An evening programme dedicated to Pramukh Swami Maharaj honoured the creator of BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham on October 6, 2023, in Robbinsville, New Jersey.
The maker of 1,200 temples and the founder of Akshardham in the US, the life philosophy of Pramukh Swami Maharaj ‘Celebrating in the joy of others’ was brought out in the event through memories and stories of inspiration.
This event was observed as a proposal for the inauguration of the grand Akshardham temple in the US city on October 8.BAPS present spiritual head Mahant Swami Maharaj threw light on the life of Pramukh Swami.
The US government bestowed the ‘Key to the city’ award upon BAPS and expressed gratitude for the initiative.Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s life is an example in the power of selfless service and devotion.Many saints shared their experiences with the Pramukh and threw light on his life and his influence in their spiritual journey.
Revered Gyan Vatsal Das Swami said Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the master builder of the temples. He was part of each temple construction from start to end. He was associated with the beneficiaries of the temples so that they are built according to the requirements of the community.
Unbounded affection, humility and selflessness apart from his deep spiritual realisation were some of the powerful qualities of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Vatsal Das Swami said these were steeped in his spiritual connection with god and they are still working as sources of inspiration.
Shrimad Rajchandra Mission spiritual head revered Gurudev Shri Rakesh ji reminisced many memorable moments of the life of Pramukh in which he talked about the construction of temples and how he exemplified love for all.
“What influenced me most was his unflinching character when it came to following the spiritual disciplines. He never compromised with his principles and this influenced me the most,” he added. The guests at the event talked about the global influence of his teachings, his commitment towards serving humanity and his vision for Akshardham.
“It is surprising that this white lotus is blooming in this very garden state. I extend my wishes from the Kingdom of Bahrain. This is a historical moment and this is my duty to be in attendance in the happoinees of all as it is my own happiness,” said deputy envoy of Kingdom of Bahrain in Washington DC Yusuf Ahmed.
Illinois American Congressman Jonathan Jackson said it is a living example of faith. “This is a living example of faith in god. It is faith in the form of work.
“New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew said, “What you have done, I respect that. It is a great honour not just for New Jersey but also for America.”Mahant Swami Maharaj pledged his commitment for lifelong dedication to Pramukh Maharaj. He remembered Pramukh’s tireless efforts, helping the needy at any time. His message was simple but deep, he said.
“‘Celebrating in the joy of others’ is so powerful that it can change the world. Akshardham teaches us to help others selflessly .. to be a good human, to be an ideal devotee of god and keeping heart as pure as Akshardham where god can live forever,” he said.
Akshardham is a template of universal brotherhood which takes man to a place where they get the feeling of peace and inspiration in life. Worldwide volunteers have given their precious time and money for the development of Akshardham.