Swami Chetnanandji Bhuriwale Ownered by Liberal MP, Gurbax Singh Malhi

Santosh Tangri

SAFP Bureau........Cached


An impressive function held on Sunday in Brampton attracted hundreds of dedicated followers of reputed Swami Chetna Nand, present Head of Maharaj Bhuriwale Garib Dassi Sect to experience the long-awaited religious bliss by listening to his inspiring and soul awakening discourse.

The function, held to mark the first anniversary of the Maharaj Bhuriwale Niwas Ashram in Brampton, revealed many Canadian celebrities from various walks of life vying to secure spiritual blessings from the Swami.

The ever-humble Swami Chenta Nand, while lauding Indo-Canadians for their invaluable contribution in strengthening economy of their adopted country Canada, sought to remind them of their duties inviting their attention to roots back home in Punjab. While dwelling on the measures taken by Maharaj Bhuriwale Education Trust, he appealed to them for  sparing a portion, even though a small one, of their wealth in shaping well  the lot of thousands of down-trodden in Punjab. He reminded them that donation received by the charitable Trust enjoyed exemption under Indian Income Tax Act.

The Swami famous for promotion of girls education  and crusade against female foeticide, highlighted the objectives of the Trust, which inculcate positive attitude to life in a human being, promotion of girls education and of course Indian values of life.

The world-famous religious personality, in his spell-binding words, spoke of milestones of the Trust achieved in the field of education of girls of poor families, especially in rural areas. He grew emotional while referring proudly about girls colleges set up in remote villages in many parts of Punjab. These colleges include those set up at  Rattewal, Tapprian Khurd  and Pojewal  in Nawanshahr (girls college in Pojewal has been taken over by Punjab government), Mansowal in  Hoshiarpur district,  Tibba Nangal in Ropar district and the much acclaimed B.Ed. Girls College in Mansowal in Hoshiarpur district. He also talked of a number of girls schools and hospitals under the management of the Trust.

The religious congregation swelling into hundreds of devotees was also  gifted  a valuable piece of advice, of keeping their children attracted and tied  to the Indian culture and literature. Swami repeatedly exhorted the listeners to teach children at sensitive age, principles of  the age-old Indian culture, enshrined in respect to the elders and faith in the Lord symbolized by Wahiguru or Ram or Krishna.

Two Liberal MPs, Gurbax Singh Malhi and Ms. Ruby Dhalla, while eulogizing  the Swami for his fight against female foeticide, assured him that Punjabis had  never forgotten and would never forget their roots in Punjab, despite acquiring fame or wealth in their adopted country.

They were all praise for the various educational, religious and cultural activities being launched and promoted by the Bhuriwale Trust and offered their co operation to the Canada based Ashram of the Trust in this regard.

Others who appreciated the role of the Swami in the promotion of Indian culture and girls education in Punjab included Ontario MPPs Kuldip Kular and Vic Dhillon and Brampton Councillor Vicky Dhillon. All the speakers made special mention of thanks to the Swami for arranging to teach Punjabi and Hindi languages in the Trust Ashram, Brampton, situated at 480 Chrysler Drive.

Swami was presented plaque of honour from Brampton Council, this being given by Councillor Vicky Dhillon wiuth Regional Councillor John. Swami blessed  all the Canadian celebrities with certificates referring to their accomplishments.

Swami Chetna Nand,  who leaves for India next Friday, had established Brampton Ashram in June last year. The impressive function to mark its anniversary on Sunday, speaks volumes of his  hard work, able guidance and sincere leadership in mobilizing his devotees and followers to realise  the objectives of the Swami Bhuriwale Trust.