» Our Tribute to His Holiness Guruhari Shri Pramukh Swami Maharaj
Innumerable aspirants have experienced peace and the bliss of God in his presence. Many aspirants have reached the highest spiritual state, and today, many others continue to tread this path. – BAPS.ORG
Pramukh Swami Maharaj, peaceful, humble, simple and spiritual personality, is a rare soul who always lived for others and at the same time remained a divine devotee ever absorbed in God.
The fifth spiritual successor in Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s succession was born on December 7, 1921 in the village of Chansad located near Vadodara, Gujarat. His childhood name was Shantilal. True to the essence of name, peace was the introduction to his personality. Right from the tender age, his inclination was to perform spiritual austerities in the Himalayas. However, during his adolescent years, he was attracted to the teaching of Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj, Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s third spiritual successor. After completion of his school years at the age of 18, he renounced the world with all its desires and entanglements. He was renamed Narayanswarupdas Swami by Shastriji Maharaj in 1940. His striking humility, noble services, saintliness and selfless desire to help others won the hearts and minds of millions. In 1950, Shastriji Maharaj appointed him the president of BAPS. He affectionately became ‘Pramukh Swami’ from then on.
When Shastriji Maharaj passed away in 1951, Pramukh Swami served under the guidance and blessings of Yogiji Maharaj. When Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj perished in 1971, he became the spiritual successor. His teachings continued to be an inspiration to countless people, guiding them to lead a spiritual life. “In the joy of others lies our own…” This maxim by Pramukh Swami Maharaj is not only an inspiring call for all humanity, but also reflecting the spirit of his humanitarian services to society. Out of his compassion for humanity, he tirelessly visited over 17,000 places such as villages, towns and cities. In addition to the renowned Swaminarayan Akshardham complexes in New Delhi and Gandhinagar, he gifted the world with over 1,100 temples. These temples and cultural complexes have become hallmarks in preserving culture and performing social services. Remaining aloof from caste or creed, his borderless love has touched the lives of many, whether young or old, literate or illiterate, and rich or poor. His selfless work has been applauded by revered spiritual luminaries, national leaders and other dignitaries.