HIS HOLINESS PRAMUKH SWAMI MAHARAJ: HE ALWAYS PRACTICED WHAT HE PREACHED!
Words: Tushar Desai
“In the joy of others lies our own,
In the progress of others rests our own,
In the good of others, abides our own,
Know this to be the key to peace and happiness.
– Pramukh Swami Maharaj
His Holiness the late Pramukh Swami Maharaj impeccably synthesized the ancient spiritual and philosophical values of Hindusim and India with a contemporary focus and relevance on a statistically staggering global scale.
Born into an impoverished but devout Patel family on December 07, 1921, an energetic and bright young child named Shantilal who loved cricket and swimming, unhesitatingly transited into a life of celibacy, non-attachment, non-selfishness, spiritual realization and humanitarianism at the tender age of 18.
Such were his values, dedication, administrative and executive abilities that, still a raw 28 years of age, he was appointed as the “Pramukh” of his sect. Ever since then he has been, and continues to be lovingly and respectfully addressed as “Pramukh Swami”. Turning 50, he became the spiritual head of the BAPS (Bochasanvasi Akshar Purshottam Sangathan) and over the next 45 years, the world witnessed the Techno-Spiritual presentation of enduring Hindu and Indian values and percepts on undeniably magnificent, global scale.
“Swamiji had a very healthy heart. He was suffering from old age related ailments but he never complained.
It was only during health check ups that he would share them with me when I enquired.”
– Dr Tejas Patel
Apex Heart Institute – Heart Hospital In India
In his mortal lifetime, His Holiness Pramukh Swami consecrated over 1,100 Hindu Temples all over the world. The first overseas Temple was consecrated in New York in 1974 and today, North America alone now has 6 Shikharbadda Temples and 70 Hari Temples consecrated by His Holiness. The world’s largest Hindu Temple outside India, at Neasden, London, as well as the world’s largest Hindu Temple, the Akshardham Temple at New Delhi, bear tribute to the sheer scale of His Holiness’s Vision, Planning and Execution.
His Holiness led and inspired many Disaster Relief Services, with his followers continuing to shower their generosity for those less fortunate, setting up numerous Hospitals, Schools and Residences. His Holiness set a personal example of selflessness and humility by carrying out varied menial jobs related to community service, including sweeping and cleaning premises, washing utensils and so on, rather than resting on the adulation, love and respect that he received from millions of followers and devotees.
Tushar enjoys watching the grass grow and leaning against the wall to keep it from keeling over. His Soul resonates to the Cosmic timescale of Zillions of Light Years and is baffled by those who are tuned into microseconds of existence. He may one day finally, get around to replying to email addressed to