Sunday 22nd August, an epic train journey was relived in the form
of a two-hour enlightening and
inspiring ballet (nrutya nãtikã). This divine journey
through the realms of saintliness was written and directed by
Brahmaprakash Swami and members of the UK Bal Pravrutti Suvarna
event was held to mark not only the Bal Pravrutti Suvarna Jayanti,
but also the 50th anniversary of the Swaminarayan Special Train
Yatra. In 1953, Pramukh Swami accompanied Yogiji Maharaj on this
memorable journey from Atladra to Chhapaiya. The nrutya nãtikã
symbolised a similar journey, except that it took the participants
from here to Akshardham.
Devotees not only
witnessed, but were in the heart of the action through some amazing
effects, allowing them to experience the same train journey once
again. The whole Haveli was brought to life with a moving video
projection of the train that was projected on the walls of the
Haveli. The highlight of the show was the divine presence of Yogiji
Maharaj – an animatronic image that moved and talked just
like Yogiji Maharaj.
Some 150 participants
and 50 support staff along with sadhus contributed to making this
event a huge success. The programme culminated with Swamishri’s
blessings in which he praised the efforts of the balaks and the
bal co-ordinators and talked of the greatness of Yogiji Maharaj
and his work.
wing also contributed by setting up a walk-through exhibition
entitled ‘Divine World of Yogiraj', which was inaugurated
by P. Doctor Swami. This exhibition was seen by over 13,000 people
over ten days. 160 bal-balikas and co-ordinators helped with the
setting up and running of the exhibition.