Building a better community involves focusing on its building block – the individual. A community is only as strong as its members. Bhagwan Swaminarayan focused on developing and bettering communities by changing the lives of individuals. Joban Pagi, Magniram, and various Kathi Darbars were just a few of the individuals that Bhagwan Swaminarayan transformed to reduce the menace in society, to increase the level of morality in those specific communities. Today, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha recognizes the importance individual development, and places an emphasis on the spiritual, moral and cultural progress of each person.
BAPS mandirs around the world serve to nourish individuals in these aspects. BAPS initiatives for community development primarily focus on individual habits and practices. By giving this kind of personal attention, these programs hope to raise the quality of life for each individual. This brings about an eventual improvement in the entire community.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj encourages individuals to lead a pure and pious life, and inspire others to do the same. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha believes that every single person has the power to make a difference. Every single person is the building block of our community.