April 1, 2001. The celebration focused on the teachings of Lord Swaminarayan - via a colorful multi media program called "Itee Vachanamritam." It consisted of quotes from discourses given by Lord Swaminarayan and were presented in the form of skits, songs and dramas. It was so pleasant that even the small kids found out for the first time that Vachanamrutam is worth discovering. Saints emphasized the need of strengthening our faith in Lord, using prasang of the devotees in Maharaj time. The program was concluded with a dance depicting the greatness of Maharaj, which immersed the whole assembly into it.
Also in this sabha the executive members of Long Island Gujarati Samaj donated a check to BAPS Care to build 10 houses in the earthquake affected areas in India. According to Dr. Manibhai Patel, President, high ethics, shining character of saints and use of modern technology by BAPS helped him & his committee to make such decision. He was very impressed by the presentation of program by the youths and requested BAPS to help them with their activities too.