It was a great pleasure to welcome His Holiness Radhanath Swami to Imperial just before Easter. Around 150 students came to hear him speak at an event hosted by Sachi Kishore the Chaplaincy’s Hindu Chaplain. Sachi was working with
the students who come to his regular Bhagavad Gita study group. The event also had great support from Imperial’s Hindu Society. They have impressive skills and experience at putting on large events.
So the event was also a satisfying moment to look back on three years work developing Chaplaincy provision for the Hindu communities at Imperial. Thanks to the students for making the event happen. And also to Professor Debra Humphris, the Pro-Rector – Education, who kindly offered an official welcome to Radhanath on behalf of the College.
This was my second meeting with Radhanath. For me as a Christian it was inspiring to hear this great Hindu teacher talk about finding ways to allow ourselves to be motivated and prompted by love of God and by God’s love for us. Radhanath used stories from his own life alongside stories and sayings from Hindu and Christian scriptures. He grasped the issues facing this generation of students – pressures to get jobs, repaying their student debts, starting a career in a time of austerity, and coping with the anxiety and hopes of parents.
I felt honoured as a Christian to sit in the presence of a great itinerant spiritual teacher. Especially then during the next week when I listened again to all the Easter stories of Jesus the wandering teacher going up to Jerusalem with his disciples.
Interfaith encounters can take us deeper into another person’s faith and at the same time deeper into our own – in surprising ways.
Here is a link to Radhanath’s website