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A BREATHTAKING TESTIMONY OF DR. SRINIVASA BHATTACHARY
(This testimony was given in a public meeting in Tamilnadu)

Good morning, How many of you are really happy this morning? I am Dr.
Srinivasa Bhattachary. If I appropriately introduce myself stating my full
name it is too long. I come from the 145th direct generation of Sri Vaishnav
Bhattachary priesthood community. Even today my grandfather, Raghu
Bhattachary is the chief priest in Sri Ranganathaswamy Devasthanam at
Sirangam. My father Govindaraja Bhattahay is chief priest in
Srilakshmaneshaswamy Devasthanam at Ponvanugalathoor. I come from a family
background of priests and today my whole family are Bhattacharyas for the
gods who have eyes but cannot see, who have ears but cannot hear, who have
noses but cannot smell, who have hands but cannot touch, who have legs but
cannot walk, but I by the grace of Jesus Christ, have come among you as a
Bhattachary for Lord Jesus Christ.

At the age of six I wore the sacred thread (poonool) according to the Hindu
tradition. I was given to the Gayathri Diksha, ombhoohu, Om bhuwaha, Om
subhaga, ommaha, Omjanaka, Om thapaka, Om sathyam, Om thathuservdarinam, Om
barbudevastimagam, Om diviyayonagam, Om prajothaya, Om jothirasakam, Om
amarthavarm, Om burbosaram. I was sent to an ashramam for my studies. Right
from my childhood I studied the Rigveda, Yegurveda, Samarveda,
Adarvarnaveda, Nalayiram Lijya Prabhandtha, Ethihasa, Purana Ramayana,
Mahabharatha, Ehagvateeetha etc etc in the Hindu mythological subjects in
Sanskrit as well as in the Grandha language. Once my early education was
over in Hindu philosophy in south India, I was sent to north India, Uttar
Pradesh to do my doctorate in the Banaras University. I went there and did
my siromony in Sanskrit and Ph.D. in Grandha. While I was studying in the
Banaras University the destruction of the Babri Masjid took place at
Ayodhya. Since I was a Bhattachary and since I was doing my double Ph.D. in
a famous Hindu university, I was chosen by the RSS as their national youth
leader. The objective of the RSS, as you all know, is to stop foreign
religions coming to India. They are especially dead against to Christ and
Christianity being proclaimed in the land of India. When I was in this
organisation as their national Youth leader, my personal commitment was to
destroy the mosque then and there. In those days my faith in the Hindu
religion and their gods was very strong and so I went all the way to France
and I peddled a dynamite bomb and I brought it to India and set it off at
the tomb of the mosque, using my personal computer from my cabin. At that
time many Islamic fundamentalists came forward to stop us in our activities.
In retaliation our Hindu parishad people chopped up their hands and legs and
chopped off their heads and killed not less than 3000 people and flung their
bodies into the sarayoor river, I recall this, as I was totally submerged
into the sinful way of life right from the beginning. That was how strongly
I believed in the Hindu philosophy.

After this incident I was doing the research work in my university library.
The research topic that I had taken for my thesis was "How will man go to
the kingdom of God after his death?" How will a man reach the Brahma patha
or Sivan Narayan Patha or how can we go to the kingdom of God. While I was
going through many books in the library, a very old sanyasi came to the
library and called out to me. He was having a long beard and very long hair.
He was wearing only an ordinary dhoti. He called me out, and giving me a
small piece of paper he walked out. I did not know who he was or where he
came from. After he left I looked at the small piece of paper and on it was
written the verse from John chapter 3 verse 16. "For God so loved the world
that he gave his only begotten son, for whosoever believeth should not
perish but shall have everlasting life". The more I read this scripture the
more it began to inspire me in the very depth of my heart. My dear brothers
and sisters why did this particular scripture inspire me so much? The word
of God says in John, chapter 1 that the word of God consists of life. I went
to all my gurujis and asked them who is this begotten son. All they could
tell me was that the begotten son is Krishna Paramatma and Rama paramatma
etc etc, but nobody told me that Jesus is the only begotten son. For one
month I was desperately hunting for the answer, After one month, one
particular morning I was sitting in my dormitory going through this piece of
paper once again. I started to gush out my eyes to know who this begotten
Son of God is. Then I heard a voice telling me to read the rigveda. Upon
opening it what I read in Sanskrit was "Santhakaram purakasayanam,
pathinanabam suresham, vishwakaram..... mekavarnam... lakshikantham...
yogikirtham vande bishnumbam, survalokayika..." which means, "The God so
loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son of God that whosoever
believes in Him will have everlasting life". When I read the bible scripture
in my own Rigveda I decided that even if I die I must obey this only
begotten son and that I must surrender my life to Him.

