CHINO HILLS,CA-Over 90 BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha mandirs across the US held tribute assemblies honoring the life and work of their late spiritual leader, Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Community leaders, diverse religious figures, and public officials joined BAPS devotees in mourning this loss.
President Obama’s statement reflected Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s role as a father, teacher, mentor, friend, advisor, and ally – he was a spiritual guide who empowered people to live morally upright lives rooted in devotion that would transform their character, attitudes, and outcomes to provide greater happiness for both themselves and their families. “May the memory of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj continue to guide you, and may his legacy give us the courage to be our best selves”, concluded the President’s personal message. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Former U.S. President Bill Clinton also shared their thoughts on the late leader’s legacy, “Pramukh Swami didn’t just teach virtues – he lived them every day… His example helped his followers find more harmony – both with others, and within themselves. And we hope that humanity will build upon his legacy for generations to come.”
Pramukh Swami Maharaj lived by his simple but profound message, “In the joy of others lies our own.” This principle served as the core of his spiritual leadership. He had a tremendous capacity to extend his concern and support to those who sought his guidance and refuge. He counseled persons from all parts of the world, of different religions and languages, taking the time to understand their concerns and offering them solutions that would improve their personal and emotional well-being. From addiction, to illness, and even loss, Pramukh Swami Maharaj would guide, console and pray for their well-being.
Pramukh Swami led the organization for 45 years, expanding BAPS throughout the world. His legacy of over 1,100 mandirs is matched only by his extensive humanitarian work. Devotees, say they will continue living his life’s message under the guidance and leadership of Mahant Swami Maharaj ,the sixth spiritual successor of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.