28 December 2008 (VS 2065, Posh Sud Padvo) Sunday, Surat.
The preliminary rituals of mandir patosav and pratishtha of the new guru parampara murtis were performed by senior sadhus. Swamishri performed the patotsav and pratishtha arti after completing his morning puja. More than 25,000 devotees had come for the morning puja darshan. Senior sadhus garlanded Swamishri and honoured him on his 70th diksha anniversary. An annakut was offered in all three shrines of Thakorji in the main mandir.
In the Sunday evening satsang assembly Viveksagar Swami and Kothari Swami discoursed to the mammoth gathering. The kothari of Surat mandir, Uttamprakash Swami, announced Swamishri’s wish that with the prevailing financial recession, which has direly affected the diamond industry, there would be no Jholi Utsav, but a simple satsang assembly would be held. Dhun was sung, as prayers, to resolve the financial crisis. The kishores and yuvaks performed a cultural dance. Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly, “You all came this morning for the patotsav, and have come again this evening for satsang. This reflects upon your heartfelt devotion and faith in God. Through these two things one attains inner peace. Presently, there is an economic recession and it is understandable that you are all very worried. But despite this, the important thing is to have firm refuge in God. By having faith and trust in God you will be able to hurdle over the problems. God is the all-doer. When businesses are prospering one feels God is very gracious, but when such a crisis comes one feels that God is not doing anything to improve things. But this is not so. God does good for all. He comes on earth to liberate all…”