Three Reasons for Temple Visits

Sri Lakshmi Narayan Temple invited Swami Vimokshananda, President of the Ramakrishna Mission, Singapore to address the Temple’s Sunday Satsang on 12 June 2016. About 350 devout Hindus thronged the Temple on that day. It was a holy occasion and as part of the worship of Divine Mother Kheer Bhavani of Srinagar (Kashmir), a hawan was performed in the Temple. Of the assembled devotees there was a good number of people from Kashmir. Sri Jaishankar Upadhyaya, one of the Trustees of the Temple, welcomed the Swami.

The President of the Temple Committee, Sri Sugrim Misir garlanded the Swami after he was seated on the dais. The Chief Pujari of the Temple Sri Acharya Bajarang Bali Shukla presented flowers and introduced the Swami to the audience. In his address to the devotees, Swami Vimokshananda spoke of the three reasons for visiting a Temple namely, the benefits of community worship, the prevalence of auspicious atmosphere and the natural tendency of mind to focus on Godly Thoughts. The Talk which was given in Hindi was much appreciated by the devotees who requested for more regular talks. The programme came to a conclusion with distribution of prasad in the form of noon lunch to everyone.

Here is a slideshow of pictures taken during the function. Images courtesy: A Devotee

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8 comments

    1. ||Aum Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
      Dear Anila
      Thanks for your cryptic exclaim!
      Though this is enough for me, I would consider that the Comment section engages other readers of this blog to get into useful discussions. More often than not, I have witnessed the participation of the readers has enhanced the original post and added more lively thoughts. I hope henceforth, you would feel free to express yourself!
      May Sri Ramakrishna bless you is my earnest prayer!
      Swami Vimokshananda

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  1. Revered Swamijee
    Please accept humble pranam!
    Trust our Revered Swamijee is keeping well.
    After reading this post – many wonderful memories came flooding back!
    I can recall very vividly our visits to the Sri Lakshmi Narayan Temple in Johannesburg, East London and Port Elizabeth. The shrines would be packed with devotees eager to hear the nectarine legends of Lord Narayana retold by our Revered Swamijee. Swamijee would recite so many anecdotes and examples wrapped with brilliant humour. And also his Temple visits included Tongaat Sree Veerabhoga Emperumal Alayam, Stanger Sree Sanathan Mundal Temple, Pietermaritzburg Radhakrishna Mandir, PMB Sanathan Ved Dharma sabha and many others.
    Many of my friends have shared with me that they once thought that all those puranic tales were mere figment of imagination but only after listening to Revered Swamijee they felt reassured of their validity. More over, the Talks were always relevant to the modern lifestyle and herein he would bring the pertinent teachings of the Holy Trio.
    Apart from being inspirational, those speeches remained unforgettable!
    We so often listen to the recorded Talks of Revered Swamijee and once again we go down a spiritual memory lane!
    We were totally blessed to have been in Revered Swamijee’s Holy Company and we treasure those moments!
    With loving and humble pranam
    Avitha
    PMB, South Africa

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    1. ||Aum Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
      Dear Avitha
      Thanks for writing a comment that made me also a bit nostalgic!
      When I get the opportunity to ruminate over my years in South Africa, I do feel happy at the reception that the various temples gave me during my visits. I considered that welcome attitude was not personally meant for me but for the wonderful ideas of harmony that our Master, Mother and Swamiji stood for.
      The inspiring lives and teachings of them have brought the whole world together today as I see the effects in Singapore now. The varied Hindu Organisations are coming together to foster a brotherhood and Ramakrishna Mission has heralded this practical application everywhere. The Inter Religious Organisation in Singapore is spearheading the harmony of faiths and it was mooted and organised years ago by one of our early monks in this country. Recently I was invited to address a Buddhist audience in Toowoomba, Australia where monks and nuns along with the laity listened to me with rapt attention. I do accept invites from other Hindu and non-Hindu Organisations where I am free to position our views on peace, harmony and bliss.
      May Sri Ramakrishna guide you as ever!
      Swami Vimokshananda

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      1. Dear Swamiji,
        I have heard your recorded speeches, you made at Toowoomba on YouTube.
        They are superb…esp the subject on Karmic laws..
        very true and I am clean bowled. Keep Talking!
        Warm regards
        Shubha Kota
        Singapore

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        1. ||Aum Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
          Dear Shubha
          Glad that you listened to the Talks that I delivered in Toowoomba. The Inter-religious Organisation in Singapore requested me to visit Pure Land Learning College Association in Toowoomba and to speak on those topics from a Hindu perspective. Yes, it was a nice experience to get the audience of monks, nuns and the laity of Buddhism who heard me with rapt attention. If the Talks were useful to you and any other listener, I would consider it as Holy Mother‘s grace only.
          May Sri Thakur guide you ever is my prayer!
          Swami Vimokshananda

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    1. ||Aum Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
      Dear Arun
      Thanks for your cryptic exclaim!
      Though this is enough for me, I would consider that the Comment section engages other readers of this blog to get into useful discussions. More often than not, I have witnessed the participation of the readers has enhanced the original post and added more lively thoughts. I hope henceforth, you would feel free to express yourself!
      May Sri Ramakrishna bless you is my earnest prayer!
      Swami Vimokshananda

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