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Voted The Best Society

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 / Published in Reports / 2,958 views

By Isvara Puri dasa

Dear devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

For your pleasure, we are honoured to share the following:

Yesterday marked the 36th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s visit to the University of the Witwatersrand. On the 20th October 1975, during His only visit to South Africa, His Divine Grace delivered a talk at the prestigious Great Hall, Wits.

Today, the Bhakti Yoga Society at Wits University- a university-based preaching wing of the Intrernational Society for Krsna conciousness, has gained foothold and flourishes unde r Srila Prabhupada’s blessings.

A few days ago, at the University’s first-ever ‘Student Leadership Awards’, a grand function held at the same locale and presided over by the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, various Deans of Faculties and the SRC, the Bhakti Yoga Society was awarded “The Dean’s Award for the Best Society 2011″.

Out of over fifty societies, including cultural, religious, sport and social, the Bhakti Yoga Society was rated and awarded as the best. Along with this, the Dean of Student Affairs, Ms Prem Coopoo presented us with a large silver trophy, certificates and an monetary award of R10000 in fixed assets for the society’s work at The University. We recognise this as the blessings of His Divine Grace, who himself begun the preaching of Krsna consciousness there 36 years ago.

We pray only to continue our work in fulfilling Srila Prabhupada’s cherished desire for educated, young boys and girls to be exposed to and trained in timeless Krsna consciousness, the knowledge which is the king of education, thus creating a dynamic generation of devotees.

We beg the assistance and blessings of everyone in this endeavour in strongly continuing Srila Prabhupada’s work, and if there is any success in this attempt, we humbly offer it unto His Divine Grace.

Your servant, Isvara Puri dasa.

Project co-ordinator: Bhakti Yoga Society

Wits University, Johannesburg


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    Akruranatha ( User Karma: -11 ) says:

    It is very encouraging to see that the Bhakti Yoga Society was awarded as the “Best Society 2011″ out of some 50 campus societies. What very nice service the devotees there must be doing! Universities occupy a crucial role in modern culture, and having nice Krishna consciousness programs at universities is an important strategic initiative. All glories to your service!

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    pustakrishna ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Congratulations on well-deserved honor. We always offer such success to our Gurudeva, and hence say: All Glories to Srila Prabhupad. We began programs at the University of Witwatersrand with kirtans on the lawn, distribution of prasadam and books, and invitations to visit our humble temple in Yeoville, Johannesburg. The photos are there, but these were some of our most satisfying programs. We Americans were accustomed to having westerners and Indians join our mission. We never could have imagined under apartheid at that time how the Sankirtan movement would blossom in the African community. You all are living proof of the expanding mercy of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga.

    May your joy last a lifetime, and be a stepping stone to your eternal happiness with Krishna in the eternal realm. Everyone is really searching for Krishna but they have little or no knowledge and so their mind and senses are drawn in various temporary ways. When they are fortunate to have the association of devotees, like yourselves, then they can understand there is an alternative to a world and a life that merely culminates in death. Sanatan dharma is the pure understanding of this life and how it is connected with life eternal. May Srila Prabhupad continue to bless all of you and your associates who are so deserving of recognition. I bow at your feet and pray for you well-being and mercy. Gaura bhakta vrinda ki jaya!!

    Pusta Krishna das

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    Bhadra Govinda Dasa ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Haribol ! Keep it up ! Inspiring !

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful news !

    Srila Prabhupada ki jaya !

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