RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has joined over 2,200 people from across Britain and Europe at a three- day mega event organised by UK-based charity Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh to celebrate its golden jubilee.
Bhagwat, who arrived at Hertfordshire (about 50 km from London) on Thursday, will address the ‘Sanskriti MahaShibir’ on Sunday, the concluding day of the event. Over 2,200 people have gathered since Saturday to discuss among others ‘Sanskaar’ (values of life), ‘Sewa’ (selfless service) and ‘Sangathan’ (community spirit).
According to Dhiraj Shah, the UK Sangachalak (President) of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, “the activities at Mahashibir will enable its attendees to explore and understand the values and ethics (sanskars) that has nourished the HSS (Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh) over the last 50 years and prepare them to build a peaceful, prosperous and progressive society”.
Shah believes that “with the support and guidance of such prominent persons discussing subjects such as ‘Harmonious family life, understanding Hindu Dharma, Purpose of life, yoga, spirituality beyond religion and many more, the HSS UK will grow from strength to strength and continue to nurture active citizens of the society with values of social duty, discipline and friendship as it has done for the last fifty years”.
Besides Bhagwat, prominent persons attending the mega summit include Swami Dayatmananda, Head of Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre UK; Swami Nirliptananda, Head of London Sewashram Sangh UK and Acharya Vidya Bhaskar, Omkarananda Ashram Switzerland.
The charity is an RSS-inspired organisation which started in 1966 and describes itself as a social-cultural national organisation of Hindus with over 110 weekly activity centres across the UK and a national average weekly attendance of over 2,000.
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