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Presidential Message December 2012
Posted on 25 Dec 2012 by Administrator
Dear Samaj Bhaginis/Bandhavas
I have great pleasure in writing to you again. If you were present at the launch ceremony of our new website on Saturday 15th Dec you would agree that it was a memorable day in the history of our samaj. For those of you who could not attend, a short report of the function along with photographs appears in the past events section of our website. Kindly go through the same.
It was indeed a historic occasion when the chief guest, Shri Upendra Kamath CMD Vijaya Bank pressed a tab on the keypad of a laptop to usher on the big screen the tantalizing image of the opening home page along with a virtual shower of rose petals accompanied by traditional nagaswaram music. The home page displays the logos of both the Samaj and the Charitable Foundation. It also has a colourful collage of photographs showing the car festival of Mangalore Sri Venkataramana Temple, the entrance arch of Gurpur temple, Bhagavan Vedavyasa and the iconic Vidhan Soudha at Bangalore.
While appreciating and congratulating the Samaj for the inevitable step taken to keek abreast of technology, Shri Kamath wanted the Samaj to keep its feet firmly on the ground and not to forget our roots and alligiance to Dharma gurus, Kuladevatas and our temples. He quoted from DVGs poem (Manku Thimmana Kagga) which talks of new sprouts from old roots. Thank you Mr Kamath for your words of caution and advice.
The Samaj has embarked thru its Charitabe Foundation on a new programme to disburse monthly pension for life to destitute senior citizen widows in the samaj. Pension cheques to five beneficiaries were handed over at the function. I am delighted to note the good response from donors who have come forward voluntarily. This demonstrates that our people care for those less fortunate than themselves.
I hope that the members find the contents of the website and its features attractive and useful. It is indeed heartening to note that a few members are beginning to take interest in posting news and events in the website.
At the launch function, we were delighted to have the presence of Shri Ramachandra Prabhu and Smt. Anita Prabhu from Sydney, Australia (son and daughter in law of late Shri K P J Prabhu). In her brief address to the gathering, Smt Anitha Prabhu congratulated our Samaj for the excellent website and shared her experience as the founder President of GSB Sabha in Sydney. Thank you Smt Prabhu for your kind words and for your magnanimous offer to help out our members if they wish to visit or migrate to Australia.
The month of Margashirsha is said to be very dear to Lord Krishna and in this month Gita Jayanti is celebrated in the Bangalore Kashi Math. The programme this year was marked by as many as 28 Bhajana mandalis fro Bangalore who kept the Bhajana going continuously for 24 hours from 7AM 23rd Dec to 7AM 24th Dec. In the evening of 23rd there was a function to give away prizes to contestants. It was very heartening to note the keen interest taken by our young kids in the BhagavadGita. Bangalore GSBs are indeed fortunate to have the Parthasarathy Mandir Shri Kashi Math. This is indeed a precious bounty bestowed on the samaj by the ever merciful Srimad Sudhindra Teertha Swamiji.
A notable event was the honouring of one of our members Shri Sudhish Pai Advocate for his outstanding accomplishment in writing the massive book Legends in Law Our great Forebears (see under Events for details). It is indeed good to know that people like him keep the GSB scholastic tradition alive.Our congratulations to Shri Sudhish Pai.
I take great pleasure in welcoming Shri K L Jagadish Pai (Retired ED Canara Bank) and Shri Premananda Kamath, Industrialist in Bangalore as Trustees newly joined in GSSS Charitable Foundation. I am sure that their vast vast experience in the fields of banking, finance and industry will propel the charitable Foundation to greater heights of performance.
Wishing you all a happy Festival Season and a happy and prosperous new year 2013.
V M Pai