YUVAK YUVATI DIN
A LOOK BACK TO SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017
Has it already been one year!? A time etched into our minds and hearts forever!
Yuvaks and Yuvatis from throughout the Northeast region gathered at BAPS Shri
Swaminarayan Mandir, Edison, NJ on September 8, 2017, to attend the Yuvak-
Yuvati Din. The event, themed “Eva Santne Namu Hu Shish,” was held in the
presence of Param Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj and explored the principles of
Mahima, Het, and Marji. Through the Yuvak-Yuvati Din, attendees were able to
learn more about the life and personality of Mahant Swami Maharaj. They
explored the virtues of the Sant through the singing of the Bhakatachintamani and
understood these qualities through examples from the life of Mahant Swami
Maharaj. Attendees were also able to interact with Mahant Swami Maharaj
through various activities including question and answer sessions to help them
develop, foster, and strengthen their connection with the Satpurush. Through
these unique interactions, they were able to experience all of the things that they
learned about their Guru firsthand. Take a moment to bathe in those divine
smrutis, as we relive the moments from one year ago.
EVĀ SANTNE NĀMU HU SHISH
ENO NOISSES Our Yuva Din with Mahant Swami Maharaj started early, at the auspicious time of
5:30 AM with darshan of Mahant Swami Maharaj doing the abhishek of
Swamishri stepped onto the puja platform at 5:52am. To establish the theme of
Yuvak-Yuvati Din, Yuvaks sang Manglacharan of Nishkulanand Swami’s words from
"Eva sant sada shubhmati, jakta dosh nahi jema rati;
Saune ape hit updesh, eva santne namu hu shish.
Sadgunna sindhu gambhir, sthirmati atishay dhir;
Man abhiman nahi lesh, eva santne namu hu shish."
Bhajans elaborating on this mahima of the Sant filled the rest of His puja, eliciting
applause and pleasure from the crowd and drawing looks of interest from our Guru.
For us, it set the tone for the rest of the day.
Nishkulanand Swami uses a literary form of the word “Namvu” in this verse from the
Bhaktachintamani. Namu stands for “namvu,” the act of bowing down. It is not just about
physically folding our hands and bowing our head, a physical act substantiated by faith and
conviction! It signifies the sentiment that we have attained a pure and virtuous Guru - the Sant
that Nishkulanand Swami mentions in this pad. It also means that we understand our prapti and
are committing our thoughts, words and deeds to the Satpurush. And in doing so, we are
accepting complete refuge under this spiritual guidance, and thus, innately building a jodan, a
perfect bond, with him. The objective of this session was to help Yuvaks & Yuvatis better
understand Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s karya & upkars (compassionate good deeds), specifically
what he's given to society and all satsangis – physically, emotionally and spiritually, and with all of
it culminating in giving us, Mahant Swami Maharaj.
The purpose of this session was to
highlight the value of the gift we
received in the form of Mahant
Swami Maharaj. Pramukh Swami
Maharaj gave us so much guidance,
care, attention and love, did we
really think it could possibly end? To
fully understand the continuity of
that love for us, we came to better
our understanding of the Akshar
Purushottam Upasana, specifically
understanding, “Satpurush pruthvi
parthi kadi jata j nathi.” The fact
that Maharaj will forever remain
pragat on this earth through the
Ekantik Satpurush. This is the
greatest gift Maharaj has given us,
and the gift Pramukh Swami
revealed to us in his letter. This was
his inner wish – the final, ultimate
RUOF NOISSES At roughly 11:05 AM, Harikrishna Maharaj and Swamishri entered the sabha hall from
the back entrance. Suddenly, the audience was reinvigorated in the presence of
such divinity. Swamishri walked through the rows that the yuvaks had formed and
lovingly placed His hand on the heads of each and every yuvak present in the
sabha. As He passed, He ensured that his eyes met those of each yuvak, thereby
creating a memory that would last a lifetime.
Yuvaks began the session by welcoming Harikrishna maharaj on a palkhi and
honored Swamishri with a haar and chaadar. The session was tied by a common
theme – the sukh experienced by those who were fortunate to meet Shriji Maharaj
and our Guru Parampara is the same sukh we experience in Swamishri’s presence.
Dada Khachar began by recalling how Shriji Maharaj had given sukh to his
haribhakto by feeding them prasad and requested Swamishri to sanctify khichdi
which was later given to us as prasad.
Subsequently, Raghuvirji Maharaj and Shivlal Seth came to Swamishri and remembered how
Gunatitanand cleared their granthis (desires) through his vaato (spiritual talks). Swamishri then
blessed the assembly through his talks and explained how we should stay firm in satsang and
view fellow yuvaks as divine.
Vignandas Swami and Bechar Bhagat came to Swamishri and described the incident where
Bhagatji Maharaj allowed them to do his archa after feeding them beyond their capacity. Then,
Pujya Viveknidhi Swami and Pujya Vedsmaran Swami performed chandan archa on the forehead of
Swamishri. It was as if Bhagatji Maharaj himself was sitting before the assembly!
