The King and the President

The King and the President

With a desire to increase communication, understanding and harmony between world faiths, King Charles III of the United Kingdom arranged for faith leaders to gather with him.

With that important goal in mind, 30 leaders from Muslim, Sikh, Baha’i, Christian, Hindu and other faiths gathered at the Lambeth Palace Library in central London, an eight-story modern building dedicated to divine scriptures.

Visakha Dasi, president of Bhaktivedanta Manor, was one of the leaders to meet the King. Upon meeting her, he asked, “Where are you from?” She replied, “Bhaktivedanta Manor. This year we’re celebrating our fiftieth anniversary. I’ve just given your Private Secretary a letter inviting you to please come and visit us.” The King, having listened respectfully, replied, “Very good.”

Afterwards many of the leaders took a tour of the first floor of the library, where ancient scriptures were on display in humidity and temperature controlled cases.

The new Lambeth Palace Library

“I noted that the Bhagavad-gita was absent from the displays,” explained Visakha Dasi,  “but I hope that devotees can offer one to the library to help educate the public on the importance and antiquity of this important scripture”.