9/1/2011 12:00:00 AM
1 September, Thursday, Mumbai
Whenever Swamishri is praised for any of his works he always gives the credit to his gurus Yogiji Maharaj and Shastriji Maharaj. He gives total recognition for the creation of Akshardham in New Delhi and Gandhinagar to Yogiji Maharaj. He says that it was Yogiji Maharaj’s wish and dream, and they were accomplished by his grace.
With reference to the Shilanyas ritual for Akshardham in New Jersey, Brahmavihari Swami told Swamishri, “It is your guru bhakti that you attribute all the works you accomplish to the wish and grace of Yogiji Maharaj. But the Akshardham project
for America is your own wish and dream. It cannot be counted as Yogi Bapa’s dream.”
Swamishri smiled and countered, “How can it not be so! Have you seen Yogi Bapa in prayer and dhun. I have seen him. Ishwar Swami has seen him, haven’t you?”
Ishwar Swami replied in affirmation.
Swamishri continued, “Yogi Bapa daily wished and prayed that may sadhus and mandirs increase. Thus all the new [BAPS] mandirs that have been built in India and abroad can be said to be the result of Yogi Bapa’s wish and prayer. His prayer ‘May mandirs increase’ includes all our mandirs today and also the ones in future.”
Ishwarcharan Swami explained, “All three [gurus] are one. Whether it is Shastriji Maharaj who wishes, Yogi Bapa who wishes and Swami Bapa who wishes – all are one.”
Swamishri corroborated further, “That is true but my argument is also correct.”
The foundations of Swamishri’s guru bhakti and humility are profound, and he counts all works or achievements as the result of the wishes and blessings of his gurus.