Celebrating Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s vision for Akshardham in USA

Robbinsville, NJ: The BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham stands as a beacon of hope, faith, and unity, drawing countless souls towards a path of devotion and righteousness. Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s vision for Akshardham in the USA is a testament to his profound spiritual foresight and dedication. From an inner wish to a stunning reality, an evening program dedicated to Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s life-long motto themed “Celebrating In the Joy of Others” honored the creator of BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham on October 6, 2023, in Robbinsville, New Jersey. This heartfelt gathering took place as a prelude to the grand inauguration of Akshardham on October 8, 2023. His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, the present spiritual leader of BAPS, offered personal reflections on the life of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. 

Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s life was a testament to the transformative power of selfless service and devotion. Many Swamis fondly recalled their experiences with Pramukh Swami Maharaj, highlighting the profound impact he had on their lives and spiritual journeys. 

Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshji, Spiritual Head of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission, addressing the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in Robbinsville, New Jersey

During his speech, Pujya Gnanvatsaldas Swami said, “Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the master builder of mandirs not because he came for the inauguration of the mandirs, but because he was involved with the process from beginning to end. Not only for the construction but he was involved in the lives of those who would benefit from the mandirs and built them according to the needs of the community.” 

The heartfelt recollections underscored Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s divine qualities, including his boundless affection, humility, and selflessness. These qualities were deeply rooted in his spiritual connection with the Divine, and they continue to serve as a source of inspiration today. 

Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshji, Spiritual Head of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission, recalling several moments over the course of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s life in which he exemplified his love for all, by forming mandirs and sadhus, and transforming the hearts of countless people. He continued, “What touched me most was his firmness in following spiritual disciplines. He never compromised his values and that is something that has touched me the most.”  

US Congressman Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey presented a proclamation for both Akshardham as well as Mahant Swami Maharaj at Pramukh Swami Maharaj Day during the grand dedication ceremony of BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in Robbinsville, New Jersey

During the program, esteemed guests shared their sentiments, reflecting on the global impact of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s teachings, his commitment to serving humanity, and his vision for Akshardham. 

His Excellency Yousif Ahmed, Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Washington, DC, remarked on BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham, saying, “I have to say it is quite stunning that this beautiful white lotus has bloomed right here in the Garden State. I bring greetings from the Kingdom of Bahrain. This is a historic occasion, and it is my duty to be present here to celebrate the joy of others like it’s the joy of my own.”  

“[Akshardham] is faith made tangible, it is faith made touchable, it is truly faith in action. This temple, this faith of yours, is alive, thriving, and well,” declared Jonathan Jackson, U.S. Congressman from Illinois, in his address to the assembly. 

U.S. Congressman Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who presented a proclamation for both Akshardham as well as Mahant Swami Maharaj, said during this speech, “I honor what you have done here. It is a tremendous honor, not just an honor for the State of New Jersey, but for the United States of America.” 

Yousif Ahmed, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain receiving blessing from His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj at BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in Robbinsville, New Jersey

Mahant Swami Maharaj eloquently conveyed Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s unwavering commitment to a lifelong pledge of service. He emphasized Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s unique ability to work tirelessly behind the scenes, offering support to those in need while remaining accessible to all. 

“Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s message was simple, yet profound. ‘In the joy of others, lies our own.’ Such a simple phrase, yet so powerful that it could change the world,” said Mahant Swami Maharaj giving blessings to the audience.  He later continues, “Akshardham teaches us to serve and help others selflessly. To be good humans, to be ideal devotees of God, and to have hearts as pure as Akshardham where God can reside forever.” 

Akshardham is the realization of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s enduring vision: to provide a place of peace and inspiration to all who visit. Volunteers from around the world dedicated their time and effort to help with the making of Akshardham, paying homage to his dream. Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s legacy lives on through Akshardham, a testament to the timeless values of love, faith, and selfless service. 

  

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