Dharma And Yoga Fest

“As the different streams having their 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”.
Swami Vivekananda used this quote in his famous “Sisters and Brothers of America” address to the Parliament of Religions in Chicago on September 11, 1893.

That speech introduced one of the oldest religions in the world – Sanatana Dharma (currently referred to as Hinduism) to the west.

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Along with Swami Ji’s travels all across the western hemisphere it also paved the way for many aspects of the Hindu religion like yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, living in harmony with nature and vegetarianism to become part of everyday life in America and Europe.

To remember Swami Vivekananda’s message of “Universal Peace through Dharma and Yoga”and to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary, “Dharma and Yoga Fest” will be held on September 28th (Saturday) 2013 at the Hogg Auditorium in the University of Texas campus.

The uniqueness of this event is that it will be planned and conducted by all the Hindu Dharma based and other spiritual organizations in Austin.

The event will have various interactive sessions on the four Yoga tracks – Gnana, Bhakti, Karma and Raja Yogas.

There will also be fun sessions for kids of all ages and a skit on the life of Swami Vivekananda performed by children from the greater Austin area.

There will also be an after “party” featuring an outdoor Bhajan session under the Austin night sky. Dinner will be provided for a nominal cost

The goal is to get all the Hindu Dharma based and spiritual organizations together to conduct an event that will deliver Swami Vivekananda’s message of “different paths leading to God”.

The interactive sessions will provide insights into those different paths and offer practical lessons for the entire family to take home, to help them in their quest to reach their spiritual goals.

The sessions will focus not on only on the “how’s” but also “why’s”.

We invite all members of the Greater Austin community irrespective of their religious/spiritual beliefs, to attend in this free one of a kind event.

Some of the organizations already involved with this event are Art of Living, Austin Hindu Temple, Chinmaya Mission, Ekal Vidyalay, Hindu Charities of America, Hindu Yuva, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Isha Yoga, Jain Sangh, Radha Madhav Dham, Samskritha Bharathi, Shirdi Sai Temple, SRCM and Vedanta Society.

Other organizations and individuals interested in volunteering and participating in this event can send an email to info.austin@dharmaandyogafest.org or call 512-7744-DYF (512-774-4393) and more information can be found at http://dharmaandyogafest.org/austin and at Sulekha.com

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