Universal Brotherhood Day is observed on September 11 every year. It marks the commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s famous speech delivered on September 11, 1893 in Chicago to the delegates of the world Parliament of Religions. The speech is popularly remembered for its opening words “Sisters and Brothers of America”. It was a short speech. But its impact was instantaneous. It is said that after hearing this opening words, the entire assembly gave him an extended standing ovation.
Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya celebrated Universal Brotherhood Day as well as 48th Anniversary of the dedication of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial to the nation in a grand manner. The function started at 2.30 pm and it was presided over by Mann. Bhanudasji, General Secretary of Vivekananda Kendra. The programme began with our traditional way, lighting the lamp by the honourable chief guest Dr.R.Rajesh, M.E., Ph.D., Principal of Rohini College of Engineering, Paulkulam and the special guest Lion Dr.S.Rajendran, M.B.B.S., D.Lit., MJF, and Millennium Lions Governor. The programme was compered by Smt. P.Jeya, Teacher of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya. On this happiest occasion, the celebration was initiated with the invocation song sung by the students of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya.
The most precious gift we can offer any one is our welcome. Sri.S.Abraham Lingom, The Principal of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya extended warm welcome to the dignitaries and the participants of the programme.
“The right word may be effective and speech is powerful”. The president of the function Mann. Bhanudasji, General Secretary of Vivekananda Kendra addressed the gathering. He recalled Swami Vivekananda’s message of Universal Brotherhood. He explained that the speech of Swami Vivekananda made the entire world’s attention to our nation’s rich history and strong cultural roots. He praised the tremendous Indian Culture. He also praised the various religious people who were attracted by the inclusive approach of Hindus. He exhibited that we all must understand the unifying nature of Dharma. He advised the students to carry forward the mission of Swami Vivekananda and Eknathiji Ranade throughout their lives.
“Music has the power to communicate messages and emotions that words capture”. The students of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya sang a melodious Sanskrit song. “Speeches have incredible power”. Dr.R.Rajesh, M.E., P.hD., The Principal of Rohini College of Engineering, Paulkulam as the Chief Guest of the function delivered his valuable speech. He mentioned the impact of Chicago address by Swami Vivekananda. He pointed the poems of the Tamil Poet Mahakavi Bharathi which motivates us the national integration. He also illustrated spirituality and equality principles in “The Bhagavath Gita”. He explained the different problems in our society that should be overcome by adaptability and flexibility of every individual. He noted the Indians role in foreign countries. He said that the foreign schools provide only education but our Indian Schools provide education with discipline. He praised the service of Vivekananda Kendra and Vidyalaya. “Honour has been the reward for what we give”.
The president of the function Mann. Bhanudasji, honoured the employees who have completed their services for ten, twenty and thirty years. They were awarded by mementos and cash.
The special guest Lion Dr. S.Rajendran, M.B.B.S., D.Lit., MJF, Millennium Lions Governor delivered his precious address to the audience. He advised the students to observe and realize other’s mind. He said that mutual understanding make a society move in a harmonious way. He said that the teachings of Swami Vivekananda are more relevant today than when he addressed the world’s religious of parliament. He advised the students laughing and appreciation make our mind healthy.
An award is not only a great prestige or a mark of excellence, but is also a tremendous boost to someone”. Vivekananda Kendra and Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya organized inter-schools andinter-colleges competitions. 480 students from difference schools and colleges participated in different events like patriotic song, essay, elocution, recitation and drawing. They won prizes. Prizes were given by the Chief guest and Special guest of the function.
Mann.Bhanudasji, President of the function presented the memento to the Chief Guest and the Special Guest. Vote of Thanks was proposed by Smt.Sariga, Vice Principal of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya.
The students of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya presented a variety cultural programme. The audience enjoyed the dance, drama and music.
The staff of Vivekananda Kendra and Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya participated in different sports and games. They won various prizes. The prize winners were honoured by Mann.Hanumantaraoji, Treasurer of Vivekananda Kendra and Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya.