This is an era where people have to be pushed towards the practice of spiritualism. The Baghavad Gita, the most prominent book read by devotees practicing Krishna Consciousness, states that this is Kali Yuga or the age of the demon.
The present generation of young adults is easily distracted from spiritualism and embrace evil habits at will. This is why the authorities promoting Krishna Consciousness make that extra effort to rope in potential devotees who can take up the study of the Bhagavad Gita. Temple President of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Sri Lanka Maha Karta Das is making all arrangements to invite spiritual mentor Bhakti Vinod Swami Maharaj to conduct a discourse on Bhagavad Gita. According to a release issued by ISKCON Sri Lanka, Bhakti Vinod Swami, from India, will conduct the discourse targetting corporate and working professionals. The discourse will be conducted in December and the dates will be announced soon. The lectures will be conducted in English.
As with a good number of the serious practitioners of Krishna Consciousness, Vinod Swami saw his course in life take a U-turn when he gave up lucrative employment as a chemical engineering academic and joined the Hare Krishna Movement. He swiftly rose to the ranks of priesthood and was soon awarded a Sanyasi Ashram.
His commitment to work saw him being entrusted with more responsibilities. He has showed through his discourses that youth can overcome material problems if they take a spiritual initiative.
While the roots of his own spiritual tree spread its roots deep, he blossomed both as an individual and mentor. At present he is the director of Turiya Academia and has served over the past two years as a commissioner of the Deputy Governing Body.
He is also associated with the Bhakti Vedanta Academy which offers Bhakti Shastri Degrees.
Over the years, he has been involved in planning and organizing festivals like Krishna Jaganashtami and Ratha Yathra. He has been quite a success working with students and introducing them to a spiritual life.