NEW JERSEY: With great devotion, the Hindu community of Robbinsville came together to celebrate Janmashtami, honoring the birth of Bhagwan Shri Krishna, on September 7, 2023.
This auspicious event took place amidst the three-month-long ‘Festival of Inspirations’, marking the inauguration of the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham, a beacon of ancient Hindu values
The evening was graced with profound spiritual discourses. Shruti Prakash Swami delved into the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, highlighting the transformative power of seeking refuge in God. Drawing parallels from the epic Mahabharat, he emphasized the unwavering protection bestowed by God upon those who surrender to Him, emphasizing the importance of trust in divine wisdom during moral dilemmas.
Renowned scholar, Mahamahopadhyaya Bhadreshdas Swami cited another verse from the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita – Esha Brahmi Sthiti in contemplation of how transcendence of material desires, embracing equanimity and aligning oneself with Aksharbraman, results in the attainment of brahmistiti, the state of utmost equilibrium and oneness with God
Sadguru Ishwarcharandas Swami, referencing the Vachnamrut, shed light on the unparalleled devotion the Gopis held for Bhagwan Shri Krishna, illustrating how Bhagwan Swaminarayan’steachings can be incorporated into our daily lives. illustrated the deep affection and devotion that the Gopis, female devotees of Bhagwan Shri Krishna, had for him. He spoke on how one can all imbibe lessons from these incidents to strengthen our devotion to God.
Following a dance depicting Bhagwan Shri Krishna’s childhood story, the celebration concluded with various Janmashtami traditions. His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj swinging a beautifully adorned hindolo, with the murtis of Bhagwan Shri Krishna.
Finally, youths formed a human pyramid recreating Bhagwan Krishna’s playful act of breaking pots to get butter in his childhood.
The event welcomed esteemed guests, including New Jersey Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo, who expressed heartfelt appreciation for the warmth and outreach of the community. Dr. Hari Eppanapally of Elysium Ventures and Andrew Dinsmore from U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ office in Delaware were also honored at the celebration.
India Post News Service