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London branch members headed by Swami Nirliptananda of the “Sevashram Sangha” group visited the London Buddhist Vihara on the occasion of their 13th year of Om Day celebrations.

“Om Day” is organised with the intention of bringing together members of all four major religions originated in India namely Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism.

Head of the London Buddhist Vihara, the Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thera welcomed the visitors.

Om Day programme started with Om Day song presented by Dr. Ranjana Dey and the group.

Swam Nirliptananda and Sevashram Sangha group members performed a religious puja “Shanthi Yajna” to invoke blessings for a better and harmonious world for every being to live in.

Kamal Persaud delivered the welcome speech. He thanked Ven. Seelawimala Nayaka Thera and the London Buddhist Vihara for allowing them to have the 2014 Om Day celebrations at the premises and described the impotence of building a strong bond, an understanding and close co-operation among followers of four major world religions originated in India.

Members from all four religions took part in traditional lighting of the oil lamp.

Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thera gave a short sermon explaining the Buddhist perspective of living in peace. He explained how Gauthama Buddha’s teachings the Dhamma is relevant to all human beings irrespective of their believes. “ You do not have to be a Buddhist to follow the teachings of the Buddha. What he taught is universal.” He said.

Other speakers were Dr. Vinod Pakashi on Jainism, Mrs. Charanjit Singh on Sikhism and Swami Nirliptananda on Hinduism.

During the second part of the Om Day programme, young members from the Bharathiya Vidhya Bhawan gave a flute recital, children from the London Buddhist Vihara Dhamma school performed a Sri Lankan Puja dance and Maestro Manju Sarkar presented “ Bhajans”, or devotional songs.

Founded in 1961 by Swami Purnandaji Maharaj, London Sevashram Sangha is a spiritual brotherhood of monks, selfless volunteers and devotees dedicated to the service humanity.

It is a branch of Bharat Sevashram Sangha, an all-India and international organisation with its head office in Calcutta, India.

“Sevashram Sangha” is a philanthropic and charitable organization with a firm and enduring commitment to improving the lives of the underprivileged. This guiding principle of concern for the weak and deprived citizens has been the force empowering our members to dedicate their lives to serving humanity.


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