decades Swamishri has been
guiding others towards God.
Inspiring them in times of
hardship; consoling them in
times of sadness, he has been a
constant source of light in their
lives when there has been only
engulfing darkness. But what
has been his source of inspiration
over the years? How has he
managed to remain composed
during incidents of both honour
and insult? What drives him to
push himself night and day in the
service of others? Delving into
the depths of his heart we find
the source of his light...
Source of Light
World Through His Eyes
has met many different people from all over the world. How does he
see all these people...
|April 1984, Vatican City.
A Catholic Pope and a Hindu leader met under the same roof. It signified
the emergence of the Sanstha as an international religious organisation.
Despite the publicity accompanying meeting the Pope, Swamishri was
not over-awed by the occasion. For, how can such a meeting compare
with the meeting he has with God everyday!
Navinbhai Soni1 : When you travelled to Rome to visit the Pope,
how did the Italian public react to you?
Swamishri : We were going to meet the Pope in the Vatican. We flew
there from London. We arrived in Rome the evening before the meeting.
A few reporters had found out that we had arrived but we decided
that we would meet them the next day. However, one well-wisher found
out where we were staying and so he came to meet us. He asked us
what we would wear when we went to see the Pope. He explained, The
Pope will be clean shaven and will be donning a nice silk vest and
silk robes. Whereas you are so simple in appearance. He also
mentioned that the Pope was the Head of the Vatican and asked how
we felt about meeting him? I had to laugh. Because foreign people
are accustomed to judging a man by his dress. They value your appearance
more than your character. So I told him, Everyone dresses
according to their own custom. The Pope guides people towards God
and so do we. Our work is the same. So we very much look forward
to meeting him. We like those who walk the path of God and who inspire
others to do so. Then he said, Most people who come
to meet the Pope talk about politics. What will you talk about?
I replied, We have not come to discuss politics. We want to
discuss how we can make everyone in the world happy. Today there
are many conflicts going on in the world in the name of religion.
So if two religious leaders can meet peacefully, then their followers
will see this and think that if they have no problem with each other,
then why should we fight each other?
When we arrived in the Vatican there were hundreds of people who
were watching us with curiosity. It was a unique meeting for them
too. When we came out many in the crowd were happily waving at us.