27th September 2007
Since our last report in May many things have happened. Of course the primary focus has been the final Bharatiya-sanskriti, Festival of Classical India Culture, which is scheduled to take place October 11th-14th in Lima, Peru. This will be the last of the three projected Festivals with San Marcos University in Lima. After this Festival the discussion with San Marcos and others is to turn the effort into a permanent diploma in cultural studies based upon world classical literature.
In the USA we have made preliminary visits to Vanderbilt University and discovered cordial and practical opportunities to develop research and educational programs with such agencies as their Center for the Study of Religion and Culture. In Houston where the Pada-padma seminar on the first two cantos of Srimad Bhagavatam enjoyed the participation of 10 students last year, it is being graced by 43 students this year and it is certainly the content of the Bhagavatam that is the basis of this enthusiasm. The Seminar started three weeks ago and, as always, continues for 30-weeks with ever increasing depth of scholarship and practical enlightenment. There are many other events at Boise State University, Florida International University, University of Maryland, George Washington University to name a few. And of course the Annual NIOS Festival with Sixth Annual Interfaith Panel September 2007.
Needless to say our focus remains the same to spread the value of classical knowledge and literature in putting the world on the right track, as it always has and always will. This has involved taking the help from so many people internally and externally. Internally of course, we need to thank Sanatana and Gandharvika in California for volunteering to handle mailings and distribution of the excellent DVDs produced by BHATI II. In Idaho, Srinivasa Palakala for hosting and doing all of the work for Bhati.Org. Our Directors and Officers in Georgia and Tennessee, scholars and organizers such as Jacob Essaud and many others in Texas. In Peru and other Latin countries Prof. Rosaura Calixto, Prof. Miguel Polo and many many others. Too many to be named.
Even at this late date if anyone wants to participate in the BHATI III Festival then information is available at Bhati.Org. Also, after the Festival we should be able to post excellent results in the form of a new edition of the classic text Light of the Bhagavata by Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a premier quality DVD on the same theme directed by Oscar Naters and his friends as well as an ever increasing traveling Symposium entitled Light of the Bhagavata, Cultivation of the Human Spirit. This will travel with H. H. Hanumatpresaka Swami in North and South America, Europe and Russia as he promotes NIOS programs from November until end of July 2008. Please visit our web-page from time to time or contact us to participate in theses potent programs.
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Annual Financial News
1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007
From individual donations and a matching grant of $3,000 from the Micro Soft Corporation … $14,100.
For purchase of copyrights for DVDs, scholarly papers etc. from BHATI II. BHATI III Pre-events, Bank Charges ($125), Annual NIOS Tennessee Festival ($350) …. $13, 100
30 June 2007