Friday, December 18, 2009
BOCHASANAWASI SHRI AKSHAR PURUSHOTTAM SWAMINARAYAN SANSTHA (BAPS).
Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781 - 1830) founded the Swaminarayan Sampraday and revealed the Vedic Akshar-Purushottam Philosophy. He inspired morality and spirituality among people from all strata of society. He was succeeded by Akshardham Gunatitanand Swami.
Shastriji Maharaj (1865-1951), Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s third spiritual Swaminarayan’s teachings. Today, pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-) is the fifth and present successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the embodiment of the universal Hindu ideals. Under his guidance and inspiration, the BAPS ha grown into a global network of 3,300 Satsang centres conduction 12,600 weekly assemblies for children, youths and seniors. It is and NGO in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The energies of the BAPS volunteer crops of 55,000 youths and over 800 sadhus are channelized towards environmental, educational, medical, disaster relief, moral, social, cultural and spiritual activites. Its world renowned cultural and spiritual complexes like Akshardham in New Delhi and Gandhinagar, and traditional mandirs in London, Nairobi, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and Toronto are some of Its epoch-making contributions to society.