Intuitive Machines-1 Commercial Lander Landed On Moon

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India Post News Service

CHICAGO: The Intuitive Machines-1 commercial lander, in collaboration with NASA and SpaceX, successfully landed on the Moon on Thursday, February 22, 2024, carrying along with it an etched disc commemorating the life and universal messages of Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016), the late spiritual leader of the BAPS Swaminarayan Hindu organization.

Amid the celebrations that followed the exciting announcement from mission director Tim Crane, “Odysseushas found its new home” soared a loving tribute in the hearts of those who knew Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

‘In the joy of others lies our own, in the good of others abides our own,’ was his life motto, a simple but profound message, etched on a disc developed by Relative Dynamics, that traveled along IM-1 on this remarkable journey to the south pole of the Moon.

The mission not only represented the first controlled descent to the lunar surface by a U.S. spacecraft in over 50 years but also symbolized, as aptly put by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, a “triumph for humanity.” A triumph in the form of a universal message of harmony and compassion for all of humanity as lived by a spiritual leader, coming together with the finest application of science and technology in a spacecraft by scientists and innovators, to ascend in unison towards this historic lunar landing.

Commemorating the teachings and universality of the values practiced by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, IntuitiveMachines shared the following message on LinkedIn ahead of the landing:“Created in coordination with Intuitive Machines and Relative Dynamics Inc., the IM-1 mission will fly an eternal tribute to Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the fifth guru of the BAPSSwaminarayan organization.

The etching honors the life and service of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, a Hindu spiritual leader who championed the universal human value of selfless service. Such a cultural engagement between nations and corporations allows for the development of shared values, efforts, and responsibility in the pursuit of space exploration.”

The disc was blessed by the current spiritual leader of BAPS, Mahant Swami Maharaj, on December 29, 2022, during the centennial celebrations of Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Amdavad, India. It carries Mahant Swami Maharaj’s heartfelt prayer of peace and happiness for all:“In the joy of others lies our own. In the good of others abides our own. With this life motto, Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016), a universal spiritual leader and great saint of our time, dedicated his entire life in the upliftment of humanity.

Stressing this spirit of the shared values for all of humanity, Intuitive Machines CEO Stephen Altemus, remarked, “It is clear that space exploration endeavors are for all of us, all of humanity, to strive for and share in.”

In this manner, a universal message of harmony, unity, and compassion touched the Moon in a true extension of the Hindu scriptural sentiment, VasudhaivaKutumbakam, meaning, ‘The world is one family.’

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is an international community-based Hindu fellowship affiliated to the United Nations, caring for individuals, families and societies through its more than one million members, 80,000 volunteers and 5,025 centers.

(For details about BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, please visit Mahant Swami Maharaj provides guidance, enrichment, and upliftment, deeply touching hearts and uniting families and communities, helping every citizen to become better members of their families, communities, and country.)