A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
OF BALVYAS H.H.
DR. MANOJ MOHAN SHASTRI
India has produced many great personalities over the centuries.
In modern times, it has produced a sparkling gem in the holy
land of Vrindavan, which is known as H.H.
Dr. Manoj Mohan Shastri.
From a very young
age, he has created an indelible impression among the renowned
interpreters of Indian religion by his immense knowledge and an
in-depth study of Indian religion, philosophy, culture and Hindu
religious teachings of the most revered “Shrimad Bhagwat”. Born
to one of the greatest propagators of Bhagwat and famously known
as “Bhagwat-bhushan” Shri Shrinathji Shastri, he has
earned international fame in a very short time. His extra
ordinary talent is amply reflected in his attractive
acknowledged as the blessed son of Maa Saraswati, Dr. Shastri,
has been blessed by many great Indian religious personalities
like Jagadguru-Nimbakaracharya Shri Shreejee Maharaj of
Nimbark Tirth (Salemabad), Revered Maa Anandmoyee, Shri Hari
Babaji Maharaj, Pandit Gayaprasadji maharaj of Govardhan,
Saraswati, Shri Swami Vidyanand ji, Shri Swami Vaamdev ji
Maharaj of Vrindavan, Shri Swami Vishnu Ashram ji Maharaj of
Viharghaat, Shri Geetanand ji Maharaj of Haridwar, Shri Guru
Sharananand ji of Mathura, Pujya Shri Sadhubaba Ji of Kharagpur
and above all Param pujya Shri Swami Akhandanand ji.
Under the able
guidance of his father, Dr. Shastri has studied and gained deep
and profound knowledge of the Vedas, Puranas, Upnishads and many
Shastras, apart from Shrimad Bhagwat and has duly earned highly
regarded titles like “Sahityaratna”,
Puranetihas-acharya-M.A. and Vallabh-vedantacharya.
He has also secured a doctorate degree (Ph.D.) from Agra
University for his research work on deep and intricate subject
of “Shri Krishna in Vaishnav Sampradaya”, which has added
great honor to the world of religious education.
From a very young
age, he is having an extra ordinary capacity of disclosing
obscure secrets and enigmatical meanings of Shrimad Bhagwat. It
is a matter of great pride that at the tender age of 12 only,
after listening to his highly attractive and poetic recitation
of Shrimad Bhagwat, he was awarded the title of ‘Bal Vyas’
by the Most Respected Swami Akhandanandjee Saraswati
Maharaj, at the auditorium of Anand Vrindavan Ashram in
Vrindavan. Since then, Dr. Shastri has continuously been
delivering his religious speech on Shrimad Bhagwat and Ramayana
besides other subjects of Indian religion, philosophy and
culture in different cities of India.
At the young age of
21, he has set a record by securing the highest seat of the
Chief Speaker at the week long Ahstottarshat (108) Shrimad
Bhagwat Gyanyagya organized at Shri Govardhan Dham of Brij and
very successfully discharged his pious duty as a religious
teacher during the event.
Dr. Shastri was
recognized as the “best young member” by the Giants
International in December 1986 by awarding him the title at
their international convention On exclusive invitation from
foreign missionaries, Dr. Shastri has travelled far and wide in
different countries of the world, for the spread of Indian
religion, philosophy and culture. By his unique style of
elucidation and extra ordinary interpretation of great Indian
religious epics, he has received many citations and honors
besides a number of medals, especially in far away places like
Canada, US, Bangkok (Thailand) and United Kingdom.
Dr. Shastri is the
first religious teacher of the country to deliver his speech on
Shrimad Bhagwat among the people of Andman & Nicobar Islands,
where it was organized for the first time since the Independence
of the country.
In August 2000,
Dr. Shastri has also interacted at length with the Tibetan’s
supreme religious leader “Dharmguru”, revered Dalai Lama, on
Hindu religious issues, at the city of Mandi in Himachal
In June 2001,
Dr. Shastri was honored and awarded with a citation by Mr. Bret
Schundler, Mayor of the city of New Jersey in USA.
In September 2003,
he was also awarded the City Pin of Milpitas along with a letter
of citation in the City Hall by Mr. Jose S. Esteves, the Hon.
Mayor of Milpitas City in USA.
Bhagwat Shod Sansthan, Vrindavan (the college where students are
given free education on Shrimad Bhagwat with free accommodation)
received the first prize from the Sanskrit Academy of Uttar
Pradesh, Lucknow, due to his skillful and proficient
contribution in the management of the college. Not only this, he
is in regular and active contact with various religious and
national institutions like Sri Srinathji Sewa Sansthan, Indian
Red Cross Society, Kalyanam Karoti, Akhil Bharatiya Gauvansh
Sangrakshak Samiti, Vrindavan Baal Vikas Manch, Internatinal
Goodwill Society of India etc.
Due to all above
specialties, it could be surmised without any grain of doubt
that he has committed his entire life for the welfare and
prosperity of the people of India and is determined to spread
the teachings of Indian religion, philosophy, culture and the
most revered “Shrimad Bhagwat” not only in India but all over
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