International Bhakti Conference
23-26 July 2003, Heidelberg,
From 23-26 July 2003,
over 60 leading scholars representing universities from the
USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Poland, Hungary, France, Japan and
India convened for the 9th International Bhakti Conference at
the prestigious Heidelberg University in Germany.
Throughout the three-day
conference, which is held every three years, 38 scholarly papers
on the topic of bhakti were presented by these highly accomplished
Scholars had come
from such highly reputed universities as, Harvard, Cornell,
Berkeley, Oxford and others.
Shri Janak M. Dave, Research Associate at AARSH, Gandhinagar,
presented a paper entitled 'Dharma and Bhakti are Identical:
Lord Swaminarayan.' Based on Vachanamrut Gadhada III-21, the
paper established Shriji Maharaj's view that bhagvat dharma
and bhakti are identical.
Following the paper
presentation, questions were asked by the academics.
Many of these leading
scholars appreciated this unique view taught by Shriji Maharaj.
In addition, these
scholars also gained some insight into the philosophy of Bhagwan
Swaminarayan and the current activities of the BAPS.