Date: 08 December 2019

Speaker(s): Balgokulam and Chetana students

Topic: What does Hinduism mean to me

  • Problems Faced by Hindus today

  • How to handle misconceptions about Hinduism

  • Challenges faced by Hindu teens and how to overcome them

  • Favorite part of Balgokulam

  • What being a Hindu means to me

  • Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam - is it a practical thought

  • How well do you know your Hindu Temple

Date: 10 November 2019

Topic: Sat-Chita-Ananda-Satyam Eva Jayate

Speaker: Vimal Patel

Vimal Patel is a Vanprasthi and lives with his wife Kusum in Indianapolis. He has spent his career teaching and conducting research in the field of Integrative Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and has been an adjunct Professor at Martin University of Indianapolis, Indiana.

He is a founding member of India Community Center, Geeta Mandal of Indianapolis, Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, The Hindu American Vanprasthi Network (HAVAN), and founding member of Center for Interfaith Cooperation. Currently he is actively involved in revitalizing and establishing Hindu University of America.

Date: 13 October 2019

Date: 08 September 2019

Topic: Essence of Sri Maha Vishnu Sahastranama

Discourse by: Dr Chandra Reddy

Date: 14 July 2019

Topic: Summary of Bhagvad Geeta Chapter 12- Devotional Service

Speaker: Shri Prema Sindhu Das

He has been trying to practice the teachings of Bhagvad Geeta as presented in the books of Srila Prabhupada (the founder acharya of the International society for Krishna consciousness ISKCON) for almost 30 years. He has also been active in sharing this knowledge with others as he has benefited a lot from the teachings. He holds a Masters degree in Electronics and Electrical Communication from IIT Kharagpur, India. He is working as a software developer/ analyst for Honda Motors. He is also the board and temple council member of the ISKCON Columbus temple. He lives in Columbus, OH with his wife, Lila Manjari devi dasi. Both him and his wife are initiated by His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami, who is a direct disciple of Srila Prabhupada.

Date: 09 June 2019

Topic: Relevance of Hinduism's timeless wisdom in the digital age

Speaker: Smt Shobha Bhattachar has been living in Carmel IN since 2007. She is a student of Acharya Sharada Kumar of Chinmaya Mission, Ann Arbor. She teaches at the local Chinmaya Mission Balavihar.

Date: 14 May 2019

Topic: Chapter 2 - Sankhya Yoga (Shloka 11 to 30)

This section of the Bhagvad Gita (देह-देही विवेक विभाग) describes a unique principle of Hindu tradition; the nature of Atma. Bhagwan explains that the Atma, loosely translated as ‘soul’, has no physical form and is imperishable. When read and contemplated, these shlokas help the reader/devotee overcome grief and gain inner strength. The ultimate goal of this teaching is to know how to rise above the duality of life and death.

Speaker: Sanjay Mehta is the General Secretary of World Hindu Council of America (VHPA). He is also the Religion, Culture and Youth programs co-coordinator for Hindu Jain Temple, Pittsburgh, PA. He is a Bal Vihar teacher for three decades. He serves as a Seva coordinator for many local and national groups. He presents and speaks on Hindu teachings in various forums including interfaith groups and educational institutes. He is a distant learning student of advanced Vedanta course offered by Chinmaya International, Kerala. He is an Information Technology Auditor. He lives in Pittsburgh with wife, daughter and son.

Date: 14 April 2019


Dr C.L. Prabhakar has a Ph. d in Vedic studies Sukla Yajurveda from the centre for Advanced Study, Poona University. Retired as Professor of Sanskrit, National College, Jayanagar, Bangalore University , Bangalore. He is founder Director of Nadavedaadhyayana kendra, Bangalore. He is the founder President of the World Association for Vedic studies(WAVES) ,Bangalore Chapter. He has rich experience of Teaching, Research and service in Veda and allied branches of learning like Astrology, palmistry etc. He has published many books on Veda and Sahasranamas etc. and edited 24 volumes of Vedaganga the Annual Journal of Vedaadhyayana Kendra and Chief Editor of Vedanada sarit, a Monthly Bulletin of the Kendra. He has attended many conferences in India and abroad with paper presentations.

Date: 10 March 2019

What is right knowledge by Suvarna Chhajed Vinze

Suvarna Vinze was born in a family following Jain traditions. She was raised in Mumbai under the influence of several cultures, including Hindu, Parsi, Islam and Christianity leading to fusion culture within her. Our own Geeta Mandal has contributed significantly to her spiritual progress. Geeta Mandal has invited Suvarna as a speaker for several years to share her views with us on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. Suvarna is a Chartered Accountant by training and has held several leadership positions in the areas of accounting, finance and strategy.