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Swawi Vivekananda Speech - Chicago 1993

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Swami Vivekananda : An Inspiration
2013 marks the 150th birth year of Swami Vivekananda. His famous speech delivered at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago is presented here.
11th September, 1893
Sisters and Brothers of America

It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. l thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions; and I thank you in the name of the millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects. My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration.I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.
I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to the southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings:
As the different streams having there sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to thee.
The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world, of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita:
Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me.
Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.

HSS Activities 2012 - Overview

Overview of HSS work in 2012

Weekly Shakhas:  The numbers of shakhas are, in GTA - 6, Windsor – 1, London – 1 and in GVA - 1. Keshav shakha ran dainik (daily) during summer vacation for July and August. Shakhas tyically constitude physical, mental and leadership training activities - all defining character building and training. We are fortunate to have a new shakha in Missisauga.
Sewa Activities: Several shakas participated in programs like "Adopt a Stream", "Tree Planting", 'Food Drive" and also, helping out Bhutani Hindu brethern across Canada. More such activities are planned for next year.

Sangh Shiksha Varg and Karyakarta varg:  The weekly Sangh Shiksha Varg took place on August 12th and was attended by 51 Siksharthies from Ontario, and 5 Siksharthies from Alberta. 8 shikshaks (teachers) and 3 vyasvastha prabandhaks (organizers) were present full-time at the site. Plenty of volunteers are also helped out though out week. About 16 shikshathees attended the weekend camp. The samarop (concluding) ceremony was attended by about 175 people.

Karyakarta vargs were condected at various shakha locations.

Read more: HSS Activities 2012 - Overview


HSS GTA Food Drive 2011 - A successful Campaign

Food Drive 2011 

A food drive was conducted by HSS in Dec 2011 as part of its Sewa activity. It provided great satisfaction to donate 650-700 LBS of collected Food to Amma's Ashram for community soup kitchen. Though small but it was an effective community SEWA initiative to help hungry people in GTA. Amma GTA team was happy to receive collected food items and gave us a warm welcome. A number of swayamsevaks participated in this community outreach initiative.


We all extend sincere thanks to Swayamsevaks who made this campaign a success.


Sangh Shiksha Varg 2012 (August 2012)

Sangh Shiksha Varg 2012 (volunteer tranining camp) was once again a tremendous success - with about 60 participants living, thinking, playing, eating and breathing together for a week. This year we were fortunate to have a few Bhutani Hindu brethern from London, ON and Windsor participate in the camp. Although it was their first experince, they took away with them classic training to organize and conduct shakha in their local areas and bring to their community the pride and respect of being an Hindu.

Introduction to spoken Sanskrit, Role of Sangh work in Canada, Importance of Sewa, What it means to be a Hindu were some of the workshop topics this year. It was not all without fun: Campfire, a walk in the trails, treaure hunt, an evening of variety entertainment were extensively popular with everybody.

Many thanks to a variety of volunteers and donors who made the camp successful. No words can express the tireless efforts put in by the pracharaks and shikshaks in bringing the camp to life in a very organized and disciplined manner.

Click to read Karyavaha Report

Read more: Sangh Shiksha Varg 2012 (August 2012)


A Successful "Guru Vandana"

Guru Vandana, A Respectful Salute to Teachers
The word Guru has many connotations; a spiritual guide, sports teacher, a person elevated in spirit and strength or one with a calm mind and clear thought. All of us seek inspiration, encouragement and guidance from a Guru. It therefore is important and necessary that due respect be offered to such a person. Who can aptly fit this description than a school teacher?

With this in mind, Keshav Shakha in Toronto, Canada, on 10th June 2010, Thursday, presented this unique concept by organizing “Guru Vandana”, literally meaning, Teachers’ Appreciation Day,  at Woburn Jr. Public School here at Toronto . 

Read more: A Successful "Guru Vandana"