International Yoga Day
June 17, 2017 VSE members participated in the Yoga Association of Alberta's Jun 17 International Yoga Day
Swami Vivekananda's flagship voyage across Western Canada
In 1893, Swami Vivekananda embarked on his flagship voyage to the West. SPIRITS is a 10 minute video depicting the portion of his journey across Western Canada on his way to Chicago to attend the Parliament of the World's Religions at the Chicago World Fair. More than a century had passed before a friendship would emerge 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 in a bust statue in the former Canadian Pacific Railway Station building in Winnipeg. The message that Swami Vivekananda carried in the 1800s while indigenous practices were being outlawed, was the same message of harmony and unity that is coming to light today.
Inspired by the statue unveiling celebration in Winnipeg, Edmonton filmmaker, Shreela Chakrabartty and the Vedanta Society of Edmonton, facilitated a contextual experience between the local aboriginal and Hindu communities 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 lifelong positive values. 25 years from now, the hope is that there will be lasting benefit coming from the efforts brought by this gathering 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 worthy of remembrance.
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.
If you would like to host a screening in your community please contact Shreela.
PAST SCREENING EVENTS:
7 MAY 2017 @ 1pm at the Hindu Cultural Centre
kindly facilitated by
Vedanta Society of Edmonton
Hindu Society of Alberta
Kohkom Kisewatisiwin Society
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
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
Sunday meetups take place between 10-Noon in the Swami Vivekananda Hall at the Hindu Cultural Centre. Please call 780.484.8470 to confirm your attendance.