On 21st March 2019, Her Holiness Mata Sudiksha Ji Maharaj, the global head of the Sant Nirankari Mission visited the Parliament of Victoria, Australia following an invitation from Hon Bruce Atkinson, Member of the Legislative Council—Parliament of Victoria.
The tea meeting hosted by Mr Atkinson at the Victorian Parliament was attended by Ms Kaushaliya Vaghela MLC, Mr Nick Wakeling MP, Mr Kim Wells and devotees of the Sant Nirankari Mission. Other invitees included Ms Jaya Manchikanti, President—IndianCare Inc and Mr Jim Goodin, Chairperson—Mental Health Foundation of Australia.
Hon. Shaun Leane—President of the Legislative Council of Victoria also hosted Her Holiness at his chamber acknowledging her presence at the Parliament.
All Parliamentarians thanked Her Holiness for visiting Christchurch, New Zealand, just after the recent terrorist attack and providing spiritual guidance to local residents during the tough times. The Parliamentarians appreciated the Mission’s efforts not only towards raising spiritual awareness among its followers but doing extraordinary work for the Victorian community. The Mission leads a voluntary blood donation movement which has been acclaimed at the international level and actively participates in cleanliness drives, school education and youth development activities.
Her Holiness appreciated the efforts of all the Parliamentarians for hosting her and extending their support to the Sant Nirankari Mission. In her remarks to the gathering, Her Holiness Mata Ji said, “Small positive efforts by each one of us make a huge difference to humanity.” She stressed that it is not human ‘features’ but human ‘values’ such as love, compassion and tolerance that make us human. Her Holiness also commended the efforts of Parliamentarians who lead and deliver significant changes for the society at large.
The Sant Nirankari Health City Super Speciality Hospital project was also discussed at the meeting. The Hospital is a dream project of His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh ji, which will focus not only on curative but preventative healthcare. It will be the first-of-its-kind hospital in North Delhi, India and will aid social upliftment by offering free treatment to the poor also.
On 22 March, Her Holiness was invited to the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, where she was felicitated by Mr Grant Poulter, Head of Government Relations and Infrastructure at Cricket Australia along with Mr James Tranter—Tourism Marketing Exec, MCC. Her Holiness was presented with a Cricket Bat signed by all the captains of Women’s National Cricket League as a mark of respect and as a symbol of women empowerment. Highlighting the importance of Harmony Day weekend, Her Holiness guided that Sports provide a good opportunity and environment in which people come together to work towards the same goal and show respect for others, thereby promoting true harmony.
On 24 March, SNM hosted a Spiritual Convention on the topic, ‘Lets become a lighthouse for humanity’ at St Jude’s Community Centre in Scoresby. Several dignitaries joined the event including Mr Rakesh Malhotra—Consul General of India in Melbourne; Mr Alan Tudge—Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population; Mr Kim Wells—State Member of Parliament for Rowville District and Dr Jim Goodin—Chairman, Mental Health Foundation, Australia.
HH Mata Ji stated, “Every soul is potentially divine and this divinity should be enhanced by strengthening human values and ignoring differences between us.” She encouraged followers of the Mission to continue doing selfless service for humanity, while remembering that it is ‘service’ and not ‘help’, because service is always performed with humility and does not give rise to the feeling of ego. She also stressed on the importance of loving other fellow beings and said, “If we cease to love, we cease to live.”
Sant Nirankari Mission is an all-embracing spiritual movement spreading the message of love, peace and universal brotherhood through ‘spiritual enlightenment’.
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