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Canada – USA Dharmayatra 2019

Touching Lives in Toronto

June 20 – 23

Toronto was the first destination of Pujya Gurudevshri’s Canada-USA dharmayatra. The Master’s pravachans empowered aspirants with tips to move ahead on the inner journey, while pratishthas had hearts rising in devotion for the divine. The two-day retreat with the Sadguru was filled with an array of beautiful moments.

Having guided Toronto seekers on the path of piousness, Pujya Gurudevshri arrived in USA; gladdening hearts and spreading the fragrance of devotion.

Nurturing Devotees in New Jersey

June 24 – 26

Pujya Gurudevshri was accorded a loving welcome in New Jersey. His blessed hosts were Kirtibhai-Ritaben Desai.

Through two pravachans at the Jain Centre of New Jersey, Pujya Gurudevshri inspired aspirants to eliminate delusion, the central cause of all suffering, and follow the path shown by Bhagwan Mahavira.

The Master’s padhramanis flooded seekers with love. In throbbing pratishthas, Siddharth-Jigna Shah, Tejas-Ria Shah, Viraj-Nirali Parekh, Shantibhai-Bharatiben Savla, Hiren-Dhara Gosalia and Viraj-Jasmin Mehta had the Lord cemented in their beings.

A memorable day-long retreat with the Master presented mumukshus with an opportunity to bask in His grace. Pujya Gurudevshri’s Udghosh offered seekers a blueprint for inner growth by cultivating right habits for a better living. Various dedications by New Jersey seekers overflowed with energy. Atmarpit Nemiji conducted exciting games for the aspirants, teaching them essential life skills. The Master’s boundless compassion filled seekers of New Jersey with freshness and enthusiasm to gallop on the path of liberation.

Serving Spirituality in San Francisco

June 27 – 30

Carrying the eternal message of the inner world, Pujya Gurudevshri arrived in San Francisco, the cultural and financial centre of Northern California. Kiritbhai-Pramilaben Daftary were His delighted hosts.

The Sadguru’s two pravachans at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir motivated seekers to infuse a higher purpose in religious practices, calm the mind and cultivate dispassion. Pujya Gurudevshri was lovingly felicitated on His visit to the Mandir. He had a cordial interface with saints of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Milpitas.

Pujya Gurudevshri sanctified the homes of devotees with exuberant padhramanis. Heartfelt nrutyabhakti and celebrations during the pratishthas at the abodes of Kiritbhai-Pramilaben Daftary, Raj-Divya Doshi and Pedro-Kruti Baires made it a memorable and joyous occasion for the devotees.

Handholding seekers in their search for the Divine, the benevolent Sadguru visited Googleplex, the corporate headquarters of Google – an American multinational technology company that has developed the well-known Google Search Engine and specialises in Internet-related services and products.

San Francisco aspirants eagerly arrived for the day-long outing with the Master. The event began with a connecting bhakti that set a devotional tone for the Udghosh by Pujya Gurudevshri. Atmarpit Nemiji gave an inspiring talk. Dedications by seekers included energetic dances and skits. With these moments of togetherness, Pujya Gurudevshri provided an impetus to the spiritual journey of numerous seekers.

Youthful Exuberance in Yellowstone National Park

July 1 – 3

Mumukshus of Phoenix geared up for their much awaited retreat at Salt Lake City, which has a sparkling Salt Lake, blue skies, powder-dusted mountains and serves as Utah’s capital city. Along with Pujya Gurudevshri the entourage visited The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS Church has over 16 million members, 65,000 full-time volunteer missionaries and a Conference Centre with seating capacity of 21,000 people and is the biggest of its kind in the world without any visible support columns.

The spiritual retreat themed, ‘In Gratitude We Rise’ at the Yellowstone National Park was shaped around the feeling of thankfulness for the Master’s love and grace. Pujya Gurudevshri’s two Udghosh combined the insights of an enlightened Master and the care of a loving mother, offering tips to make life truly meaningful. Soulful performances were offered at the Lotus Feet of the Master. Applying the Sadguru’s wisdom Phoenix seekers infused interpersonal relations with sweetness by acknowledging at least one positive quality in their spouse, which they developed after the advent of Pujya Gurudevshri in their lives. Choosing the Sadguru over worldly objects, the Youth Group members gave up one item that they liked for six months as a token of their love for their Sadguru. Atmarpit Nemiji’s session was filled with warmth and love.

The vast natural forest of Yellowstone National Park covers nearly 9,000 sq. kms. and is home to spectacular peaks, pristine lakes, canyons, rivers and an interesting wild life. In the Master’s peaceful presence and the Park’s green expanse, devotees delved within with sky gazing meditation. The group also visited the Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Prismatic Spring, the Grand Teton National Park, the Fountain Paint Pot and the Artist Point.

