Maryam Asif Siddiqui, a 6th Grade student studying in Cosmopolitan High School, Mira Road, Mumbai, recently won the GCL – Gita Champions League. Maryam won the first position among over 3,000 participants at the ‘Gita Champions League’ contest, organized by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) in January. Maryam studied material that was provided by Iskcon for almost a month before giving the test in English. She received the prize on March 15th, 2015.
“My parents have inspired me that all relations and religions are equal. Humanity is a religion which has been divided. I also tell my friends circle that we are all one and we should never fight on the basis of religion,” Maryam told ANI.
“Then we had to give a written exam. I sat for the exam and secured the first rank,” said Maryam. “I was very happy and my parents told me that I must keep hold of that knowledge forever,” she added.
Maryum has always been curious to know about different religions and often read up on them in her free time. She believed that this contest was a good way for her to understand what the Gita was about. It’s no surprise to know that Maryum’s broad thinking comes from her family who completely supported her idea to take part in the competition and believes that one needs to respect and accept all religions and before children come under any bad influence, parents need to talk to them and make them understand what is right.
Knowledge knows no boundary. Nor colour, nor caste. Nor religion.