The Vedanta Brisbane Chapter’s committee set forth to draw a plan for constructing a multipurpose building housing a prayer and meditation hall, library, office, a hall to be used for functions, monks’ residence, guest rooms, a community kitchen, parking and landscaping.
After calling for Tender, the construction contract was granted to James Trowse Constructions. The ‘turning of the sod’ ceremony on 16th August 2017 saw the start of the construction activity. Within a short time of nine months, the construction was completed.
The inauguration of this facility was held from the 27th to 30th of June 2018. There was traditional pujas (worship) on the 27th evening and the mornings of the 28th and 29th performed by Sri Sullur Siva Shanmugam Gurukkal of the Helensburgh Temple in Sydney. Different groups of devotees offered bhajans (singing) in the evening on these days. On the morning of 30th of June, there was blessing of the land by an indigenous elder followed by a colorful procession of monks and devotees around the building. The dedication of the building then took place with formal worship by Swami Tyagananda, the Hindu chaplain of MIT, Harvard, USA. Sri Ramakrishna practiced and preached the harmony of all religions. The Centre, therefore, has shrines for Buddha and Christ as well as emblems of all religions depicted in its shrine. At 11.15 a.m., Buddhist monks dedicated the Buddha shrine and Rev.Father Stephen Bliss dedicated the shrine to Jesus Christ. This was followed by prayers by representatives of different religions. In the evening, the Centre organized a multicultural function at Robelle Domain from 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m with music, dance, play enactment by children of the Centre’s Sunday class (Bala Sangha) and other attractive performances.
The Centre was open to all, irrespective of their faith or belief. Plans are afoot to conduct regular workshops and sessions on alternative medicine and Yoga at the new facility. The Centre would also, in due course, equip the community kitchen and start a Soup kitchen and food bank for the benefit of the less fortunate.
In the second phase, the Centre would build a childcare facility, followed by community residences for those who like to lead a life of peace, harmony and spiritual fulfilment.
The Ramakrishna-Vedanta movement that began many years ago silently has, by now, grown significantly. There is much more to be done in the future. The cooperation help and goodwill of the general public to make the Vedanta Precinct a haven of Peace and Tranquility is much appreciated. Donations towards the building fund are Tax Deductible.
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