T he ISKCON Eastern India Divisional Council’s Brahmachari Convention took place in Mayapur on 25th, 26th and 27th of September 2012. It was enthusiastically attended by about 450 brahmachari devotees from temples of eastern India. The Convention was graced by H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaja, H.H. Bhaktividya Purna Swami Maharaja, H.H. Bhakti Purushottama Swami Maharaja, H.H. Gauranga Prema Swami Maharaja and H.G. Jananivasa Prabhu.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaja shared his personal experience of Brahmachari life with all the devotees present there. H.H. Bhaktividya Purna Swami Maharaja elaborately explained the process and value of brahmacharya and how to maintain ideal discipline in brahmachari life. H.H. Bhakti Purushottama Swami Maharaja highlighted the inspirational effect of the Brahmachari Convention, important aspects of Brahmachari life such as service, etc. H.H. Gauranga Prema Swami Maharaja narrated the sannyasa pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and how strictly He followed the life of renunciation. This presentation was relished by the attendees. H.G. Jananivasa Prabhu explained how a Krishna conscious brahmachari life accelerates the progress of spiritual life. H.G. Sankarshan Nitai Prabhu spoke about the important role humility plays in brahmachari life.
The Convention became more colorful with the performance of drama, group discussions and other spiritual entertainment-programs. The brahmacharis were overwhelmed in happiness to chant the holy names of the Lord together in tumultuous kirtan, bathed in Ganga and relished mahaprasadam together. The Convention ended with a very impressive and splendid Harinama Sankirtana procession of all the brahmacharis upto the Yogapitha.
The attendees were overwhelmed by seeing the brahmacharis’ tremendous courage and stimulation. After hearing about the value, goals and standard of brahmachari life from great souls, and through the question/answer session, the brahmacharis expressed a high degree of inspiration and requested that such a Brahmachari Convention should be held every year.
Your Humble Servant,