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His Holiness the late Pramukh Swami visiting Nairobi | Coastweek

The passing away of His Holiness Pramukh Swami, the head of Swaminarayan global organization, on 13 August 2016 at the age of 95 brought back memories of his visit to Premneed, a former Osho Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Welcomed and hosted by Swami Anand Kul Bhushan, His Holiness appreciated Osho’s spiritual guidance and paid Osho a sincere tribute when he wrote in Gujararti in the guest book. PHOTOS COURTESY - KUL BHUSHAN

 

An inestimable religious legacy from His Holiness Pramukh Swami

NEW DELHI India -- The passing away of His Holiness Pramukh Swami, the head of Swaminarayan global organization, on 13 August 2016 at the age of 95 brought back memories of his visit to Premneed, a former Osho Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.
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Full of admiration and veneration for Osho, he spent time in the meditation room to pay homage to the Lotus Feet of Osho and lighted a lamp before meditating with his selected disciples.

Welcomed and hosted by Swami Anand Kul Bhushan, His Holiness appreciated Osho’s spiritual guidance and paid Osho a sincere tribute when he wrote in Gujararti in the guest book.

His unstinted admiration for Osho and peaceful presence will always precious blessing.

The ladies at the centre were requested to leave the premises since His Holiness Pramukh Swami never looked at a woman.

So they stayed in the back garden until he left.

 

His Holiness the late Pramukh Swami | Coastweek

His Holiness the late Pramukh Swami, the head of Swaminarayan global organization. PHOTO COURTESY - SWAMINARAYAN ORGANIZATION

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For more than 70 years, he travelled round the globe visiting 17,000 towns and villages to establish 1,100 mandirs and 3,850 centers.

Magnificent Swaminarayan temples are in New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Nairobi, London, Atlanta, New Jersey among other cities in five continents.

Prime Minister Narendera Modi flew down to Gujarat soon after his Independence Day address from Red Fort New Delhi to pay his tribute to Pramukh Swami.

With tears flowing down his eyes, he was so overcome with emotion that he could not speak for many moments and all TV channels showed this footage of an emotional Prime Minister who later said that more than a guru, Pramukh Swami was like a father to him.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj (born Shantilal Patel; ordained Shastri Narayanswarupdas; 7 December 1921 – 13 August 2016) was an Indian guru and Pramukh, or president, of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, an international Hindu socio-spiritual organization.

BAPS regards him as the fifth spiritual successor of Swaminarayan, following Gunatitanand Swami, Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj, and Yogiji Maharaj.

He was believed by his followers to be in constant communion with Swaminarayan, and ontologically, the manifestation of Akshar, the eternal abode of Swaminarayan.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj received initiation as a Hindu Swami in 1940 from Shastriji Maharaj, the founder of BAPS, who later appointed him as President of BAPS in 1950.

Yogiji Maharaj declared Pramukh Swami Maharaj to be his spiritual successor and guru of BAPS, a role he commenced in 1971.

As president of BAPS, Pramukh Swami Maharaj had overseen the growth of BAPS from an organization centered in Gujarat, India, to one spread around the world, maintaining many Hindu Mandirs and centers outside of India.
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He built more than 1,100 Hindu temples, including the Swaminarayan Akshardham temples in New Delhi and Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

He had also spearheaded the efforts of BAPS Charities, which is the charitable service organization affiliated with BAPS.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj is succeeded as the guru and President of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha by Mahant Swami Maharaj.

 
 

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