Thursday, December 31, 2009

BIS #1703 TILAK KAVIVARYA AWARD FOR KRISTAPURANA


Sushma Shrivastwa
NASHIK, DECEMBER 31, 2009:
On December 25, 2009 the Kristapurana and its translation cum critical edition received the famous Tilak Kavivarya Puraskar which is annually given to one person. And this year it was given to Fr. Nelson Falcao sdb for his rigorous and painstaking research on the Kristapurana. The Award giving ceremony was combined with Prayer for World Peace on the Birthday of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. In the presence of people and dignitaries from all religions, in the Jesuit Church of Holy Cross, Nashik, the Prayer for Peace and the Tilak Award Ceremony took place.

Among the dignitaries were present Pujya Shree Narayan Guruji, an industrialist cum spiritual Guru from Baroda, Dr. Mrs. Vedashree Thigale, Shree Govind Shreenivas, Mr. J.P. Jadhav, Secretary of Bharatiya Ekatmata, Shree Beniwal, Fr. Tony George, S.J., the Parish Priest of Holy Cross Church, Nashik, Fr. Ivo Coelho sdb, Fr. Conrad Mascarenhas, S.J., Conrad Mascarenhas, S.J., Fr. John Misquitta, S.J. and others. Pujya Shree Narayan Guruji shared his experience and Darshan of Christ. He praised the work done by Fr. Nelson Falcao and explained how the Kristapurana is connected with Hindu Tradition. Dr. Mrs. Vedashree Thigale presented a very positive review of the work of Fr. Nelson and affirmed that it is a great contribution to the Marathi, Indian and world Literature.

This whole ceremony was called not just a Puraskar Ceremony but a Krutajnata Sohala which means Feast of Solemnity of Gratefulness. That is how Vanadhipati Vinayakdada Patil wanted to call it. It is gratefulness to the Kristapurana and to Fr. Nelson Falcao who has made it available to the common people.

2 comments:

Chris Sylani Sinh said...

Fr Nelson has translated the original book written by FR Thomas Stephen centuries back [early 17th century]. However, Im Just eager to read that book b'coz I find it very close to my heart.
well, just a year ago was thinking to do something like that, to write something to convince the Indian ppl who r still, evn aftr 2000 yrs, not ready to hear the Voice of God. who r not ready to humble their hearts.
was kept thinking abt which way we shud go to 'convince' them that Jesus didnt came to bring just another religion but to bring salvation/ Moksha to every humankind... its not abt Hindu/ Christian/ Muslim/ Sikh/ Bauds/ Jain... but abt GOD's WILL. God wants to give His salvation to every man through Christ.
so how one can 'convince' these ppl wth a heart so hardened... what way one shud to go...??? all these qsns would kept coming in my mind.
and then suddenly I heard abt this book!
I thought, God! even in 17th century one man already done the kind of work I wanted to or say I was thinking of doing so...
Than, there is also one qsn aroused: Are the Indian ppl basically kind of Pharisees of Jesus time with hardened their hearts??
and then the 2nd qsn: even if that book in 17th century cud nt help much to these ppl... what else one can do now....??
thats the million dollar qsn. abt India. B'coz u know, without Christ we are not going to become a "really developed country" I guess.
and b'cause of these all reason I Just wanted to read this book...

Chris Sylani Sinh said...

Fr Nelson has translated the original book written by FR Thomas Stephen centuries back [early 17th century]. However, Im Just eager to read that book b'coz I find it very close to my heart.
well, just a year ago was thinking to do something like that, to write something to convince the Indian ppl who r still, evn aftr 2000 yrs, not ready to hear the Voice of God. who r not ready to humble their hearts.
was kept thinking abt which way we shud go to 'convince' them that Jesus didnt came to bring just another religion but to bring salvation/ Moksha to every humankind... its not abt Hindu/ Christian/ Muslim/ Sikh/ Bauds/ Jain... but abt GOD's WILL. God wants to give His salvation to every man through Christ.
so how one can 'convince' these ppl wth a heart so hardened... what way one shud to go...??? all these qsns would kept coming in my mind.
and then suddenly I heard abt this book!
I thought, God! even in 17th century one man already done the kind of work I wanted to or say I was thinking of doing so...
Than, there is also one qsn aroused: Are the Indian ppl basically kind of Pharisees of Jesus time with hardened their hearts??
and then the 2nd qsn: even if that book in 17th century cud nt help much to these ppl... what else one can do now....??
thats the million dollar qsn. abt India. B'coz u know, without Christ we are not going to become a "really developed country" I guess.
and b'cause of these all reason I Just wanted to read this book...