Anand, November 27, 2017.
More than 200,000 devotees participated in the 97th birthday celebration of Brahmswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Anand.
Devotees from India and from the USA, the UK, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and the Middle East nations attnded.
Hailing the event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, ‘I join the lakhs of devotees from across the world and bow to HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj on his Jayanti. He was a remarkable soul whose exemplary service and humanitarian efforts positively impacted countless lives.’ ‘My relation with HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj was a special one. The time I spent with him was memorable. I am fortunate to have been blessed by him. Here is what I had spoken about him in Sarangpur last year.’
The three-hour programme comprised devotional songs, traditional dances, video presentations and speeches by senior sadhus.
The central theme of this year’s celebration was ‘Guruji- Nahi Bhulu Tamne’ (‘Guruji – I Will Never Foget You’) – Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s transcendental virtues and the transformational experiences of sadhus, devotees and well-wishers over the years.
Around 30 sadhus and 200 volunteers helped to build the 180 feet long, 100 feet wide and 60 feet high, stage and backgrounds. The hosts installed 14 LED screens for the event.
More than 15, 000 male and female BAPS volunteers served in 34 departments in this festivity.
Maharaj’s life. Pramukh Swami Maharaj tirelessly travelled to fulfill devotees’ wishes, he said.
Other senior sadguru sadhus of BAPS, P. Kothari Swami, P. Tyagvallabh Swami, P. Ishwarcharan Swami also shared divine inspirations from the life and work of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Many dignitaries also recollected their own personal memories with Pramukh Swami Maharaj and explained how such experiences have bettered their lives.
Nazim Al Kudsi, a businessman from UAE, who has served as the CEO of Invest Abu Dhabi and managed sovereign fund of Abu Dhabi as well. His grandfather served as the Prime Minister and later President of Syria.
A few years ago, he met Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Ahmedabad and by his own account, his life changed thereafter. He reminisced his transformational spiritual experiences with Pramukh Swami Maharaj. He said that how he saw Pramukh Swami Maharaj as a vast spiritual reservoir.
Doctor Swami, one of the senior sadguru sadhus of BAPS exclaimed that imbibing Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s divine virtues in one’s life and molding one’s self according to his wishes would be the best tribute to him.
In his blessings, HH Mahant Swami Maharaj stated to make one’s life spiritually centric. He propounded importance of spiritual understanding and awareness in every small act. He told that every act of offering devotion should be driven by singular aim of pleasing God and Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
The celebration culminated with an impressive sight of 200,000 lit lamps performing arti. The spiritually uplifting evening concluded with a colourful celebratory dance.
All felt the joy of reviving the old memories of Pramukh Swami Maharaj and a feeling that he is still with us today through Mahant Swami Maharaj. The celebrations were enjoyed by countless devotees gathered in Anand and also through live telecast and live webcast.