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The Inspirer and Present Guru of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

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Through the Eyes of Others:

In revered Pramukh Swami Maharaj, we have a 'maryada-purush' of our times. We see him as an ideal sadhu. Swamishri is also an ideal guru to his innumerable disciples and followers the world over.
The heartfelt opinions and inner experiences some of today's leaders who have met with Swamishri

  • Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj is an embodiment of holiness, of 'shanti', 'prem' and 'gurukripa.' I had the most happy privilege of coming into personal contact with this gracious spiritual luminary who, by his personal example as well as loving precepts is guiding countless thousands of devotees and followers along the path of 'dharma' and spiritual living that leads towards the highest welfare of the human being.
    Revered Maharaj is a saint worthy of being adored. His personal life and day to day 'vyavahar' is such that he serves as a lofty example for sadhus and sanyasins to follow. Because, inspite of his being the revered head of the world famous moral and spiritual movement that originated nearly 200 years ago, I have observed in Maharaj such a rare simplicity of nature, humility of deportment and a total absence of self-importance. This is beautiful to behold and this always gives me great joy whenever I have the occasion of coming into his presence. His onerous responsibilities sit lightly upon his shoulders due to his surrender to the Supreme Guru Shri Swaminarayan Bhagwan and due to his conviction of being merely an instrument in the hands of the divine to carry out the divine will. It is really a sight for the gods to see worshipful Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj always with the deity of his adoration without whom Swamiji never moves out and who is given a seat of honour and a place of prominence upon any stage or dais that Pramukh Swami Maharaj may be occupying during all important events. The prime importance is always given to the deity.
    He has a rare aura of saintliness, friendliness and universal love ('vishwa-prem') that is tangibly felt when you come into his presence and proximity. All have heard Bhagwan Sri Ramchandra referred to as a 'maryada Purushottam'. In revered Pramukh Swami Maharaj, we have a 'maryada-purush' of our times. We see him as an ideal sadhu. Swamishri is also an ideal guru to his innumerable disciples and followers the world over. He is an ideal spiritual leader to the generality of the present day humanity. In him we also find a lofty example of an ideal devotee. At the same time, Maharaj Shri exemplifies an ideal discipleship of his great Guru-parampara.
    He is an inspiring spiritual leader, an able organiser in the spiritual India of today. 'Daivi Sampada' shines in him and is seen in the manner in which he gives respect and reverence to those who go to meet him. He is at once a great devotee of the divine, a saint of eminence and an ideal person and an embodiment of goodness and 'dharma'.
    Swami Chidanand
    Divine Life Society, Rishikesh
  • When I met Shri Pramukh Swami Maharaj I got the feeling of meeting a spiritually mature soul. I had no opportunity of meeting him many times or being with him for a long time but my short contact with him was enough to know that he is an embodiment of spiritual love, humility and simplicity. Such developed personalities only can bring emotionally nearer all sections of the society and instill in them a sense of brotherhood and binding force - the feeling of the presence of God in every human being. He loves all. Therefore, he gets love from all and in abundance.
    Acharyashri Vibudhesh Tirthji Maharaj
  • Shri Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the rarest jewel to adore the spiritual crown of our country, requires no introduction. The fifth hierarch of Lord Swaminarayan, this great saint has carved out a niche for himself by his humane qualities. Spiritual life, normally, is turned inward and is primarily concerned with the realisation of God, and leads the soul towards the path of Becoming. But this need not preclude the possibility of giving service to humanity, and this is exemplified by the Swamiji. He has given a new meaning to the ideal of sainthood by his extraordinary feeling for his fellowmen. It is the Dhammapad which says: "A supernatural person is not easily found, he is not born everywhere. Whenever such a sage is born, the race prospers." And how true are these words! The number of persons who have been benefited by the grace of Swamiji is legion. The Swamiji finds God in service to humanity, and the human race has prospered, thanks to the Swamiji.
    Pujya Varad Yatiraj Jeer Swami
  • The Supreme Lord Narayana, in all reality, assumes, because of mercy, the body of a mortal and lifts up the worlds sunk in the ocean of misery with his hand in the form of scriptures.'
    A study of the life of H.H. Pramukh Swami Maharaj will reveal the truth of this text. It will show how he is really an incarnation of Bhagavan Swaminarayan; how he moves with all, young and old, literate and illiterate, and how he imparts the spirit of God consciousness to all, by his life, teachings and precepts. This he does also by discourses, seminars, institutions, periodicals and religious books. Being unattached by nature to all worldly things he spends all that is offered to him by his disciples and admirers for the benefit of human beings and creatures.
    Dr. Shrinivas Raghavan
    Eminent Scholar of Ramanuja Vedanta
  • Oh! What a humble man, what a divine man! I'm yet to see such people in abundance. One of the very rare souls that our country has. One of the most impressive men I have met in my life. Pramukh Swami is very dedicated, very spiritually high.
    Swami Atmanand
    Ramkrishna Mission
  • Your Organisation (Sanstha) is doing great service to mankind by spreading the message of goodness and joy. It is indeed commendable that the Swaminarayan Movement has not limited its work to the Movement alone, but has gone out in society, conducted a door to door crusade against the evils of society to promote peace and harmony."
    His Holiness Dalai Lama
  • The greatest religion is one which promotes chanting of God's name and doing of noble deeds. I feel that this lesson has been exemplified here. Your work dispels hatred and lights the lamp of love and harmony.
    Shri Giani Zail Singh
    Former President of India
  • If the salvation of India and of the human race is to be achieved it can only be through the great ideals which I find being propagated here. I wish there were more organisations like these.
    Nani Palkhivala
    Eminent Economist and Advocate of India
  • You are good pious people. If the whole world took you as an example it would be a better place, free of crime, of war and self-destruction. I believe you have valid answers to life's toughest questions.
    Bob Kaplan
    Member of Parliament, Canada
Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan

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