Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
Chief Minister of Gujarat meets Acharya Swamishree  


Diwali is an auspicious and joyous time of year, when people go to meet those that are most dear to themselves. Early on the morning of 22nd October 2006, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shree Narendrabhai Modi, made a call to Maninagar mandir requesting an audience with His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree, so that he could fulfill his desire to receive the darshan of Acharya Swamishree at this special time of year. Acharya Swamishree answered his prayers and at dusk warmly welcomed Shree Narendrabhai Modi to Maninagar mandir and took him for the darhsan of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa.

At a specially arranged assembly, the Chief Minister addressed the audience and spoke that he had come to Maninagar to fulfil his desire to receive the blessings of Acharya Swamishree but had been overwhelmed by the welcome that he had received not just from Acharya Swamishree but also from everyone else. He reiterated that it has been his extreme good fortune that he was able to study at the Swaminarayan Arts College established by Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. And that he had asked in his prathna to Acharya Swamishree, nothing for himself, but that his State of Gujarat is not afflicted by the attention of others and remains a peaceful place.

In his ashirwad Acharya Swamishree explained that Jeevanpran Swamibapa has said that at the beginning of the New Year, individuals go to meet those that they love and are dear to them. Our Chief Minister has affection towards Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, hence he has come to the palace of the Lord. The Lord welcomes him to His house with love. Due to this affection that Shree Narendrabhai Modi has for the Lord, the Lord ensures he is a beloved son of Gujarat and will be successful in that for which he strives. Shree Narendrabhai Modi will not only be a great minister of Gujarat, but he will become a great minister for the whole of India; and will increase wealth, consciousness and peace throughout India.

Thereafter Acharya Swamishree garlanded and impressed a chandlo upon Shree Narendrabhai Modi, and presented him with a shawl and model of the World Centre for Peace – Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir – on behalf of the sansthan.

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