Washington. Aug 21: US Presidential nominee of Democratic Party Hillary Clinton paid rich tributes to Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj of BAPS Swaminarayan Sect recalling his contribution in building global faith on the values enshrined in the Vedas.
“The Pramukh Swami did not just teach virtues – lived with them every day. This made him a Guru (Teacher) to millions of devotees around the world”, Hillary Clinton said condoling the death of the spiritual leader.
The Democratic Presidential nominee added that the Pramukh Swami build a global faith and community based on the Vedic values as he blessed a good number of temples starting from the famous Akshardham temple in New Jeresy, she added.
The Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj left this mortal world last week.
Recalling how fortunate her husband Bill Clinton’s visit to Pramukh Swamiji in the US and in Gujarat, she said she was touched by the wisdom of the spiritual leader in meeting many of his followers.
Noting that Pramukh Swami’s deep sense of devotion led him to spend his life revitalising communities in need, Ms. Clinton said 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,” Ms. Clinton said as top American leaders continued to send their condolence message on death of the Indian spiritual leader.
A U.S. flag honouring the life of Bochasanvasi Akshar Purushottam Sansthan (BAPS) leader was flown on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, said Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol.
According to agency reports, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert said the BAPS leader would be remembered for his selfless nature and humanitarian deeds.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said Pramukh Swami’s unwavering commitment to his faith has undoubtedly served as an inspiration in the Land of Lincoln.
Senator Mark Kirk said the life of Pramukh Swami would be celebrated with the upmost reverence and respect.
“The lives he touched are numerous, and his contributions to culture and humankind will not be forgotten,” he said. The world lost a powerful force for good, said Senator Orrin Hatch.
“Pramukh Swami Maharaj leaves a legacy that we can all aspire to and a thriving BAPS community that will not be the same without him. His selfless services to society, impeccable commitment to the community, and profound devotion to faith earned him the respect and reverence of countless worldwide,” said Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey. “His passing is not only a tremendous loss for the Swaminarayan community, but also for many lives he touched throughout the world,” said Congressman Steny Hoyer.
“While the world recently lost a truly great individual, there is no question in my mind that the positive imprint he left on the world continues to live and will continue to be felt for many years into the future,” said Congressman Rob Woodall, who had requested for flying a U.S. flat at the Capitol Hill in honour of the BAPS leader.
“Pramukh Swamiji will forever be remembered for his dedication to service, his compassion, his leadership, and his commitment to building a better world for future generations,” said Congressman Joe Crowley.