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Swami Brahmavihari Das Teachings

Swami Brahmavihari Das is associated with the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a socio-spiritual Hindu organization with its roots in the Vedas and revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830).

In a world full of manipulation, selfishness, distrust and unrest, relationship between human beings and nations seems to be held by a very thin cord. Immature and restless behavior could snap it easily. Any relationship can be built and strengthened on the four principles of 'Give, Forgive, Believe and Live'. Selflessness is the key to eternal relationships, which could be termed as a spiritual realization of sublime peak.

A single act of selflessness can turn hell into heaven. The habit of giving rather than asking is the tool for an enduring relationship.

Look at Dr Abdul Kalam's relationship with the whole nation. Look at the relationship between Lord Krishna and Arjuna – the supreme definition of relationship. When you don't manipulate a relationship, it flourishes on sacred offering of your inner consciousness, which is never easy to attain.

You have to connect in a relationship. The first ever mobile phone was useless because there was no other phone to connect with. Our Upanishads too say, "When we see divinity in everything, we connect". Swamiji added, "People wonder why some celebrities commit suicide despite having millions of fans. I say, it is not important how many people love you. What is more important is how many people you love." The biggest element to build a strong relationship is trust. Relationships are built in the small moments of life.

Swami Brahmavihari Das
(Source: Excerpts from a speech at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) reported in the Times of India on 10th September, 2009)