This day, 7th May, one year ago, beloved Dada J.P. Vaswani, had had a massive fall during his 'yatra' of the West. Many felt almost impossible for Dada to recover, at least not to his then state of mobility, normalcy and energy.
But God was kind. His mercy bestowed on Dada enabled him to get on his feet again. Though the steps may be slightly belaboured, that has not stopped him from proceeding with his regular curriculum of giving lectures, going on 'yatra' to different parts of the country, recording his talks for the television, writing, providiing help and succour to others and keeping up his constant devotion to his Master.
Indeed, His mercy on Dada has been a showering of divine grace on us as well, for we can enjoy the good fortune of having beloved Dada in our midst. No amount of gratitude by us can suffice to show our appreciation for this mercy. Hence, we have decided to express this appreciation by celebrating this period as a 'Month of Mercy', wherein remembering God, praying to Him and thanking Him is the focus. Along with this will also continue 'seva' or service of the poor and needy, who are the images of God.
Today,the month of mercy commenced with early morning prayers, 'havan' and recitation of the Japji Sahib and Hanuman Chalisa a hundred and eight times, along with the beginning of the Nuri Granth Path. In the evening the entire campus resounded with inspirational songs filling one with peace and delight.
New dresses, cash, grocery, soap, coconut oil, mats and stainless steel buckets were given away to poor children of construction site workers. Every heart was raised heavenwards, thanking the Lord, over and over for His mercy.
Report – May 8, 2011
The sevas are an integral part of the prayers and satsang sessions going on during the Month of Mercy programs at the Pune Mission.
Today, 8th May, the session started from early morning 7am with continous chants of Maha Mantra. Later, Rev. Dada spoke on this one message - may we realize the value of this human birth. Not to fritter it away, but to use it in gaining the treasure of the eternal. The seva of the artificial limbs that followed, brought that message alive in the hearts of everyone present.
We thank our supporters and well-wishers whose kindness has supported these sevas time and again. They have been the instruments of His Mercy upon the suffering ones indeed.
In the evening session the Bridge-Builders put up a poignant play that brought out the devotional life of Saint Mirabai – "MOHE RANG DE SAANWARE".
Report – May 9, 2011
The day appropriately began with early morning prayers, thanking God through recitation of the Japji Sahib and the Mahamrutyunjaya Mantra 108 times, along with lighting the holy fire. Several forms of service were also performed.
The 'havan' was lit again in the evening, with the Satsang starting with the Bhog of the Akhand Path of Nuri Granth. The rousing bhajans and kirtan touched the heart-strings. 'Seva' was performed by Dada with his own hands, lovingly distributing New dresses, stainless steel buckets, grocery and mats to the construction site workers and their children.
The focus of the evening was the Alchemy of Appreciation, through which transformation can occur in the recipient which is beneficial and encouraging. Appreciation is an aspect which is most underused and yet it has so much power.
A beautiful video was shown which depicted the activities of four members and devotees of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, who, over the years, have been performing their deeds of service sincerely and unobtrusively. Mr. Prakash Sadhwani, Mr. Haresh Advani, Mr. Navin Jani & Mrs. Varsha Thadani were appreciated and facilitated by Dada.
Dada was in his mettle all evening, letting off meaningful, yet witty, one-liners. He said that giving an appreciative hug was much better, and more important, than giving an 'upadesh'. This enjoyable evening came to a joyous end with some more foot-tapping, yet emotional, kirtan.
Report – May 10, 2011
10 May 2011, the last day of the Month of Mercy Programs at the Pune Mission started by the side of Gurudev Sadhu Vaswani's Samadhi. The timeless teachings of the Gurus now enshrined in the sacred scriptures - Sri Japji Sahib and the Sukhmani -were recited with great devotion by the sangat. As the session ended, the devotees then hurried down under the balcony where their Guru, Rev. Dada, would give darshan soon. As he appeared glowing, it was like bowing to the morning Sun. And they took in the Guru's teaching of the day - "Shukhrana ai Shah tujinja, Shukhr ahe Shukhr tuhinjo (Gratitude to Thee, O Lord).
'Bhajan Sandhya' - an evening of bhajans - gave voice to the longing of the devotees that soon had their Beloved, their Guru - Rev. Dada in their midst. Interspersed with it was seva done in the satsang hall where poor labourers from construction sites & their children were brought in this session to be gifted with cash, items of daily necessity & grocery and even stainless-steel buckets considering that water availability to them remains limited at best. The parting thought of the bhajan session, this from devotees to the Guru, was brought out well in a special movie next - 'Ek Tu Hee Sahara' - Thee alone are my support.
The Month of Mercy programmes ended at the Pune Mission, but the month continues for us all to imbibe our Revered Guru's teachings for this Month of Mercy.
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