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Narayan Charan of Narayan Swaroopa

Narayan Charan of Narayan Swaroop

BAPA, Narayan Swaroop (Brahmaswaroop) Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj (Purusha) has left this world and gone to Akshardham from Sarangpur, Gujarat at 6 pm on 13 August 2016, Wednesday, Vikram Samvat 2072, Savan Shukla Paksha 10. His body remains offered to the Devdoot Fire, that merged into the five elements of Prakriti: earth, water, fire, air, space; at 5.15 - 7.45 pm on 17 August 2016. A physical life of 95 years and spiritual life of 7 decades left leaving a big organisation of BAPS with 1100 temples, charity trusts and thousands of followers. In 66 years of his career as the Pramukh of BAPS, he has made the institution the Best in its kind in organisational discipline following single command and executing projects with stipulated time frame, following economy in the expenditure. Constructing 110 shikharbaddha temples costing billions all across the world was one of the gigantic achievements of Baps under his leadership.

His Thakorji Bhakti, following Guru agya in toto, disciplined life, hard work and dedication to duty, has made him the God of the hearts of thousands of his followers. Late Dr Abdul Kalam, President of India, accepted him as his Guru of spiritual life.

Many dignitaries, VIPs, Saints, his followers from all over the world, and more than 1 million people came for the Darshana of his remains and more than a lakh witness his cremation on ground. Millions watched the event through the media.

Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi came on 15 August 2016, and while expressing his feelings on BAPA's departure said that, the sadhus and Haribhaktas of BAPS has lost their Guru but he has lost his Father. BAPA cared for his growth like a father.

He was Guru, father, brother, friend, philosopher and guide for thousands. All who came his contact lost something. The Baps Sadhus and Saints have lost their Guru. The Haribhaktas have lost their Brahmaswaroop God. The people lost their charity institute. Children of Baps lost their loving BAPA. Youths of Baps lost their best friend and guide. The politicians lost their guide. Everyone has lost something in him.

But ONE MAN lost his everything in his departure. He was in BAPA's service for 24x7 for last two decades. Due to discipline, it was not that easy to be in services to BAPA in inner circle. BAPA was strong-willed and may reprimand if need be. But this man in service was different. When BAPA say something in anger, he will simply laugh, innocent laugh at him, showing all his teeth. And BAPA in turn doesn't stop his laughing, leaving all his anger. They were made for each other. For him BAPA was his Narayana Swaroop, the God, his everything. And for BAPA, he was his most loving disciple Narayan Charan.

BAPA was unwell for last 4 years, and Narayan Charan and his companion Yogi Charan without looking at day or night, hot or cold, fresh or tired, totally surrendered in BAPA's services. For Narayan Charan, he was God. He has learnt seeing God Swaminrayan in BAPA. Therefore, he was doing all his services with happiness. And when you like the work, you never feel tired.

But for last five days his stability had gone. One can see the pain in his inner heart through the restlessness of his body. He was unable to settle himself in one posture for even 30 seconds. One may keep oneself away from the dead body in decomposition stage with a fear of catching infection or disease, but for Narayan Charan, the body was also his Narayana. With utmost care and attentiveness, he cared for the body for 95 hours. He was touching it's face, lips, ears, and keeping in perfect position of Dhyana mudra. Generally, after the death, the look of the dead face is not attractive. In decomposition, body become black like carbon after 3-4 days. But BAPA's body maintain it's original colour and peacefulness of Dhyana over the face for all these four days in cabin temperature. And Narayan Charan was keeping everything in perfect order, even during the last moments on the pyre.

Many sadhus didn't take their meal for last 3-4 days. All were trying to meet with the words of BAPA's desire. The cremation place was selected at the cross section of the Swaminarayan Temple and the Smiriti Mandir (cremation place) of Shastriji Maharaj, BAPA's Guru. What a stage of mind! BAPA desired that when he goes, his face should be in front of Bhagwan Swaminarayana's Darshana and Bhakti, and while doing so, he should be watched from the left side by his Guru Shastriji Maharaj. He has kept his Bhakti and devotion to Bhagwan Swaminarayan under the supervision of his Guru. What a Guru Bhakti it was! He used to say that while implementing the agya of Guru, if he has to stand under a hot Sun for generations, he will do it without any hesitation.

Narayan Charan was a disciple of this BAPA. How could he fail in his examination? He is a real Narayan Charan of Narayan Swaroop Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj. Jai Ho Narayan Charan.

Jai Swaminarayan.

18 August 2016


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