Thursday, February 15, 2007

Bhagavad-Gita Programme in Chennai

Shri V.R.Venkatesan, the publisher of Silent Brotherhood, ( who recently won India Deaf Expo award for best deaf magazine ) invited Anantadevji to be Guest of Honour for 7th Anniversary of Srimad Bhagavad Gita Course for the Deaf at Krishna Temple, Sree Gaudiya Math in Chennai on 28th January 2007. Anantadev consented to it. About 20 persons including Mastan, his wife Padmalatha and brother-in-law Ravi ( from Nellore, Andhra Pradesh ) attended it. By train he was travelling to Chennai from Bangalore. But derailment of a train in a certain place in Tamil Nadu delayed his attending the programme. Thus they waited to give him a reception. Anantadev thanked Mastan and Ravi for picking him up at Chennai station and saving his time.
Anantadev lit the lamp along with others like Jakkala Ranganathan, Venkatesan, Vidya ( hearing interpreter ). Then he and the audience recited Hare Krishna mantra in signs three times. When Venkatesan introduced him to the audience, he eulogised him as a rare deaf messenger of Sanatana Dharma, who is familiar with some Vedic literatures, and as the only deaf person who spread the messages of Krishna all over India. Anantadev lectured about Lord Narsimhadev and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Chaitanya appeared in Bengal, India more than 500 years ago to spread Hare Krishna mantra all over India. His appearance day falls on 3rd March 2007. Anantadev also spoke briefly about proverbs. The audience enjoyed the lectures. Recitation of Hare Krishna was followed by prasadam lunch.
Venkatesan asked Anantadev whether he would arrange for his lectures at Hyderabad in the future. Anantadev happily agreed to it because he has never been to Hyderabad to meet the deaf there.