BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir The BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir is a spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through indivi Read more [...]
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir possesses a rich history. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was established by Bhagwan Swaminarayan over 200 years ago in Gujarat and later formalized by His third spiritual successor Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj in the small town of Bochasan, Gujarat. After over 100 years of growth, the organization has 3,850 centers, 55,000 volunteers, and over 1 million followers around the world.
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir strives to better society through individual development by instilling values, promoting spirituality, cultivating skills, and nurturing growth. We aim to preserve Indian culture and the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service in diverse communities around the world. We envision a society whose joy lies in the joy of others.
Based on the teachings of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and under the leadership of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir promotes harmony amongst individuals, families, and diverse communities. Understanding that the synergy created from development at the individual level leads to greater societal growth, the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir provides for the spiritual, cultural, physical, and emotional needs of people from all walks of life.
With over 880 sadhus and 55,000 volunteers, the organization helps 3,850 communities around the world through its various humanitarian services and grassroots initiatives.
Through these efforts, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir sustains the universal value of Hindu culture—encouraging devotion to God by imbibing such faith in all aspects of life.
The sound philosophical base of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir and particularly the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, is grounded in the Aksharbrahma-Parabrahma philosophy derived from the Vedas and revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan. This philosophy teaches aspirants to worship Paramatma and to realize their true form to be the atma and not simply the body. The attainment of ekantik dharma is at the heart of the practical application of this philosophy in the life of a spiritual aspirant. Bhagwan Swaminarayan taught His followers that the path to moksha, or liberation, is a comprehensive approach combining dharma, bhakti, gnan, and vairagya. This philosophical understanding is maintained with the continued presence of Aksharbrahma in the form of the gunatit guru. Today, Pramukh Swami Maharaj offers spiritual guidance on the path to becoming brahmarup to millions of people by leading a life of utmost discipline and adherence to the the Aksharbrahma-Parabrahma philosophy.
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