With the divine blessings of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree Maharaj, Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan is proud to congratulate Honourable Shri Narendra Modi on his victory as 14th Prime Minister of India. Coincidentally, he has served as the 14th Chief Minister of Gujarat since 2001.
With his constituency in Maninagar, the location of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, headquarters of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Honourable Shri Modiji has visited the Mandir on numerous occasions. Furthermore, Shri Modiji is a former student of Shree Swaminarayan Arts College, University of Gujarat, which is run under the auspices of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. Former College Principal, Shri Kantilal M. Acharya recalls that because both he and Shri Narendra Modiji were members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, they often interacted with one another. Shri Kantilal Acharya says, “Due to the style and force with which Shri Modiji spoke, I remember thinking that this young man had the potential to be a great leader at a National level.”
Shri Narendra Modi as a student of
Shree Swaminarayan Arts College
Under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, the State of Gujarat has developed in a remarkable manner, and a major reason why he has progressed Gujarat in his continued association with honourable Sants and scholars. His honest and fair leadership have led to his popularity in Gujarat and throughout India.
Whenever Shri Narendra Modiji visited Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar, he would recall his early years when he was a student at the college. In 2011, in the presence of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, Shri Modiji said, “I regard it as being my great honour that every now and again, I am able to come here and return to my home. Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa has remained my guide in life, because it is from him that I obtained my culture.” He continued, “Each brick and grain of sand from this sacred place is worthy of reverence, and I had the opportunity to being closely associated with this Gadi since my childhood. Many of the Sants and young disciples may not have had the opportunity of meeting Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, but I am proud to say that I did have that honour on a frequent basis during my youth. I can sense the same divinity in Acharya Swamishree Maharaj as I did in Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa so many years ago.
“I often think that the MBA courses need to teach the life story of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa who was instrumental in creating the worldwide organisation, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, from absolutely nothing. When he first came here, he had to cook his meagre meal in an empty kerosene tin. Now, with the continued work of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, it is flourished around the entire world. This is a real success story of our lifetime.”
During one of the visits, he timed how long it took the skilled Sants to tie the prasanta paag (turban of honour) around his head, “I am amazed that within just 80 seconds, these Sants have created something so splendid and regal. I implore Acharya Swamishree Maharaj to hold a competition amongst the youngsters, so that they can learn and develop such skills and culture of ancient India, which are diminishing from today’s so-called progressive, modern India.”
Honourable Shri Modiji prayed to Acharya Swamishree Maharaj for blessings, that he never disregards the needs of his constituents, and that their welfare remain foremost in his actions; and that he never does anything wrongful, which would cause harm to the people. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj reminded him of the command given by Lord Shree Swaminarayan, which was directed to leaders of society such as him, ‘They must regard each of their subjects as their own children and take care of them accordingly. Morality should be established and maintained throughout their land.’ Acharya Swamishree Maharaj blessed, “If you govern with these ideals, with complete faith in the Lord, it will be God Himself who will be directing your thoughts and actions. Then, merciful Lord will remain with you. Remember that, ‘truth always prospers, but never untruth. God always bestows victory on the side of truth.’ May you continue governing with the Lord’s blessing showering upon you.”
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj explains the significance of his name: Narendra means King, and Mod means happiness. In this respect, Narendra Modi in his capacity as leader of Gujarat, has brought happiness and contentment to the state of Gujarat. We pray to supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj that the same peace, unity, prosperity and morality is spread throughout the entire Nation, under the leadership of Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.