Spritual leader Brahmrishi Shree Kumar Swamiji was felicitated and honoured at the House of Commons on 15th November in recognition of his outstanding contribution in improving human welfare across the world through his message of interfaith harmony, equality and brotherhood for people of all faiths.
The reception, which included over 180 invited dignitaries, was hosted by the Rt Hon Stephen Timms, MP and organised and compared by Sanjay Jagatia and Muna Chauhan. Special guests who all paid tribute to His Holiness with personal messages of welcome included: Barry Gardiner MP; Steven Pound MP; Bob Blackman MP, Alok Sharma MP; Lord Bilimoria; Lord Tarsem King of West Bromwich and Navin Shah from the London Assembly together with representatives from different faith organizations.
During the reception, His Holiness was presented with citations and Awards from various organisations for the Humanitarian work that he is doing, including the highly acclaimed ‘Ambassador of Peace Award’ by the Universal Peace Federation.
The award is presented to individuals whose lives exemplify the ideal of living for the sake of others, and who dedicate themselves to practices which promote universal moral values, strong family life, inter-religious cooperation, international harmony, renewal of the United Nations and the establishment of a culture of peace.
He was also presented ‘The Mahaveer Award’ by The Young Indian Vegetarians Society in recognition of His Holiness's vegetarian lifestyle and compassion towards all living beings and ‘The Humanitarian Award’ to Swami by the Asian Welfare Association, which is presented to one individual each year for their outstanding contribution to social welfare and being a role model to others.
His Holiness also received citations from a number of MPs including Virendra Sharma MP and Stephen Pound MP as well as a host of Councilors including Cllr Grewal, Cllr Ajay Maru, Cllr Harjinder Sehmi, Cllr Ram Lakha and Navin Shah London Assembly Member, together with a host of community organizations and faith groups, reflecting His Holiness’s immense respect of all faiths and cultures.
Nepalese Hindu Forum UK also felicitated the Swami at the programme. On behalf of the NHFUK , Chiranjibi Paudyal said " it was a matter of great pleasure and honour to felicitate and welcome great saint Swami at the House of Commons which is the symbol of freedom and democracy for the people across the world. He shed light on the activities of the Nepalese Hindus for the promotion, protection and preservation of great Hindu religion, culture, tradition and values which is very significant at a time when there is the degradation of moral values in the society and politicians are debating on " big society and moral values."
On receiving his awards and citations His Holiness said: “This honour is not just for me, but for the whole world and the ancient tradition of the East. More than that, this honour is for all the faithful believers of all the World religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, and Zoroastrianism.
This historical honour is not for a single person but for all the Nations and their various cultures. This honour in fact is an honour for the entire humanity. This felicitation has once more brought the greatness and humility of Great Britain before the whole World.
His Holiness also paid respects to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, The Prime Minister
The event also marked the official launch of the Bhagwan Shree Lakshami Narayan Dham UK’s Annual Day to be known as -“Brahmrishi Shree Kumar Swami Day”.
The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP helped to officially launch the day, which is dedicated in honour of the interfaith, charity and volunteering work that His Holiness Brahmrishi Shree Kumar Swamiji embodies.
On this day each year, all followers in the UK will perform selfless voluntary acts of kindness and public service and do something positive that makes a meaningful difference to someone else’s quality of life, happiness and prosperity, by sacrificing their time without any gain or reward. They will be encouraged to engage in various volunteering projects to help out in charitable organisations, schools, old people’s homes, hospitals, hospices & in particular consider giving blood.
Commenting on the event and his meeting with His Holiness, Stephen Timms MP commented: “Faith organisations across the country are making a positive contribution in communities across the UK, and I welcome the opportunity this event presents to bring
them together. I am glad to have been able to help. It has been a pleasure to meet with His Holiness and learn more about the valuable impact of his humanitarian work.”
His Holiness Brahmrishi Shree Kumar Swamiji received citations from Lord Tarsem King of West Bromwich, Lord Karan Bilimoria, Navin Shah from the London Assembley
The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board - MINAB, Labour Friends of India, British Asian Conservative Link, Hindu Council UK, The Religious Education Council of England and Wales, The Asian Councilors Association, West Midlands Fire Service and Asian Fire Service Association & West Midlands Faith Forum, London Fo Guang Shan Temple (IBPS UK), Caste Watch UK, Diocese of London, Gulzari Babber – First Hindu Deputy President of CIMA, Church of Scientology, Nepalese Hindu Forum UK & Gurkha Soldiers Faith Forum of London, The Coventry Indian Community, The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras, CommunicAsian Magazine and Midlands Community Association.
A press release issued by the organizer said: Swamiji has dedicated his whole life to freeing the world of suffering and misery and his vision for society is continually being delivered by his Trust the ‘Bhagwan Shree Lakshmi Narayan Dham’, one of the largest spiritual institutions in the world today with the core mission being the human welfare at a global level. The Trust has become a ray of hope to millions - bringing health, wealth and happiness to people. Incurable diseases have been cured by the Secrets of Ancient Traditional Science. Those who had lost all hope in life have regained their hope to live. Started as one man's mission, today the institute is spreading globally. The little seed that he sowed has transformed into a huge banyan tree; a tree that has become the last resort to millions of people.
The release added that Swamiji is a well rehearsed scholar in Ayurveda, India's five thousand year old system of medicines. He has demonstrated his moral leadership and outstanding record of service to the global community by delivering large scale conventions in India, Canada, America, UK and throughout Europe, which are attended by tens of thousands and watched by millions across the globe. His Holiness Brahmrishi Shree Kumar Swamiji has more than 50 million followers across the World.