16 August 2010 (VS 2066, Sud Satam ) Sunday, Bochasan
Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of pujan, arti and pushpanjali of the murtis for the BAPS hari mandir in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Mayur, a boy from London, lovingly asked Swamishri while parting, “When shall we meet again?”
Swamishri reassured him, “We are always together. Whenever you remember, we are together. Doesn’t one see things instantly on the internet? Similarly, by chanting Swaminarayan, Swaminarayan you will see [us] immediately.”
Swamishri’s vicharan in the last four decades has been phenomenal. Anyone who contemplates upon the hardships and conditions in which Swamishri has travelled to please devotees is left feeling humbled and awed. On many occasions such conversations have cropped up and each time Swamishri begins unfolding the glory of his gurus. Today something of a similar nature happened.
Brahmavihari Swami: “No one can ever dream of the amount of vicharan you have done. And because of its magnitude none can take a cue to relax or become lazy. Furthermore, you have strived immensely to please the young and old. You have visited the same homes five times.
Swamishri: “Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj visited the same homes ten times. He visited whenever he was told to do so again and again.
Krishnavallabh Swami: “But those were times when there were only few devotees. One had to look for them.
Swamishri: “But because they (gurus) had laid the foundations (of Satsang) we are able to build upon it. In comparison to them, we have done nothing!”
Brahmavihari Swami: “But just to please the devotees you have gone to their homes despite having no reason to. There is hardship and hassle to one’s body in that.”
Swamishri: “The hardship is physical only, but nothing of the sort is experienced by one’s atma. When one thinks about comforts of the body one will not be able to do anything; not even seva. Thus, one should not think about the body.”Even at 90 years Swamishri disregards the condition of his ailing body and strives to please all from the plane of his atma.