Pramukh Swami Maharaj Jayanti Celebration
admin@qs3 | January 4, 2018
Devotees from around the area gathered at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Austin, Texas on December 2, 2017 to celebrate Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s 97th birth anniversary. Attendees experienced an impactful program filled with skits, speeches, and dances centered around the theme, Pramukhji Aapnu Roon Chukvu Hu Sha Vade.
The program highlighted the impact Pramukh Swami Maharaj had on countless individuals, including examples of inspired personal transformations during his presence as well as after his earthly departure.
Devotees participated with a renewed spirit after having experienced a summer with guru Mahant Swami Maharaj through which they developed a loving and affectionate bond with him.
The program revived divine memories of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Devotees in North America had been fortunate to experience Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s bliss in person during his many trips; and this year, they experienced the same happiness as they joined Mahant Swami Maharaj’s North American tour.
Through widespread participation in assemblies, question and answer sessions, and spiritual discourses based on Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s teachings, Mahant Swami Maharaj gave all a revitalized spirit of having Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s presence in person.
Throughout the trip, he reminded all of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s sacrifices, his life’s dedication to serving others, his vision, his inspiration and his efforts as the source of all successes.
In expressing his humble appreciation, Mahant Swami Maharaj has emphasized, “Roon chukvaay j nahi,” meaning, “we can never repay him,” noting Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s immense service for individuals and society. Mahant Swami Maharaj’s time with the devotees of North America kept the memories of Pramukh Swami alive and renewed personal spirituality with a feeling that Pramukh Swami “sathej chhe,” that he is indeed still with us.
The celebration inspired attendees as they resolved to imbibe the message of their gurus; “samp” (unity within homes, families, communities, and fellowship) and “das na das” (humility in our words and actions).
The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a worldwide spiritual and humanitarian organization that is dedicated to community service, peace, and harmony.
Motivated by Hindu principles, BAPS strives to care for the world by caring for societies, families, and individuals.
Through various spiritual and humanitarian activities, BAPS endeavors to develop better citizens of tomorrow with high esteem for their roots and culture. Its 3,300 international centers support these character-building activities.
Under the guidance and leadership of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS aspires to build a community that is free of addictions as well as morally, ethically and spiritually pure. For more details, please visit www.baps.org.
About Mahant Swami Maharaj
His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj is the sixth and current spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He was ordained a swami by Yogiji Maharaj in 1961 and named Sadhu Keshavjivandas.
As he was appointed the head (Mahant) of the Mandir in Mumbai, he became known as Mahant Swami.
His devout, humble and service-focused life earned him the innermost blessings of Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Mahant Swami Maharaj travels throughout the world inspiring people through his insightful spiritual discourses and disciplined conduct.
His virtuous lifestyle and profound devotion to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and gurus are ideals toward which devotees strive. Mahant Swami Maharaj became the guru and President of BAPS upon Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s passing in 2016.
About Pramukh Swami Maharaj
Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the fifth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
Under his leadership, BAPS grew into an international spiritual and humanitarian organization with over 3,300 centers worldwide.
He dedicated his life to the well-being of others, traveling throughout the world to foster love, peace, harmony, righteousness, faith in God, and service to humanity.
With genuine care and compassion, he reached out to all members of society irrespective of class, color, or age.
Recognized and respected as one of India’s greatest spiritual teachers, he lived by and promoted the principle: “In the joy of others, lies our own.”
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