Thursday, 16 August 2012

Shr Nathji at the B.B.C. Radio

Shri Nathji's made a fascinating broadcast over B.B.C., London in 1963. Mateshwari and Priya Nath sat by the side of a radio in New Delhi. God was broadcasting his voice across thousands of miles. Science was doing God's work for him. In the ages past He had often to speak direct from the skies in an Aakaashvaani, or a Commandment. Shri Nathji said over the B.B.C., “Even as all the rivers of the world flow down to the ocean, so do all religions strive for a common goal. The thirst in man can only be satiated by water–call the liquid by any name you like: jal, aab, or paani, it shall remain what it is. Similarly, there is a spiritual thirst in man that can only be satisfied by God-realisation. Religions may call it by various names."
Hundreds of letters arrived at the office of the B.B.C. sent by people from India who had received a very pleasant surprise. No one in India had known Shri Nathji was in
London, till then. "Shri Nathji–in London!" said his breathless
admirers. As usual, Shri Nathji's movements were without any publicity or fanfare, and no one seemed to know where he was. Shri Nathji did not maintain a register of addresses of all the people he had met in his life. Such a register would have run into volumes. As a matter of fact, he had only a few addresses, of people very close to him. And these people were informed of Shri Nathji's sudden visit abroad.
Shri Nathji came to this beautiful building, Bush House to make an international broadcast.
Bush House, for audiences around the world the name is synonymous with broadcasts from the BBC World Service. This is an incredibly beaufiful building. The American architect Harvey Corbett undertook the commission in the early 1920s, creating a luxurious trade centre where companies could show off their products and services to potential clients. Finance came from an Anglo-American trading organisation headed by Irving T. Bush, hence the name. Later that decade Bush House was declared the 'most expensive building in the world', having cost around $10 million. When the Empire Service (as BBC World Service was formerly known) was bombed out of its original home at 200 Oxford Street, Bush House, with its large offices and expansive landings was the obvious candidate. B.B.C. services were re-located there in 1940. By 1941 there was more than 1400 B.B.C. staff working on international broadcasts in the building and from then on it become the main centre of B.B.C radio till the late 1980’s. This year B.B.C has plans to leave this building and move all radio operation to its new B.B.C. Television building. 

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