Sunday meetups take place between 10-Noon in the Swami Vivekananda Hall at the Hindu Cultural Centre.
Intercultural Exploration Circle May 7, 2017 @1pm A screening and a historical first gathering between Hindu and Aboriginal people for an intercultural exploration of common spiritual practices shared by Hindu, South Asian, Indian, Indigenous, Aboriginal, Métis, First Nations and Inuit will be held at the Hindu Cultural Centre. This is an open invitation to you and your community as your presence will impact this experience. RSVP
You are invited!
Inspired by an event in Winnipeg, Edmonton filmmaker and Vedanta Society of Edmonton member, Shreela Chakrabartty, invites you to help in the creation of a contextual experience through an intercultural exploration circle in a spirit of unity, diversity and harmony for the purpose of sharing cultural similarities that can help foster and develop synergies between communities that will nurture mental peace and positive values in life. 25 years from now, there should be indications of lasting benefit from the efforts brought by this to know our selves better and to help each other.
Foremost, we wish to honour our Creator by enabling an experience that integrates our common spiritual practices. We want our children at the centre of this experience, seated close to grandmothers and elders.
We want to learn something about the universality of who we are and to further our self-realization. We would like to create an atmosphere of hope and possibility that sparks energy and joy that bursts from within.
As Canada observes its 150th Anniversary, we welcome this unique opportunity to gather together to create a celebration for a meaningful experience to remember.
Filmmakers, Shreela & Kash hope that people around the world will take initiatives to explore for themselves the common customs and values they share with people they may not have had the opportunity to get together with before.
SPIRITS is a 10 minute video that depicts the history of Swami Vivekananda's flagship journey across Canada in 1893 on his way to Chicago to attend the Parliament of the World's Religions at the Chicago World Fair. After 150 years, a new friendship emerged between members of the Vedanta Society of Winnipeg and the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg, where the legacy of this famous monk from India is preserved.
If you would like to host a screening in your community please contact Shreela.
PAST: NOV 2016 @ FAVA by Documentary Organization of Canada - Alberta Chapter NOV 2016 @ Intercultural Centre by MCHB
TO BE SCHEDULED: Vedanta Society of Toronto Winnipeg Aboriginal Centre
BACKGROUND: The SPIRITS video was created by Shreela and Kash, who attended a statue unveiling event at the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg of Swami Vivekananda, commemorating the night the monk from India spent in 1893 on his way to Chicago. Swami Vivekananda's purpose of travel was to share the message of universal harmony. It just so happened that during that period in Canada, indigenous spiritual rituals and practices were outlawed and children were being shifted to residential schools in an effort to assimilate them into colonial culture. 150 years later, the same company station that carried the vision of the future of Canada, became the Aboriginal Centre that would welcome Swami Vivekananda's statue and start a relationship of friendship between two 'Indian' communities that discovered they had more in common than their colonial name. They share something special that should be explored more and widely across Canada.
Canadians are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation with so many ways to participate! More