Swami Maharaj Addresses
'Vaishvik Dharma Parishad', Edison, USA
27 July 2003, Vallabh
Vidyanagar, Gujarat, India
From 25-27 July 2003,
2000 students from 50 countries gathered at the Raritan Center
in Edison for the 'Vaishvik Dharma Parishad'.
Throughout the three
days, spiritual leaders, such as Jagadguru Shankaracharya of
Kanchi, The Dalai Lama and other renowned experts addressed
The Parishad concluded
on Sunday with the blessings from His Holiness Pramukh Swami
A special satellite
link was set up to transmit Pramukh Swami Maharaj's blessings
from Vidyanagar, Gujarat to Edison, New Jersey, USA.
Sanjiv Bhatt gave
an outline of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and the work of
Pramukh Swami Maharaj in uplifting society before requesting
Pramukh Swami Maharaj to address the 2000 youths.
Blessing the Parishad,
Pramukh Swami Maharaj said, "Dharma is not a subject to
be merely discussed or kept confined to the scriptures. It is
to be practiced in life. Whatever one's faith, to imbibe whatever
is good in one's life is a life of dharma. Bhagwan Swaminarayan
has given a great principle for all: 'Dharmo gneyaha sadacharaha'
- that is, Dharma is to perform good deeds, think noble thoughts
and perform one's social duties with integrity. For this, there
is no distinction of caste, creed, colour, social status or
wealth. Good deeds means to live a pure life, free from dishonesty,
violence, adultery, etc. Noble thoughts means not to even think
of harming others. Performing one's social duties with integrity
means to work and trade with honesty, and to practice one's
social dealings amicably, faithfully and honestly. To live such
a life is dharma. To realize the dream of universal brotherhood
and world peace, it is necessary for all to live such a life
of dharma. From this the unity of mankind will develop and from
this peace and happiness will be attained."
congratulated the organizers and the students who had attended
the Parishad, and prayed that they are able to lead such a life
After Pramukh Swami
Maharaj's 20minute blessings, delivered in Gujarati and translated
into English by Brahmavihari Swami, the invited guests and students
accorded him a standing ovation.
Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama was also present with Swamishri