My exams got over and after finishing my thesis I registered the same with
the registrar of the University. When the result came, by the grace of our
Lord Jesus Christ I came first in the whole of India in both my doctorates.
I was invited to Delhi to be awarded the presidents Gold Medal in the Indian
parliament amidst all the distinguished parliamentarians. But all this did
not give me any joy. Here I was born into a royal family of Nepal, with my
family breeding 13 elephants and having 108 divine temples across the world
where we are the chief priests, having obtained double doctorates and double
gold medals from the president and yet having no peace nor joy in life. The
Bible says, "If a man gains the whole world and yet loses his soul what is
the use?"

There was a great vacuum in my life. I still did not know Jesus as the
Saviour of the world, nor as the Prince of peace, nor as the Redeemer of the
world and in such a state I found myself making preparations to return to
Tamil Nadu. I booked my ticket on the Ganga-Kaveri express. At Varanasi
station I boarded the train and subsequently arrived Madhya Pradesh. All the
while I was reading John 3:16. Something told me that I should keep
meditating on this verse and I did so till the train pulled into Madhya
Pradesh. The railway staff went for a coffee break and at the same time I
heard a voice telling me to get down at this station. I was wondering why I
should do this for I did not have any relatives there. The more I refused to
listen to the voice the more persistent it became. Finally I gave in and got
off the train. After a few minutes the train left the station and I was left
alone on the platform. Again I heard a small voice telling me to start
walking. I started to walk. After walking for nearly 3 kilometers I came to
a place called Baratpu, Mapier town in Jabalpur city. The moment I came to
this particular spot where there was a cement arch, I saw the same old
sanyasi who had come to my college library, 800 kilometers away, coming
towards me pointing his fingers at me. Putting his hand on me he said, "The
Lord who you wanted to know in your life is Jesus Christ. The only begotten
son whom you are seeking is Christ. He loves you and forgives your sin and
he is going to cleanse you from all your sinful natures. He is going to give
you a new life". When he said all that I could not control myself. Here was
a very simple man, very old and ordinary, but yet filled with the
resurrected power of the Lord preaching the gospel to me. I humbled my self
and yielded to that saint.
From there he took me to a place called Bidagarh. That is where the Narmada
River flows into a very high velocity. We crossed the river and went to the
other side where we could find no human beings at all. He took me into the
forest and he took me inside a cave. With a great burden he knelt in the
cave. and opening the bible he started to preach the gospel. He told me how
God created the heavens and the Earth, the rivers and the seas, the plants
and the animals and how he created human beings. He told me of the fall of
man into sin and how the Lord Jesus Christ came into this world as the
Messiah, how much he suffered on the cross at Golgotha and how he finally
died. When I heard all this I could not control myself for in Hinduism there
are 33 crores (millions) gods. But none of the gods came to die for me and
my sins. But here I found that Jesus came and died for my sins. Even
Hinduism says very sincerely in the Samaveda, "Every man is a sinner and
unless he is cleansed by precious blood he cannot go into the kingdom of
God". But we find that no one came to shed their blood in Hinduism but we
find Christ having done it. I opened my heart to the Lord and cried, "Lord I
am very sorry. Lord I open my heart unto you. Lord it was for my sins that
both your hands and your legs were nailed to the cross. It was for my sin
that you wore the crown of thorns on your head. It was for my sin that a
spear was thrust into your right ribs. Lord I am sorry and please forgive me
Lord"

The Lord was merciful to me. As it says in the bible "He that covers his sin
shall not prosper but whosoever shall confess it and forsake it shall have
mercy". Again it also says, "If you confess your sins, He is faithful and
just to forgive you all your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness".
I did it in the presence of the Lord. I wept bitterly for all my sinful
activities right from my childhood to that day. God heard my prayers for in
the Bible it is written in Revelation chapter 3:20, "Behold I stand at your
door and Knock, and if any man heareth my voice open the door. I will come
to him and will sup with him and he with me". He stands at your door and
knocks. It is because when he chooses a son or a daughter for his kingdom,
he has the courtesy to stand at the door and knock. Satan never knocks. For
him a small ventilator is enough to creep in through. Jesus alone can bless.
That is how I came to know the Lord. After accepting Jesus as my personal
Saviour, He showed me many areas in my life where there was still sin and on
my part I confessed and prayed and got myself cleansed by the blood of
Jesus.

