His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree has embarked on a 3 month tour of the USA and UK in order to see to the spiritual welfare of all the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan’s disciples living there, and in order to further propagate the sublime tenets of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa to all. Acharya Swamishree will hold public assemblies advocating Lord Swaminarayan’s ideals, which encompass peace, tolerance, compassion, and the manner of living a pure and moral life.
On Friday 30th May 2003, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree presided over the Sadguru Din Commemoration assembly at Maninagar. The two main guests on this occasion were the Minister of Gujarat Shree Kaushikbhai Patel and the Indian Cricket Team’s wicket keeper, Shree Parthiv Patel. Both these dignitaries were present at this extraordinary assembly in order to gain the darshan and blessings of Acharya Swamishree. They were presented with a prasadi paag and memento of the occasion by Acharya Swamishree.
A newly translated English edition of the Shikshapatri was inaugurated by Acharya Swamishree in the presence of the two guests. This Shikshapatri has now also been made available in an electronic format on our Sanstha’s website. Click here to view the Shikshapatri.
Acharya Swamishree and His Sant Mandal left Ahmedabad at 2.30 am on Saturday 31st May. They transited in Mumbai, where the airport authorities had made special VIP arrangements for the group. Acharya Swamishree was requested to sit in the Presidential Quarters whilst the Sants were requested to rest in the VIP lounge during the transit. The Air India flight departed Mumbai and reached Paris where there was another 90 minute hold. They finally arrived at New Jersey’s Newark Airport at 5.00 pm, local time.
Hundreds of disciples were eagerly awaiting Acharya Swamishree’s arrival. Representatives of the Temple garlanded Acharya Swamishree and the Sants at the airport and welcomed them to the USA. The airport authorities too took the opportunity of gaining Acharya Swamishree’s divine blessings.
Acharya Swamishree was swiftly taken to Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Secaucus in a stretched limousine where hundreds more disciples were waiting for the divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree.On His arrival Acharya Swamishree performed the aarti to Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa and then held an assembly in the Temple’s adjoining Community Hall.