Leading to Liberation in Los Angeles

July 4 – 7

Pujya Gurudevshri then arrived at the 20th biennial JAINA Convention – a convergence of spirituality and culture for the Jains of North America.

Pujya Gurudevshri graced the spirited and resplendent procession that carried idols of 24 Tirthankaras and Param Krupalu Dev. The event was attended by revered saints such as Pujya Acharyashri Dr Lokesh Muniji, Pujya Acharyashri Chandanaji, Pujya Acharyashri Roopchandraji Maharaj, Pujya Swami Bhattarak Charukeerthiji, Pujya Brahmrishi Guruvanand Swamiji and Adarniya Dr Tarlaben Doshi.

Attendees listened with rapt attention to the Master’s two pravachans at the JAINA Convention that inspired them to abide in the True Self.

It was a moment of joy and celebration when Pujya Gurudevshri was presented with the ‘JAINA Presidential Award’ for His significant contribution in spreading the teachings of Jainism on a global level.

Pujya Gurudevshri had a friendly interaction with lifestyle coach and motivational speaker Gaur Gopal Das from ISKCON and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Founder of Isha Foundation. The esteemed panel of saints and invitees shared a cordial exchange with Pujya Gurudevshri. The Master also met Shri Jay Jain who performed Shatavdhan at the Convention. During the Convention, Pujya Gurudevshri met several aspirants and compassionately guided them. Atmarpit Vidhiben conducted a motivating talk on Surrender: Freedom from Choice at the Convention.

Harbouring Harmony in Houston

July 12 – 14

Pujya Gurudevshri’s invigorating presence in Houston, the large metropolis known for its energy industry, stimulated seekers for inner transformation. The Master was welcomed by mumukshus wearing traditional cowboy outfits. Prashant-Sheetal Kothari were the Master’s privileged hosts.

Pujya Gurudevshri unravelled secrets to lasting joy and peace for seekers during two pravachans at the Jain Society of Houston. President of the Jain Society of Houston, Jayesh Porwal, endearingly greeted the Master. The Master’s padhramanis immersed seekers in waves of bliss. Pratishtha at the abode of Lalitbhai-Monaben Shah suffused them with deep devotion.

Devotees were blessed to spend precious time with the caring Sadguru during an outing. They imbibed the Sadguru’s deep spiritual messages through an Udghosh and connected with the Divine through melodious bhakti. Unique dedications by seekers from Austin, Dallas and Houston in the form of dances and skits, displayed their love for Pujya Gurudevshri. Atmarpit Nemiji’s session infused enthusiasm in the gathering.

Nourishing Aspirants in New York

July 15 – 16

To invite seekers to His portable paradise of peace and bliss the Master arrived in New York, well known as the city that never sleeps. Vipul-Sangeeta Sanghvi were the overjoyed hosts.

Pujya Gurudevshri’s enlivening pravachan at BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Melville was preceded by a meeting with Pujya Yagnavallabh Swami, Head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, USA. The beloved Sadguru also blessed the abodes of mumukshus with padhramanis. Biren-Bhavya Dhulia, Vinay-Heeral Shah, Nikhil-Hima Panchamia, Bipin-Bharti Mehta welcomed the Lord into their hearts with a lively pratishtha.

On the auspicious day of Gurupurnima, devotees were thrilled with a special day long retreat with Pujya Gurudevshri at the site of the Mission’s first overseas Ashram at Huntington in New York. The ambience was filled with the exalting fragrance of piousness when Pujya Gurudevshri offered flowers to the idol of Param Krupalu Dev. Sanctifying the land of the Ashram, Pujya Gurudevshri performed bhoomi shuddhi by sprinkling holy water. Pujya Gurudevshri along with Huntington Town Supervisor, Mr Chad A. Lupinacci, unveiled the name board of Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram Huntington, New York. Mr Lupinacci also offered a Certificate of Recognition to Pujya Gurudevshri from the Town of Huntington. Other dignitaries attending the event were Founder of Shanti Fund and Chairman of Long Island Multi Faith Forum, Mr Arvind Vora and Chair – UN Task Force and Programmatic Areas Standing Committee of the Parliament of World Religions, Ms Audrey Kitagawa. In the serene surrounding, the gathering slipped into deep meditation after a stirring Sadguru Udghosh. In an atmosphere brimming with piousness, the Gurupurnima celebrations witnessed Pujya Gurudevshri performing pakshal and pujan of Param Krupalu Dev’s Charankamal. Seekers too venerated Param Krupalu Dev with pujan.

Aspirants were showered with pearls of wisdom by the Master in the form of an Udghosh at the Long Island Spiritual Centre. Seekers, young and old, later engaged themselves in a connecting session by Atmarpit Vidhiben.

