Liberal MP Gurbax Singh Malhi, Liberal MPP Vic Dhillon and Brampton Councilor Vicky Dhillon (at right) were among those attending the discourse conducted recently by Swami Chetna Nand Ji, present Head of Sant Bhuriwale Garib Dassi Ashram, who had specially flown in for the second anniversary of the Sant Bhuriwali Trust.  They thanked the Swami for starting Hindi and Punjabi classes in the Brampton ashram. Photo submitted

‘Stay true to cultural roots’

Staff Report

Swami Chetna Nand Ji, present Head of Sant Bhuriwale Garib Dassi Ashram, has appealed to Punjabi settlers of Canada not to be oblivious to their roots in Punjab and India.

The enlightened Swami had specially flown in from India to join the celebrations marking the second anniversary of the Brampton-based Sant Bhuriwale Garib Dassi Ashram.

While lauding the community for contributing towards strengthening the economy of their adopted country Canada, he called upon them to contribute towards their poor bretheren in Punjab, while noting the Sant Bhuriwale Trust’s efforts in education and health through institutions set up at Rattewal, Tapprian Khurd, Pojewal, Mansowal, Tibba Nangal under its management.

The Swami came down heavily on the practice of female foeticide and the curse of drugs. He cautioned stressed the need for promoting girls’ education, Indian values of life, and eradication of the drug menace, while urging leaders in Canada to continue providing the right guidance in respect of Punjabi culture and keep them linked to their roots.

The congregation included devotees from Brampton, Mississauga, Hamilton and other parts of Canada, while a dozen devotees had flown in from India and America to attend the celebrations, said Daulat Ram, president of the Brampton ashram