REPORT ON THE PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS HELD IN
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA FROM 15 – 19 OCTOBER 2015
WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY 10 000 PEOPLE FROM 80 COUNTRIES AND OF 50 FAITHS
INTRODUCTION & GRATITUDE
"The Parliament is an overwhelming event. The experience is unique and could only be truly appreciated through direct experience. It was simply amazing!" wrote our representatives. Whilst it is an ideal platform to promote our Master's teachings worldwide, it provided us with the opportunity to learn about the teachings, ways of worship and dedication of the many inter-faith groups whose warm acceptance of each other was unique and rewarding.
A Glory of Hindu Dharma Campaign will be hosted by the North Coast Branches of Divine Life Society of South Africa on Sunday, 11 October 2015. The function will be held at the KRAYDEB Conference Centre, 2 Mira Way, Everest Heights, Verulam. The program will commence at 6am with Nagar Sankirtan by the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation - North Coast Region, Havan will follow at 7:15am by the Sri Veeraboga Emperumal Temple (Tongaat), Cultural items by various Temple and Hindu Organisations from the North Coast of KZN will take place from 9am, and the main Satsang will commence at 10am. Items on the main Satsang program include: Messages on Hinduism, Bhajans and Kirtans, a play, cultural dance rendition, items by Spiritual Darlings (children), and scriptural recitation. Breakfast and Lunch Prasad will be served.
The Parliament of the World's Religions is the largest summit of interfaith activists around the globe which provides listening, learning and sharing opportunities. This year the world's largest and most historic interfaith gathering will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City in Utah, USA from October 15 to 19. It will be attended by 10,000 delegates from 80 countries and 50 religious and spiritual traditions
Images from the function can be found at the bottom of this page
The 128th Birth Anniversary of our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda was held on Tuesday, 8 September at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills, drawing a large gathering from all parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
About the Divine Master, Swami Krishnananda, one of the Master’s senior disciples wrote, “The purpose of Sri Gurudev’s coming into this world and the intention behind the coming of any sage and saint, is the waking of the slumbering soul of mankind. Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj was an incarnation of this unending, incessant, eternal human aspiration for perfection. His teaching is usually summed up in a pithy statement: “God first, world next, yourself last”. This statement, this little message, this one-sentence teaching perhaps sums up the great gospel of life which brings God to the Earth, into our kitchen, into the very room in which we live, into this vestment of our physical personality”
The Sunlit Path Programme for learners in Isipingo was held at the Isipingo Secondary School Hall on Friday, 21 August 2015 and was attended by 128 learners from the following secondary schools: Isipingo, Reunion, and Strelitzia. Seventy-Five learners voluntarily signed the pledge form to stay away from drugs and other social evils, and adopt a healthy life style.
The organisers of the Sunlit Path Programme are pleased to report that the programme held on Friday, 14 August 2015 in Phoenix, was a success in many respects. Although this was a follow-up programme, the organisers did not want to deny enthusiastic new learners the opportunity to attend. This decision was justified by the fact that 40 new pledges were signed by the newcomers to try to stay away from drug addiction and other social ills. The behaviour of the learners was exceptional and their ability to respond to questions was also praiseworthy. Our host school, A.M. Moolla Spes Nova School, attended for the first time and the committee gladly incorporated 20 new learners from this school into the programme. The following seven secondary schools participated: A.M. Moolla Spes Nova School, Stanmore, Havenpark, Sastri Park, Grove End, Palmview and Solvista.
The most auspicious Guru Purnima was observed by Divine Life Society of South Africa on Friday, 31 July. This day of worship of one's preceptor is a day of pure joy to the sincere spiritual aspirant. Thrilled by the expectation of offering their reverent homage to the beloved Guru, devotees assembled with eagerness and devotion at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills at 6am. After Ganga Arati and a short invocation, they proceeded to Sahaja Kutir, the little abode where Pujya Swamiji meditated for many years. They imbibed the peaceful vibrations from these precincts. Thereafter they went to Pujya Swamiji’s sacred room and to the Sahajananda Diamond Jubilee Centre for Darshan. The monthly Havan also fell on this day and devotees present received the blessings of the Deities and our Divine Master during this sacred ceremony. Special Mantras for rain were also chanted during the Havan ceremony.
“Today is a special day in your lives—a day, when you will embrace change and decide to accept responsibility. Today, you will ignite the process in your minds that will light up the path of your life.” These are the inspiring words of Mr V. Motheeram, Principal of Crossmoor Secondary and educator with 38 years experience.Mr Motheeram was addressing 128 learners in the Chatsworth region who attended the follow-up Sunlit Path workshop organised by Divine Life Society of South Africa at Sivananda Sunlit Path Centre in Rose Heights Road, Arena Park on Friday, 24 July. The following secondary schools attended: Apollo, Arena Park, Montarena, Crossmoor, Southlands, Meadowlands, Wingen Heights and Marklands.
The idea of an International Day of Yoga was proposed by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. On 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June 2015, as the International Yoga Day. The first ever! Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General said "By proclaiming 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, the General Assembly has recognized the holistic benefits of this timeless practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the United Nations."
Sivanandashram in Reservoir Hills and the Sivananda International Cultural Centre in La Mercy attracted a large number of devotees, donors, patrons and well-wishers over the weekend, 10 July and 12 July to celebrate birth anniversary of Pujya Swami Sahajananda, Spiritual Head of the Divine Life Society of South Africa. Swamiji was appointed as Spiritual Head of the Society by the Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda in 1949 and served in this capacity for 58 long years till his passing away on 10 December 2007.