The Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago inaugurated the Home of Harmony on 21 May 2022 at 3801 N Keeler Ave, in the northern part of Chicago city. It is the new place for cultivation of the Interfaith movement.
The ceremony began with a peace walk at 10:30 am, led by a banner that said, “Come, Let Us Make This World A Heaven.” The group of 13 monks of Ramakrishna Order accompanied by representatives of the major religions of the world, and numerous devotees and admirers peacefully marched. After formal ribbon cutting at the new premises, two Swamis performed Arati in front of the statue of Sri Ramakrishna, followed by Vedic chanting in the “Hall of Consciousness”, which was almost filled to its 300 seat capacity. Swami Ishatmananda, Minister-in-Charge, Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago, declared the opening of the Home of Harmony by reading the benedictory message of Most Revered President Maharaj, Swami Smaranananda ji. He also read out the inspiring message of General Secretary Maharaj, Swami Suvirananda ji. Swamis and religious representatives discussed the “Message of Harmony” in the Ramakrishna Tradition and according to the traditions of the world’s religions. The famous opera singer Daniel Hendrick gave musical offerings. The program was concluded with the show of a documentary, “Swami Vivekananda: A Bridge Between the East and the West”. All attendees were served with lunch.