Sacred Ratha-yatra Day! Selamat Hari Raya Day!
Today I learnt to add a Page entitled “Audios/Videos” in this blog. Many readers have been requesting me to add audios and videos of my programmes held in the ashram and elsewhere. Recently, I went to Australia on the Invitation of the Pure Land Learning College Association of Toowoomba in Queensland. Here are the Videos of my three Talks that were uploaded to YouTube courtesy Chef Kumar Mahadevan of Sydney.
The Pure Land Learning College Association of Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia, was founded in 2001 by Venerable Buddhist monk Master Chin Kung. The PLLCA invited Swami Vimokshananda to deliver 3 lectures from a Hindu perspective. The Lectures were given on 23, 24 & 25 March, 2016. They were well received by the residents of the Toowoomba society. The monks and nuns as also the residents of the society along with a few Hindus attended the lectures.
Question-answer session after every Talk showed that how much interest was generated in the topics for discussion. The topics discussed were:
- Harmony of Faiths – Is there any Real Solution?
- Why Can’t we Live in Peace?
- Values for a Family – Is Karmic Law Relevant?
These series of invited Talks were a sequel to the much-appreciated efforts by the Inter-Religious Organisation of Singapore whose avowed object is promoting harmony and peace and understanding between people of different faiths. All the three Talks have been uploaded to YouTube for easy access to people.
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