December 06, 2019 08:19 PM

Raj Sadosh

Abohar/Mumbai: Having personally met and interacted with BAPS fifth spiritual head Pramukh Swami Maharaj on many occasions, Amit Shah Union Home Minister shared his sentiments at the spectacular 98th Birthday Celebration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj at Nerul, New Mumbai.

He said that Pramukh Swami Maharaj was a great spiritual giant who spread India’s glorious spiritual and cultural heritage through the 1,100 mandirs he built worldwide and by initiating 1,000 youths into the saffron order. His peaceful and inspiring personality touched all. In his presence, one’s worries and burdens got dissolved. He strived for the benefit of all, regardless of gender, race or religion. Today, he lives through his works like Akshardham and the wide spectrum of social services he initiated. Furthermore, we experience his presence through his successor, Mahant Swami Ji Maharaj, who is taking his spiritual legacy forward by his tireless efforts, Shah added.

Mahant Swami Maharaj, present chief of the BAPS said, “Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s credo was, ‘In the joy of others lies our own.’ Swamiji lived these sentiments 24 hours daily. He strived for the good of others and never cared for his own physical body. Pramukh Swami’s humility was monumental! He possessed many other countless virtues, and yet, to be egoless is a great thing. All who came in his contact were touched by his humility. May we live his words and become a receptacle of his virtues.”

The stadium packed with more than 60,000 BAPS devotees, selfless service by over 10,000 BAPS Volunteers in over 35 departments, splendid cultural programme by 2738 Children / Youth. The function was marked with presence of more than 750 Saints from across the globe. Entire stadium was lit up by more than 75,000 Aarti bulbs.

The celebration theme featured the challenges our society faces today and the solutions provided by Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921–2016). Swamiji’s life and Herculean philanthropic works, guided and liberated countless from the vice-grip of addictions and depression, acts of violence and family disharmony, scourge of ego and aggression and also inspired faith as a lasting solution to all these social and personal ills.

The celebration witnessed a maha Aarti performed by 75,000 devotees, well-wishers and invited guests. Among the distinguished guests present were Mukeshbhai Ambani of Reliance Industries, cricket-legend Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar and others.

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