The influence of Swaminarayan Sampradaya (sect) founder Sahajanand Swami extends beyond Indians. Over the years, many people in Africa have accepted it.
One such person is Moses Mwaura, who at the age of 20 switched from Christianity to Hinduism. He is now 27 years old. He now firmly adheres to the Swaminarayan sect. Moses, who is from Nairobi, Kenya, serves the pilgrims and guests at Pramukh Swami Maharaj Nagar (PSM Nagar). Moses didn’t have a passport until a few months ago, when he travelled to India for the first time and arrived in Ahmedabad on January 3.
Talking about his journey, he said, “It wouldn’t have been possible without blessings of Bapa (Pramukh Swami Maharaj), Mahant Swami Maharaj and the Lord (Sahajanand Swami). I feel fortunate to have got the opportunity to be part of the PSM100 festival. I didn’t have money to buy a flight ticket or passport, which usually takes two months to get in my country. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to visit Ahmedabad.”
In 2015, Moses was first made aware of BAPS by a friend from Africa. He made the decision to become a Hindu since it brought him comfort. In December 2015, Brahmavihari Swami visited Kakuru in Nairobi and initiated Moses into the group. Later, in 2017 and 2019, he had the opportunity to meet Mahant Swami Maharaj. He travelled to Ahmedabad to participate in “Africa Day” festivities as well as to provide service.
When asked about the language barrier, Moses said, “The language of faith, peace and love is universal. For practical purposes, I am trying to learn Gujarati and follow the Satsang which is held in English.”