Dear and Blessed Souls
Harih Om Tat Sat. The Covid-19 pandemic which has swept across the world has affected our plan to inaugurate the Satram Sabha Niketan during the 19th Annual Sreemad Bhaagavata Tattva Sameeksha Satram (SBTSS). Even the physical event at Naimishaaranyam cannot be conducted as before, under the current regulations. I felt something as holy as the SBTSS should not be missed. Over the last 9 months we have seen how technology has helped in conducting ‘virtual’ events without people having to gather physically at any place. The idea was brought up and discussed with the SBTSS Committee members.
I am very happy to inform you that the 19th Sreemad Bhaagavata Tattva Sameeksha Satram will be held as a virtual event from 27 December 2020 to 03 January 2021. It will be jointly organized by Narayanashrama Tapovanam and Hind Navotthana Pratishtan. The 8-day event will be completely online and also simultaneously telecast in the local Trichur Cable Vision television channel.
As you may already know, Narayanashrama Tapovanam is conducting online ‘Global Satsang’ in English on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, which can be heard the world over in YouTube.
This year, all lectures of Satram will be in Malayalam; no English talks are included. The daily pooja as well as Sreemad Bhaagavata paaraayanam will also be held, but for shorter duration. Programme details are in the attached brochure. To make the online event as wholesome as possible, very special arrangements are being made to have the speeches of all exponents ready for timely telecast.
For the webcast, we are launching a new YouTube channel called BhagavataTattvam exclusively for Satram programmes - www.youtube.com/BhagavataTattvam, which will be available on the channel after the event too. Besides, audios and videos of discourses from 2010 are also uploaded. I wish you subscribe to this channel and request your friends and relatives also to do so.
Tattva Sameeksha event is meant to enrich and empower the human mind and intelligence, so that everyone will be able to face any challenge from the world, including the present global pandemic, and go forward in life with confidence, strength and hope.
At any time, bequeathing wealth and other material assets to the successors will alone not be sufficient. Equally essential are the spiritual merits satsangs like our Tattva Sameeksha Satram provide. To inculcate values like restraint, moderation, love, fraternity, sympathy, honesty and the like, the best way is to expose great texts like Bhagavad Gita and Sreemad Bhaagavatam, our country has preserved for millennia. These time-tested values pertaining to human mind and intelligence, when rationally exposed, are sure to evoke emotional persuasion and rational compulsion from anybody. We have been conducting the Satram for the last 18 years solely with this intention.
We are trying to reach online webcast to as many countries in the world as possible. This will mean special effort to reach the information beforehand to prospective viewers. Only when every one of you strives hard to reach the message to your own relatives, friends and well-wishers, our effort will have the desired benefit.
I wish each of you to feel that you are present in Naimishaaranyam physically and are participating in the programs. Every one should feel that the 19th SBTSS is being held like all the other previous Satrams, except that it is virtual.
Let me restate that in a multilingual Nation like ours, any kind of Dharmic dissemination like this can only be ‘regional’ and in the ‘local language’. All States and people have to take it up earnestly, and cater to the people of each region. Nonetheless the cause, scope and benefit are national no doubt. Keeping this in mind, I would like all of you, our devotees and seekers, to own up the event wholeheartedly and join in conducting it effectively.
Estimated cost for the online event is Rs. 15 lakhs. Needless to say, without the whole- hearted sharing of all like-minded people and votaries of dharma, an event of this kind cannot be held. Taking part in this auspicious event is an indispensable need as well as unique blessing to your family and future generations.
Love and ashirvaad.
Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha
Sreemad Bhaagavata Tattva Sameeksha Satram normally is a 10 day-long exposition which explains how to apply the essential values and ideals of Sreemad Bhaagavatam to daily life. The Satram is usually held at Naimisharanyam, Wadakkanchery, Thrissur district, in the month of December every year, and it aims at making devotion and Sreemad Bhaagavatam the very base of people’s lives, by describing the values and truths propounded by the text. It is organized jointly by the Hind Navotthana Pratishtan and Narayanashrama Tapovanam. Due to the reigning Covid-19 situation the entire event will be held vitually online. Click here to go to the Bhagavata Tattvam YouTube channel.
People from different parts of the country turn out in large numbers in Naimishaaranyam to listen to the day-long discourses and talks by an eminent panel of distinguished scholars and exponents, aimed at bestowing the Bhaagavata elixir and imbuing the listeners with inner values and vision. Knowledge of the Supreme Truth which is contained in Sreemad Bhaagavatam is the only means to free the human mind from the afflictions of the world. Distinct from the usual Sreemad Bhaagavata Saptaahams, the Tattva Sameeksha Satram aims at instilling deeper wisdom, universal values and rational thinking through the profound thoughts of the great holy Text. Each year this objective is being fulfilled to a greater degree, bringing conspicuous results among the attendees.
Vidyaavataam Bhaagavate Pareeksha’ (In Bhaagavatam is the real test for the erudite and scholarly). This quote is an indication of the sublimity and profoundness of this ancient yet timeless Indian scripture. This very abundance of knowledge and wisdom contained in Bhaagavatam is what makes it relevant and practically applicable even in the modern world.