“Journey of the Soul” College Seminar in Bhubaneswar, India

Posted on March 15, 2015 by navalatika

By the causeless mercy of Srila Gurudeva and the Vaisnavas, our Jay Shree Damodar Gaudiya Matha preaching team recently completed a five-day college seminar on the Bhagavad-gita from January 19-23, 2015 at the prestigious engineering college in Bhubaneswar called Gandhi Institute for Technology Advancement (GITA). The seminar was named “Journey of the Soul”.

Every day, the auditorium that seated 400 people was completely packed with excited participants, who were embarking on their soul’s journey in the form of these presentations.Students as well as the principal and several Head of Departments (hod’s) attended the seminar regularly.

Two brahmacaris from the Puri Matha, Sunder Gopal das and Madan Mohan das organized the seminar and were given a large flat to stay in at the college campus. In the evenings, students would come to the brahmacaris’ room to ask them questions and to hear more about the Gaudiya sampradaya and its philosophy.

On the final day of the seminar, Syamarani didi came as an honored guest to share her wisdom and experience with the students. She also helped to sponsor a complete book set of Hindi, English, and Oria books for the campus library. To those students who were especially active in their participation of the seminar, they were awarded a participation certificate as well as a free ‘Jaiva Dharma’. There was also a book table during the seminar, where the students were offered a special 40% discount. Many students signed up for the Harikatha mailing list and the brahmacaris are still trying to stay in touch with them via SMS messages. The seminar was a great success and it was all power point presentation with 5 topics for 5 days. Topics were- Does God Exist? Who Am I? Karma Yoga? One God or many God’s?  And Practical application i.e glories of chanting.  The preaching team from Jay Shree Damodar Gaudiya Matha hopes to continue to expand such programs in many more colleges in Orissa.

 

This will allow the college students and faculty to develop good samskaras and give them a chance to build a relationship with Srila Gurudeva and the Gaudiya Guru-varga, who will surely, out of their great magnanimity and compassion, very soon offer them as flowers to the lotus feet of Sri Gauranga and Sri Sri Radha and Krsna.