Friday, December 18, 2009
INSPIRER: PRAMUKH SWAMI MAHARAJ
Pramukh Swami Maharaj, or Swamishri, is the fifth successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He was born on 7 December 1921 (Magshar sud 8, Samvat 1978) in the small village of Chansad, in Vadodara district. His childhood name was shantilal. Motibhai patel, his father, as a farmer, and his mother’s name was diwaliba. They were pious and staunch disciples of Shastriji Maharaj.
From the beginning there was a divine glow in Shantilal’s eyes. Shantilal used to go for darshan to the swaminarayan mandir in Chansad daily. His Association with Shastriji Maharaj and his sadhus, whenever they came to Chansad, strengthened his affiliation and love for satsang.
When Shantilal was 17 years old he received a letter from Shasrtiji Maharaj instructing him to come and join him by becoming a sadhu. On 22 Novembar 1939, Shastrini Maharaj gave Shantilal The Parshad diksha at Ambli-Vali Pol in Ahmedabad. On 10 January 1940, he was given the ochere robes and initiated into the bhagvati diksha in Goldal. Shastriji Maharaj named him Narayanswarupdas Swami. Within a short time his austerity, renunciation, tolerance, patience, purity and devotion the the guru blossomed and revealed his pure saintliness. He earned Shastriji Maharaj’s divine grace and absolute confidence. In 1950, shastriji Maharaj, With great foresight, appointed the 28-year-old Narayanswaurupdas Swami as the President of the BAPS.
In 1951 Shastriji Maharaj Passed away and Yogiji Maharaj succeeded him.
For the next twenty years Pramukh Swami served under the instruction and blessing of guru Yogini Maharaj. In 1971 Yogiji Maharaj passed away and Pramukh Swami Maharaj succeeded him to sontinue his mission.
Swamishri’s most outstanding quality is his humility. He speaks straight from the heart, with no frills added. He speaks straight from the heart, with no frills added. He claims no proprietorship in all that he has inspired. His mantra is in the good of others lies our own and in the happiness of others abides our own with this ideal. Swamishri works for the good of all.
In his presence one experiences a feeling of warmth and serenity. Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s universal appeal as great spiritual master lies in his austerity, renunciation, dedication and superme devotion to God.
Another unique aspect of his life is his untiring vicharan. Regardless of Physical discomfort he continuously travels for the benefit of society. He teached people to live a life free from addictions and vices, and devoted to spirituality. He receives hundreds of letters asking for guidance and blessing.
Under his guidance and inspiration the BAPS performs many educational, environmental. Medical, social, disaster relief, cultural, moral, and spiritual activites. Pramukh Swami Maharaj is always relased in the various activities he performs. The secret of his happiness and inner peace lies in his supreme devotion to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and his gurus.