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| Regionals Participation in the World Meet for Peace and Harmony, Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi
The participants had paid Rs. 1000 per day to attend the convention and listen to the speakers. This itself was a sign of the thirst for peace and harmony in the world. All the speeches and discussion centred around the main theme. Fr. Maria Arokiam, who was the first to speak, from the perspective of Christianty and the thought of Swami Vivekananda called for common action in favour of human rights, justice and equality, drawing from Christian and Hindu sources. He said that common action, more than theoretical dialogue, is capable of bringing people of various religions towards brotherhood and hence create peace.
The experience was unique. The organization of the whole event was next to perfect. The cordiality with which we were received and the openness that the monks of the Ramakrishna Mission and the Hindu Public gathered there, and their disciplined participation made a deep impression on all and showed us how most people in the world have brotherly feelings towards each other and work for peace. The meet called upon to unite positive forces and shun fringe and extremist elements which indulged in violence and division in the name of Religion. The Monks had done a great job. It was indeed a fitting salute to Swami Vivekananda on his 150th birth anniversary!