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Israeli scholar embraces teachings of Srimanta Sankardeva

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HT Correspondent

NAGAON, April 2: Edgar Faingor, a 47-year-old Israeli national, intellectual, and professor at the International Buddhist College, Thailand, initiated the Vaishnavite ‘Ek Naam Dharma’ founded by Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva centuries ago, at Balisatra in Kaliabor. Edgar’s initiation to Vaishnavite ‘Ek Naam Dharma’ was ceremonially carried out by Hiru Prasad Mahanta, satradhikar of Baghargaon Satra, after renaming Edgar Faingor as Krishna Charan Bhakat.

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Edgar was born in Moscow, Russia, and has explored many countries across the globe. He studied almost all religions and later converted to Buddhism. During the initiation programme, Edgar Faingor promised to practice the Shankari arts and crafts in the next part of his life and also participated in the Nam-Sangha at Balisatra Satra. The Israeli national Edgar married from Nepal and also has a son.

Following vast studies of almost all religions and exploring various disciplines and countries for over twenty years across the globe, Edgar Faingor came into contact with professor, columnist, litterateur, and noted scholar of Vaishnavite Guru Srimanta Sankardeva – Dr Sanjib Borkakoti and studied Dr Borkakoti’s all English versions on Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva.

Edgar Faingor recently expressed his willingness to take initiation to Vaishnavite Guru Srimanta Sankardeva’s Ek Charan Naam Dharma to Dr Sanjib Kr Borkakoti, and Dr Borkakoti ensured his initiation ceremony at Batadroba Than entertaining by Satradhikar Debananda Dev Goswami on Tuesday. But amidst the arrangements, Satradhikar Goswami suddenly died due to cardiac arrest, for which the programme of his initiation to ‘Ek Charan Naam Dharma’ finally shifted to Balisatra in Kaliabor.

Edgar was awarded a satra certificate during the ceremonial initiation, which was attended by author, researcher, and professor Dr Sanjib Kr Borkakoti, Deka Satriya Monimadhav Mahanta of Balisatra, and other satradhikars of several satras of greater Kaliabor areas.

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