To celebrate the 5106th appearance anniversary of Bhagavan Shri Nimbarkacharya Ji Maharaj, Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj organised a 5-day Shri Golok – Nimbarka Sammelan to which many well known saintly personalities came and gave their blessings. It was also broadcast live on Aastha Television.
Day one, the 17th November 2010 saw a huge, unexpected rain storm which threatened to disrupt proceedings, however with the blessings of Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj, the first day was completed successfully with the audience drenched, but refreshed by the teachings of the Vedanta Kamadhenu Dashashloki which is a ten-verse summary of the Vedantic philosophy written by Jagadguru Shri Nimbarkacharya Bhagavan for the sake of the devotees of God.
Day two, 18th November:- the 48th and present Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya, Anant Shri Vibhushit Swami Shri Radhasarveshvara Sharan Devacharya Ji Maharaj, arrived at Shri Golok Dham Ashram and gave his blessings from the Acharya Peetha (the Silver Throne of the Jagadguru Nimbarkacharyas). In attendance also were Shri Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Shri Palaniswami of Hinduism Today renown from the Kauaii Aadheenam in Hawaii USA. They also gave a lecture on the similarities of the philosophy of Shaivism with Shri Nimbarkacharya’s Vaishnavism. They then presented Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj with the award of Hindu of the Year 2009, which Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj presented in the service of the Nimbarka Sampradaya and Hindu Dharma at the feet of the Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya Shri Shriji Maharaj.
Day three, 19th November:- The famous stalwart of Sanatan Dharma, Udaaseen Kaarshni Mahamandaleshwara Swami Shri Gurusharananand Ji Maharaj from Raman Reti, Gokul, Mathura was chief guest today and he gave a wonderful talk on devotion. Shri Bodhinatha Swami ji also gave his blessings, giving a wonderful message for today’s Hindus worldwide.
Day four:- 20th November 2010: Swami Shri Govind Dev Giri Ji Maharaj (formerly Acharya Shri Kishor Vyas ji) from Pune and Acharya Shri Bal Krishna Ji (Patanjali Yogapeeth, Haridwar – with Swami Ramdev Ji) both gave their blessings and good wishes on this day. Swami Ramdev Ji sent his best wishes as he had already begun his Bharateeya Swaabhimaan Yaatraa to raise the cause of Sanatan Dharma with the general population of India, and so Acharya Shri Bal Krishna Ji Maharaj gave blessings also on his behalf. Swami Shri Govind Dev Giriji Maharaj eloquently praised Bhagavan Shri Nimbarkacharya’s contribution to Satya Sanatan Dharma and Vaishnaism, whilst also sharing his views on the work that Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj is doing, lauding his efforts. Also in attendance was Swami Shri Swaroopanand Saraswati of Gautameshwar Mahadev Mandir in Sihor, Gujerat; the most learned Scholar of Shrimad Bhagavatam in the whole of India, from whom most of today’s Bhagavat Katha-kars have learnt, Acharya Pt. Shri Yadunandan Ji Shastri; and a few other saints who all gave their blessings too.
Day five, 21st November, Kaartik Purnima and Shri Nimbarka Jayanti Divas:- On this last day, the Vedanta Kamadhenu Dashashloki was summarised, followed by blessings from Swami Shri Swaroopanand Saraswati, and then from Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj. Finally, Shri Jagadananda Das Ji from Vrindavan Today News gave a talk in which he encouraged all to become aware of the plight of the places of pilgrimage, especially Vrindavan and the deteriorating condition of Shri Yamuna Ji’s physical incarnation. He rightly reminded all that these places are our main centres of spirituality and it is the duty of all Hindus, Vaishnavas and devotees of the Lord to serve these places by keeping them clean and making them more conducive to the saadhana of devotees rather than needs of materialist builders and tourism developers. It is especially the duty of Nimbarkis to serve their Dhaam, as this is the place which Bhagavan Nimbarkacharya focused his devotion; this is the place which all of the Acharya’s of our line up to Shri Parashuram Devacharya Ji Maharaj based their Saadhanaa and after Parashuram Devacharya Ji Maharaj, this remains the centre of our spirituality. Indeed our Swami Shri Haridas Ji Maharaj caused the incarnation of Shri Banke Bihari Ji right in Vrindavan Dham. So it is our duty to maintain the spirituality of the Dhaam and help its inhabitants to stay fixed on the path of Spirituality by supporting and providing logistical help to spiritual activities and spiritual seekers as opposed to only helping developers and industrialists.
Every day commenced with the Puja and Archana of Thakur Shri Shri Radha Golokavihari Ji Bhagavan and on the last day, a Shri Sudarshan Yagya was held to commemorate the incarnation of Shri Rangadevi & Sudarshan Chakra as Shri Nimbarka Bhagavan. In the evening of the 21st a Shri Tulsi-Shaligram Vivah was held to celebrate this holy festival, bringing proceedings to a successful close.
Shri Nimbarka Bhagavan Ki JAY!