The Bhaktivedanta Swami Lecture Series – BSL III 2015
The Bhaktivedanta Swami Lecture (BSL) series was inaugurated by the African Division of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) in 2013, in honor of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, a prominent author of many philosophical and spiritually enlightening books. The aim of the BSL series is to choose topics that are relevant to the problems and issues that we encounter in our daily lives and engage leaders in discussions to present a new, yet timeless, way of thinking, from the wisdom of Vedic teachings.
The Annual Bhaktivedanta Swami Lecture for 2015 was held on 25th March at the prestigious University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University). The focus for this year’s lecture was on the Forgotten Art of Leadership as it is considered a topical issue in organisations, businesses as well as countries all over the world.
The Keynote speaker for the evening was esteemed global leadership expert Bhuta Bhavana Das, a graduate from London School of Economics. Bhuta Bhavana Das holds a Master’s Degree in Politics and Sociology. He delivers seminars for graduates on personal development and leadership effectiveness, as well as training professionals and organizations in Eastern Vedic Wisdom. Bhuta Bhavana Das shared his personal experiences and realizations on the art of leadership, the characteristics and the qualities of a leader, as well as potential threats that may deter one from becoming an effective leader.
The event attracted several academic and professional persons such as Professors and Doctors from a diverse range of industries as well as Philosophy students from the University. The Question and Answer session encouraged a debate like discussion between the audience and the Keynote speaker, inspiring the audience to share their views on the topic. The evening concluded with guests being invited for light snacks, allowing further interactions with the Keynote speaker and the BBT Africa team.