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Sanskrit Scriptures gifted to the Parliament of Victoria, Australia.

NRI Herald Australia, 23 August 2022

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The Victorian Parliament invited and welcomed a prominent swami of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Mahamahopadhyaya Swami Bhadreshdas, as a renowned visitor in recognition of his scholastic accomplishments. He is widely regarded as a leading researcher and philosopher of Indian philosophy, religion, and tradition.

Over the past 40 years, he has already been absorbed in the study of Vedic texts and manuscripts, inspired by his gurus and the present intellectual head of BAPS, Mahant Swami Maharaj. He possesses five master's degrees in traditional Hindu systems of thought. In addition, he holds a PhD in philosophy as well as a D.Litt in philosophy.

Among many of his numerous accomplishments is the Swaminarayan Bhashyam, a classical-style Sanskrit analysis of several of Hinduism's greatest notable writings, including the ten Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Brahma Sutras. With this remark, he expands on Bhagwan Swaminarayan's scriptural understanding and forms a unique school of philosophy known as the "Akshar-Purushottam" Darshan. Universities all around the world have acknowledged this remarkable Vedantic ideology.

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Parliamentary members greeted Swami Bhadreshdasji in the Queen's Hall on such a momentous day. He presented a unique speech in Sanskrit to the Victoria Parliament, taken from the lessons of the Satsang Diksha scripture, in which he praised the state of Victoria's encouragement of multiculturalism.

Following that, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha presented the Swaminarayan Bhashyam as well as the Satsang Diksha scripture to the Parliamentary Library of Victoria, emphasizing the developing relationship between Hindu society and the Victoria authorities.

The Hon. Bruce Atkinson, past President of the Legislative Council; Mr. Craig Ondarchie, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship; and Mr. Jason McDonald, Speakers Advisor, all acknowledged significant presents in honor of the Victorian Parliament. BAPS delegates also presented the books to Mrs. Carolyn Macvean, Manager of the Parliamentary Library & Info Department. Following the exchanging of gifts, Members of Parliament and Swami Bhadreshdas engaged in a fascinating debate about the significance of the Sanskrit dialect and its relevance in today's society.

They privately guided Swami Bhadreshdasji through the library, informing him of the magnificent holdings from all over the globe.

On behalf of Pramukh Swami Maharaj's birth centennial festivities, he is now in Australia to impart his peace-building message of compassion and forgiveness in order to build world tranquility.

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Following the Legislative Council meeting, the President of the Legislative Council, Hon. Nazih Elasmar, addressed Swami Bhadreshdasji and the delegation in the President's gallery. Swami Bhadreshdasji also received a certificate of honor from the President for his hard academic studies, amazing accomplishments, vast travels, and saintliness. A global advocate for Hinduism and Indian thought, he is now working to promote religious cooperation and world concord.

Mr. Craig Ondarchie, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Relations and Citizenship, also commended Swami Bhadreshdasji on the establishment of the BAPS Swaminarayan Research Institute in Australia, which illustrates the Hindu society's past and prospective donations to showing respect and cultivating diverse cultures.

Swami Bhadreshdasji bestowed his wishes on everybody in oneness and wished for their success and growth. He additionally presented the President and Members of Parliament with a keepsake imprinted with a special greeting from His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj. "In the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, let us reach out to enlarge the circle of world peace," he wrote, motivating us all to band together and cultivate global peace together.

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