Brother Chidananda, president and spiritual head of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, delivered this year’s keynote lecture at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture and Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the San Diego Indian American Society. This event took place on Saturday, August 17, in the Atkinson Auditorium at the University of California, San Diego.
During his lecture Brother Chidananda discussed the special relationship between Paramahansa Yogananda and Mahatma Gandhi and their mutual interest in bringing greater peace to the world. Paramahansaji established a Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial, which contains a portion of Gandhi’s ashes, when he dedicated the SRF Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California, in 1950.
Among the distinguished individuals who have spoken at the SDIAS’s Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture events in past years are: Jonas Salk, American medical researcher who developed one of the first successful polio vaccines; Rajmohan Gandhi and Arun Gandhi, grandsons of Mahatma Gandhi; Pandit Ravi Shankar, India’s renowned sitar maestro; Ambassador Nirupam Sen, former Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations; and United States Congressman Ami Bera.
This year, more than 50 high school graduates and community college students in the San Diego area will receive educational grants from the SDIAS totaling $110,000. Nearly 90 percent of the grants will go to students from families with no college education. In addition to grants for college, recipients also receive U.S. Congressional certificates.
For more information about the San Diego Indian-American Society, please visit www.sdias.org.