NEW YORK: Spiritual leader from India Brahmrishi Kumar Swami was honored April 29, at the Chamber of Nassau County Legislature on Long Island, in the presence of Judges of the New York Supreme Court, members of the New York State Assembly and Senate and public officials from all over Nassau County.
United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Joseph Crowley were also represented at the public reception organized by AWB Food Bank, a charitable hunger relief organization.
The dignitaries welcomed Kumar Swami with garlands and commended his humanitarian services and spiritual leadership. In turn, the Swami garlanded the dignitaries creating a colorful splendor on the stage.
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt joined Senator Jack Martins in presenting a Senate Proclamation declaring April 29 as ‘Brahmrishi Shri Kumar Swami Day’ in the state of New York. Senator Kisten Gillibrand commended the efforts of the Swami to improve the welfare of others through humanitarian assistance. Congressman Crowley issued a Proclamation citing the Brahmrishi as “one of the most scholarly figures of the world religions” and bestowed congressional recognition upon him.
County Executive Edward Mangano recognized the “distinguished and outstanding record of excellence in community services” rendered by the honoree and delivered a Citation through his Deputy County Executive, Dr. Phillip Elliott. Mangano also issued a Citation to AWB Food Bank for 20 years of selfless commitment and dedicated efforts for hunger relief and recognized its founders, Ratna Bhalla and Varinder Bhalla, upon distributing 8 million meals to the needy since 1991.
The humanitarian work of Kumar Swami also received recognitions from several leaders of New York State and Nassau County. New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli issued an Honor Citation applauding “Brahmrishi Shri Kumar Swami for his leadership in promoting human welfare.” Assistant Comptroller Joe Galante, representing DiNapoli, commended the humanitarian efforts of both the Swami and the AWB Food Bank and said, “The AWB Food Bank has been providing physical nourishment for the last 20 years while Kumar Swami Ji has been providing the spiritual nourishment all his life; therefore, it is very appropriate for the two to come together for this event.”
The hall was packed to capacity; while majority of the people came from Long Island, many traveled great distances – from Canada, California and Florida – to meet the revered spiritual leader.
India Post News Service