At Fickling Convention Centre on October 21 & 22
Auckland, October 10, 2018
A young Mechanical Engineer turned ascetic will present two religious discourses at the Fickling Convention Centre (Hillsborough Room) in Auckland next weekend.
Gopalavallidasan, the presiding Head of the Chennai based Radhekrishna Sathsangam will extol the ‘Greatness of Lord Krishna’ from 630 pm on Sunday, October 21, 2018 and explain ‘Sree Rama Kalyanam’ (the Marriage of Lord Rama) from 6 pm on Monday, October 22, 2018.
Gopalavallidasan (Wikimedia Commons)
Ramayana and Mahabharata
Lords Rama and Krishna are the heroes of India’s two great Epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, each featuring the respective incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Protector of the Universe. They set examples of discipline and Dharma and the justified the theory that ends justify the means.
While Lord Rama went into exile on the orders of his Emperor-Father, Lord Krishna was forced into exile and was raised far from his birthplace for fear of being killed his uncle.
Both led a full life as human beings and hence are described as ‘Sampoorna Avatars,’ and excerpts from the two Epics are heard with reverence by the young and the old. Religious discourses were common in India from the 1940s through to 1960s and have seen a revival in some parts of India in recent years.
Born into an average Brahmin Chennai family in 1975, Gopalavallidasan came under the influence of Gurujiamma, Founder of Radhekrishna Sathsangam, a Hermitage that taught the significance of worshipping Lord Krishna. As a teenager, he learnt Yoga from Gurujiamma’s husband and gradually underwent a transformation to the life of a celibate.
Following the death of Gurujiamma on December 25, 2014, Gopalavallidasan became the Head of the Radhekrishna Sathsangam, although he was conducting discourses (Upanyasams) since he was 20 years old. With a mission to propagate and popularise Krishan Bakthi (Devotion to Lord Krishna) and Namasankeertana (Hymns in praise of the Lord), he has conducted discourses in many parts of the world in Asia and Africa.
As well as explaining the story and verses from Ramayana and Mahabharata, Gopalavallidasan is adept in Bhagavad Geetha, Divya Prabandham (a collection of 4000 Tamil verses composed by the 12 Alvars), History of famous disciplines and the life and works of Saga Narada.
His discourses have been broadcast on the Radio and Television and are available on YouTube.
His forthcoming visit to New Zealand is his first to the region.