When the question “What was the greatest speech ever?” was posed to six prominent writers by Intelligent Life, the culture-technology- lifestyle sibling of The Economist, Mark Tully, BBC’s former bereau chief for India, had chosen Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the first World’s Parliament of Religion in Chicago in 1893.
Referring to the New York Herald’s declaration that “Vivekananda is undoubtedly the greatest figure in the Parliament of Religions”, Tully noted that “He was relevant then and is relevant today for his constant affirmation that all religions are paths to God, and his call for tolerance.”
Through this extempore speech of 458 words, Swami Vivekananda rekindled the drooping spirit of his co-religionists through his proud declarations, “I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance” and placed the ideals of India and her culture on a high pedestal for the world to appreciate and assimilate.
To commemorate the cultural and religious renaissance initiated by Swami Vivekananda, we conducted a programme on 11 September 2014 at the Vivekananda Cultural Centre. A 140 feet long banner was put up on the marina beach and more than 1000 people wrote Swamiji’s sayings on them. Sri Crazy Mohan, a popular Cine Artiste signed the first quotation. Towards the evening, the whole wall was filled with quotations. A programme was organised at 5:30 PM with Bhajans by Vivekananda Vidyalaya students, a rendition of the Chicago speech and a video display on the Chicago lecture.
Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam, the Tamil monthly of our order has recently conducted a short story competition emphasizing the importance of noble values of our tradition. Nearly 1000 stories on various themes like service, religious harmony, spirituality, humanity, cultural heritage, patriotism, social responsibility etc. were received. Among them were devotional stories, stories touching humanity through their hearts, family stories advocating love & concern, inspirational stories instilling confidence by relentless fight against failures, stories glorifying women and our nation, etc. Among the writers, many are young and new to the world of writing. It was wonderful to see great expressions of talent, feelings and their effective presentations emanating from the pens of these enthusiastic participants.
A Prize distribution function was held on 29th August 2014 in Vivekananda Culture Centre at Vivekananda Illam and prizes were awarded to the winners.
It is the 1st time almost all print media from Tamil Nadu participated in this programme. Sri Gurumurthy Columnist appreciated the social, cultural and spiritual contributions of the magazine to the society. He said that Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam is a magazine that is in demand and not merely sold. Two leading dialing in Tamil and Indian Express gave full coverage of it.
We are happy to inform you that our Tamil monthly Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam has reached the circulation 175000 copies.
Some of the video Lectures:
Lecture by Sri S. Gurumurthy – Policital & Economic Thinker
In the evening Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj gave a succinct discourse on the importance of accepting the right guru and surrendering ourselves to him, in order that we may realise God. A wonderful explanation of the dictum – Tad viddhi pranipatena pariprashnena sevaya.
Duration: 50 min
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Buddha Purnima was celebrated at our Math on May 14, 2014. In the evening Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj gave a beautiful discourse on Lord Buddha. In his own simple, inimitable and easily palatable style, he presented some of the defining incidents from the life of Lord Buddha and explained the inner significance of some of his wonderful teachings.
Duration: 81 min
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On 14th of April 2014, the auspicious day of Tamil New Year, a small get together was organized at the Math to felicitate the devotees and well wishers who have contributed towards the various endowment funds. About 100 donors participated in the get together and few of them shared their experience as being part of various activities of the Math. As a part of the programme, a video presentation was shown detailing the various activities of the Math. Revered Gautamanandaji Maharaj delivered the benedictory address appreciating their valuable contribution and recollecting a few incidents about how the donations were used diligently and for the intended purpose. The programme concluded with dinner prasad to all the participants.
This day in pictures:
Video of Swami Gautamanandaji’s bendiction address:
Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna’s 179th Jayanti was celebrated at our Math on Monday, March 03, 2014. In the evening Swami Gautamananda gave a discourse on the theme Sri Ramakrishna, the re-establisher of Religion.
The video of this discourse is published below.
Duration: 60 min
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