Recently our head architect, Vilasini devi dasi, gave a presentation about the TOVP in Bahrain. The following is an account of her experience with the inclusion of her power point slides.
TOVP Presentation in ISKCON Bahrain – A Report
While I was making my plan to visit my sister in Bahrain, I received a call from Pawan Nimai Prabhu, my brother in law, ‘Can you do a presentation in Bahrain on the TOVP’? Soon enough after the blessed approval of Sadbhuja Prabhu, the TOVP Managing Director, I began scrambling for photographs and assembling events in the project chronology. This exercise brought back many memories during my service tenure with the TOVP and I feel very grateful and inspired to serve in the divine project steered by accomplished devotees.
The temple president of ISKCON, Bahrain HG Udara Kirti Chaitanya Prabhu, (disciple of HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja) a very hospitable and humble devotee asked the presentation to be held on Friday evening on May 31st 2013. Almost around 150 devotees were present. HH Siddhartha Swami Maharaja who was visiting Bahrain at the time also gave his blessings. Coincidentally HG Deva Dharma Prabhu, a Mayapur resident, music teacher and a kirtan lover was also present, wherein he brought Mayapur to Bahrain through his heartfelt kirtan.
Devotees were greatly inspired and appreciated the magnanimous project. One of the devotees also wanted to make a calendar of the TOVP for 2014. Many expressed their amazement at the building structure and its aim to stand for 500 years. They were stirred by Ambarisa Prabhu’s and the TOVP team’s consistent dedication to Srila Prabhupada through the project.
I am grateful to:
- Pawana Nimai Prabhu for the co-ordination with temple management and the technical support.
- Kanai Priya Devi Dasi, my sister for back end support.
- Shree Laxmi Mataji (daughter of Udara Kirti Chaitanya Prabhu) for technical operation during the presentation.
- Chaitanya Hari Prabhu for the photography.
- Anup Shah, my husband for formatting the presentation and for his constant support through my service in the TOVP.
Presentation Synopsis – Ink to Iron:
‘Ink to Iron’ touches certain facets on the making of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium from the perspective of one of its team Members. It brings to light the prediction of Nityananda Prabhu and how it has been kept alive until the current date. Vilasini devi dasi’s personal involvement in the project has led to several telling interactions with seasoned devotees, churning out realizations at various levels.
This presentation aims towards expounding this experience along with elucidating certain facts of how the TOVP took off from the ground to where the TOVP stands today. It also narrates the inspirational characteristics and qualities of senior devotees serving in the TOVP Board of Directors.[gview height=”625″ file=”https://cdn.tovp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Presentation1b.pptx”]