[PADA: Many important folks in India like Baba Ramdev support Srila Prabhupada. They probably know that things have gone off the track in ISKCON post-1977, but they know the founder is bona fide and that is why many of them support Srila Prabhupada despite all the controversies. ys pd]
Swami Baba Ramdev visits ISKCON Melbourne.
By Bhakti devi dasi, Iskcon Communications Officer, Melbourne, Australia.
As part of our ongoing efforts to establish good relations with the wider Hindu Community, ISKCON’s Melbourne Mahaprabhu Mandir Temple was honoured to welcome Swami Baba Ramdev, the famous yoga teacher from India, on Friday 10th April. It was just a short visit (part of an official welcome to Melbourne) as Swami Ramdev gave his yoga programs elsewhere.
Swami took darshan of the Melbourne deities Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Radha Ballabha and Sri Jagannatha Baladeva Subhadra, and very much enjoyed his tour of the temple, especially Srila Prabhupada’s rooms.
Along with his entourage, Swami Ramdev enjoyed a sanctified vegetarian lunch in the dining room, after which he received a selection of Srila Prabhupada’s books. ISKCON Communications director for Australia, Bhakta dasa, comments: “My impression of Swami Ramdev is that he is a very humble and sincere personality. During the time of his visit with us we developed a respectful friendship. I discussed some of our Melbourne development projects with him including the new kitchen and our interests to establish a Vedic School in the Western Suburbs in the near future. Swami Ramdev showed interest in supporting such a school that teaches the various aspects of yoga to its students.”