Daily Routine Of Lord Swaminaryan

Sahajãnand Swãmi wakes up when there are three or four ghadis (72 to 96 minutes) remaining of the night, and brushes His teeth. After bathing, He wipes His body with a clean, thin piece of cloth. He then stands up and holds the wet cloth, that He was wearing, between His two thighs and twists it with both His hands to squeeze the water out. He then wipes and dries His thighs and legs, and puts on a clean, thin, white dhoti and keeps it very tight. He covers His upper body with another clean, thin, white piece of cloth. He prefers to wear white clothes. Then, after completing His morning pujã, He wears His chãkhadis and goes for breakfast. Shreeji Mahãrãj takes His seat. He covers His head with a cloth, which He tucks it behind His ears. While eating, He faces north or east. He raises His right knee, and rests His right elbow on the knee. He has the habit of drinking water while He eats. If He finds a tasty item of food, He offers some to His best bhaktas. He also has the habit of moving His
hand on the belly after belching. Sometimes, when He is pleased with a bhakta, He offers His prasãd. When He wants to serve food to the sãdhus, He keeps His khes on His left shoulder, and ties the ends around His waist. While serving, He repeatedly calls the names of the different foods and moves up and down the rows of the sãdhus. He has great faith, respect, and happiness in feeding and serving food.

In Gadhadã, during the seasons of Varshã and Sharad, when He learns that the water of the River Ghelã has become clear, He goes there to bathe with the sãdhus and satsangis. Then, while praising the waters of the river and delighting the bhaktas, He plays with the bhaktas. When He dives into the water, He presses His ears, eyes, and nose with His thumbs and fingers. After diving into the water, He comes up to the
surface after a long time. He gargles with water, and moves His right hand around His face. Sometimes, He stands in the middle of the river, and makes the sãdhus sing kirtans while clapping, and also joins them in singing and clapping. While entering the water for bathing or while coming out after bathing, He holds the hands of His bhaktas. When He sees the happy faces of the bhaktas that have performed His darshan, He comes out of the water and stands on the river bank. He wears a dry, thin, white dhoti and keeps it very tight. He then squeezes the water from the wet dhoti He was wearing before. Then, He ties a white feto on His head, with the cloth very close to His eyebrow, and keep a chhoglu hanging out of the top. He also puts a khes on His left shoulder, and ties the ends around His waist. Finally, He rides a beautiful horse, and returns to His residence while pleasing the eyes of thousands of surrounding bhaktas.

While walking, Shreeji Mahãrãj moves His right arm; and sometimes holds a handkerchief in His right hand and places His left hand on His left hip. Sometimes, He places a thin, white cloth over His shoulder, and sometimes He puts a khes on His left shoulder, and ties the ends around His waist. He has the nature of walking very fast. He walks so fast that the bhaktas following Him are hardly able to keep pace with
Him, and have to run to keep pace with Him. When He walks while wearing chãkhadis, the chãkhadis make a knocking sound on the ground. While standing when performing a task or while walking slowly, He has the habit of gently hitting His right thigh with His right fist. Sometimes, when there is a great crowd of people, and there is a lot of dust flying around, He covers His nose and His face with a handkerchief.

Sometimes, He sits on a decorated cot; sometimes He sits on a thin mattress covered with a bed sheet; sometimes, He sits on a thick cushioned seat; sometimes He sits on a square cushion; and sometimes He sits on a large, cylindrical pillow. Sometimes, He sits with His legs crossed, and sometimes He sits with His legs bent and tied with a cloth. Sometimes when He sits, He supports His back with a pillow, and has the habit of sitting with His legs stretched forward, with one leg crossed over the other. Sometimes, He moves a finger of His right hand along the urdhva-rekhã of His left foot. Sometimes, He keeps His tongue pressed between His teeth on one side. While sitting, He twists His neck on both the sides and makes a cracking sound. Sometimes, He lies with a pillow under His chest, and has His back pressed by the bhaktas.

Shreeji Mahãrãj turns a mãlã of tulsi beads wherever He sits; sometimes He playfully moves two beads at the same time; and sometimes He folds up the mãlã and rubs it between His two palms; and when He has no mãlã in the hand, and He counts the segments on the fingers.

Sometimes, He closes His eyes and performs dhyãn; sometimes He performs dhyãn with His eyes open; and sometimes He suddenly awakens from dhyãn. Sometimes, He performs dhyãn while the sãdhus sing kirtans to the accompaniment of musical instruments. Sometimes, He joins the sãdhus in singing, while snapping His fingers; and sometimes when the sãdhus sing kirtans while clapping, He joins them in singing while clapping. Sometimes, when the sãdhus sing kirtans to the accompaniment of musical instruments, or the sãdhus are reading kathã before Him, or He is giving a spiritual talk, He gradually moves closer to them.

