9 March 2001: (V.S. 2057, Fagan Sud 15) Friday, Sarangpur, Bhagatji Maharaj Birthday Celebration
The morning celebration of Bhagatji Maharaj's birthday celebration was held on the mandir ground. After a couple of discourses and bhajans the assembly was blessed by Swamishri. He said, "Bhagatji Maharaj had a single goal; and that was to please Gunatitanand Swami. Whatever Swami commanded he followed with 100% faith. He had no doubt in the Swami's words as to why he had said that, and how will it be done?
"There are two principal things for us, agna and upasana. And Bhagatji Maharaj had imbibed and consolidated that in his life. The more agna one follows, the more happiness one experiences within. He had it firmly embedded in his life because he had spiritual associated with Gunatitanand Swami and Gopalanand Swami. In order to please Gunatitanand Swami, Bhagatji Maharaj had to go through a number of sufferings and problems. But he overcame them all because he had one goal - to achieve Akshardham. Similarly, if we have a single goal then no matter what tribulations, difficulties or in-sults come our way we will not be disturbed, we will not find fault in Satsang, in a sadhu or a devotee and our mind will never fall back..."
10 March 2001: (V.S. 2057, Fagan Vad 1) Saturday, Sarangpur, Pushpadolotsav
During the darshan of Thakorji in the morning, Swamishri sprayed colored water on the murtis of Harikrishna Maharaj, Mukundanand Brahmachari, Gopinath Dev, etc. Swamishri also briefly sprayed colored water on sadhus and devotees.
This year because of the earthquake calamity, the pushpadolotsav was cancelled and only an assembly was held in the morning. In his blessings, Swamishri said, "Whatever talents we find in people have all been blessed by God... But when we acquire a talent we become arrogant. And God's talents are such that everyone experiences joy and happiness..."
Then Swamishri and the assembly of sadhus and devotees offered peace prayers for the departed souls in the earthquake disaster and for the early rehabilitation of the homeless.
Swamishri then worshipped the murti of Lord Harikrishna Maharaj and sprayed a little colored water.
11 March 2001: (V.S. 2057, Fagan Vad 2) Sunday, Sarangpur
Swamishri offered pujan of bricks to be placed in the foundation of a mandir in the village of Khijalpur, Umreth.
13 March 2001: (V.S. 2057, Fagan Vad 4) Tuesday, Sarangpur
Swamishri visited the BAPS cattle camp in Sarangpur. With 2000 cattle in the camp (details of cattle camps), and still more arriving, the BAPS is providing care and nourishment to save them from the severe drought that is prevaling in Gujarat. The camp is hosting cattle from the districts of Bhavnagar, Amreli, Surendranagar and Dhandhuka. Everyday the cattle are provided with 10kgs of fodder and nutrients. Swamishri offered fodder to several oxen and also blessed the volunteers and farmers who tend the cattle. Swamishri said: "This is not a cattle ground but a cattle camp that looks after the welfare of animals. This is a great pilgrim place. We go to a pilgrim place for God's darshan and redemption. When you've come to a pilgrim place you have to give up your addictions..."
17 March 2001 (V.S. 2057, Fagan Vad 8) Saturday, Sarangpur, Barvala, Sarangpur
At 10.00 am Swamishri departed from Sarangpur and arrived in Barvala to inaugurate a cattle camp organized by 'Shri Baldevbhai Dosa Charitable Trust'. Swamishri blessed the assembly prior to the opening of the cattle camp.
20 March 2001 (V.S. 2057, Fagan Vad 11) Tuesday, Sarangpur
Today, in the late evening, Swamishri was taken ill with a temperature of 100°F for the next two days. Despite his illness, Swamishri continued his correspondence, admin meetings and personal meetings with devotees. Care was taken to allow maximum rest as possible.