Inspiring Bhagwat discourses by Swami Rambhadracharya

IMG_2155SAN BRUNO, CA: Jagadguru Swami Rambhadracharya visited Sanatan Mandir, San Bruno from July 8 -14 for discourse of Shrimad Bhagavad Katha. Over 250 Sanatan families from all over Bay area attended the Bhagavad discourse on Sunday and sought the blessings of the Swami. The program was followed by aarti and distribution of mahaprasad.

Jagadguru Swami Rambhadracharya, born Giridhar Mishra on 14 January 1950, is a Hindu religious leader, educationist, Sanskrit scholar, poet, author, philosopher, composer, singer, playwright and Katha artist based in Chitrakoot, India. He is the founder and head of Tulsi Peeth, Chitrakoot.

Swamiji has been blind since the age of two months and had no formal education till the age of seventeen. He is the founder and Chancellor of the Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University in Chitrakoot, which offers graduate and postgraduate courses exclusively to four types of disabled students.

At the age of five, Swamiji memorized the entire Bhagavad Gita, consisting of around 700 verses with chapter and verse numbers, in 15 days, with the help of his neighbor, Pandit Murlidhar Mishra. On Janmashtami day in 1955, he recited the entire Bhagavad Gita.

When he was seven he memorized the entire Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas, consisting of around 10,900 verses with chapter and verse numbers, in 60 days, assisted by his grandfather. On Ram Navami day in 1957, he recited the entire epic while fasting. Later, Giridhar went on to memorize the Vedas, the Upanishads, works of Sanskrit grammar, the Bhagavata Purana, all the works of Tulsidas, and many other works in Sanskrit and Indian literature.

Srimad Bhagavatam is one of the greatest scriptures in the divine literature of the Sanatana Dharma. It shows us the beautiful path of Bhagavata Dharma. Consisting of 18000 verses across 12 cantos, this Purana was written by Sri Veda Vyasa and narrated to King Parikshit by Sage Suka in seven days, when the latter faced a curse of death by the sting of a serpent.

Srimad Bhagavatam discourses started with an introduction and take one through origins of different characters and their significance in the spiritual realm and truth. Spiritual and social messages from Guruji delivered during the Srimad Bhagavatam Katha were inspiring for a common man to lead a peaceful and successful life.

Around $61,251.61 were donated by the devotees of Sanatan Mandir to Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University which provides higher and professional education to persons with disabilities.

Vidya Sethuraman
India Post News Service

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