Modi bids emotional adieu to Pramukh Swami, says he’s lost a father figure

Fighting back tears Modi began his speech saying, “Many among you might have lost a guru, but I have lost father.”

Written by Parimal A Dabhi | Sarangpur | Updated: August 16, 2016 4:46 am
Sarangpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tributes to the mortal remains of Swaminarayan sect's spiritual head Pramukh Swami at a temple in Sarangpur on Monday. PTI Photo (PTI8_15_2016_000424A) *** Local Caption *** Sarangpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tributes to the mortal remains of Swaminarayan sect’s spiritual head Pramukh Swami at a temple in Sarangpur on Monday. (Source: PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid an emotional homage to spiritual guru and head of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Santha (BAPS) of Swaminarayan sect, Pramukh Swami who died at the sect’s temple here Saturday. Modi, who had flown directly from Delhi after addressing the country from Red Fort on the occasion of Independence Day, said about Pramukh Swami: “Many have lost a guru but I have lost a father”. He added that their relationship went back to the days when he was a mere worker.

Modi had spent nearly an hour at Sarangpur where Pramukh Swami’s body has been kept in a specially designed air conditioned glass chamber for devotees to pay last tributes and addressed the gathering of BAPS saints right in front of the body of Pramukh Swami. Fighting back tears Modi began his speech saying, “Many among you might have lost a guru, but I have lost father.”

The prime minister added that “Pramukh Swami has institutionalized the world of Saints…He made efforts to bring reforms to the world of saints.” Modi said that Pramukh Swami used to call him to take lessons of BAPS saints on certain subjects. “I used to think, if what do such subjects have to do with saints. But, he used to insist for its need for saints,” he said.

Sarangpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tributes to the mortal remains of Swaminarayan sect's spiritual head Pramukh Swami at a temple in Sarangpur on Monday. PTI Photo (PTI8_15_2016_000368A) *** Local Caption *** Fighting back tears Modi began his speech saying, “Many among you might have lost a guru, but I have lost father.” (Source: PTI)

“Many of you will be surprised to know that Pramukh Swami used to ask for videos of my various tours and speeches,” Modi said. “But 2-3 days later, I would get a call from him (with an advice) that I should not have spoken a particular word…’You have a lot to do and you are committing such a mistake’,” Modi said,  quoting Pramukh Swami. “Such instances happened dozens of times,” he added.

Explaining the intimate relationship he shared with Pramukh Swami, Modi mentioned another incident when the foundation stone for the Akshardham Temple of Delhi was to be laid. Modi added that following Pramukh Swami’s insistence, he had remained present in the ritual. Modi said at that time, Pramukh Swami sent one of his saints to him with some money to be offered during the ritual ‘with a confidence that I would not have anything in my pocket.’

Sarangpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks after paying tributes to the mortal remains of Swaminarayan sect's spiritual head Pramukh Swami at a temple in Sarangpur on Monday. PTI Photo (PTI8_15_2016_00251B) Sarangpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks after paying tributes to the mortal remains of Swaminarayan sect’s spiritual head Pramukh Swami at a temple in Sarangpur on Monday. (Source: PTI)

“He knew that I would actually not have anything in my pocket. Such was the intimacy,” Modi said, looking emotional for the third time during his 20-odd minutes long speech. He also narrated an instance from 1992 when he was part of a group of BJP leaders who had gone to unfurl Tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar of Jammu & Kashmir, despite threats from militants. Modi recalled how he received two calls asking for his well being well before reaching Srinagar airport. “First call was from Pramukh Swami and second was from my mother,” he said.

Modi was joined by many BJP leaders, including newly appointed Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Gujarat BJP president, Jitu Waghani.
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal is also scheduled to visit Sarangpur on Tuesday to pay his last tributes to Pramukh Swami, whose final rites are to be held on Wednesday. Lakhs of devotees are thronging the Sarangpur temple to pay their last tributes to Pramukh Swami. As per an estimation of BAPS saints, more than five lakh devotees have already visited the temple till Monday after Pramukh Swami’s death.

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  1. R
    Republic.of.Kerala
    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:50 pm
    How many father figures, Modi?
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      MyTake
      Aug 15, 2016 at 8:41 pm
      (“Many of you will be surprised to know that Pramukh Swami used to ask for videos of my various tours and speeches,” Modi said. “But 2-3 days later, I would get a call from him (with an advice) that I should not have spoken a particular word…’You have a lot to do and you are committing such a mistake’,” Modi said, quoting Pramukh Swami. “Such instances happened dozens of times,” he added.)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Working of real well wisher. lt;br/gt;No wonder where PM Modi gets his real strength from and why people love and respect him so much.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There is no doubt his spiritual father will live in him and he will live in the heart of the people. This is the seength no one can break!
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        MyTake
        Aug 15, 2016 at 8:49 pm
        Arc, such devotional exchange is not for every one! It requires certain level of upliftment in consciousness! This is not meant to heart you but without telling it in clear terms there is no way you can understand the underlying reason! Hope that makes sense to you in some time In future, if not now! You should have refrained from making undignified comments that would have helped you not to burden yourself with more unnecessary poison in your mind!
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          MyTake
          Aug 15, 2016 at 8:33 pm
          People's heart felt blessing will be with PM Modi as that of his spiritual father's.
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            yogesh
            Aug 16, 2016 at 9:38 am
            Just visit www.baps then reply me
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              ASHOK KUMAR
              Aug 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm
              Modiji has lost father figure. Our condolences . Sir, But also follow the path shown by them . it seems to be an insult to such father figures, when you facilitated Vijay Mallaya to run away from the country under the protection and patronage of CBI,IB,ED etc. with 10000 crores of public debt to his name ,while poor people are looking for food in street dustbins and at Railway platforms. You are also not disclosing the names of those who distributed 3500 crores of bribe among themselves out of Augustaland Chopper scam. You are also not interested to bring bring political funding under RTI. You seems to be a fake disciple of Saints and Mahapurushs.
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                James
                Aug 16, 2016 at 10:41 am
                Your mother was the same, but what can you do?
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                Mail Me
                Aug 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm
                The poison in your communal mind has destro you completely. This is problem with your religion which you are so ashamed of that you write under weird names but you cannot hide stench.
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