Lord Shree Navnitbhai Dholakia visits Shree Swaminarayan Temple, London

Lord Shree Navnitbhai Dholakia
Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Golders Green, London
1st September 2001

Lord Dholakia receiving a momento from HDH Acharya Swamishree Lord Dholakia receiving a momento from HDH Acharya Swamishree

"Today is the first time in my lifetime that I have received an honour such as this. I am deeply touched and feel immensely blessed by the honour and blessings given to me by Shree Acharya Swamishree.

When I went to receive my Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth, somebody said to me that I must be very joyous today. I replied, yes, but I will really truly be happy and joyous when I get the opportunity to sit amongst my brothers and sisters. So today, I am really happy, because I am receiving such a great honour amongst you all, from the hands of such a great Guru, Acharya Swamishree.

Whenever the word Lord is mentioned, people always think of Parliament. But I say that the true Lord is not at Parliament. The true Lord is right here. The true Lord is Acharya Swamishree.

Acharya Swamishree puts so much emphasis on education. Education isn't merely a piece of paper acquired at school or university. The most important education is the knowledge acquired from the teachings of religious Gurus such as Acharya Swamishree. This is the type of education that says no to drugs, alcohol and violence, and says yes to your religion and the belief that makes us great. This is true knowledge, true education. This can only be learnt from great Gurus such as Acharya Swamishree. Together we represent a movement that is a direct example of what humanity is all about. Acharya Swamishree represents the true ideals of humanity. Let us all learn from his great examples.

HDH Acharya Swamishree, Lord Dholakia and Councillor Patel HDH Acharya Swamishree, Lord Dholakia and Councillor Patel

I was delighted with the website. This is a major mode of communication in the 21st century and it demonstrates the power of education. On the basis of what I have seen today, it is a major step forward in terms of propagating our own religious beliefs to those young people who are part and parcel of the technological revolution in this country. I commend Acharya Swamishree for encouraging such great revolutionary endeavours.

There are no heights to which we cannot climb. You have the wisdom of Acharya Swamishree and His particular activities that bring you to the level where everyone should be at, the level that everyone should achieve.

Finally, let me just say this. This is my first acquaintance with you all. But, having got me here once, you will have a job keeping me out of here in the future. I look forward to once again meeting Acharya Swamishree and receiving his divine blessings again."

During this occasion present also was the Mayor of London Borough of Brent, Councillor Rameshchandra Patel.