Thousands of years down the line, after the times of the Ramayan and still further across the Dvapar era, we are now in the thick and intense phase of the Kaliyug. The moral decadence was evident along this journey in time; aggravating it further to make us believe it to be the reign of Ravan in today’s times.
Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu began His mission in 1996 and declared the concept of “RamRajya”. If walked on right paths of life, we will be ushered in an era where the circumstances will prevail like those in the kingdom of Lord Shriram. It is indeed His vision for all of us and that will happen and be celebrated in the year 2025. That is His Word, His assurance and His pledge. Thus, Vijayadashmi or Dassera is a very special day and the Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation celebrates it with zest.
On this day the shraddhavan do the Vijayopasana or Dassera utsav as directed by Shree Aniruddha Bapu. The weapons and tools like the mace used in the ancient Indian martial arts, that Aniruddha Bapu revived, are worshipped.
- The program begins with the recitation of the Ramraksha stotra
- The recitation of the Hanuman Chalisa.
- The mantra ‘Om kripasindhu mahabalotkata shree aniruddhaya namah’ is chanted 54 times.
- The upasana ends with the gajar addressed to Swami Samartha of Akkalkot – ‘Shree Swami Samartha Jai Jai Swami Samartha; Ajoba Shree Swami Samartha Jai Jai Swami Samartha’.
Vijayadashmi – Victory of the good over the evil
But then, is Vijayadashmi to be celebrated only on the day that the calendar specifies?
Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu says no doubt that the tenth day of the month of Ashvin is auspicious and holy. But if it signifies the triumph of the good over the evil, it assumes a wider dimension and must be celebrate every time this occurs in human life. Also, strife and struggle invariably occur before the good or virtue triumphs into the final victory.
We retain the memory of the strife and also consequently of the pain that accompanied it. The pain that we went through, no doubt, deserves respect because it called for perseverance and strength. Nevertheless,we must think of the positive, the ultimate victory of the good that forced the evil to beat the retreat. The strength and the perseverance came because of the loving grace of the Sadguru and so did the final victory. We must recall all such moments of victory of the good over the evil and offer them at the feet of the Sadguru. That is indeed the golden moment, in fact the gold, the most valuable treasure that we offer. Every such moment is the Vijayadashmi that needs to be celebrated.
Doing it year after year, we will eventually realize that not only are we able to recall many such precious instances but the number and frequency of such victorious moments is rising. More the love and gratitude for His Grace, more the capacity to fight the evil and as a result, more ‘golden moments’ in life.
This is the ‘gold’, the ‘treasure’ that we need to plunder in life which we need to offer to the Sadguru. The equation of ‘His’ love is very strange!! More the gold you offer, more of it comes your way.