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Friday, June 10, 2011

Swami Nikhilanand of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat to explain what is beyond the Bhagwad Gita in 7-day discourse

Swami Nikhilanand of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat to Explain What Is Beyond the Bhagwad Gita in 7-Day Discourse.

Disciple of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, Swami Nikhilanand
Above: Swami Nikhilanand, disciple of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, speaking on the Bhagwad Gita

Having taught many family Gita classes in the New York area, this July Swami Nikhilanand, disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, is returning to deliver a series of discourses explaining what is beyond the Bhagwad Gita. This program, to be held at the Vaishnav Community Center in New Hyde Park, NY from July 10th to July 16th, will introduce listeners to the philosophy of the Bhagwatam. The program will combine a discourse and kirtan in the main hall for adults with a youth Bhagwatam class in a separate room. It will also differ from most other Bhagwat saptah programs in that listeners will not only hear the stories of the Bhagwatam, but will learn the actual philosophy of the Bhagwatam, how it relates to other Hindu scriptures, and how to apply it in their own practice of devotion.

Swami Nikhilanand is a disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. He was born in Canada in a non-religious family and learned about God while attending a Catholic school in his small hometown. Although he knew nothing about Hinduism at the time, his spiritual questions led him to search beyond the conventional religious education he received in school, and he read many religious books of other traditions. As a young man, his quest brought him to a Hindu religious center in Austin, Texas by the name of Radha Madhav Dham. Radha Madhav Dham is the main U.S. ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj.

While visiting the ashram, Swami Nikhilanand learned the Hindu concepts of God, soul, reincarnation, karm, and liberation and found many of the answers he had been seeking since his childhood. Soon after, Swami Nikhilanand moved to the ashram in Texas and also started making regular visits to India to learn more about Hinduism. He learned Hindi, and also studied the main Sanskrit scriptures with the guidance of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj. After several years of study and meditation, he was given the order of sanyas, which is a renounced order of living similar to being a monk. He now travels around America giving discourses on the philosophy of Sanatan Dharm to adults and youth, and teaching the path of bhakti as he learned from his Guruji.

Radha Madhav Dham, US ashram of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj
(Above: Radha Madhav Dham, US ashram of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj)

In his Bhagwatam discourse this July, Swami Nikhilanand will be going beyond what he has taught in his past Gita classes. Swamiji tells, “It is commonly said that where the teachings of the Bhagwad Gita end, the philosophy of the Bhagwatam begins. The Gita gives general knowledge about who God is, who Krishna is, and how a person should lead their life. The Bhagwatam reveals things about God that are only hinted at in the Gita, and tells secrets about the ultimate goal of life which you could not know by reading the Gita. That is why the Bhagwatam is considered to the crown jewel of all the Hindu scriptures.”

The satsang will conclude each evening with singing bhajans of Krishna leelas which are based on the stories of the Bhagwatam. This helps participants to engage their mind in remembering God for a longer time, whereas normally the mind is too fickle to allow a person to meditate for more than a few minutes.

While the adults attend the satsang and discourse in the main hall, the youth will be learning the philosophy and stories of the Bhagwatam in a separate class. Youth will also play a fun game of Jeopardy every day to test their knowledge of the Hindu scriptures. Dinner prasad will be served after the arti every day.

The location of the program is the Vaishnav Community Center at 100 Lakeville Rd in New Hyde Park, NY 11040. The dates are July 10-16, 2011. The time is 4:00-6:00 pm on Sunday, July 10, and 7:00-8:30 pm on the remaining days (Monday, July 11 to Saturday, July 16). For more information you can call Rohit Sharma at (516) 582-1113, or visit www.SwamiNikhilanand.com or www.Facebook.com/SwamiNikhilanand.

Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj
(Above: Satsang with Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj at Radha Madhav Dham ashram)

Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat (JKP) is a religious, non-profit, charitable, educational organization that was founded in India by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. Shree Kripaluji Maharaj is the fifth original Jagadguru in the last 5,000 years. The main center of JKP in the West is Radha Madhav Dham ashram in Austin, Texas.

Swami Nikhilanand will also be visiting the Hanuman Temple of New York in Hempstead from July 23rd to August 6th, for a 15-day discourse entitled “The Essence of Sanatan Dharm”. On September 4th to September 11th, he will deliver an 8-day pravachan called “8 Important Questions About Hinduism” at the Hindu Center in Flushing, NY.

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