Valentine’s Day is an occasion to celebrate the bond between those who are the beloved to us. The community at Shree Swaminarayan Kingsbury, like sister Mandirs around the world, mark the occasion by celebrating their love for the most beloved of all – Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.
Worldly love and relationships are intrinsically temporary, and ultimately come to an end. The love between the Lord and His disciples, however, is everlasting and eternal; it is the purest form of love. The love between young children and the Lord is superior still, as it is full of innocence, enthusiasm, generosity, and is completely unselfish.
The young students of Swamibapa Gujarati Classes celebrated the first Valentine’s Day at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury with a special show of loving devotion. Through a series of speeches and kirtans, they explained the nature of their love for the Lord. The evening’s set-piece performance was conducted in sign language – showing that such love truly has no boundaries and transcends even the five senses.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj is the spiritual leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. He is the current and fifth heir in the lineage of ascetic Acharyas, which descends directly from Lord Shree Swaminarayan. He is the incumbent Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.