Date: September 11, 2023
Venue: Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
The spirit of unity and brotherhood filled the air at Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, on September 11, 2023, as the Universal Brotherhood Day was celebrated with fervor and devotion. The event was marked by a series of enlightening talks, devotional activities, and a shared sense of camaraderie.
The program commenced with the soul-soothing chants of Vedic hymns, followed by a heartfelt Pushpanjali and Arati. Swami Gunasagarananda graced the gathering with an opening Bhajan that resonated with the audience, setting the tone for the day.
Swami Suprajnananda extended a warm welcome to all present, emphasizing the significance of the day in promoting the ideals of universal brotherhood and unity. The event took a poignant turn as school students eloquently delivered Swami Vivekananda's historic speech in both English and Tamil, evoking a sense of reverence for the visionary leader's timeless message.
Dr. Sathiyamurthy, a distinguished figure in the legal arena serving as a Judge at the Commercial Court, Chennai, delivered a thought-provoking talk in Tamil, titled "Sisters and Brothers...!" The discourse shed light on the essence of familial bonds beyond blood relations, emphasizing the need for mutual respect and understanding among all.
Prof. Velraj, the esteemed Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, Chennai, took the stage with his talk, "We Unite through Love...!" in Tamil. His words resonated deeply, emphasizing love as the binding force that unites humanity across diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Sri Krishna N Pimple, the Honorary Consul of the United Republic of Tanzania for South India and Founder Chairman of CISB Security Group, Mumbai, graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour. His presence added a global perspective to the celebration, highlighting the importance of international cooperation in fostering universal brotherhood.
Swami Raghunayakananda provided an insightful overview of the various activities undertaken by the Math, offering a glimpse into the institution's relentless pursuit of spiritual, educational, and social welfare initiatives.
The event culminated with a benediction by Swami Satyajnanananda, Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission Students' Home, Chennai, infusing the gathering with a sense of peace and spiritual harmony. Swami Suprajnananda extended a heartfelt vote of thanks to all attendees, expressing gratitude for their participation and support.
The day drew to a close with a closing Bhajan by Swami Shankaratmananda, filling the atmosphere with a sense of serenity and devotion. To conclude, a sumptuous lunch Prasad was distributed to all, symbolizing the nourishment of both body and soul.
Universal Brotherhood Day 2023 at Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, was a testament to the enduring ideals of unity, love, and mutual respect that Swami Vivekananda advocated. It served as a powerful reminder of the potential for harmony that lies within the collective human spirit, transcending boundaries and fostering a world bound together by a shared sense of brotherhood.