Yogiji Maharaj pointed to Pramukh Swami Maharaj as the fifth guru in line after Shreeji Maharaj.
For six years, Sadhu Narayanswarupdas toured with Shastriji Maharaj and studied Sanskrit and the scriptures. In 1946, Shastriji Maharaj gave 25 year old Sadhu Narayanswarupdas the important responsibility of Kothari or head of the Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Mandir in Sarangpur.
Guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj
Under his leadership and guidance, Satsang has grown to over 1 million followers spread across 6 continents. Pramukh Swami Maharaj has made BAPS into one of the world's most admired international Hindu organizations. He has built over 500 mandirs around the world. For this the Guinness Book of World Records has given him two awards: one for building the most number of mandirs and one for the largest Hindu Mandir outside of India, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London. He is the inspirer of the famous Akshardham Cultural Complex in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, which has won many international awards. Hundreds of world-famous people like President Bill Clinton and Prince Charles have been honored to meet him. He has been showered with thousands of awards like keys to cities, Parliament recognitions and humanitarian honors.
How did little Shantilal, from the tiny village of Chansad, achieve so much?
First of all he does not consider these to be his true achievements . And second, he doesn't consider the achievements to be his at all. If you ask him, all that he has accomplished is because of his guru's grace. He does not take credit for anything.
So what are his true achievements? Those who know him well point out that Pramukh Swami Maharaj's true achievements are not what he has done, but the person that he has become. His personal qualities and virtues are unmatched throughout the world. Pramukh Swami Maharaj leads a lifetime of celibacy, without any personal wealth. He represents the Hindu Tradition in all its purity. In his presence, doubts dissolve, confusions clear, hurts heal and the mind finds peace. People find valid answers to life's toughest questions. But most important is his quiet, undisturbed love for God which rises above all borders of nation, race and religion. Even after creating an international spiritual organization of hundreds of mandirs, thousands of centers and over a million followers, you'll always find Swamiji engrossed in prayer to God and service to mankind.