Thousands gather to celebrate Dusshera in Toronto

The largest Bhagwad Gita Park outside India has been set up at Brampton City in Canada.  Navratri & Dusshera were celebrated at various temples and community centers in Toronto and other cities of Canada.  

Addressing the participants at Bharat Sevashram Sangha in Toronto, Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown said “We have created the largest Bhagwad Gita Park outside India in our Brampton City. We hope that the Bhagwad Gita Park will help in transmitting the values of Gita among people. Bhagwad Gita teaches us selfless service & egoless-ness, Bhagwad Gita park is a symbol of that.”   

Mayor Patrick Brown further added “The Garba has started to celebrate in the streets now.  People are wearing colorful and decorated clothes and dancing in love of goddess. Tonight  nearly 8,000 people are celebrating Dusshera in Brampton.”  

Speaking at the event Swami Advaitananda Giri, Chairman, International Meditation Foundation said, “The Dusshera & Navratri festivities symbolize the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. From removing the toxins of the body to reducing lethargy and dullness of the mind, and deepening meditation, the auspicious festivities benefit us in many ways.”  

Swami Advaitananda Giri said, “These nine days are days of the feminine. From the data, it’s evident that despite tremendous scientific advancement and prosperity created during the last century, western models of modern society are not bringing happiness, peace and harmony to the people or the human societies of the world. Instead, it has caused stress, sleep disorder, anxiety and depression, violence, drug addiction, fears, and worries.  

Swami Advaitananda Giri appealed to Mayor Patrick Brown that the aim of education should not be limited to imparting literacy and skills to enable our children to earn a livelihood only but the overall objective of education should be to develop children as good and skill-full human beings. Children should learn the art to lead their lives. They should be continuously trained to be loving, honest, generous, and accountable human beings.”  

Apoorva Srivastava, Consulate General of India, Toronto, Canada stated that Swami  Advaitananda Giri’s vision to imbibe Sanskar in our children is the need of this time. The development of human values among children is a prerequisite for building a harmonized and peaceful society which is also a pre-condition for the overall development of the nation and harmony in the whole world. 

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