Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj visited the UK this autumn to attend the Lakshmi Narayan Yagya after which he went to Canada. On his way back to India, he stopped in England for Navaratri to install Shri Gopal Ji in Manchester’s Gandhi Hall Mandir; and he visited the Shri Maha Lakshmi Vidya Bhavan in London to give his blessings to the congregation on the 11th October 2008.
Shri Maha Lakshmi Vidya Bhavan was established as Maha Lakshmi Satsang by Shri Bankim Gossai MBE and his fellow founding trusteesyears ago on Diwali evening. Sine then he has been working to present Sanatan Dharma to those whose first language is English. His work was recognised by the Queen when she bestowed the MBE upon him in 2003. Many years ago in the home of the late Shri Satinder Parashar, Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj was giving a discourse to which Gossai ji was invited by Srimati Pushpa Prashar. Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj, being so impressed by Gossai Ji’s efforts made the declaration that when Gossai Ji would acquire a Mandir, Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj would arrange for the Murtis and then arrange the Pran Pratishtha of the deities.
Although Sadgurudev Ji made this declaration, a Mandir wasnt even on the mind of Gossai Ji all those years ago in the‘s. Yet, in when the present site was acquired, Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj reiterated his promise and on Shri Radhashtami day in 2002, the deities of Maha Lakshmi Vidya Bhavan were installed by the lotus hands of Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj.
Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj arrived and recieved a Guru Puja performed by Shri Bankim Ji and Pt. Ramesh Charan ji, followed by Sri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj performing the 6th Year anniversary of the deities Aarti. He then gave a Pravachan on the meaning of Navratri (thenight festival of Durga Mata) for Vaishnavas; the meaning of the incarnation of the dwarapalas Jaya and Vijaya as daemonic persons for births and the importance of morality in devotional religion.
Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj blessed all those present and praised Gossai Ji and the rest of MLVB for their dedication to the cause of Shri Satya Sanatan Vaisnava Dharma.
Please enjoy the video of Shri Sadgurudev Ji Maharaj leading Keertana. Gossai ji is sitting next to Gurudev, Rahul Brahmbhatt is leading the plethora of percussionists, Shri Sunil Gossai is on Tabla (the resident tabla maestro in London), and myself on harmonium.
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