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Appeal by Pramukh Swami Maharaj for Tsunami Relief Work

27 December 2004
Sankari, (Sub-district: Bardoli, District: Surat)

The recent earthquake and subsequent tidal waves have caused much loss of life and destruction of property. This is a natural disaster of international proportions and it is the duty of us all to help in whatever way we can.

BAPS has already distributed thousands of food packets to the afflicted. Also, near Chennai in South India, BAPS has set up a kitchen to serve hot food to the survivors. But the extent of this natural calamity is such that only a collective effort by governments, NGOs and others will assuage the suffering and shock of the survivors. At present, it is essential that emergency relief materials be distributed to the afflicted.

It is our appeal to people all over the world to help in this time of crisis and need. In this situation it is our duty to provide humanitarian aid, regardless of community, caste, colour, creed or country and other differences.

Only with collective international support can we overcome this devastating catastrophe and hence we appeal to all individuals, groups and nations to come forward and help in every way they can, as soon as possible.

We pray to Bhagwan Swaminarayan that all those afflicted by this disaster are blessed with the inner strength to overcome these difficult times, and that the souls of the deceased are blessed with peace and their relatives are blessed with the strength to cope with the loss of their loved ones.

- Pramukh Swami Maharaj (Shastri Narayanswarupdasji)

© 2004, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith