Gopal Krishna Swami is received with honor.
The 29th National Sanatan Dharma Mahasamelan was held on 17th of April at the FICCI Auditorium, New Delhi. The meeting was organized by Sri Ramakant Goswami, Vice Chairman, Delhi Jal Board and General Secretary for the All India Sanatan Dharma Pratinidhi Samelan.
Gopal Krishna Swami was invited to represent ISKCON and bless the meetings. Meera Kumar, Lok Sabha Speaker of India, and Shela Dixit, Chief Minister, New Delhi, honored him by offering flower garlands and a kalash (sacred water pot). They praised ISKCON for its activities around the world, especially glorifying the preaching activities in Russia.
Gopal Krishna Swami gave a blessing speech and spoke on how the current global scenario is very gloomy and how the water problem tops the list. Quoting the verse "Annad bhavanti bhutani" from the third chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, he said water comes from rain and rain comes from sacrifice, and the sacrifice for this age is the chanting the holy names of God.
He also elaborated on the work being done by ISKCON to spread the message of Bhagavad Gita all over the world, proudly displaying a Chinese edition of Bhagavad Gita As It Is.
Gopal Krishna Swami then presented each of the dignitaries with a copy of Bhagavad Gita As It Is and a picture of Krishna with his mother, Yasoda. Among the recipients was Several notable personalities was R.S. Rana, Ambassador of Nepal.
The four hour meeting ended with the distribution of nearly a thousand copies each of the English Bhagavad Gita As It Is and the Hindi Back to Godhead magazine to all the members of the audience.