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Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj

Swamishri does darshan of the murtis in the mandir

Y Balaks and kishores perform a dance

Swamishri blesses the evening assembly


Sunday, August 15, 2004

    Indian Independence Day was celebrated at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois in the presence of Swamishri. Early in the morning, Swamishri, saints, and devotees gathered in front of the Mandir for a "Dhvaj Vandan", where all present saluted the Indian flag and sung the Indian national anthem.

    During the evening, the Midwest Satsang mandal organized a "Sanskruti" program to illustrate the principles, values, and history of the Indian culture. Through a culmination of speeches, dances, dramas, and multimedia presentations, kishores portrayed the inventions, discoveries, and ideas of ancient Indian thinkers and spiritual masters. Senior saints also addressed the assembly, explaining the importance of preserving sanskruti as well as cultivating character.

    At the conclusion of the assembly, Swamishri said in his blessings that one must develop ideal characteristics like compassion, non-violence, etc. He also stated that the purpose of having this human body is to become brahmrup and worship God. Finally, he stressed the importance of the Sant by saying that the Sant does not live for himself, but for the good of all.

    Earlier in the day, physicians and other professionals in the medical field participated in a Medico-Spiritual Conference held in the presence of Swamishri. They discussed the fact that in addition to the problems of the body that can be cured by medicine, there are issues of the mind and soul that can only be cured by spirituality.




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