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Groups In The West
Swami Narayan Order
The Swami Narayan order is probably the best
organized Hindu sect, as well as the most modern in its technology
and media resources. At the same time it is probably the best
disciplined and the most ascetic of modern Hindu monastic orders.
I was first invited by the Swami Narayan order to
their Cultural Festival of India in New Jersey in 1991, to speak
before the youth, a role that I would come to take in many different
forums. One of the young monks had read my Arise Arjuna article and
on the pretext invited me. There I had the darshan of Pramukh Swami,
their current head and a great Sadhu. Later I visited their temple
in India at Akshar Dham in Gujarat where I spoke at a conference on
the Role of the Guru. I also visited their beautiful marble temple
in London (Neasdon) during a trip to UK.
Most important was my visit to
their Cultural Festival of India in 1997 in Mumbai, which marked
Pramukh Swamis seventy-fifth birthday, on which occasion I gave a
short talk. The Swami Narayan Order had taken a piece of land in the
slums of Mumbai and turned it into a modern temple and garden
complex showing a futuristic Hinduism with the power to solve all
the worlds problems. Such is the power of real devotion.