President Clinton is delighted
the 'Amrut Kalash' - Symbol of Auspiciousness from
Pramukh Swami Maharaj
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Clinton marvels at the rosary presented to him by Swamishri. He is
impressed by Swamishri's faith in the power of prayer to promote world
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humble farewell - President Clinton respectfully bows to Pramukh Swami
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The President bids a warm farewell to Pramukh Swami Maharaj
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"UNREST IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD IS LIKE AN INJURY TO OUR BODY
His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj said in a dialogue with President
this message of world peace, Pramukh Swami Maharaj met the President
of the United States of America, Bill Clinton.
His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of the worldwide
socio-spiritual organization, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam
Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), is highly respected in the Hindu faith
for his saintliness and his efforts to promote world peace. In the
recently held "Millennium World Peace Summit" at the United
Nations in New York, Pramukh Swami Maharaj's message gave fresh hope
for all seekers of peace and harmony in the world.
The President was in Miami on official business. Swamishri was also
in Miami to lay the foundation stone for a new BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir.
This historic meeting took place on Wednesday, October 4, 2000 at
the Biltmore Hotel in Miami, Florida, where the two prominent leaders
greeted each other warmly. The President was informed of Lord Swaminarayan's
life and work and given details of numerous humanitarian, spiritual,
cultural, educational, environmental and medical activities conducted
worldwide by BAPS under the leadership of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
The President was very impressed by the scope and depth of the activities
of BAPS and the virtuous personality of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
During their discussion about world peace, Pramukh Swami Maharaj said,
"Our body represents the whole world. If any part of our body
is injured, it causes pain all over the body. Similarly, if there
is violent activity in any corner of the world, it causes pain everywhere
and leads to difficulties. To prevent such unrest, we chant the rosary
and pray to God. And if politicians and diplomats, like yourself,
meet to seek initiatives then peace will be established in the world."
With this, Pramukh Swami Maharaj blessed the President that his attempts
to restore peace in the Middle East be successful.
Grateful to receive Pramukh Swami Maharaj's blessings, the President
said, "I am deeply honored and happy that You Holiness has visited
our country. I spend most of my time resolving differences between
people. In this way, our work is similar! I pray for your wisdom in
guiding us towards peace and happiness."
Pramukh Swami Maharaj then presented the President with an "Amrut
Kalash" - a decorative, golden urn symbolizing the auspiciousness
of Indian culture - and a rosary, which the President touched to his
heart in reverence.
At the conclusion of the meeting, President Clinton bowed in respect
to Pramukh Swami Maharaj.