Holi is an ancient festival of India and was originally known as 'Holika'. Historians also believe that Holi was celebrated by all Aryans but more so in the Eastern part of India. It is said that Holi existed several centuries before Christianity. However, the meaning of the festival is believed to have changed over the years. Earlier it was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families and the full moon (Raka) was worshiped.
Pragji Bhakta was born in the year 1828 in Mahuva, he was a simple householder and a tailor by trade. As a child he held a single-minded conviction for God, he used to skip school with his friends and talk about God. Once, he proclaimed that he had already finished his studies and that he had come to worship God, and to make others worship God. His devotion and magnetism drew to him other children and adults alike, and that is why he became known as bhagat (and later as Bhagatji Maharaj).
A dedication to Param Pujya Jyotiben on her birthday: I have become really close to Param Pujya Jyotiben only in the past eight years or so, even though she is such an important pillar for the satsang and also my guru’s guru! In August 2007, I was exceptionally lucky enough to have joined Param Pujya Jyotiben in the US to be in her seva.There are too many things to write about Param Pujya Jyotiben, even in the short time I spent with her.
સ્વામિશ્રીજી જય ગુરૂહરિ પપ્પાજી, ગુરૂહરિ પપ્પાજીનો સંબંધ પામેલ વ્હાલા અક્ષરમુક્તો ! જય સ્વામિનારાયણ ! આજે આપણે તા.૧ થી ૧૫ નવેમ્બર દરમ્યાન જ્યોત અને જ્યોત શાખામાં થયેલ નાના-મોટા સમૈયા અન્ય કાર્યક્ર્મની સ્મૃતિ અહીં માણીશું. (૧) તા.૧/૧૧/૧૪ દર તા.૧લી એ ગુરૂહરિ પપ્પાજીની સ્મૃતિમાં ૭.૩૦ થી ૯.૦૦ પંચામૃત હૉલમાં સંયુક્ત સભામાં કીર્તન આરાધનાનો કાર્યક્રમ હોય છે. તે રીતે આજે પણ વાજીંત્રો સાથે ભજનો