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 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 Sanstha 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 Sanstha 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 Swaminarayan Sanstha sustains the universal value of Hindu culture—encouraging devotion to God by imbibing such faith in all aspects of life.
The core philosophical principles, disciplines, and practices which identify the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and its followers are rooted in ancient Hindu scripture, the Vedas. This solid foundation resonates with millions of people around the world:
We are the atma and are not this body. This atmagnan is essential for a spiritual aspirant to reach Paramatma.
Spiritual aspirants should not consume addictive substances nor should they eat onion, garlic, and other tamasic foods. A vegetarian diet (no meat, no eggs, no poultry, and no seafood) should be followed. One should not steal. One should not commit adultery.
Bhagwan Swaminarayan is always present on Earth through the gunatit guru.
Selflessly serving God, the gunatit guru, and the community is the only way to rid one’s self of base desires and faults.
One can only attain moksha by pleasing the gunatit guru and eradicating inner vices (anger, lust, greed, envy, and attachment) by imbibing ekantik dharma.
The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha possesses a rich history. The Swaminarayan Sampraday 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.
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