Guruhari Darshan, 29 May 2023, London, UK | International Student Din
Guruhari Ashirwad, 29 May 2023 Morning, London, UK | International Student Din
A special day dedicated to international students was held on Monday 29 May 2023 in the presence of Mahant Swami Maharaj at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London.
The day was themed ‘The Power of S’, which focussed on studies, sang (one’s company), samp (unity) and satsang through live performances and motivating sessions with Swamishri. It provided guidance and encouragement to those who have come to the UK for their higher education.
Overseas students began the day by singing kirtans during Mahant Swami Maharaj’s puja. Swamishri addressed the students thereafter and encouraged them to study with diligence and ensure that their studies remain a priority. He also guided them to seek strength from God to overcome the various challenges they may be facing.
The evening session began with an overview of the activities that are organised by BAPS to support international students in the UK, including dedicated support from swamis and volunteers through a network of centres that provides tailored career and personal guidance.
Paramtattvadas Swami then delivered a motivational talk in which he shared techniques for students to unlock their inner power. He drew upon examples of people who have achieved great success in their youth and explained that this is the opportunity for students to work hard and fulfil their ambitions.
Sadguru Pujya Doctor Swami (Swayamprakashdas Swami) and Sadguru Pujya Kothari Swami (Bhaktipriyadas Swami) then shared their own experiences from their student lives and provided detailed guidance on exam technique and preparation. They also encouraged students to remain disciplined and focussed in their academic and personal lives, drawing from positive influences only to succeed in their education.
Mahant Swami Maharaj was joyously welcomed to the evening assembly by a musical guard of honour, after which he interacted in a drama that enacted the life of an international student, named Apurva. The drama charted his journey as he navigated through distractions and vices that threatened to derail him from succeeding in his education and began to cause conflict in his life with his peers.
Swamishri engaged with the audience and shared his guidance on ways in which students can eradicate complacency and steer clear of distractions. He also advised that they adopt discretion and support one another. In addition to his blessings, his various gestures throughout the evening provided a montage of unforgettable memories.
Students then performed a vibrant and colourful dance before a heartfelt prayer was offered to Swamishri on behalf of all students to conclude the enlightening day.


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