10th May to 17th May 2012 marked as memorable and joyous days for Pujya Bhaishri, his family and friends in Devka and his devotees as Pujya Bhaishri narrated the Shrimad Bhagavat katha in his birth town, Devka.
Pujya Bhaishri emphasised that the purpose of this katha, during the inauguration of Devka Vidyapeeth school, is to encourage as many children, especially girls, in Devka and the surrounding villages to gain education from nursery to college. Value based education now and in future is essential and will lead to a better India, better character, reduction in addictions and bad habits. Education does not involve only developing careers but it also involves building a good character and therefore a wise human being.
Pujya Bhaishri was pleased to inform that in the new admissions in the school in Devka two thirds were girls. This year, for the first time in the history of Devka, girls sat for their 11th standard exams. Pujya Bhaishri proudly said that two girls from Devka were ranked in the top 10 in a very well reputed Science school in Bhavnagar. This proves that Devka has a high potential and requires a means to show this capability. Pujya Bhaishri added that the Devka Vidyapeeth project still has a large amount of work to be carried out. He expressed his happiness towards all those who had contributed to this good cause and encouraged everyone to keep up such good work.
Param Pujya Maharaj Shri – Shri Guru Sharananandji Maharaj and Shri Muktanand Bapu were present during the entire katha. Param Pujya Shri Morari Bapu, Shri Dev Prasad Bapu, saints from Shri Santram Mandir and Bhagavadiya Shri Kokilaben Ambani also graced the land of Devka and the katha with their holy presence.
On day 7 of the katha, Shri Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat, performed the opening ceremony of Devka Vidyapeeth.
Pujya Bhaishri narrated the katha in a unique style in the local language of Devka and really enjoyed doing so. Throughout the katha he recalled his childhood days some of which included: how he first narrated the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita at the age of 13 while playing with his friends, bathing in the holy Jolapuri river in Devka, his studies in various schools in the surrounding villages, eating breakfast of rotlo and yoghurt and his love for mithi rotli and cow’s milk.
On the last day of the katha, Pujya Bhaishri offered the katha as a gift to his mother saying, “This katha has been a celebration of the 85th birthday of my mother from me. I had always thought, how can I celebrate my mother’s 85th birthday in a grand way? Maa, this is for you.”
Various cultural programmes were held in the evenings and enjoyed by all. Pujya Bhaishri, his family, friends and devotees also visited his divine birth place where they did kirtan. During the katha, there was also pooja and recitation of 108 Bhagavat Pothijis in the morning and afternoon sessions by the Rishikumars of Sandipani.
The Devka katha was glorious, memorable and a blissful experience for all.