Indian religious grasp to go to Saskatoon
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Sri Brahmrishi Gurudev is a great spiritual master from India who will be in Saskatoon from June 15th to 18th. The StarPhoenix sat down with Braj Sinha, a professor of religious studies at the University of Saskatchewan, prior to Sri Gurudev’s arrival.
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Sri Brahmrishi Gurudev, a great spiritual master from India, will be in Saskatoon from June 15th to 18th. The StarPhoenix sat down with Braj Sinha, a professor of religious studies at the University of Saskatchewan, prior to Sri Gurudev’s arrival.
Q: Can you briefly explain who Sri Brahmrishi Gurudev is?
A: He is a highly respected spiritual master in India. Brahmrishi means the exalted sage who is one with God. These are not names, these are the titles. A saint or a monk should not have a name. So it is an explanation of his spiritual strength and status.
Q:What is his mission
A: Its mission is to spread the message of love and the spiritual exaltation of humanity to counteract the currently rising conflicts around the world. Many of these conflicts have their roots in religious misunderstandings, so he made it his mission to travel the world and raise people’s awareness of the spiritual message of various religious traditions.
Q: Why is it so important to bring this message of peace?
A:Given the current context in which you see the world, I believe that we need to learn we need to hear the message of peace in order to understand how to control these types of negative developments and how to respond to them.
Q: What will he be doing in Saskatoon in the days he’s here?
A: There are three special events organized while he is here. An event will be held on Saturday at 7pm and he will talk about the inner journey of human reality and how this becomes a way to engage not only the divine but also those around you. The program will also include some yoga sessions and meditation, too 86 Rivers Edge Lane in Corman Park. On Sunday at 11:30 am he will talk to the local Gurduwara on 33rd Street about the embassy of to speak Guru Nanak Dev, one of the great masters of 16th century India, who brought the message of global commitment. And then the third public program he gives is on Monday at 7 p.m. in the local Hindu temple. He calls it From Family to Father, so he wants to suggest to people that the family is at the core of human worth, that’s where you must begin your journey.
Q:What is Sri Gurudev’s message to Saskatoon?
A (translated by Sinha): I want to say to the people of Saskatoon: The life we live is God’s gift to us, the way we live our life will be our recurring gift to God. The only thing we can give to God is our own actions. Live your life well – live a life that is physically responsible and spiritually responsive so that your God will be proud of you. I find a lot of positive energy and vibes in Saskatoon. I think the people here are open and accepting. There is an atmosphere of hospitality and generosity. The interfaith collaboration and community harmony that I find in Saskatoon gives me a lot of hope and peace. Saskatoon provides a model of spiritual life and interfaith collaboration for Canada and the world.
This interview has been compressed and edited for the sake of clarity.