VSNA CONVENTION 2009 SOUVENIR
Welcome Address by Convention Chair Introduction: Bhavani Moodabagil is a healthcare marketing professional with Masters in Marketing Communication. She has been a member of VSNA since her teenage years and has served as Vice-President and, President of Chicago Chapter. She is also the current editor VSNA Newsletter! Dear Veerashaiva Members: Sharanu! On behalf of the Chicago chapter members, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 32nd Annual Convention. We are gathered here today to celebrate and enhance Veerashaiva culture, philosophy, and our way of life. It is an honor to host this year’s Veerashiava convention in this exciting town of Chicago! It is a privilege to be among our honorable gurus and guests. Indeed, we are blessed to have three prominent swamijis to give us their support and guidance for our way of life – His Holiness Jagadguru Shri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, Shri Suttur Math, Mysore; His Holiness Shri. Siddeshwar Swamiji, Jnanayogashrama, Bijapur; His Holiness Jagadguru Shri. Shivamurthi Shivacharya Swamiji, Taralabalu Brihanmath, Sirigere; We are also very pleased to have outstanding keynote speakers who have graciously travelled from India on this occasion – Sri Basavaraj Puranik, Mrs. Ningamma Pathange, and Ms. Shantadevi Sannelleppanavar and though Sri Ramjan Darga is unable to join us, we are delighted to have his video message for our convention. Our members selected the convention theme – Aacharave Swarga – good character can attain heavenly abode after much deliberation and voting process among many other options to portray the essence of Veerashaivism in every aspect of the convention. I believe today, after our yearlong preparation of every detail it has truly proven that together our Chicago team has done their best in bringing this convention to you. Members have volunteered diligently with enormous time, effort and commitment to give you the most memorable convention ever. To reflect on their effort – a quote from Harriet Naylor – a true pioneer in the development of volunteer management as a profession, is befitting Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one’s ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them. - Harriet Naylor – This convention has much to offer with 2 days of activities for all generations - seniors, adults, youth, men, women and children all have something to appreciate and take back from this experience including releasing a commemorative souvenir Arivu today! As I reflected on our theme, I did some searching and came across these words by Swami Vivekanada – Ācāra, or observance of the established rules of conduct in life, is the first step in religion, and of that again, cleanliness of body and mind, cleanliness in everything, is the most important factor. From "The East and the West," originally written in Bengali. Complete Works, 5.479.
Supplement to ARIVU Souvenir of 2009 VSNA Chicago Convention.