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An Idol of Inspiration
Transcript of An Idol of Inspiration
iBST Skills Session An Idol of Inspiration H.D.H. Pramukh Swami Maharaj Compassion Thank you! Eternal Virtues Bapa is truly my idol of inspiration. He has many qualities within him that no one can attain. He gives me advice when I need it, help during rough times and is always with me every step of the way. He influences me, obviously in a good way and teaches me the right path of life. One quality I admire and is inspiring to me is Bapa's compassion, or "daya." Bapa is another form of Sahajanand Swami-- God resides in him permanently. Before Maharaj was getting his bhagvati diksha from Ramanand Swami, he asked for two boons. Jai Swaminarayan Since Maharaj resides in Bapa, their qualities are the same. His compassion inspires me greatly. I don't think anyone else in this world would persuade me to be like them, except Pramukh Swami Maharaj-- my role model, inspirer and most importantly he is my idol that is here to show me the right way to Akshardham. In the book, "Eternal Virtues", all 39 virtues are shown evident in Pramukh Swami Maharaj's life. Veda Vyasji described these virtues in the Shrimad Bhagvat. All these saintly attributes Bapa possesses have to be perfected bu us, satsangi's for us to experience the divine bliss of God. This is why i feel like Swamishri is an ideal idol and he has those traits too and he has shown these traits from when he was little and also influenced many kids life. 1) "If a satsangi has to suffer distress from a scrpion sting, may millions of scorpion stings affect my body. No satsangi shall be suffered from pain."
2) "Also, if a begging bowl is in the hands of one of the satsangis, let the begging bowl come to me. No satsangi shall be suffering from lack of food or clothing. These character traits of Bapa that really inspire me to be like him. Bapa is always loyal and most important he is ekantik. He holds the traits that an ekantik saint would have and is the right guide to take us to Akshardham. Conclusion: Prasang- Compassion A father had brought his ailing child from Junagadh for Swamishri’s blessings. The boy was suffering from Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes, and had innumerable tumours all over his body. An attendant sadhu asked Swamishri for some flowers so that he could give them to him as blessings. But Swamishri said that he would like to pray for the boy and bless him himself. Swamishri came out of his room. The summer heat was oppressive. Swamishri went to the child, Allaukik Madhav Bhatt, and initiated him into Satsang by giving him a little water in his hand and chanted the vartman mantra. Then Swamishri sprinkled the holy water from his morning puja on the boy’s head and body and chanted the Swaminarayan mantra. Swamishri prayed for the liberation of his soul and sprinkled flower petals on his head. Swamishri consoled the boy’s father, He has cancer; God will be compassionate upon him. His will shall prevail. I have prayed that he does not suffer further." To the child Swamishri said, “You keep remembering God. You have my blessings for no pain.” Inspiring Prasang- Inspiring me & others to do seva During a special youth assembly in the mandir, Swamishri was watching a skit that highlighted the importance of service. The skit was about a youth assembly where the seating arrangements for Thakorji, sadhus and youths are disorganised. The main youth coordinator arrives and then waits to observe what happens. As other youths start arriving for the assembly, they all pass comments but do not tidy the situation. Finally, the coordinator scolds them and he, too, leaves without properly correcting the situation. Thereafter a question-answer session followed with Swamishri. When Swamishri was taking leave from the assembly, instead of going towards the exit door, he went to the skit scene. Standing near the disorganised seat of Thakorji, Swamishri said, "Let me do seva before leaving. When no one did it then let me do it. Maharaj will be pleased." Then he bent low and organised the green cloth placed for Thakorji's seat and happily took leave from the assembly. The entire assembly of youths was amazed that even at 80 years of age, Swamishri, without hesitation, took the opportunity of doing service. Prasang -Childhood Inspiring Once, a ten-year old boy went to a village called Rajnagar, near Vadodara. Since it was the day of ekadashi, he was fasting for the day. A man named Chhotubhai of Rajnagar was very fond of children and he liked this boy in particular because he was studious and disciplined. Chhotubhai used to buy firecrackers and sweets for him quite frequently. In Rajnagar, Chhotubhai had arranged a treat for all the kids. He invited the boy to his house along with the other children. “But I am observing a fast today, Chhotubhai,” said the boy politely. “It doesn’t matter,” said Chhotubhai with a big smile, “you are allowed to eat one meal today, so come and join us.”"No, I am sorry,” pleaded the boy. “I only eat fruits on ekadashi so please forgive me. I cannot come.” Chhotubhai was surprised by the child’s firmness in observing ekadashi. He urged him to come to the feast with the hope that the child would eventually give in. But the child was as firm as a rock. He did not budge from his conviction! “Very well,” conceded Chhotubhai, “we’ll get you some fruits.” Everybody realized how firm and disciplined the boy was in his observance of ekadashi. They all wished that they too could become staunch like him. Other children would easily have been tempted by such a feast, but he was made of a different mettle. Bhagwan Swaminarayan says in the Vachanamrut, “One who is full of virtues, is disciplined right from childhood. He would not succumb to the pleasures of the sense of taste and would control his desire for sumptuous food. Further he would subject his body to austerities.” Do you know who this boy was? The boy was none other than Shantilal, our beloved guru – Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Today, at the age of 87, he still continues to inspire us and teach us how to please Maharaj and experience his happiness. Outline: