The welcome and adoration that was given to the speeches of Swami Vivekananda during the parliament of Religions at Chicago made it clear that world is in need of the message of Bharat. Swami Vivekananda addressed the audience as ‘Sisters and Brothers of America’. It had an electrifying effect on them. It was not merely a form of address but behind those words were the great spiritual strength of India. Therefore Man. Eknathji wanted this day to be celebrated as Universal Brotherhood Day.
The welcome address was presented by our beloved Principal, Shri.S.Abraham Lingom. The function was presided over by Mann.Parameswaranji President of Vivekananda Kendra and Mann.Bhanudasji, General Secretary of Vivekananda Kendra.
The students of VIII and IX standard sang a song related to the Universal Brotherhood day.
Mann.Bhanudasji, General Secretary of Vivekananda Kendra addressed the gathering. He talked about the importance of Universal Brotherhood day. He quoted the words of Swami Vivekananda, “Each Soul is potentially divine”. The motto of our school is “Man making and nation building”. He expressed about the spirituality among the people of India for the development of the strong nation. He advised the audience to read the life of Swami Vivekananda and Sister Nivedita
The Chief Guest Shri.John R D Santhosham, B.A.,B.L District Judge Mahila Court addressed the gathering. He spoke about the meditation hall built in Rock Memorial. It is one of the shrines of national identity and the symbol of unity for the world. He exhibited Swamiji as a role model or inspiring person to the youth of our nation. He instructed the audience not to be selfish from the childhood onwards. The students should develop all the good habits. On this special day he reminded us about the Guru Sri Rama Krishna Paramahamsa who was the great teacher of Swamiji. He advised the students about the benefits and disadvantages of the technology.
The Kendra employees who have completed their 10,20 and 30 years of service were honoured. Our Vice Principal Smt.Sariga readout the names. Mann.Parameshwaranji presented the memento to honour the Kendra employees.
We had an eminent person Dr.N.Neela Mohan, M.A.,M.Phil, Ph.D, Principal of Vivekananda College, Agasteeswaram. He addressed the audience. He expressed his views about that day which showed the Universal Brotherhood to the entire country. He talked about Swamiji’s Guru Sri Rama Krishna Paramahamsa whose spiritual power was accepted by the world. He reminded us about the birth anniversary of Bharathiyar who spread the thought of freedom through his poem. He illustrated some stories about how to lead our life in a proper way.
On account of Universal brotherhood day some sports were conducted for Kendra employees. They participated in the competitions and won the prizes. The chief guest and the special guest gave away the prizes to the winners.
The special guest Thavathiru. Swami Padmendra, President of Vallalar Peravai, Nagercoil addressed the audience. He spoke about the important qualities of Swamiji. He talked about the good atmosphere of our school and then about the discipline found in our school. He illustrated the Kural of Thiruvalluvar. He advised the students that India should be changed into the developed country. All should leave the habit of selfishness and they should involve themselves in helping others. He instructed the students to join with the good people and insisted them to get good marks and respect the teachers.
The vote of thanks was proposed by our beloved Vice Principal, Smt.K.G.Sariga. Various cultural programmes were performed by our V.K.V. students.
Finally the programme was concluded by Kendra prayer