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Mahant

This blog is just a personal opinion about the two Human beings whose rise we have seen during the last 6 – 7 months…

One soft spoken, the other considered fire brand speaker…

The first very humble, the second considered arrogant…

The first, a spiritual guide to his disciples and the second, a political quasi religious guide to his….

But both absolutely devoted to their Guru Parampara…

Both have an aura about their personalities and carry it well…

The first I talk about is Mahant Swami Maharaj of the Swaminarayan Saampraday in Gujarat… He took on the mantle after His guru, Pramukh Swami Maharaj attained Akshardham… He has been the Mahant of the Swaminarayan Mandir of Dadar and so derived his title of Mahant Swami… Am extraordinary personality, simple yet astute and commands a great respect…

The second is Yogi Adityanath, disciple of Swami Avaidyanath and the chief priest (Mahant) at the Chief temple of Nath Parampara… He became the Mahant in 2014 after His guru attained Samadhi… Right now, just a day old chief minister of the biggest state of India, Uttar Pradesh… His name commands a great respect but with fear amongst people far and wide in areas around He lives…

The reason to write about these two personalities is to give my readers an idea about inclusiveness of the Vedic Dharma and Vedic way of life…

Both the sampradaays (whether they agree or not) are part of a wider Vedic culture of India… One is from the Bhakti movement era and the other is from the Aghori Sampradaay… No doubt Nath Sampradaay has very deep roots imbibed in our culture and civilisation and we find their followers everywhere in India… Feared the most as well misunderstood the most… Follow the Shivaite tradition… Whereas Swaminarayan has a history of a few hundred years old… More a social movement with a strong inclination for God… Little known to other parts of India other than Gujarat but trying ro slowly spread its wings far and wide… Follow the Vaishnavaite tradition…

Both the sampradaays are Human centric and both are open to differing thoughts (though how much would they accept people of other sampradaays is a big question mark)… The main essence of Vedic Dharma is one can follow any school of thought till the time one is living a life centered around one idea, the thought he or she follows…

Mahantswami freely mingles within his disciples (but the sadhus,including Himself, of the sampradaay keep a distance from women – which i personally dislike most) and carries on the work of his Guru’s and mentors… Similarly Yogi Adityanath too is just carrying on the legacy of His guru, who has given His political legacy to Him… 

Both are Mahants and both are at helm of their lives… But they both differ fundamentally…

One believes Prabhuseva ma Janseva and the other believes Janseva se Prabhuseva… 

Both are right in their own ways and acceptable to the Vedic culture… 

Continued… some other day…

(The views in the above blog are absolutely personal and written with a small understanding about both.)

Author:

Am a teacher by profession. A student of History and international politics. Believe that Bhakti (Devotion) and Humanism can only save Humanity. Revere all creation. My thoughts are influenced by His Holiness Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale

7 thoughts on “Mahant

  1. unique comparison Ameetbhai..

    Loved the way you brought in the commonality of Vedic Dharma.

    However, I was looking for more about Yogi Adityanath.(May be as part two)

    Yes this is the beauty of diverse cultures and philosophies which makes Vedic Dharma adorable and worth living..

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  2. Once again lucidly written. Very nice brief yet meaningful insight about the characters. What I liked the most is the sentence about Jansevaa and Prabhuseva. Also i liked the mention about the distance maintained by Mahant from women. That attitude not only will take them away from masses but also that they would not be able to appreciate the virtues a stree possesses, which are required to be imbibed by any saadhak. All in all a nice article Amit. Keep writing and keep developing expressiveness!!

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