The tragic events of September 11th 2001 have caused much distress and anxiety to the entire world. In particular, the families of all those who perished, have had to endure much pain and grief.
Acharya Swamishree held a special assembly in Maninagar on the 12th September 2001 in order to pray for spiritual peace for all those who died and to ask God to give strength to their families. During this extraordinary prayer meeting, Acharya Swamishree said, "Let us all pray for universal peace, understanding and compassion upon the earth. May the supreme Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa bestow peace upon all the souls who were needlessly killed in this thoughtless tragedy. And may the Lord instil the wisdom into those who inflicted so much pain; that they recognise their error and repent accordingly, so that such grief is never again imposed upon humanity."
These were also the sentiments of Acharya Swamishree during His visit to Ground Zero on 31st July 2003. For the past two years, Acharya Swamishree has instigated the Vishwa Shanti Yagna, and has held assemblies for this purpose around the world. The New York Authorities have become aware of Acharya Swamishree's admirable efforts for world harmony and made a heartfelt request for Acharya Swamishree to visit the site and confer His blessings upon all. Acharya Swamishree accepted their wishes and visited the site together with His Sant Mandal and other disciples.
Dignitaries present on this occasion to represent the city of New York were Mr Antoniou River Jr, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Mr Migud Castanos, Special Assistant Senator and Train Commissioner, Mr Joseph Ieon, Assistant Commissioner of New York Police Department.
A flame was lit by Acharya Swamishree and the New York representatives, whilst the Sants recited Sanskrit verses of peace. Chanting and meditation was also held in commemoration of all the lives that perished at the site. Acharya Swamishree praised the New York Authorities for their admirable work in the aftermath of the tragedy. In recognition, Acharya Swamishree bestowed His divine blessings upon them and honoured them with prasadi paags.