Many ask, "How can you mix spirituality and social service?" We ask, "How can you separate the two?" Those who wish to sincerely serve society must be spiritually pure and only those who are spiritually pure can sincerely serve society!
BAPS South Africa is affiliated to the international Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). BAPS is a spiritual and humanitarian Hindu organization with its roots in the Vedas. It was revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the late 18th century and formally established in 1907 by Shastriji Maharaj. Today, Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj is the leader and spiritual guide of the organisation.  BAPS strives to care for the world by caring for societies, families and individuals. This is done by individual attention, through elevating projects for all. Its universal work through a worldwide network of centers has received national and international recognition including affiliation with the United Nations' EcoSoC.
The organisationís beginnings in South Africa go back to 1957, when Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj; a spiritual luminary of BAPS; came to Beitbridge on the border of South Africa and Zimbabwe, and blessed the few devotees present to continue satsang activities despite trying times in the country. These blessings sowed the seeds of satsang in the country. As decades went by, the untiring efforts of Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj nourished the small fellowship. These efforts bore fruit in 1991, when the first Swaminarayan Mandir in Southern Africa was opened in Mayfair-West, a suburb of Johannesburg. Consequently, a host of other Mandirs and satsang centers developed throughout the country as the following grew from strength to strength. Today there are 6 Mandirs (Mayfair-West, Lenasia, Durban, Pretoria, Tzaneen and Gaborone) and several other satsang centers around Southern Africa.
Hand in hand with its spiritual and cultural activities, BAPS is involved in various humanitarian projects. Be it the Childrenís fun day, annual winter warmer drive, or the periodic blood donation camps. Be it poor feeding or contributing towards child development and education; the children, youth and elders of the organisation contribute towards the social wellbeing of all South Africans.

         

Lord Swaminarayan

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