I stayed for two months with the old man in the forest. Every morning we
used to kneel together in the presence of the Lord for hours and pray and
meditate upon the word of God. After two months one day he took me to the
Narmada River and baptized me in the name of the Father and the Son and the
Holy Spirit. It is very difficult for me to say everything that happened to
me that day. As David says in the 23rd psalm, he prepared a table for me in
the presence of my enemies and he anoints my head with oil. My cup runneth
over, surely goodness and mercy will follow all the days of my life and I
will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. That was the assurance I got.
After I received the Holy Spirit, the old man told me "Now God has brought
you to Judea and then he will take you to Samaria and from there to the
uttermost parts of the Earth". He explained to me that Judea meant him,
Samaria mean my hometown and community. He told me that I was to go back to
my community and preach to them the gospel. I went back to Nepal.

The moment I reached home my parents were standing outside. My father did
not allow me to go inside the house. They said to me, "We sent you to get a
higher education in the most famous university. You received two gold medals
from the president of India. After all this you are returning as a poor,
downtrodden, inferior untouchable caste. What happened to you?" They left me
standing at the door and after asking for some Ganges water from the temple
my father proceeded to give me a bath as I was defiled. He poured that water
over me. Even then according to them I was still impure for only external
purification ha taken place and I still needed internal purification. So he
sent another priest to the backyard of the house and asked him to bring a
glass of cow's urine. I was told to drink this by my father. In our family
our father is very revered and in no way do we show any disrespect to him.
Therefore when he commanded me to drink I had to obey. I silently received
this and saying "Victory in the blood of Jesus", over and over again, I
silently drank it. Only then was I allowed to enter.

My parents were still afraid that I might sneak out and join soul Christian
church in Nepal, and once or twice without my father's knowledge I did visit
a faith home in Nepal. Thus my father started give me so much work that I.
would always find myself to be busy. I was given a lot of chores to do, even
in the temple mainly cleaning and washing the various idols housed there.
All this I did obeying my father, always saying "Victory in the name of
Jesus". Wanting to punish me he left me behind in the temple one night.

These temples were constructed 2000 to 3000 years ago and right from the
entrance to the Mola Sarpa Graha, we had to walk not less than 3 km. The
ceiling is 100-120ft high and at night there are no lights as there was no
electricity connections. The temple was also infested with poisonous snakes
and scorpions. For many days I was not given any food nor did I have any
proper clothing. But amidst all these dangers I knelt down and prayed, "Lord
without your will I can never, be here. I do not know for what reason you
have kept me here but help me to proclaim and lift your name to these
people. Lord open the door where I can proclaim the good news for a David
said in the scripture, "What shall I do unto the Lord who has given me the
joy of salvation?" Again in the very next scripture he says, "I will offer
to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call upon the name of the
Lord, I will pay my vows unto the Lord in the presence of all his people".
The next morning about 60 bhattacharyas came to open the temple early in the
morning and doing so they came inside. I was on fire and at that moment I
called out to the Bhattacharyas. "Come here. What does your vedas say about
God? What does Hinduism say about God? Who is true God in Hinduism? What are
the characteristics of God mentioned in Hinduism? What does Hinduism say
about how a man can go into the kingdom of God? Who is the true god that can
bring salvation to mankind? For example Om Shri brahmaputhraye namaha - what
does this mean? The only begotten son I worship thee. Who is the only
begotten son? It is the Lord Jesus Christ, Om shri Martha Namaha - the Holy
spirit of God I worship thee. Who is the Holy Spirit of - it is the Lord
Jesus Christ. Om shri Kannisuthayeha namaha - which means the Lord who is
born to a virgin. Om vidyshtayaha Namaha - the Lord who had the circumcision
I worship thee. Om shri Panchkayika naruaha - the Lord who had the five
injuries for the sake of mankind. Om shri vriksha shula arudayaka nama
vrisha ponda marthil shulathil siluthayil bahyanavare, umbayc nan
namaskarikunnen. Who is the Lord who died on the cross of Calvary? All this
is our Lord Jesus Christ. Our God is not a dead God. It is true that he came
as a messiah to this world. He preached the gospel. He canceled the devils
and the demons. He healed the sick people and brought salvation to so many
people and finally he died on the cross of Calvary, he was buried but he did
not become sand. Om Shri mrithyu nayaya namaha meaning the Lord Who
resurrected from the depths of the Earth on the third day I worship thee".
By the divine grace of God 13 people accepted the Saviour. Out of them six
people took the baptism. Today they are strong believers. All this God did
for His glory.

