Swami Is Guest Speaker

(Taken from the Columbia Spectator, October 10th, 1940)

Swami Is Guest Speaker

Prof. Schneider's Class Hears Hindu Philosopher Describe Indian Religion

Rarely do philosophy classes have the opportunity to hear the proponents of the suject they study, but the Hindu religion still has its philosophers, and one of them spoke in a Columbia classroom yesterday. He was Dr. Tridandi Swami B. H. Bon, who addressed Prof. Herbert Schneider's class in the Philosophy of Religion. His lecture on Hindu philosophy was received with great interest, as its concepts are the basis for the worship of a

large portion of the world's population. Dressed in an outfit of pink silk typical of native dress in India, he outlined the theory behind the Hindu religion, including its three branches, the Brahma, the Yoga, and the Bhagawdam. While these differ slightly they have the feature in common that all believe in the immortality of the soul and an eternal divinity. The doctor quoted passages in Sanskrit, a language whose masters can be numbered without much difficulty. He commented on the Yoga aspect of the religion, which has recently found much vogue in this country claiming that intense concentration on this, which is only a small part of the concept, is doing more harm than good for understanding of this eastern faith. Outlining the three divisions of the teachings, it became apparent that they contain much in common with the developmental stages of western religion. The Brahma contains a neuter concept of God, with no personalization of the divinity, the Yoga is essentially Spinoza's pantheism, and the Bhagawdam holds the concept that everything is in God. The doctor, who has written "The Geeta: As a Chaitanyite Reads It," a treatise on the Hindu religion, presented a peculiar appearance to students of the West. His skin is deep brown, almost black, but his features are characteristically Caucasian.


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Pranam to Swami Bon

"I make my obeisances with deep and loving devotion for ever and ever to my Gurudev, who is known by the name of Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon, who being attracted by the lotus-feet of Radha-Madhab is for ever and ever immersed in the perennial stream of supramundane joy emanating therefrom.

I bow down again and again with loving devotion to my Gurudev who is a wandering Tridandi mendicant and erudite Vaishnava (who) is always following in the wake of Sri Rupa; I make my obeisances in all humility, at all times with sincere loving devotion to my Gurudev who resides happily in the
Kunja (bower) allotted to him by Shrimati Radhika, the dearest Divine Consort of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna who is Rasa epitomized, who has taken to the way of Bhakti in consonace with the teachings of Sri Chaitanya - nay, whose whole pattern of life is moulded on the teachings and precepts of Sri Chaitanya."