His Holiness Gurudevananda Swamiji Of Odiyoor Enchants Bahrain
Bahrain November 30, 2010: In
an auspicious program undertaken by the Bunts Bahrain Association
Executive Committee and its members, His Holiness Shri Shri
Gurudevananda Swamiji of Odiyoor was invited to Bahrain to deliver a
moral discourse for the benefit of general members, their families and
well-wishers at the Isa Bin Salman Cultural Hall of the Alumni Club in
Adliya on the evening of Friday the 26th November, 2010.
program took-off at 6.00 p.m. with a devotional song by Mr. Ravindra
Prabhu. Swamiji was welcomed to the Hall with the accompaniment of
the traditional Poorna Kumba welcome, complete with the beating of
drums, dancing and ‘kalasa’. Mr. Doomanna Rai welcomed the Swamiji,
all the devotees and guests who had assembled in the Hall with much
eagerness. A prayer song by Ravindra Prabhu and an Invocation Dance
under the direction of Ms. Nayana Rai and choreographed by Ms. Aasthika
Shetty gave the right prayerful and divine touch to begin the program.
Mr. Amarnath Rai, President of Bunts Bahrain along with the other
Executive Committee members escorted the Swamiji onto the stage and to
his specially erected podium seat.
President of Bunts Bahrain then addressed the gathering welcoming the
Swamiji on his maiden visit to Bahrain and thanking him for accepting
the invitation. It was the turn of Mr. Sunil Shetty to read to the
audience the Swamiji’s profile in introduction. The Swamiji was
felicitated with a memento in appreciation of his visit to Bahrain and
on being with the community.
Swamiji honored 5 prominent community members, viz., Mr. Shantaram
Shetty, Mr. Sudhakar Shetty, Mr. Prakash Shetty, Mr. Ajay Shetty and Mr.
Rajeev Menon with memento presentations to each and Prasadam.
Mementoes were also given to five other prominent dedicated members,
Mr.Ravindra Prabhu, Mr. Padmananah, Ms. Nayana Rai, Ms. Vijaya
Satyanarayana. The Swamiji honored them all by donning them each
with a special Gurudevadatta Samsthanam silk shawl and distributed the
‘Prasadam’ imparting divine blessings on them.
Swamiji then delivered the "Pravachana" for nearly 30 minutes, a moral
discourse enchanting the entire audience with choice messages as he gave
typical examples in daily life on spirituality, love, service and
generosity. Science he said, may give us proof for every single
thing but it is our exemplary experience in life and benevolence as role
model human beings that will leave behind an indelible mark of
existence. The audience responded with peals of laughter at
intervals as he laced his talk giving humorous examples and acknowledged
his appreciation with rich applause. "Richness without generosity is
like a tree without shade", said the Swamiji resolutely.
expressed delight in the warm welcome given to him by the community and
was impressed by the various activities undertaken by the dedicated
members praising the efforts made by all and encouraged all to continue
with the good work. The Swamiji immensely thanked the Bunts Bahrain
Association for their benevolent gestures and works. He concluded
by thanking the Bunts Bahrain organizers for inviting him over to
Bahrain and concluded by imparting divine blessings to all and wishing
all the programs of the Association every success.
The program was capably compered by the Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Sudhir Shetty, in his inimitable style.
the devotees and well-wishers were given the opportunity to meet the
Swamiji with reverence on stage and take his blessings as he personally
distributed the "Prasadam" to each one of them.