Covid -19, a virus that has taken the world by storm, has inconvenienced many and has taken away precious lives. It continues to stay on giving newer challenges to the society at large. People all over the world are trying their best to cope with the new normal, continue to fight in solidarity and are earnestly looking forward to the older comfortable reality. In this time of uncertainty coupled with great fear, many people are looking for answers other than modern science.
The Bhagavad Gita was spoken at a time of extreme crisis and served as a solution to startled humanity. “Gita Made Easy”, a course designed and facilitated by Amarendra Gaura Das and his wife Sukirti Madhavi Dasi from ISKCON Chennai was an attempt to deliver the Bhagavad Gita to 2020’s disturbed population at large. What started off as a course aimed at an online audience of 300, saw thousands of people registering every single day. In just after a week’s time of opening up for registration, a whooping 10,800 people signed up for the course.
Amarendra Gaura Dasa and Sukirti Madhavi Dasi are full time devotees serving ISKCON Chennai, in various capacities for the past 15 years. While Amarendra Gaura dasa is a part of the Temple Management team he also takes care of the temple’s sankirtan department and is into temple campus outreach. His wife, like her husband, is an MBA, and also a trained psychotherapist who uses her skills to help people, especially the youth. Their years of experience of being dedicated preachers served as a great tool for facilitating the “Gita Made Easy”course.
“Our aim was to simplify the Bhagavad Gita, and at the same time present it ‘As It Is’ like Srila Prabhupada wanted”, said Amarendra Das. The course was designed for 18 days, with each day covering one chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Every day over 6,000 people attended the course live for a period of one hour. The course was facilitated on online platforms such as ZOOM, Facebook and YouTube. People in different time zones watched the recorded content later.
The audience gave an overwhelmingly positive feedback. On the completion of the 18-day course and answering an appropriate quiz for each chapter, participants were given certificates. It was evident that the audience were deeply benefitted and seemed to have understood the basics of bhakti yoga.
By the inspiration of their spiritual master Jayapataka Swami, the couple now started a follow-up course called “Bhakti-yoga Made Easy” that again has gotten thousands of people registered. “We sincerely hope that Srila Prabhupada is pleased”, said Sukirti Madhavi.