Atheist Centre 1940-1990 Golden Jubilee
International Conference Souvenir
Vijayawada, February 3, 4, and 5, 1990
[OCR, Tim Sullivan; HTML, editing, Cliff Walker]

Labours of Dedicated Work
Dr. Bjorn Merker

Gora made an indelible impression on me the very first time l heard him speak, at a meeting in Kerala in 1964. The fire of his conviction, the clarity of his message and the originality of his stance made me notice, and seek him out. That was the beginning of an association which started with a trek from village to village through the Kerala paddies, later allowed me to spend a string of unforgettable months with him and his family and co-workers at the Atheist Centre in Patamata, and which one day, years later, saw us travelling together in New York City, Gora attracting a bit of attention with his Indian dress. Even beyond his all-too-early death, the life work he left behind, embodied in his family and co-workers. and in the Atheist Centre with its many bold projects and imaginative activities, allowed that association to continue even if from a distance. It is real cause for celebration that the labors of this man thus not only lived on, but have done so with vigor, new initiatives and expanding activities. It has been a joy and an inspiration to follow this work from afar, primarily through Lavanam and other members of the family visiting abroad, but also through the pages of The Atheist. You have my congratulations from the bottom of my heart, each and every one of you whose labors have made this possible, and I wish you a joyous and rewarding celebrations of fifty years of the Atheist Centre. May its work continue to flourish and may your lives have the health and the happiness to carry it on.