Like this I was inside the temple with these people for 6 months and in the
meantime the RSS people came to know about me and so did the BJP and the
Shiv Sena along with a lot of other Hindu organizations. They came to Nepal
and pulled me out of the temple and thrashed me mercilessly. They fractured
both my hands. Today the hand you see is not the real one but an artificial
one. In one hand I have 16 screws fixed in my elbow and steel plates within.
They poured acid all over me and threw me into the streets. They told me
that if I preach Christ anymore then they would kill me. My parents asked me
to get out, as I had become a danger to their survival. I was shunned by my
family, community, friends and villagers. At a total loss as to what to do
then and there I knelt and prayed to the Lord and asked him what he wanted
me to do I claimed his promise where he said that in the days of your
trouble I will deliver you and you will glorify me. The Lord told me that
along with Judea even Samaria was over and so "Step out in My name and I
will take care of you". I asked for confirmation from the bible if God
wanted me to got out for full time mission work and the scripture given to
me was John chapter 1:5 "In the beginning was the word and the word was with
God. All things are made by him and without Him not anything made or was
made. In him was life and the life was the light of men. And the light
shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehend it not." "But as many
received Him to them he gave the power to become the sons of God even to
them that believe on His name" (John 1:12) Based on this scripture I was
convinced that I was truly the child of God.

Slowly I made my way to the faith home in Nepal. There God miraculously
provided me first aid and a plane ticket to the Bombay Navarathna hospital
for treatment. I took complete treatment for 6 months and now I am all
right. After that I went back to Nepal once again. My household did not open
the door and they told me to leave. I did not know what to do with my life.
There were so many denominations in Christianity like Roman Catholics,
Jehovah Witnesses, Marthomites etc etc. All I knew was the Father God, the
Begotten Son and the Holy Spirit. After this I went into many parts of Nepal
and interior villages to proclaim Christ. I was expelled from Nepal for
preaching the Gospel. I went to Tibet and from there came to north India.
Finally today I am in south India. Today right from Kanya Kumari in the
south to Kashmir God has taken me to proclaim the good news. Other than
parts of India, God took me to Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, France,
Sweden, Germany and Czechoslovakia. I came without nothing yet I lack for
nothing. When I came into the ministry I did not have any money on me yet I
cannot say that I have gone hungry even once. God provides me with
everything that I want day by day. I am also on the RSS hit list. Ten days
ago I was coming back to Tamilnadu from Rajasthan and I was circled by the
RSS people and I lost all my properties to them. By the grace of God I am
well today.

My dear brothers and sisters all this while you have been listening to my
testimony for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. I request you to get a
step closer to the cross of Calvary so that your life would be blessed more.
I also humbly request you to uphold me in prayer because the word of God
says, "He that has put his hand on the plough and withdraws is unworthy for
the kingdom of God". Today you and me, we have put our hands on the plough
of our Lord Jesus Christ. Come what may we must till the Christian ground to
produce thirty, sixty and hundred folds of fruits for the glory of Lord
Jesus Christ. Then only we can boldly say like Paul said "I have fought a
good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth
there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the
righteous judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only but unto all
them also that love his appearing". Initially Paul was also torturing and
persecuting Christians and the early churches. Then on the road to Jericho
near the city of Damascus he was touched by the power of God. Right away he
fell flat on the road. When he got up he was blind. God told him to go and
get healed by Annanias. Annanias laid his hands upon Paul and prayed and
Paul got his sight back. He understood the power of God and accepted the
Lord. He committed his life to the Lord, and he came all over Asia and
proclaimed the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ. He led thousands of
people to the Kingdom of God. That was the reason why he could say that he
has fought the good fight: It is true in our cases also, dear brothers and
sisters. There is a crown of life awaiting each and every one of us. In
order to receive it we must run a good race and we should fight a good
fight. It is not enough just accepting the Lord as our personal Saviour or
being baptized, nor is it enough that we receive the gifts of the Holy
Spirit. What is your personal contribution to the church of God? How much
are you contributing to the church of God? The Lord has put you in such a
beautiful and affluent place, what are your commitments to the Lord. In how
many ways are you robbing God in the church?

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