Commemoration of 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic address at the World Parliament of Religions
“I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true” With these words the universal nature and catholicity of the great Sanatana Dharma were introduced on the world platform for the first time by Swami Vivekananda in Chicago at the World Parliament of Religions on 11 September 1893. With his tremendous impact in the Parliament and in lectures that followed, he removed all the superstitions and wrong preconceived notions that the world had about Hinduism and instilled a sense of deep respect and awe among the westerners about India. With this, he was also successful in awakening a sense of nationalism and pride about our ancient legacy in the Indians. His message of peace & brotherhood is very much needed for the present strife-torn world and to commemorate the great occasion, September 11 is observed as Universal Brotherhood Day all over.
We are observing the 125th Anniversary of this momentous occasion and to observe the same in a befitting manner and to bring home to the young minds the significance of Swamiji’s life and works in the process of National rejuvenation, Ashrama is planning to organise several programmes in about 125 colleges till next September.
To commemorate the historic occasion, we have organised a special programme at our Ashrama on 11th September 2018. The programme will be inaugurated at 9.30 am in the Swami Vivekananda Auditorium by Dr B R Ravikanthe Gowda, IPS, SP of Dakshina Kannada Dist. in the august presence of Swami Jitakamanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore. Captain Ganesh Karnik, Former MLC will be the special guest. The inaugural session will be followed by scholarship distribution and interactive sessions by eminent resource persons like Prof. Vijay Menon of Kochi, Prof. Raghothama Rao of Bangalore and Sri Srikrishna Upadhyaya of Sulia. About 600 Engineering students have already enrolled for this programme.
Swami Chidambarananda (Chief Convener)
Swami Ekagamyananda (Convener)