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His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj of BAPS Arrives in North America

Mahant Swami Maharaj with Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami Maharaj

Mahant Swami Maharaj with Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami Maharaj

HOUSTON: The spiritual legacy of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj continues with the arrival of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj in North America on June 22, 2017. Over the next three months, he will visit mandirs and inspire thousands of devotees in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose, New Jersey (Edison and Robbinsville), and Toronto, Canada. His visit will be filled with traditional celebrations, spiritual discourses, various seminars, and special events open to the community.

Since the earthly departure of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Mahant Swami Maharaj now continues the lifework and legacy of Pramukh Swami Maharaj as the sixth and current spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He was born in 1933 in Madhya Pradesh, India. In 1961, at the age of 28, he was ordained as a swami and given the name of Sadhu Keshavjivandas by His Holiness Yogiji Maharaj, then guru and spiritual leader of BAPS. Yogiji Maharaj recognized his leadership abilities and bestowed upon him numerous responsibilities including appointing him as the mahant, or chief priest, of the BAPS mandir in Mumbai, India. Thus, the name ‘Mahant Swami Maharaj.’

Mahant Swami receiving a garland from Pramukh Swami Maharaj

Mahant Swami receiving a garland from Pramukh Swami Maharaj

After Yogiji Maharaj’s earthly departure, Mahant Swami Maharaj dedicated himself totally to Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the fifth Guru of BAPS. Under his guidance, Mahant Swami Maharaj relentlessly traveled to remote areas in India and abroad to inspire moral values and enlighten countless devotees. He was also called upon to be in the forefront during major celebrations and as a trusted advisor regarding critical decisions related to the organization.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj was thoroughly pleased with Mahant Swami Maharaj’s virtues and devotion to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and his gurus as well as his affection to the devotees and care for their well-being. On July 20, 2012, in Ahmedabad, India in the presence of senior swamis of BAPS, Pramukh Swami Maharaj officially appointed Mahant Swami Maharaj as his successor.

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As the current Guru of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Mahant Swami Maharaj has led by exemplifying devotion, humility, and selflessness. He visits with devotees around the world to nurture faith in all individuals, promote family values and unity, and strengthen communities small and large. Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s vision continues to be his driving force behind guiding spiritual activities and organizational efforts as well as pursuing development projects to advance youth programs.

In the past year, he has continued his vicharan, or spiritual travels, throughout the world, and has thus far visited almost every major BAPS mandir in India and Africa. During his visit to the United States and Canada, he will attend numerous special celebrations including the ten-year anniversaries of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandirs in Atlanta, Toronto, and San Jose as well as a Murti Pratishta, a ritual to sanctify the murtis, for abhishekh in Robbinsville, NJ. After his three-month journey, he will continue onwards to the United Kingdom and the Far East regions.

For more details regarding His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj’s North America visit, please visit www.baps.org/msm17na or follow #MahantSwami on social media.

About BAPS
The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a worldwide spiritual and humanitarian organization that is dedicated to community service, peace, and harmony. Motivated by Hindu principles, BAPS strives to care for the world by caring for societies, families, and individuals. Through various spiritual and humanitarian activities, BAPS endeavors to develop better citizens of tomorrow with high esteem for their roots and culture. Its 3,300 international centers support these character-building activities. Under the guidance and leadership of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS aspires to build a community that is free of addictions as well as morally, ethically and spiritually pure. For more details, please visit www.baps.org.

About Mahant Swami Maharaj
His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj is the sixth and current spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He was ordained a swami by Yogiji Maharaj in 1961 and named Sadhu Keshavjivandas. As he was appointed the head (Mahant) of the Mandir in Mumbai, he became known as Mahant Swami. His devout, humble and service-focused life earned him the innermost blessings of Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Mahant Swami Maharaj travels throughout the world inspiring people through his insightful spiritual discourses and disciplined conduct. His virtuous lifestyle and profound devotion to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and gurus are ideals toward which devotees strive. Mahant Swami Maharaj became the guru and President of BAPS upon Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s passing in 2016.

About Pramukh Swami Maharaj
Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the fifth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Under his leadership, BAPS grew into an international spiritual and humanitarian organization with over 3,300 centers worldwide. He dedicated his life to the well-being of others, traveling throughout the world to foster love, peace, harmony, righteousness, faith in God, and service to humanity. With genuine care and compassion, he reached out to all members of society irrespective of class, color, or age. Recognized and respected as one of India’s greatest spiritual teachers, he lived by and promoted the principle: “In the joy of others, lies our own.”

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One Response to His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj of BAPS Arrives in North America

  1. Gangaram PATEL June 30, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Jai Swaminarayan

    How long would you fool people by publishing your sanstha’s resume of this many centers, temples and services? One thing I know from my friend belongs to Bhuj and He told me that BAPS collected lots of money during earthquake in 2001 from foreign countries to build houses for people who lost their homes. They did build homes for them and finance them just like Bank, though they received full payment from donors outside and in India. My question, is this call service or business ? Name of the society built in bhuj is known as Gunatit Nagar. How long you will cheat God ?

    Other so called sanstha has done same thing during earthquake and they were kicked out by District collector since they adptoded towns and done nothing . This came in Newspaper too ( Chinmaya Mission, Swadhyay )
    First of all you are not in lineage of Lord Swaminaryan’s original establishment but break away group around 100 years ago by making fabricated religion teaching of AksharPurshottam ,which has no Vedic bases of this kind of Upsana (worshiping). Please be nice to God whom you believe and stop making fool to people will be a good service to almighty Lord Swaminaryan. Every service you may be doing is OK but as far as I know you are charging to. Have ever shown your copy of the check in the Newspaper to organization . On their name you collecting money(March of Dime,MDS, walkathon etc.). How many students are you keeping free in your Hostel in India ? Can you please tell?

    In religion some so called Gurus get caught and some do not but in eyes of God all wrong doer get caught for sure.

    Lord Swaminaryan has set up two Gaadi namely (1) Shree Laxminarayandev Gaadi, Vadtal and second Gaadi is Shree NarNarayandev at Amdavad, Kalupur. and Both Gaadi has Guru who come from Lord Swaminarayn’s establish parmpara.

    Jai Swaminarayan and Jai Hind

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