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1 January 2003 (V.S. 2059, Magshar vad 14) Wednesday, Surat; Children's Day

Swamishri performed the foundation-stone laying rituals for a Hari mandir in Udhna.

In the afternoon a special women's program was organized.
In the evening, during the Children's Day program a drama inspiring children to excel in their school studies 'Ajab gajab no jadu' was enacted by children and volunteers. A speech on 'Regularities in studies' was delivered by a child.
Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly.

2 January 2003 (V.S. 2059, Magshar vad 30) Thursday, Surat; Kishore Day
In the Kishore Day assembly, a traditional dance was performed by kishores. Thereafter, kishores who have remained steadfast in niyams were introduced. Then a drama 'Patelnu Hatanu' explaining the need to prioritize moksha in one's life was performed.
Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly.

5 January 2003 (V.S. 2059, Posh sud 3) Sunday, Navsari
A symbolic Joli-Uttarayan festival was held in the presence of Swamishri. After a traditional dance by balaks and kishores a drama ' Samarpan' was performed by kishores and yuvaks. Then Swamishri blessed the Satsang assembly.

6 January 2003 (V.S. 2059, Posh sud 4) Monday, Navsari, Tankal, Donja, Sarvani-Vandarvela, Chikhli, Bilimora, Khaparvada, Kosamba(Tithal)
Swamishri had a hectic schedule of visiting eight villages.
At 9.10 a.m., Swamishri departed from Navsari and arrived at Tankal at 9.35 a.m. Swamishri's car stopped on the outskirts of the village and observed the land donated for a Hari mandir. After giving flowers to be showered on the land to the devotees, Swamishri departed.
At 10.05 a.m., Swamishri arrived in Donja. Swamishri performed pujan and arti of the renovated Hari mandir dedicated for the women devotees. An assembly was held and Swamishri blessed the devotees.
At Sarvani-Vandarvela, Swamishri performed pujan and arti of murtis at the Hari mandir and then attended the Satsang assembly.
At 5.00 p.m., Swamishri departed from Sarvni-Vandarvela and stopped enroute to bless the devotees of Khudvel, Khambda and Golvad villages. At Chikhli Swamishri blessed a devotee.
At 6.00 p.m., Swamishri arrived at Bilimora. Swamishri perform pujan and arti at the Hari mandir and gave a discourse to devotees.
At 6.40 p.m., Swamishri arrived at Khaparvada. Swamishri performed arti and pujan of murtis in the Hari mandir. Swamishri blessed the assembly and departed at 7.40 p.m.
At 8.20 p.m., Swamishri arrived at the Swaminarayan Mandir in Kosamba (Tithal).

7 January 2003 (V.S. 2059, Posh sud 5) Tuesday, Kosamba (Tithal)
At 6.00 p.m. a symbolic Joli-Uttarayan assembly was held in the presence of Swamishri. 28,000 devotees attended the assembly.

10 January 2003 (V.S. 2059, Posh sud 8) Friday, Selvas
At 10.30 a.m., Swamishri inaugurated the BAPS 'Pramukh Swami Institute of Information Technology' (PIIT). As part of its educational services the BAPS has built a modern institute to provide computer education for tribal children. After performing the curtain raising ceremony of a plaque, Swamishri and dignitaries inaugurated the PIIT. Thereafter, Swamishri sanctified the various departments of the institute.
In the inaugural assembly, Pujya Viveksagar Swami gave an introduction about the BAPS educational and tribal uplift activities. Thereafter Swamishri blessed the assembly, "When a person is educated, he can properly serve the society, country and religion. Along with education children should also be provided with values..."

11 January 2003 (V.S. 2059, Posh sud 8) Saturday, Selvas, Vaghchhipa, Selvas
In the evening assembly a symbolic Joli-Uttarayan festival was celebrated. More than 10,500 devotees had attended.

14 January 2003 (V.S. 2059, Posh sud 11) Tuesday, Mumbai; Joli-Uttarayan
In the evening, Swamishri attended the Joli-Uttarayan festival. Pujya Viveksagar Swami explained the importance of Makar Sankranti as a day of earning spiritual merits through donations. The festival climaxed with Swamishri's blessings, 'Shriji Maharaj has preached in the Vachanamrut that one should surrender one's wealth, home and family in the service of God. Whatever we have belongs to God, but we find this difficult to believe. And so we believe that it all belongs to us. But God has blessed us with this human body and intelligence. God has placed copper on earth, and we extract it and earn money; this money belongs to God. One gets this understanding by doing satsang ..."

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