A divine friendship between two orders--BAPS Swaminarayan Fellowship of over 1,000 sadhus and the small Nandinatha Sampradaya--was celebrated during an event with thousands of devotees in attendance. When the BAPS monks heard that Hinduism Today's editor, Paramacharaya Sadasivanathaswami, was coming to New York, they reached out to share that the timing was amazing. Satguru Mahant Swami Maharaj, successors to Pramukh Swami Maharaj, was completing three months in America and they hoped Paramacharya could honor Mahant Swami on the stage on his final night when he was to say farewell and return to India.
The night was also special in that a major scriptural text was being released, and the author, Swami Bhadreshdas, has been working with Paramacharya on projects for about two years. Bhadreshdas has also visited Kauai Aadheenam when he presented an earlier 11-volume work to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
It was a true confluence of the highest nature. This humble slideshow portrays only a fraction of the astounding love and bhakti that the BAPS Fellowship brings wherever they go. The sheer number of monks and sincere devotees in one place is intoxicating. Our hope is that you get a sense of the detail and perfection that this order puts into their temples, their gatherings and their teachings. Jai Swaminarayan! Jai Kailasa Parampara! May we keep this bond for yugas to come.
Dharma is religious patterns which when followed promote the wellbeing of the individual, the family and society. Patterns so that the soul matures and gets closer to God, closer to realizing the Divinity within. Dharma is: "The orderly fulfillment of an inherent nature or destiny," working on instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Destiny is fixed: Realization. Personal dharma, "your own perfect pattern in life", is different for the sannyasin and the householder.