HH Bhakti Ananda Goswami is a sannyasi and siksha guru in the line of His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. A feature article on his research into ancient historical and theological connections between Krishna centric Vaishnavism in India and the Mediterranean Proto-Catholic Vaishnava complex has just been published in the NEWS INDIA-TIMES. Below is a little information from Swamiji about the genesis of this ground-breaking article, and how to get it.
SRI SRI GURU and GAURANGA ki jaya !
Dear Venerable Sisters, Brothers and Others,
Please accept by humble obeisances.
Due to my long chronic and sometimes severe illness, i have not gotten out much and have been very isolated for long periods of time during the last 20 years. However, once in a while i get such an important opportunity for service, that i can’t resist the temptation to undertake some totally unreasonable apparent over-endeavour to do it. Such seeming over-endeavours were the two lecture tours which i undertook last year, speaking on my discoveries. The physical and financial challenges seemed overwhelming, but i was determined to do it. Of course Krishna is the Doer, so i reasoned that if He wanted it done, it could be done.
This amazing dedication of an entire newspaper page to the complex academic work of an unpublished researchist (myself), is one direct result of last year’s effort. Krishna Did It !… and is now bringing the many sacrifices involved to fruition in various ways, to further the non-sectarian Sankirtan Movement of Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga !
How It Happened
The Grace of Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga
The News India-Times covered the major academic indology event last year, the WORLD ASSOCIATION FOR VEDIC STUDIES CONFERENCE in New Jersey, USA. Two of my research papers on ancient East – West Bhakti Tradition connections had been accepted for presentation at this conference. It was an honor for an unpublished researchist to have a paper accepted for presentation at such a prestigious conference. Two of my papers were accepted. How could i not go to present them ? In addition, another Vedic scholar was presenting a paper on a related subject which used some of my research, so i also wanted to attend in support of his efforts as well.
The result of the whole sacrificial journey, which involved great austerities due to my health and poverty, was that i delivered my two papers to a large standing-room-only packed lecture hall, and not a single scholar challenged either my evidence or my conclusions ! Instead a number of scholars stayed after my presentation, and even after the entire 3 day conference ended, to ask me numerous questions of intense academic and even personal interest to them. The other scholar’s paper (related to my work) was also received very well, in fact we both received enthusiastic ovations after our presentations, something not often seen at dry academic conferences.
Subsequently. i was contacted by Mr. Shomik Chaudhuri of the News India-Times, who requested me to write an article on my discoveries for the Newspaper. The Editors approved an entire page for it ! It is now in the current Vol. 32 NO 30 August 24th 2001 hard copy edition on page 48, the Viewpoint Section. The online copy is not out yet, but will be soon at
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This publication is rather miraculous. One reason is that the lag-time for such specialized academic research getting out of the closed-circle of academia into the public sector is usually years, and complex matters of scholarly interest are not usually considered particularly ‘newsworthy’. It is therefore rare to see such an article in a non-academic newspaper. A second reason is that such unsought non-academic publicity for a complex scholarly matter presented by an unpublished, unknown researchist is unheard of ! Because of the isolation imposed on me by my long illness and related poverty, my work is little known and remains unpublished. In addition i have had to pursue my studies and the communication of my findings against the strong opposition of some fundamentalist sectarian fanatics who have strongly opposed the inter-religious nature of my work. Thus the success of this endeavour is truely miraculous for these two and many other reasons.
So the whole sequence of events has been inconceivable. Please take advantage of it to read and distribute this article for the pleasure of the Lord and the service of His servants in the cause of divine reconciliation.
your aspiring servant, Bhakti Ananda Goswami