India House – Houston, Texas

On Saturday Oct 2nd 2010, there was a program at India House. Jugal Malani, India House’s president warmly welcomed Swamiji to Houston and spoke highly of his book, as did Girish Naik, president of Hindus of Greater Houston.

When Radhanath Swami entered India House, 25 – 30 children welcomed him with flower petals. He reciprocated with the children by posing for a photograph with all the children. The leading members of Houston’s Indian community gave Radhanath Swami a wonderful reception at India House. Jugal Malani, India House’s president warmly welcomed Swamiji to Houston and spoke highly of his book, as did Girish Naik, president of Hindus of Greater Houston. Others speakers included Mike Pardee, Executive Director of Rice University’s Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance, Ramesh Bhutada, President of the Southwest Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Nasir Malik of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque, Anish Pillai of youth kirtan group, Jiv Jago, and Syamasundar Das, President of ISKCON-Houston.

Radhanath Swami began his talk, “Discovering India’s Hidden Treasures,” by recalling his recent meeting with the President of India, Srimati Pratibha Patil in the presidential building in New Delhi. Then he contrasted this with his struggle – forty years earlier – to enter India at the Pakistan-India border, where an Indian immigration official refused to let him enter India because he didn’t have enough money. He praised India’s broad-mindedness and tolerance and cited the Gita’s admonition that a wise person or pandit sees all beings with equal vision. This event at India House was jointly organized by Hindus of Greater Houston and ISKCON Houston. Jugal and Raj Malani of India House co-sponsored this event.

Around 400 people attended the event and 96 copies of “The Journey Home” book were sold.

Ramesh Bhutada, a prominent businessma, President of Southwest chapter of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh and a keynote speaker said, “I really don’t have words to expresss myself… …it felt like it was somewhere touching the heart, giving a call to our inner wisdom, he so lucidly in such a simply way, in such a simple language, told us the essence of life. …Maybe I hope this will carry me somewhere.”