While in New York, Pujya Gurudevshri’s pravachans received coverage on channel TV Asia. The New York City Council awarded Pujya Gurudevshri with the New York City Council Citation for the outstanding selfless services of the Mission through Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care Program.

Riveting Revelry in Richmond

July 17 – 18

From New York Pujya Gurudevshri proceeded on His premier visit to Richmond, the capital of the state of Virginia. His hosts were Prafull-Purnima Barodia.

The Master’s pravachan enthused seekers to imbibe spirituality in their daily lives. Houses of devotees were purified with padhramanis. Amidst great rejoicing a pulsating pratishtha was performed wherein an idol of Param Krupalu Dev was consecrated at the Jain Centre of Central Virginia by Pujya Gurudevshri. A blissful feeling of devotion enveloped Prafull-Purnima Barodia as the Sadguru sanctified their abode with a pratishtha.

Winning Hearts in Washington, D.C.

July 19 – 22

Over 1,500 devotees from across the world converged in Washington, D.C. the capital of the United States of America to be in the opal-touch presence of Pujya Gurudevshri for the Gurupurnima Shibir 2019.

The Master’s four pravachans were based on bhajans written by 15th Century Indian mystic, poet and saint, Kabirji. Emanating straight from the heart and connecting each one present, the pravachans enveloped all in deep devotion. Unfolding the path of devotion, Pujya Gurudevshri instilled it’s fundamentals in the hearts of seekers and taught them the art of imbibing wisdom and virtues to build love, faith and surrendership for the Master. A memorable musical performance by the renowned band Kabir Café further inspired Saint Kabir’s wisdom in devotees and strengthened their connection.

In an ambience of piety and deep connection, Pujya Gurudevshri performed pujan of Param Krupalu Dev’s Lotus Feet. Seekers were also blessed to do pujan of the sacred Charankamal. The Master blessed the devotees by showering flowers on them.

The Shibir evenings came alive with ecstatic celebrations, showcasing love for the Master through dramas, dances and soulful dedications. Pujya Gurudevshri was lovingly conferred with an Award by the Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington on this glorious occasion.

Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care had organised a Seva Yajna. The event was graced by the Ambassador of India to USA, Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla; Executive Director of the Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Fr. Walter Kedjierski and several other dignitaries.

The Shibir with its magnificence and the presence of large number of seekers was a perfect occasion to honour those devotees who have offered their services selflessly for the growth of the Mission. Awards for Generous Contributions were handed by Pujya Gurudevshri to the selfless donors who have contributed not only with time and money but also have taken special initiatives in spreading Jainism across North America and in the local community.

A letter of appreciation for Pujya Gurudevshri from Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendrabhai Modi was received admiring the jubilant Gurupurnima Shibir held in Washington, D.C.

Actively involving the youth of North America in their favourite game of Basketball, the semi-finals and finals of Sahebji’s Basketball Association were played in the Sadguru’s dynamic presence. Winners were awarded medals by Pujya Gurudevshri. The Master also blessed graduating youngsters with certificates. The beloved Sadguru touched devotees’ hearts with joyous padhramanis.

While at Washington, D.C., Pujya Gurudevshri went through a routine medical check-up under the able guidance of the CEO of MedStar Shah Medical Group, Dr Vinod K. Shah. Bringing smiles and sighs of relief to devotees around the globe, His medical tests reflected ‘all good’.

The Sadguru visited the Capitol Building, home of the United States Congress and seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. Federal Government.

Tirelessly crisscrossing North America for weeks and uplifting seekers, the ambassador of spirituality Pujya Gurudevshri returned to India; amidst the thousands eagerly awaiting His arrival.

  • 13 Cities Touched
  • 25 Enlightening Pravachans
  • 24 Pious Pratishthas
  • 33 Homes Graced
  • 10 Sessions by Atmarpit Nemiji
  • 14 Sessions by Atmarpit Vidhiben
  • The JAINA Presidential Award presented to Pujya Gurudevshri at the 20th biennial JAINA Convention in Los Angeles for His significant contribution in spreading Jainism.
  • A Certificate of Recognition from the Town of Huntington offered to Pujya Gurudevshri by Huntington Town Supervisor, Mr. Chad A. Lupinacci.
  • Pujya Gurudevshri awarded with the New York City Council Citation for the remarkable selfless services through Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care.
  • Pujya Gurudevshri conferred with an Award by the Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington.
  • A large audience attends Pujya Gurudevshri’s captivating Pravachans at the Jain Centre of New Jersey.
  • Pujya Gurudevshri overlooks the Grand Prismatic Spring at the Yellowstone National Park.
  • Devotees rejoice during the retreat with Pujya Gurudevshri at the site of the Mission’s first overseas Ashram.
  • Pujya Gurudevshri’s mesmerising pravachans on bhajans written by saint Kabirji at the Gurupurnima Shibir.
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