By Basu Ghosh Das
On Sunday, January 4, 2015, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (aka the “RSS” — the Hindu nationalist “national volunteer organization”. The now “ruling” BJP political party is the “political wing” of the RSS) organized a meeting of sadhus and Hindu religious leaders from around Gujarat State, with RSS Sarsangh Chalak (Chief) Sri Mohan Bhagawat, at Kathwada, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
ISKCON India senior leaders attended the meeting upon the invitation of the Gujarat State Dharma Jagaran Manch General Secretay Sri Kirti Bhatt.
HH Nava Yogendra Swami, of ISKCON Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir, who was visiting Gujarat, ISKCON Gujarat zonal secretary Jasomatinandan Das, and ISKCON Baroda temple president Basu Ghosh Das were present for the meeting.
A number of well known sadhus and Hindu religious leaders participated in the program and some of their names, from amongst the more than fifty participants are as follows:
1. Madhavapriya Swami of Swaminarayan Gurukula, Charodi, Ahmedabad, and Swaminarayan Gurukula, Ahmedabad and Rajkot. 2.Vishweshwaranand Giri Swami of the Sannyas Ashram, Ahmedabad. 3. Aksharvatsal Swami and Brahmavihari Swami from BAPS Swaminagaryan, Shahibhag, Ahmedabad. 4. Vallabh Sampradaya Goswami Dwarakeshlalji Maharaj of Kalyanrai Mandir, Baroda. 5. Acharya Samskritananda Hari of Kaushalya Pitham, Baroda. 6. All India Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha General Secertary Paramatmanand Saraswati Swami of Rajkot. 7. Bhagavatprasad Swami of the Swaminarayan Mandir, Maninagar, Ahmedabad. 8. Krishnamaniji Maharaj of the Pranami Sampradaya, Jamnagar. 9. Khemdas Maharaj – Harsumna Kabir Mandir, Karjan/Baroda. 10. 1008 Mahamandaleshwar Lalit Kishordasji Maharaj of Nimbark Pith, Limdi, Surendranagar District, Saurashtra. 11. Notam Swami, Vadtal Swaminarayan Sanstha, Vadtal Sant Sabha Pramukh (head), 12. Swami Atmanand Saraswati, of Botad, Bhavnagar District, Saurashtra
The program was organized by, Gujarat State Secretary, Dharma Jagaran manch Sri Kirti Bhatt, Gujarat State President of the Dharma Jagaran manch, Sri Ghanshyam Vyas, and Gujarat RSS Dharma Jagaran samanvay vibhag member Sri Satyam Rao.
Dr. Jayanti Badeshia, RSS Gujarat Sangh Chalak, a resident of Morvi in Saurashtra, shared the podium with Sri Mohan Bhagawat, and briefly addressed the gathering.
Thereafter, Sri Mohan Bhagawat addressed the religious leaders, and he made three simple points.
First of all, he appealed to the dharma gurus and sadhus who were present to motivate their disciples and followers to gather together at home with family members and discuss daily “about anything EXCEPT cricket, politics, and TV/cinema”! He termed this “parivar prabodhan” “enlightening the family”.
He then made a plea to the religious heads to encourage the use of Hindi.
Finally he said that he and his organization were committed to support the revival of Samskritam (Sanskrit) language in India.
After his speech, he met informally but briefly with the sadhus and religious heads, since he was headed to the the main stage program where thousands of people had gathered for the RSS volunteers meeting, that was underway at the site. That meeting was for three days, from January 2-4, 2015, and this was the last day of the program.
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