Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa
Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, the predecessor of the present leader of the Swaminarayan faith, was also the will-manifest (Shreeji-Sankalpamurti) of Lord Swaminarayan.
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Jeevanpran Swamibapa (as He was affectionately known; Jeevanpran meaning - life and soul) led the faith through the so called "modern era". He not only toured all over India, from village to village, town to town, city to city, establishing followers and temples where-ever He presided, but He gave the name of Lord Swaminarayan universal expression by touring and establishing Swaminarayan Temples all over the world, including United Kingdom, USA, Australia and Africa. He traveled far and wide resting very little and enduring much self-sufferance in order to help the people get a better understanding of the eternal peace that rests in God.
Like Lord Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Swamibapa preached by example. He demonstrated the importance of meditation by sitting in uninterrupted meditation for 13 days (in 1943), 12 days (in 1944), 31 days (in 1948) and 61 days (in 1971 - at the age of 64). Such were the ascetics powers of this truly divine saint. He was recognised all over the world for His religious activities. He was made vice-president of All India Sadhu Samaj which is an organisation of Hindu priests from all over the India. He founded and created various institutions such as Swaminarayan colleges, high schools, kindergartens, libraries, clinics, general hospitals, hostels, guest houses and various other social institutions to provide social conditions for those who could not previously afford these services. Thereby He set an example for the service of mankind.
Many enormous festivals were held, expounding the glory of Lord Swaminarayan from the heart of the Swaminarayan faith - the main temple in Maninagar, Ahmedabad in the State of Gujarat. Hundreds of thousands of people assembled there, from all walks of life and , from all over the world. Such festivals were held periodically every four to five years. At the ages of 50, 60, and 70, Jeevanpran Swamibapa was weighed against the weight of gold, platinum and precious stones. These were used for the establishment of numerous socially beneficial establishments. Each festival was celebrated with renewed zeal and enthusiasm by the loving followers of Lord Swaminarayan and Jeevanpran Swamibapa.