Honourable Vice-President of India--Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the Fifth Global Bhagavad Gita Convention-2022. The theme of this convention was Mental Harmony--The Universal Message. This convention was organized by the Center for Inner Resources Development--NA, under the guidance of Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha of Narayanashrama Tapovanam.
Excerpts of the talk:
𝑆𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠, 𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝐵ℎ𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑣𝑎𝑑 𝐺𝑖𝑡𝑎 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑠𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑖𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑛𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑦 𝑜𝑟 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒. 𝐼𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑙. 𝐼𝑡 𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑠 𝑎 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑐𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑛𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑔𝑢𝑖𝑑𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒. 𝑇𝑜𝑑𝑎𝑦, 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟, 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑥 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑚𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝐵ℎ𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑣𝑎𝑑 𝐺𝑖𝑡𝑎 𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑠 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑣𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑎𝑠 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑛𝑢𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑏𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑐𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠. 𝐷𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 𝑐𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑠, 𝑡𝑒𝑥𝑡𝑠 𝑠𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐵ℎ𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑣𝑎𝑑 𝐺𝑖𝑡𝑎 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑔𝑢𝑖𝑑𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝 𝑖𝑛 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑒𝑎𝑐𝑒. 𝐼𝑡 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛-ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑎𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑤𝑠 𝑢𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑑𝑖𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠.
𝑀𝑦 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑠𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠, 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑢𝑛𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑟𝑢𝑝𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑐𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑔𝑙𝑜𝑏𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐶𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑑 𝑃𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑐, 𝐼 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑝𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑙𝑦. 𝑀𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑦 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑐.
Honourable Vice-President appreciated Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha ji's efforts in spreading the message of Bhagavad Gita and stressing the importance of mental harmony through this convention.
Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu said that India has always shared its knowledge with the world. The core of Indian philosophy has been “Share and care”. He expressed his appreciation for CIRD-NA and “Global Bhagavad Gita Convention” which are embodying this philosophy and striving hard to expose the global audience to the treasure of Bhagavad Gita.
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Narayanashrama Tapovanam, an Ashram located in Thrissur, Kerala, embodies the unique tradition of Guru-shishya Parampara, disseminating Brahmavidya (Science of Self-knowledge) through regular classes, satsangs, and above all, through learning in the association of a realized spiritual master.
Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.