A Journey of Faith: From Moscow to Kaliabor

The Northeast Dialogue



In a remarkable display of cultural exchange and spiritual exploration, a 47-year-old Israeli national, Professor Edgar Faingor, has recently embraced the Vaishnav faith, founded by Assam's revered socio-cultural-religious reformer, Srimanta Sankardeva. Initiated at a 'sattra' in Kaliabor, Faingor's journey into Vaishnavism marks a significant milestone, being the first foreign national to undertake such initiation. The initiation ceremony, conducted at Balisatra by the Satradhikar of Baghargaon Satra, Hiru Prasad Mahanta, saw Faingor being renamed as Krishna Charan Bhakat. This event, heralded by noted Sankardeva scholar Dr. Sanjib Borkakoti, underscores the global appeal and universality of Vaishnavism, transcending geographical and cultural boundaries. Faingor's spiritual quest began with his extensive travels across numerous countries, where he delved into the study of various religions, eventually finding solace in Buddhism. However, his encounter with the works of Dr. Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti, along with other writers in Assam, sparked a profound connection with the teachings of Srimanta Sankardeva and Vaishnavism.

Expressing his admiration for the simplicity and profound spiritual depth of Vaishnavism's "Ek Saran Naam Dharma," Faingor highlighted its appeal amidst the complexity of other religious doctrines. His journey, spanning from his birthplace in Moscow, Russia, to his research endeavors in Nepal, and finally settling in Israel, reflects the transformative power of faith and the pursuit of spiritual truth. Faingor's story serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of Srimanta Sankardeva, whose teachings continue to resonate across borders, uniting diverse cultures and communities in devotion to Lord Krishna. Through his embrace of Vaishnavism, Faingor pays homage to Sankardeva's visionary efforts in fostering social harmony and spiritual enlightenment in Assamese society.


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