23 August 2009 (VS 2065, Sam Shravani,Kevada Trij ) Sunday, Amdavad
The evening Sunday satsang assembly commenced in the mandir assembly hall. Fourteen thousand devotees had congregrated for the assembly. Viveksagar Swami discoursed on the Harililakalpataru. Thereafter Swamishri was welcomed and honoured with garlands. Children performed a welcome dance and thereafter sadhus sang a bhajan, “Sahajãnand sindhu re…” Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly, “Till we do not realize the glory of God we remain spiritually poor. After attaining God and Satsang our poverty vanishes. We may go through thick and thin in life because this world is full of misery. But on realizing the glory and greatness of Shriji Maharaj we will remain mentally stable. So do not worry about the ups and downs in life. Remember God.”
31 August 2009 (VS 2065) Monday, Amdavad, Jal Jhilani Celebration
Prior to his morning puja Swamishri came for darshan of Thakorji in the mandir. Devotees or ochhaviyas were singing traditional bhajans beneath the mandir dome. To celebrate Jal Jhilani Thakorji was placed in a boat in a small pond of water. Swamishri steered Thakorji’s boat with a remote control console. Then Swamishri did darshan of Shri Harikrishna Maharaj, seated in a boat revolving in another pond of water. Thereafter Swamishri responded to the ochhaviya devotees singing bhajans. Then Swamishri performed his daily puja in the assembly hall, and celebrated the Jal Jhilani festival. In all, five artis were performed of Thakorji by children, teenagers, volunteers, and devotees and senior sadhus. After each arti Thakorji was placed in a remote controlled boat and steered in the makeshift pond. The fifth and final arti was performed by Swamishri. Then Swamishri steered Shri Harikrishna Maharaj in a small boat while sadhus sang festive bhajans. In conclusion, Swamishri blessed the assembly, “Due to your love and devotion God has made everything conducive for celebrating the Jal Jhilani festival. Shriji Maharaj has said that ‘without my wish a dry leaf cannot move’. Whatever inspiration we get, and whatever we are able to do is because of God’s wish. He is the all-doer. We must have a strong conviction with regards to this. As a result of having such faith we experience happiness and inner peace. Sometimes we think that if God is the all-doer then why does he give us misery. The answer reason is to remove our ego. God does good of all. We must accept both happiness and pain in our stride.”Finally, Swamishri was honoured with garlands by senior sadhus.