mahasadhaka seminar

Krishna is the symbol of great mysticism: Justice Venkatachaliah

Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah – Former Chief Justice of India who inaugurated a seminar on the book Mahasadhaka organized at ISKCON Bangalore on January 10, 2016 said that, “The core of any religion is not dogma or ritual. It is mysticism. And Krishna is the symbol of this great mysticism.”

Mahasadhaka is a Kannada novel on the biography of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder-Acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness). Justice Venkatachaliah has written a foreword to this book.

“When it came to my hands, I read the book twice. I was amazed at the way in which the author has integrated the various elements of the great saint’s life. The book is something of a marvel. The message of this book is that everything is so beautiful in life and it transcends the limitations of prakriti,” he said.

His Grace Madhu Pandit Dasa – President, ISKCON Bangalore presided over the ceremony. Dr. Babu Krishnamurthy, the author of Mahasadhaka, Prof. Mallepuram G. Venkatesh – Former Vice Chancellor of Karnataka Sanskrit University, Bengaluru, Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa – Senior Vice President of ISKCON Bangalore and Sri Stoka Krishna Dasa – President, Hare Krishna Movement, Chennai graced the occasion.

The book had been released by His Excellency Sri Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka on September 27 last year. This seminar was organized with a view to promoting the book and creating an interest among the people to read it by discussing the life story of Srila Prabhupada and the literary aspects of this work.

Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa, in his welcome address said, “Due to the tapasya of Srila Prabhupada we can see Krishna devotees in every continent today. Srila Prabhupada was not only a brilliant and eloquent communicator of the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam based on the commentaries of the great acharyas of the past, but he also carried the very spirit and conviction of these great texts in every aspect of his life.”

Prof. Mallepuram Venkatesh, in his introductory speech, commended the author of the book and said, “Akin to the Gomateshwara statue which has been carved out of stone, the author has carved a magnificent statue of Srila Prabhupada out of his literary work in this novel form.”

His Grace Madhu Pandit Dasa lauded the author for his remarkable work and said, “We, the devotees at ISKCON are very much indebted to him for producing this wonderful literature.” He mentioned how, after the release of the book, several important personalities from Karnataka who are closely associated with ISKCON expressed their happiness at learning of a great devotee of the Lord, a spiritual revolutionary who walked on this earth and transformed millions of hearts around the world. “Srila Prabhupada’s books have been translated to over 350 languages. In the last 40 years, more than 60 million copies of the Bhagavad-gita in different languages have been distributed all over the world. In an unprecedented manner, our Indian spiritualism and culture have reached different shores of this world. By his Bhaktivedanta purports imbued with devotion to Lord Krishna, Srila Prabhupada attracted people towards Krishna consciousness. After that he gave the weapon by which they can sustain that Krishna consciousness which is nama sankirtana, by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.”

The inaugural ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks by Sri Stoka Krishna Dasa.

The seminar began with a review of the novel, Mahasadhaka. Prof. G. Ashwattha Narayana presided over this session. Dr. V. B. Arathi gave a talk on ‘Hero of the novel Mahasadhaka’. Dr. G. B. Harish reviewed the subject, technique and style of the novel. Dr. Belavadi Manjunath and Dr. H. N. Muralidhar gave their opinions about the novel.

This was followed by a conversation with Dr. Babu Krishna Murthy, the author of Mahasadhaka. Dr. S. R. Leela, Dr. Jayanthi Manohar, Sri Belur Ramamurthy and Sri Eshwarachandra participated in this session.

Many eminent scholars attended the seminar and expressed their opinions about the book and also praised its unique position in the literary world.

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