By Shukmunidas Swami
BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha
Every human being in the world has eyes, yet everyone is not able to see the same things. Despite breathing the same air on this earth, access to all other essentials and luxurious commodities of the world is based upon an individual’s circumstances. The help that a troubled soul receives in life can often depend on his wealth, social status, and other such differentiating factors of society. It is said that we can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s universal love redefined this concept –his ‘someone’ was everyone…
On May 6, 2010, Pramukh Swami Maharaj was in Amdavad, India. During his meals, a swami gave an update on the water scarcity situation in Gondal, a town in Gujarat and a popular place of pilgrimage for the Swaminarayan Sampraday. The swami said in a worried tone that there were water issues for the Mandir as well, and for that, a solution was being considered.
Swamishri responded immediately, “We must provide a solution for all, not just our mandir. Only then can we have said to have provided a solution.”
Swamishri saw the whole world, and so, it was the whole world that he helped. A glimpse into his life reveals the same indiscriminate compassion that leaders of the world, as well as villagers of tribal areas, have received.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj cared for every living being, and his love reached the inner recesses of every person’s heart. He truly had a heart wherein the whole world lived. His compassion towards all was rooted in the fact that he truly saw God in everyone; therefore, everyone was equal in his eyes. No gender, race, caste, profession, or even religion was superior to another. This is why he genuinely wished well for all. Rather than viewing people superficially based on their backgrounds or appearance, if we too can learn to see the good and God in everyone, we can overcome the barriers that divide us. We too can experience the same joy as Pramukh Swami Maharaj.