Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Feb 18:
Not content with already having his name in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest marathon speaker in the world, Dr. Pothula Srinivasa Brahmanand, a Bhubaneswar based scientist, began on Tuesday morning an attempt to better his own record of 33 hours and 46 minutes that he set up in September, 2012.
Starting his marathon speech at 7 am, the agronomist with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) took non-stop for six hours on ‘Ideology and spiritual concept of Swami Vivekananda and its relevance to present day society’ at KIIT University campus before taking his first break of 15 minutes.
Among the topics that he spoke on was ‘Can science alone solve our problems?’, ‘Direction of spirituality’ and ‘Reasons for difficulty in implementation: Need for new approach’. He spoke at great length about major science events of the time, the need for spirituality in science, the dangers of global warming, the importance of Bhagabat Gita, Upanishad and Vedas and the uniqueness of Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
Brahmanand had added his name in Guinness World Record for Longest Speech Marathon for a talk on ‘Science and Technology, Society and Human Development’ that lasted an incredible 33 hours and 46 minutes stretching over two days – September 8 & 9, 2012 – at the same venue. This time, he is aiming to clock 42 hours.
Brahmanand, a recipient of the Vasant Rao Naik Award in 2008 and ICAR Outstanding Team Research Award 2002-03, will speak on other 13 different aspects under the broad topic on Vivekananda, ranging from two hours to four hours each. He will speak on life history of Sri Rama Krishna and Swami Vivekananda, Chicago speeches, optimism principle, Swamiji’s views on education, religion, women’s empowerment, karmayoga, rajayoga, bhaktiyoga, jnanayoga, rural development and India’s leadership in spiritual awakening of the world.
Tushar Kanti Mohapatra, Bhubaneswar Notary Association President, was nominated as the authorized witness for the event, who will keep a vigil on the whole marathon speech which, if all goes well, is expected around 1 am on Wednesday night.
“Arrangements have been made to record his speech visually. After the completion of the speech, we will hand over the documents to the Guinness World Records authorities for scrutiny,” Mohapatra told OST.
Subrata Kumar Sanyal, a neighbour of Brahmanand, informed that Brahmanand’s good message to the society, dedication to the subject and a thorough knowledge on Swami Vivekananda ideology will greatly inspire the youths of our nations to bring changes in the society, education system and to eradicate evils.
“It is not about patience in delivering such a marathon speech. It requires total dedication towards the subjects,” he said.
Pratyusa Priyadarshini, an OUAT student, said the marvellous effors by the speaker will certainly help the youths, who are fast losing their way, to come closer to God and acquire spiritual values.