Shatabdi Bhakti Yagna

9 May. - 8 Jun. 2022, Asia Pacific

As part of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s Centenary Celebrations, a one-month Shatabdi Bhakti Yagna was organized at all BAPS centers in Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to their regular daily devotion, devotees of all ages chose from three niyams: 1) Observe extra devotion daily 2) Observe extra devotion during the month and 3) Participate in a one-hour Samuh Dhun at the local center.

Niyams 1 and 2 (daily and monthly) required individual participation, while Niyam 3 was a collective act. The Samuh Dhun was organized as per the convenience of each center during the specified time period.

Total more than 1,500 devotees participated in this Shatabdi Bhakti Yagna.

Daily Niyams were:
Arti: Doing arti once or twice, either at home or local mandir.
Mandir darshan: Visit local mandir for darshan.
Mansi: Perform mansi puja three times (morning, afternoon, evening).
Dhun: Chant the dhun for five minutes for Guruhari Mahant Swami Maharaj’s good health and the Shatabdi Mahotsav to be celebrated without any problems.
Chesta: Sing chesta every night.
Nitya Vanchan: Read Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s Jivan Charitra (any part from 1 to 6) for 10 minutes.
Monthly Niyams were:
Arti: Attend 21 artis at the local mandir (morning or evening).
Mala, Dandvat, Panchang Pranam, Pradakshina and Sahajanand Namavali Path: Do an additional 100 of any of these during this month.
Shanti Dhun: Visit 10 families and sing Shanti Dhun for 5 minutes for their well-being.
Samuh Dhun:
Samuh Dhun: Attend the collective dhun chanting session at local center.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj Centenary Cycle Challenge

1-31 May 2022, Asia Pacific

In childhood, guruhari Pramukh Swami Maharaj used to ride a Hercules bicycle to commute from Chansad to Padra. Thus, in the memory of this and to inspire all towards a healthy lifestyle, as part of Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s centenary celebrations, the ‘PSM100 Cycle Challenge ­– Ride for Rajipo’, was organized at 24 BAPS centers in Australia and New Zealand throughout May 2022.

Despite the rain, wind, and very cold weather in some centers, a total of more than 900 children, teenagers, youths and adults participated and cycled over 10,000 km along the routes set at their centers.

Guruhari Darshan Parayan

1 Apr. - 30 Nov. 2022, Asia Pacific

As a part of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s Centenary Celebrations, Guruhari Darshan Video Parayans were held at BAPS centers across Australia and New Zealand. The parayans featured selected videos depicting the glorious life of Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

These Guruhari Darshan Parayans were conducted at the weekly area assemblies, during which four videos were shown. After the screening of each video, devotees took part in activities, like quizzes, group discussions and question-answer sessions. These activities kept everyone engaged and focused. When the video of guruhari Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s last rites was shown, all the devotees became very emotional.

Parivarik Shanti Abhiyan

20 Mar. - 13 Sep. 2022, Asia Pacific

Pramukh Swami Maharaj visited over 250,000 homes providing instrumental guidance on various aspects of life to individuals and families. Based on his vast experience with people, he believed that family harmony is the key for an individual to lead a happy life. As part of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s Centenary Celebrations, volunteers across Australia and New Zealand participated in the 100-day ‘Parivarik Shanti Abhiyan’ – a project to promote family values and unity based on Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s seven core messages for family harmony.

Volunteers received guidance on how to conduct the ‘Parivarik Shanti Abhiyan’ in the shibirs held at major BAPS centers in Australia and New Zealand: Sydney (19 March), Melbourne (18 April), Perth (30 April), Brisbane (7 May), Adelaide (14 May), and Auckland (4 June).

During this 100-day project, the volunteers went house to house to convey the messages of family harmony as revealed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The volunteers contacted a total of 56,437 homes across Australia and New Zealand and conveyed the seven practical messages of Pramukh Swami Maharaj for family harmony in English, Hindi and Gujarati. The project was conducted by more than 650 volunteers, who dedicated more than 25,782-man hours of service.

The families contacted were of various religious and cultural backgrounds and they all appreciated the work being done by the volunteers for the benefit of others.

Along with this project, volunteers also went to the homes of devotees and well-wishers to gift a framed photo of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. At each home, volunteers perform pujan of the murti and placed it in the preferred location in the person’s house. More than 8,500 murtis were distributed to homes in Australia and New Zealand.

Satsang Shibir – Ek Nishan: Pramukh Shatabdi Mahotsav

19-27 March 2022, Asia Pacific

A total of 812 (464 male and 348 female) karyakars attended the ‘Ek Nishan – Pramukh Shatabdi Mahotsav’ shibirs organized at Sydney (19 March), Melbourne (18 April), Perth (30 April), Brisbane (7 May), Adelaide (14 May) and Auckland (27 May).
These one-day shibirs guided the karyakars on how to carry out the 100-day Parivarik Shanti Abhiyan to spread the glory and messages of Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj during this Shatabdi year.

The karyakars were guided through speeches, inspirational videos, interactive activities, workshops, and the video blessings of sadguru swamis and guruhari Mahant Swami Maharaj.

Karyakars at some remote centers who could not attend in person, participated via the live webcast.

Shatabdi Ghar Sabha Project

1-31 March 2022, Asia Pacific

More than 3,500 participants join in the Shatabdi Ghar Sabha motivation assemblies at 13 centers across Australia and New Zealand. Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj promoted a regular ghar sabha as the means to ensuring family happiness and harmony.
The Ghar Sabha motivation assemblies were conducted at the weekly local satsang assembly. The attending families were inspired through inspirational videos, group and panel discussions, and speeches. Many pledged to conduct a ghar sabha with their family on a regular basis.

Shatabdi Padyatras

6 Feb. 2022, Sunday, Asia Pacific

Under the auspices of Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s Centenary Celebrations, more than 1,950 devotees participated in the Shatabdi Padyatras organized at 14 BAPS centers across Australia and New Zealand. One padyatra involved walking 8 to 10 km along a designated route. Even the extreme weather at some centers did not stop the devotees from taking part.

While walking, the participating devotees at each center discussed inspiring incidents from the lives of Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj, Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj and Pragat Brahmaswarup Mahant Swami Maharaj. This made the walks especially enjoyable and devotional.

At the destination, participants offered prayers, and performed pradakshinas and malas in front of a specially erected Pramukh Mandir.

Over 900 devotees have pledged to do between 2 to 30 such padyatras before the start of the centenary celebrations in December 2022.