‘Faith’, ‘Sect’, Religion’ – are terms always associated with the spiritual journey leading to the Supreme Godhead. Although seemingly different in their practices, all the religions of the world advocate similar principles for a revival of the spirit towards divinity. The Swaminarayan Faith is a remarkable blend of the spiritual essence of Hinduism with universal principles of other religions of the world. The principle of a harmonious existence termed – “Vasudaiv Kutambakam” in Hindu philosophy is akin to “Love thy neighbour as thyself” – as advocated in The Bible. This vision is expressed as “Suhradbhav” (Universal Brotherhood) in the Swaminarayan philosophy.
The Swaminarayan Faith advocates – “Service unto Mankind and Devotion unto God” as the means of attaining the ultimate spiritual liberation. The absolute lack of discrimination between caste, color, creed or sect highlights the universal appeal of this Faith.
Lord Swaminarayan – the founder of this faith – has propagated a code of conduct based on a unique creed of spiritual principles that paves the path of the ultimate spiritual salvation and moulds the spirit towards divinity.
With this in philosophy in mind P.P Hariprasad Swami created Yogi Divine Society (YDS) to uphold the values propagated by Lord Swaminarayan. YDS Toronto is headquartered from Hindu Mandir & Cultural Centre located in Mississauga, Ontario. This local chapter of an international charity is comprised entirely of volunteers looking to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. YDS conducts local and international charitable activities, such as food drives, disaster relief work and mobile health care. In addition to the charity work, YDS Toronto also organizes several youth-oriented activities such as:
- Navratri Garba
- Career Day for high school and university/college students
- Annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament
- Annual volleyball tournament
- Annual cricket tournament
- Professional Networking Events
- And much more
To get more information on our activities please visit us at www.hindu-mandir.net