Three-day religious discourse ends in Charlotte, NC


Buddha once said, “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire; man cannot live without spiritual life.” Bhutanese from various religious faiths and beliefs finally proved the statement truthful by attending a three-day religious discourse (Dharmik Prabachan)here in Charlotte, North Carolina that concluded today. Ohio-based reverend Guru Shree Bedanidi Subedi led the discourse.

Devotees listening to prabachan.

According to the organizer of the event, Shree Harisang Kirtan Mandali Charlotte, the religious function was performed with an aim of preserving our long-practiced tradition, culture and religious beliefs. The Kirtan Mandali also informed BNS that the event was made possible with support from Bhutanese individuals and other Charlotte-based community-based organizations.

Sova Yatra and Parikrama of the Hindu Center, the location of the discourse function, marked the first day of the program. Reverend Guru then chanted the hymns of Universal peace (Santi Bachan) at 10 AM.

Subedi, on the second day talked on the equal importance of two ways—Gyan Marga and Bhakti Marga. He said, “Knowledge and devotion are the two important parts of human lives. Youths and coming generation must take an initiative to keep this message eternal.”

Several devotees and invitees, who talked to BNS, stated that this type of program would help build universal brotherhood and develop a feeling of oneness among Bhutanese and the entire American community.

On the third day of the discourse, Buddhist Monk, Nagwang Tashi Lama recited “Tripitha”and lighted 108 butter lamps for the welfare of the universal beings. Tashi said that he was very excited to see such a multi-religious platform aimed at preserving our religion and tradition.

A woman watches the 108 lighting of lamps by Buddhists on the same hall the prabachan was performed.

Meanwhile, Chabilal Dhaurali and Kapil Dhaurali performed offering of sacred thread (Upanayan) to their three sons. The program also felicitated elderly Bhutanese and showed respect for their deeds for the betterment of their generations.

Reverend Guru recited the twelveth chapter of the twelveth volume of the Sreemad Bhagwat Mahapuranam to summarize the discourse. At the end of the program, the devotees offered a prayer of universal peace by lighting 125,000 butter lamps outside the Vivek Hall.

Organizer of the function also informed BNS that their ultimate objective is to establish a Bhutanese-own Hindu temple in the area. Hundreds of devotees from different cities of North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, among other places, attended the function.

Report contributed by Mitra Koirala while both photographs are by TP Mishra.