like everyone”! #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapssarangpur #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintagesmruti #vintageswami
  • January 2017 Sarangpur, the pardeshi Santos were sitting in the Roop Choki (at the back of the mandir area). When Mahant Swami Maharaj came, the Pujya Santo said, “Je Abhav Avgun Na Le E Motap.” Hearing this Mahant Swami Maharaj was very happy and He told all the Pujya Santo to repeat it 3 times!
    A few days prior to this, when Mahant Swami Maharaj came to the stoop Choki, Mahant Swami Maharaj told the pardeshi Santo to say something. He said, “Kaik Bolo!” The pardeshi santo asked Mahant Swami Maharaj to say something in English so Maharaj Swami Maharaj said, “I like” and then He made a circle with His hand meaning everyone so basically “I like everyone”! #msm #mahantswami #mahantswamimaharaj #baps #bapssarangpur #bapsphoto #bapsphotos #vintageshukh #vintagesukh #vintagesmruti #vintageswami

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