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Congressman Henry J. Hyde greets Swamishri

Kishores perform a dance

Swamishri blesses the Murti Prathistha assembly

Midwest region saints offer Swamishri a garland


Sunday, August 8, 2004

    During the assembly immediately following the pratishtha, senior saints explained the importance of mandirs. Pujya Viveksagar Swami stated that the world is modernizing but sometimes one forgets to develop character. He said that mandirs help preserve values and are centers where humanitarian activities take place in addition to spiritual activities. Adding to this, Pujya Doctor Swami stated that people are indulging in physical pleasures, but problems still remain because one lacks God in life. Fortunately, the construction of mandirs helps promote God-centered lives. Pujya Atmaswarup Swami explained that mandirs help the mind attain peace and mend broken hearts.

    Distinguished guests were also present in the assembly. Congressman Henry Hyde of the 6th congressional district of Illinois appreciated the beauty of the mandir. Representative John J. Millner voiced his wish that "the temple last over 1000 years." The Consul General of India, Mr. Arun Kumar, said the temple is "an embodiment, a monument of peace and love in Chicago."

    After the kishores performed a dance about mandirs being one of the cornerstones of Hindu identity, Swamishri blessed the pratishtha assembly. He explained that the goal to be reached with this human body is to attain redemption and achieve God, which can be done with the help of a mandir. He also said that "until we cultivate sanskaars we are not humans in the truest sense."




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