Vignandas Swami and Bechar Bhagat also asked Swamishri to show us how Bhagatji Maharaj used
to perform dhyan. Swamishri then performed mudra (pose) showing how to properly do dhyaan.
The highlight of the session was surely when Chhagandas came to Swamishri and recalled how
Shashtriji maharaj was very proficient at playing instruments. Swamishri then gave us
amazing smruti by playing dilruba, kartal, piano, drums, violin and sanctifying a flute.
Afterwards, two brothers of Yogiji Maharaj came and narrated the incident where Yogiji Maharaj
became extremely raaji when they decided to give up fighting and keep samp. Then yuvaks
participated in Samp Rally where the principles of Samp, Suhradbhav, and Ekta were exemplified.
Yuvaks then remembered the love and affection that they received from Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
When yuvaks asked Swamishri to draw something that can help remember Pramukh Swami Maharaj,
Swamishri drew the following picture depicting how Pramukh Swami Maharaj forever held our
hands. The picture can be found below.
EVIF NOISSESIn an emotional finale, Yuvaks prayed to Swamishri to always stay in their hearts. We became
nishkapat (without deceit) and wrote about how we will eradicate our swabhavs (faults) so that
Swamishri can stay within our hearts. A heart containing those nishkapat notes was offered to
This session focused on learning about Mahant Swami Maharaj’s biography from birth
to diksha, and how he came to develop a profound and deep jodan with his guru
Yogiji Maharaj, resulting in his choice to become a sadhu and serve Yogiji Maharaj
for the rest of his life. That jodan with Yogiji Maharaj had so deeply been solidified,
that Yogiiji Maharaj’s virtues and life messages were living on to present day times as
evident firsthand in the life of Mahant Swami Maharaj.
In the previous session, we saw the jodan between Mahant Swami Maharaj and Yogiji NOISSESXIS
Maharaj emanate in the form of the teachings that Mahant Swami Maharaj shares with
us even today. The next part of the journey asked simply: what was Mahant Swami
Maharaj’s relationship and jodan like with Pramukh Swami Maharaj? This session took
the audience through a journey to learn about the deep jodan between Pramukh Swami
Maharaj and Mahant Swami Maharaj through various prasangs of the two. Through
highlights from Mahant Swami Maharaj’s life before and after coming on the gurupad,
the audience also saw how Mahant Swami Maharaj has kept his guru, Pramukh Swami
Maharaj, always in the forefront of everything.
This sabha was the culmination of our entire
Yuvak-Yuvati Din. In this Sabha, there were 4
skits where Swamishri gave us direct guidance
on his ruchi related to Dhanipanu, Abhav
Avgun, Time, Satsang at Home, and Niyam
Dharma. A “Vichar Ni Tula” was presented on
stage where our negative thoughts were
placed on one side causing our satsang to be
out of balance. Swamishri then, for each skit,
provided us a quote from his favorite book
Purushottam Bolya Prite. These quotes were
placed on the other side of the tula as
guidance to help our satsang be balanced
when faced with the challenges presented.
There were innumerable memorable
interactions occurring over this one single hour.
Yuvaks express their grief for a "former" friend who has accepted Satang Admin seva. They
emphasized that he will not have time for them and should have never accepted the seva of
being a Satsang Admin. This ultimately led the Yuvak to rethink his choice. In this interaction,
Swamishri placed the quote “Koti Varas na tap ane dhyan thi je fal thay te ek divas ni
satsang-seva ma samai jai che” in the tula to give samjan to the yuvak.
Three Yuvaks meet at a wedding where each one gives an excuse as to why they are not
coming to mandir or attending sabha. One is distracted with his family life, the other with his
career pursuits, and the last with his social activities. In this interaction, Swamishri placed the
quote “25 hajar no nafo jato kari ne ravi sabha bharvi” in the tula to show the importance of
Yuvaks are performing vasan seva and become upset when additional vasans are brought to
them to scrub. They take abhav avgun in their frustration while doing seva. In this interaction,
Swamishri placed the quote “Bhagwanne bhajta sarve harijano divya chhe. A marmani vaat je
koi samje, dhare ne vichare chhe te magna thai jay chhe ne jag jiti jai chhe. Atho
pahar anand eno talto nathi” in the tula to give samjan to the frustrated yuvaks.
Satsang at Home
In this segment, we saw Sutev and Kutev style actions where one person performs satsang activities at
home and the other performs non-satsang activites choosing to forgo our ahar and vihar. In this interaction,
Swamishri placed the quote “Chokraone satsang karavo. Ghare sabha karie, mandir ma lavie,
mahima na shabdo kaheva.” in the tula to show the importance of keeping satsang at home.
A Yuvak developed a bad drinking habit. He reflects on all his mistakes when he receives divorce papers
from his wife. In this interaction, Swamishri placed the quote “Bhagwan nu gamtu kare tene
bija sadhan aapoaap thai jaay che” in the tula to show when satsang niyams are kept as a priority
everything else falls in place.
To conclude the Yuvak-Yuvati Din, Swamishri was asked to write us a quote we can remember whenever
we come across challenges in our satsang life. Swamishri wrote the following quote on an ipad to keep
with all of us as a lifetime smruti.