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22 April 2004 (V.S. 2060, Vaishakh sud 3) Thursday, Amdavad
o After his morning puja Swamishri inaugurated a translated version of Swamini Vato in Hindi and also a BAPS VCD 'Sanskar Jyot'. Swamishri also did pujan of motorcycle helmets to be made available from BAPS bookstalls for devotees.
o In the evening assembly a grand farewell assembly was arranged for Swamishri's departure on a Satsang tour abroad. Swamishri inaugurated two BAPS publications: a revised edition of Bhagwan Swaminarayan's biography in Gujarati and an English edition of The Ramayan for youths.


23 April 2004 (V.S. 2060, Vaishakh sud 4) Friday, Amdavad
o At 10.30 a.m. Swamishri departed for London from Sardar Patel International Airport, Amdavad. Covering a distance of 6,874 km Swamishri landed at Heathrow Airport at 7.05 p.m. (IST) (2.35 p.m. GMT).
o Swamishri was given a warm welcome at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London.

 


24 April 2004 (V.S. 2060, Vaishakh sud 5) Saturday, London
Swamishri was given a grand welcome during the evening assembly by the devotees of London. After speeches by sadhus, Swamishri was welcomed with garlands and bouquets by sadhus and devotees. Honorable Minister for Transport Tony McNulty welcomed Swamishri with a garland and expressed his greetings in a short speech. The BAPS youths, teenagers and children performed a devotional and colorful welcome dance.Finally in his blessings Swamishri said, "By doing darshan of this mandir, the murtis and haveli people experience peace in their hearts. The reason is that the mandir has been built with inner love, sacrifice and the spirit to please God and His Sadhu. And Shriji Maharaj, Gunatitanand Swami, Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj are pleased upon you all because you have sacrificed fully for them."In conclusion, the devotees got the opportunity of Swamishri's darshan. More than 5,000 devotees had attended the welcome assembly.


25 April 2004 (V.S. 2060, Vaishakh sud 6) Sunday, London
Every year the BAPS organizes a sponsored walk. This year 2,560 devotees between the ages of 4 to 94 took part in the 10km walk. They had contacted 47,000 sponsorers. The Mayor of Brent, Peter Layman, honored Swamishri and addressed the assembly. Finally Swamishri blessed the participants.

 

 

 

26 April 2004 (V.S. 2060, Vaishakh sud 7) Monday, London
The Air Chief Marshal of Britain, Jock Stirrup, was impressed by his visit to the mandir and Swaminarayan School. He felt privileged in meeting Swamishri and opined, "I heard about it, read about it but nothing prepares you for seeing this. The thing that struck me most - it is of course beautiful, the carvings are magnificent, the entire structure is wonderful but it is the reflection of devotion of countless individual's love, devotion and efforts - that is the most impressive. In particular it is my pleasure to be able to be here and see it, to meet everyone and Swamishri. In our profession we need lots of good people. This visit presented me an opportunity to meet with lots of good people. In particular, the visit to Swaminarayan School was impressive..."


30 April 2004 (V.S. 2060, Vaishakh sud 10) Friday, London
The only Hindu school in Europe, The Swaminarayan School, London, inspired by Swamishri, has a value-based academic curriculum for students. Children are taught traditional Indian music and dance. In this evening’s satsang assembly, students of the school sang bhajans, played musical instruments, gave a tabla presentation and performed a traditional dance. The students also recited Sanskrit sloks and delivered speeches.

Viveksagar Swami addressed the devotees about Swamishri’s inspiration in establishing the school, which now has 500 students from nursery to 12th grade. Finally Swamishri blessed the assembly emphasizing the need for teaching character and values in education for all round development of children.

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