King Charles III, King of the United Kingdom and the 14 other Commonwealth realm has said the timeless message of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha founder Pramukh Swami Maharaj about joy and progress of all resonates as much now as it always has.
The theme of the event was ‘BAPS Europe Day’. The British King also said he was greatly pleased to meet PSM in 1997 and also visit BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple.
He said that “His Holiness’ timeless message that ‘in the joy of others lies our own, in the progress of others rests our own, in the good of ours abides our own, knows this to be the key to peace and happiness’ resonates as much now as it always has.”
In a video message, UK PM Rishi Sunak praised the dedication of Swaminarayan volunteers and their “seva” in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic to help not just the Hindu community but thousands of others who needed support.
The British PM said that “That dedication to seva is found in all 14 mandirs the Pramukh Swami inspired across the UK. And throughout the pandemic, they stepped up to not only help the Hindu community but thousands who needed support during that time.”
Union Minister V K Singh recalled the assistance provided by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha volunteers when evacuating Indians from Ukraine. General Singh (retd) said that “The way you came and ran the kitchen and helped and organised people was not possible by others.”
On the occasion, hailing PM Narendra Modi’s leadership, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said right from the beginning of the Indian civilisation, the emphasis and respect for spirituality, saintliness, good deeds, and qualities put to alleviating human suffering now finds resonance in PM Modi’s ability and philosophy of reaching out to the most disadvantaged. Today, as we celebrate 75 years of Independence and the leadership of G-20, there is much that India has to offer to the world and the work of the Swaminarayan Sanstha BAPS has similarly infused cultural, social and spiritual initiatives providing comfort and care to millions.”