During the kathã, He repeatedly says the word “Hare”. When He is carrying out some activity, and He recalls a talk from a kathã, He says “Hare” and then when He realises that He is not listening to a kathã, He gently smiles at the bhaktas near Him. Sometimes, if He is happily talking, or is listening to a kathã, or is listening to kirtans, or is engrossed in some thought, and then someone comes and calls Him for  dinner or comes perform His pujã, He becomes very annoyed.

Sometimes, He sits in the sabhã of His bhaktas and delivers talks about dharma, gnãn, vairãgya, and bhakti, and sometimes He explains the essence of Yog, Sãnkhya, Panch Rãtra, Vedãnt, and other shãstras. Sometimes, He raises both His hands and claps to silence the bhaktas and begins His talks. Sometimes, when there may be a very large sabhã of bhaktas and He wishes to delivers a talk, He stands up so that He may be heard from a distance, and raises both His hands and claps to silence the bhaktas. Sometimes, He is so engrossed in the talk, that He does not notice when His upper garment is slipping. This is His nature. Sometimes, in a sabhã, Shreeji Mahãrãj asks the sãdhus and haribhaktas to begin a question and answer session. Then, if someone
asks a difficult question and if no one able to answer it, He gives the reply to the delight of all. Sometimes, while delivering a talk, He crushes a bunch of flowers or a large flower with His hands.

Sometimes, while delivering a talk He has the habit of twisting the end
of His handkerchief. He accepts the pujã that is lovingly offered by bhaktas who have come from other regions to celebrate festivals. Sometimes, when the bhaktas come in large groups to perform His pujã, He accepts their garlands with both His hands, or with His legs, or even with His stick. Sometimes, His darshan sends a person into samãdhi, and sometimes He awakens them from samãdhi immediately. Sometimes, when He wishes to call someone in a sabhã, He makes a signal with His eyes, or
He points at them with His index finger.

Sometimes, realising the cooling effect of the garlands of mogrã, the fruits, like lemons, He repeatedly brings them near to His eyes. Sometimes, He listens to the kathã, and sometimes He narrates the kathã, and sometimes He asks for kirtans to be sung, and then sings the kirtans Himself. Shreeji Mahãrãj does not like to stay idle at any time by keeping away from good activities, such as constructing mandirs, and feeding sãdhus  and brãhmans. He is very fast in completing any work of bhakti and
dharma that He undertakes.

Whenever He wants to sneeze, He finds His handkerchief and holds it in front of His face, and sneezes so loudly that it is heard even at a distance. He sneezes two or three times. Whenever He yawns, He loudly says “Hare, Hare” while rubbing His eyes.

Shreeji Mahãrãj loves the sevã performed by nishkãm bhaktas. Sometimes, He playfully laughs loudly, while covering His mouth with His handkerchief. Sometimes, He is so pleased to see bhaktas who have come from other regions, that He stands up and embraces them, and asks about the news of their villages and towns. Sometimes, He happily embraces the sãdhus, who have come to celebrate a festival, as they leave for other regions. Sometimes, when He is pleased with His bhaktas, He places His hands on their heads, and places His feet on their chests. Sometimes, when He is extremely pleased with a bhakta, He offers gifts, such as a garland of flowers, or
string of flowers, or His clothes and jewellery. He is very generous. He immediately gives a highly valuable item to a good person, the moment He decides to do so, without any delay. Sometimes, He cracks the knuckles of His hands and feet; and
sometimes He the bhaktas sitting nearby to crack His knuckles.

Sometimes, when He sees or hears of an animal suffering, He has the nature of saying “Ram, Ram” out of compassion. Sometimes, when He sees any person suffering, He offers food and clothes to ease this suffering, as He feels great compassion in His heart. Sometimes, if a person is hitting someone, He would not tolerate this, and stops the person by yelling. Sometimes, if someone criticises a sãdhu or a bhakta, He feels upset, and then scolds that person and is disrespectful. Sometimes, if He feels physically unwell, He examines the pulse of His right hand, with the fingers of His left hand.

When He concludes a sabhã, He says “Jay Sachidãnand” or “Jay Swãminãrãyan”. Then, after bowing down to the sãdhus. He stands up. Sometimes, while riding a horse and travelling, He stretches one leg on the neck of the horse.  When He is going to sleep, He moves His fingers on His forehead as if He is making the tilak mark. He asks for His mãlã, and turns it in His right hand. While sleeping, He keeps His face open; and if anyone touches Him while He is in deep sleep, He wakes up suddenly, and asks
“Who’s there?”

This description of the nature of Shreeji Mahãrãj has been written from memory, and there are many more descriptions. He lived in Gadhadã and delivered talks on five topics in order to remove the doubts of His bhaktas: svadharma ãtmã-gnãn, vairãgya, gnãn of Bhagvãn’s svarup, and bhakti coupled with Bhagvãn’s greatness. These talks, and many talks from Amdãvãd, Vadtãl and many other villages, have been written
from memory to the best of our knowledge for the welfare of the bhaktas.

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