Universal Brotherhood Day Celebration
The Universal Brotherhood Day which 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", which depicts the great Vedantic strength of India.
Swami Vivekananda in his lectures at Chicago starting from 11 September 1893 gave a call for Universal Brotherhood. He said that the man on this earth has continued too long
to be fanatic about insisting that his religion alone was true and other religions being false had no right to exist. He also stressed that as long as this situation persists there can be only bloodshed in the name of religion and no brotherhood which, the practice of religion should actually bring about, would be possible.
‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (One Earth, One Family, One Future), introspect the true meaning of Swami Vivekananda’s messages which sees the world as one single big family.
At present though it appears that fanaticism and terrorism is engulfing the whole world, actually it is like the flame that flickers the brightest before getting extinguished. Swami Vivekananda had said that, “Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendants, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled this earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilisation and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these possible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time has come…”
- To bring the focus of our youth to the Dynamics of our Motherland, Her great present strength and also Her destiny to guide the world.
- To spread the message of Swami Vivekananda amongst the public
- To focus on cultural traditions
- To pay homage to all those who laid their lives for the protection of our Motherland.