Following the July 8, 2006 meeting between Srila B.V. Sadhu Maharaj and Slovenian President Dr. Janez Drnovsek, (see WVA Representative Meets Slovenian President) I informed our president that Srila Bhakti Vichar Bishnu Maharaj, the Vice-President of the WVA, was also coming on a preaching tour to Slovenia. I wrote to the President inquiring if he was willing to become more aquainted with Vedic philosophy and culture and the WVA. We offerd to arrange the meeting either at our place or his. The President agreed to meet Maharaj on August 7, 2006 in his presidential office, where we were nicely received.
After exchanging flower garlands, Srila Bishnu Maharaj and the President spoke for about 50 minutes on different topics. The President revealed his thoughts on life, asking Srila Maharaj what the Vedic literature said about such matters. The President listened to all the responses and came to the conclusion that his thoughts were also supported by Vedic literature.
The topics they discussed included knowledge of the soul or consciousness, God or super-consciousness, reincarnation, vegetarianism, etc. Srila Bishnu Maharaj encouraged the President many times during their talks, that as leader of his country, he should try to put this type of spiritual education into the public schools along with secular education, and he suggested that he check the Spoon Revolution web site. If this could be accomplished in Slovenia, perhaps other countries might follow the example.
At the end of the meeting, Srila Bishnu Maharaj invited the President to visit India sometime to participate in Vaishnava programs as a special guest of honor. The President said that he was happy to see that there are some people in this world who are trying to improve its condition, each by their own method, and that he could work together with them for same goal. At the end they embraced, and we all departed for our respective destinations.
Next year the president would again like to meet Srila BV Sadhu Maharaj and perhaps also Srila BV Bishnu Maharaj. Srila Bishnu Maharaj revealed to me, that next year he will try more directly to encourage the President to start chanting Harinam.
Sometime after the meeting, the President put the link to Spoon Revolution on his own web site.
May All-merciful Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga bless us all!