With powerful messages of family, faith and compassion, it’s no wonder that the Far East’s Hindu Spiritual Master, or Swami, Sri Gurudev has developed a following among millions of people from over 170 countries around the world.
Last weekend, Gurudev paid a visit to Queens, where he individually blessed nearly 2,000 of his loyal devotees during a free conference entitled Divya Darshan & Blessings.
The day-long event, which was held at Colden Auditorium in Queens College, combined blessings with life teachings. His teachings ranged from embracing spirituality within the family and being conscious about actions to improving yourself by eliminating greed and anger.
Gurudev also emphasized that while it is imperative to gain education, “when you are on your path in life, whether it’s to be a doctor or businessman, whatever you do, do it with ethics and morals."
Born in Delhi, India, in 1941, Gurudev was born with near-fatal kidney failure. His parents took him to a renowned Indian saint, Yogiraj Devraha Baba, who saved his life and ultimately proclaimed that Gurudev would reach the spiritual pinnacle. He also predicted that Gurudev would heal and serve humanity.
Gurudev has adopted a life that serves humanity on a global scale. He dedicates most of his time to helping masses of people rid themselves of negative influences by learning to change from within.
He has received many international honors and awards including “Personality of Knowledge” at the All World Religion Conference. In addition to his spiritual life, Gurudev picked up several degrees from prestigious universities such as the Indian Institute of Technology. These include an engineering degree, a physics honors degree, a PhD in Astrology, and a masters degree in Sanskrit, Vedas and Literature.
This year’s visit wasn’t the first for the tri-state area. Gurudev visited a performing arts center in New Jersey last year, which also contains a large Hindu community.
Sunday’s event drew people of all faiths and backgrounds. Some famous faces also made an appearance, such as Real Housewives of New York star Dorinda Medley and Madame Paulette CEO John Mahdessian.
Abraham Nassi, who has been living in America for 50 years and previously lived in India for 18 years, supports Gurudev because of his ability to remove negative energy without seeking anything in return. Nassi, a leader in the colored gem stone market with clients such as Harry Winston and Cartier, sponsored Gurudev’s trip.
“I am of Jewish descent, and I’m skeptical of these things, but what I’ve felt and seen in Gurudev is something you cannot put into words, but rather you need to experience it within your heart,” Nassi said. “Gurudev is not interested in talking about religion but about morality, kindness, family and how to live a better life.
“His motto is to learn, earn and return, which basically means to serve humanity because once we accomplish our path in life, we need to give back to society through kind words, deeds and actions,” he added.