March 17, 2010 marked the launch of “Trishart Pathik“, the Marathi translation of the Radhanath Swami’s memoir “The Journey Home”, at the Bal Gandharva Theatre in Pune, India. Marathi is the language of Maharashtra, India’s central western state. The event was hosted by Gaur Gopal Das, member of ISKCON Chowpatty and Raghupati Das, Temple President ISKCON Nigdi and the Marathi translator of “The Journey Home”.
The book launch was attended by renowned people from industry, media, education, governance and the social sector in Pune. Popular cultural figure Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare, the author of “Raja Shivchatrapati“, a biography of the legendary King Shivaji, unveiled “Trishart Pathik“. Other prominent guests included Mr.Vithal Maniar (Director, Firodia group of companies), Mr.Hrishikesh Kanetkar (former Indian Cricketer), Mr.Bharat Sasane (District Collector, Beed), Mr.D.S.Kulkarni (Director, DSK group), Mr.Ramesh Talwalkar (Premier Industries ltd), Mr.Prahlad Rathi (Ramsukh resort, Mahabaleshwar), Mr.Darode (Darode and Joe associates), Mrs. Gita Goyal (Goyal group), Mr.Ranjit Singh More (Director, Universal constructions), Mr.Jagdish Prasad Agarwal (Director, Alcon builders and promoters) and Mr.Milind Borkar (Chief Editor of Loksatta and Editor for “Trishart Pathik” as well).
Radhanath Swami briefly spoke about the book. “The Journey Home is about a home within all of us. Our home is not this world as everything here is changing and will be destroyed by the power of time. In our hearts, there is a soul which is the part of God. Our real home is the place where we will reunite with the, ultimate object of love – God in our heart.”
The author also recollected telling the President of India Mrs. Pratibha Patil, during their recent meeting, “The greatest wealth of my life, that I have gained in India, is the riches of dharma – a spiritual ideal that I could live for and die for with great happiness”
Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare acknowledged the book saying, “I too travel a lot, but my travel is just an ordinary travel whereas Radhanath Swami’s travel is a journey towards enlightenment.” He expressed that it was overwhelming for him to be invited as the chief guest of the event. “This is the result of some good deed done by me in my past life. I consider it as a great fortune to be able to write the foreword for this book, at the same time I pray to get such opportunities again and again.” He said while expressing his gratitude.
The official unveiling of the book was followed by a unique concert by Mumbai based kirtan band The Enchanterz, who performed kirtans mixed with the devotional poetry of Tukaram, a legendary saint of Maharashtra and important figure in the history of the Bhakti movement. The kirtan, performed in Sanskrit, English and Marathi raised the spirit the event.
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