In the ancient culture of Aryavart, before going to battle or any important decision making “sabha,” the leaders of a country or province sought the blessings of saints and Gurus. For long, this has been the tradition of practicing Hindus. Now, Hindus lead the world and inspire them to follow their traditions. The non-Hindu world is slowly waking up to the merits and boons of following Hindu practices, even as Hindus themselves still live in ignorance.
Ahead of the 12th Dec elections, UK Prime Minister Sri Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Smt. Priti Patel visited the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on the occasion of the 98th birthday celebrations of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
PM Boris Johnson also recognized the services of the British Indian & British Hindu disaspora and the Swaminarayan community in specific.
“This Temple is one of the greatest gifts to our country…. It is brought to life by the amazing community spirit that inhabits it. You are giving back to our society through the great charitable work that you do. London and the UK are lucky to have you.”
Boris Johnson also recognized the 6.5% contribution to the UK GDP by the 2% minority community of British Indians.
In the past too, Boris Johnson has visited the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir as Mayor of London. While in India in 2012, he visited the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in Delhi, and observed,
“I am truly touched and inspired by Akshardham’s message of unity in diversity and peace and the spirit of volunteerism and dedication.”
As the world recognizes the contributions of the Hindu communities, albeit in minority, it is important for Indian Hindus and leaders to make known their contributions to peace, harmony and the economy of their country as well.
BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir