The Sindhi welfare Society in Nairobi was glad to welcome Swami Swaroopananda during his recent visit in May 2019. The society members honored him for being a great exponent of Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta and spreading the Wisdom pearls of the teachings from this Holy Book of Hindus.
First Swamiji was invited to the residence of Gita and Prem Gidoomal (a past chairman of SWS)who hosted him to a sumptuous Sindhi Lunch coordinated by Gita, Shakun and Monica on the 16th May. Swamiji explained the theory of Karma upon the request of Gita to a small gathering of about 15 people. He emphasized on Acceptance and Gratitude of things whether it is illness or good health, tough situations or easy.
The next day on the 17th May Swamiji was hosted to a Dinner function by the SWS where he was welcomed by the Sindhi Community members to the chanting of Lord Jhulelal’s name. This was followed by the Purna Kumbh welcome and Arti (The traditional welcome methods of a spiritual entity) performed by Laveena Keswani and Sunita Bhatia.
Thereafter Swamiji took his seat on the stage where he first lit the lamp to begin the function. These were followed by representatives of Various Hindu Organizations going up to present Swamiji with an appreciation and seek blessings. Post the formal welcome by Shri Surendra Bhatia, chairman of SWS Swamiji gave a talk to the members of Hindu community present.
During the talk the Holy One also expounded upon the pain of the Sindhi Community post partition d how gradually their language, culture and dress code has become subdued due to intermingling with other communities. He emphasized on finding back and sticking to One’s roots by engaging in one’s own background and family values and language.
Finally the saint was presented a “Geeta Gyaneshwara’ Award by the Chairman Surendra Bhatia accompanied by past Chairman Govind Aildasani, Manish Panjabi and Suresh Jethani on behalf of SWS along with a donation towards the Chinmaya Mission Seva Trust of which Swami Swaroopananda is the Global Head. The Award very befitting of the community was in the shape of Lord Jhulelal designed by Bhavna Gokals and the whole event coordinated by Monica Gokaldas along with the Chairman and committee members of SWS.
Published in The Asian Weekly: