Pramukh Swami built global faith on Vedic values says Hillary Clinton


New Delhi: Pramukh Swami, spiritual head of the Swaminarayan sect who passed away last week, built a global faith and community founded on Vedic values, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has said. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expressed her sorrow. "Bill and I offer our sincerest condolences to the devotees of his Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj and the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha worldwide.

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“Pramukh Swami didn’t just teach virtues – he lived them every day.  That’s what made him a Guru to millions of devotees around the world. From the Akshardham Mandir in New Jersey to the countless temples that he blessed in the United States, Pramukh Swami built a global faith and community founded on Vedic values.

“Bill was fortunate enough to visit with his Holiness, both here in the United States and at the Akshardham Mandir in Gujarat. In meeting many of his followers, I’ve been touched by his wisdom as well," said Clinton.

“Pramukh Swami’s deep sense of devotion led him to spend his life revitalizing communities in need.  His worship of karma inspired him to promote peace and justice in India, America, and all around the world.  His example helped his followers find more harmony – both with others, and within themselves.  And we hope that humanity will build upon his legacy for generations to come," she said.

“My condolences to the BAPS (Bochasanvasi Akshar Purushottam Sansthan) community on the passing of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj who inspired us with his life of selfless service,” said Senator Mark Kirk.

“Saddened to hear of the passing of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj whose service touched the lives of millions around the world,” said Delaware Senator Christophe Coons.

In a separate statement, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie offered his deepest condolences over his demise.

“New Jersey had a special connection with Pramukh Swamiji, who visited the state during every U.S. tour, spreading a message of unity and uplifting countless lives. He will be remembered by all for his selflessness and service to others,” he said.

Offering heartfelt condolences to Swami’s disciples, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said he reminded people that a life dedicated to service of God and the spiritual upliftment of humanity is a life that can be considered truly successful and forever remembered.

“Pramukh Swami Maharaj was a man of character and commitment,” Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “He led campaigns against addictions, inspiring many to seek an addiction-free life. His spiritual personality and humanitarian services profoundly touched society.”

Congresspersons Grace Meng and Chris Van Hollen said Swami was an inspiration to millions of people around the world and spread peace throughout his long and inspiring life. Swami also consistently emphasized inter-faith harmony and the collective uplifting of the moral and religious life of mankind. His life, devotion and teachings will grace our world for centuries to come, said Pramila Jayapal, who is running for U.S. House of Representative seat from Washington State.

“We cherish Pramukh Swami Maharaj and his devotees in our thoughts and prayers, and we hope that now, more than ever, we can continue to live by the profound principles of love, faith, and service that he represented,” said Congressional candidate from Illinois Raja Krishnamoorthi.

Indian American Ro Khanna, who is looking to enter the U.S. House of Representative from California, said after terrorists attacked Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar, Gujarat — killing numerous visitors and saints in their path – Swami had advocated for love and compassion to prevail, not bigotry or hatred. 

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