Driving through Crystal Palace and finding myself walking up red painted steps to a Lakshmi temple in London… felt like landing in another land. Greeted by Ghanean born Acharya ji, we were welcomed for the celebration of ancestors. As one of the temple trustees said in her speech; "By honouring those who have gone before, we sew seeds for the future." Pictures of peoples, loved ones who have passed on, lined the stage amidst the flowers, Songs and prayers in Sanskrit and people from the community speaking, it was an inspiring morning. And somehow it all happened to beautifully coincide with the passing of Queen Elizabeth 2 so she was honoured there too, whether royalist or republican, whether from rich or poor, for her living a life of Sanātana dharma, putting duty above all else, with grace and dignity and uniting all.
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