BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London, popularly known as Neasden Temple, hosted world-renowned spiritualist and Yoga guru Jagadish Vasudev (Sadhguru) on the UK leg of his global .
Sadhguru was received at the ceremonial gates by trustees of the Mandir and then greeted with a traditional welcome by Yogvivekdas Swami, Head Swami of the Mandir, on behalf of Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, over the weekend.
Nitin Palan, a lead volunteer at Neasden Temple, said: “It was an honour to welcome Sadhguruji and support his important global campaign. Here in communities across the UK, will be doing our bit, too.
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“As a part of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s centennial birth anniversary this year, we are contributing to the ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’ project by encouraging households to plant a tree at their home. We wish Sadhguruji all the best in his mission of raising vital awareness about saving our soil.”
After paying his respects at the shrines in the upper and lower sanctum, Sadhguru met with members of the Hindu community and engaged with volunteers at the Mandir to understand some of its outreach work, such as the relief efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic and BAPS’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
During an interactive dialogue at the temple, Sadhguru explained his global ‘Save Soil’ campaign and elaborated upon his incredible solo motorbike journey from London to the Kaveri in India – 30,000 kilometres across 25 nations in 100 days – to raise awareness about the need to increase the organic content in cultivable soil.
Sadhguru also paid tribute to the Mandir’s charitable community services: “When humans are committed to do something beyond their own life, they can achieve something which is beyond imagination. That is what I see here [at the Mandir].”
Sharing his impressions of his visit, spoke of the “enormous amount of dedication, focus and devotion” taken to create this “exquisite” Mandir, and paid tribute to the legacy of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj by reflecting on the many people who attend and make use of the Mandir, “fulfilling the purpose [behind the creation of the Mandir by Pramukh Swami Maharaj].”
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He also drew upon the lasting impact of the activities undertaken by BAPS across the UK and Europe.
“These are things that will live forever and inspire people for a long time to come,” he said.
The spiritual leader set off on his road trip from London’s Parliament Square this week at start of the Spring Equinox with a mission to arrive in New Delhi within 75 days, where he will be received at an event to be attended to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.