On the occasion of
Christmas celebrations, Ryshivana organized on 23rd of December,
2016, an inter-religious meet for its neighbours, especially the
representatives from the political, social and religious spheres.
Among the guests present were the president and the vice-president
of Munnur (local) panchayat, members of the panchayat (belonging to
different religions), BDO and the office staff and all those
involved in the social uplifting of the society. The guests of
honour were the Parish priest- Fr. Santhosh, Yoga guru Mr. V. L.
Rego and the local MLA, Mr. U.T. Khader.
At the beginning Fr. Pius James, the director of the Institute
welcomed the guests and briefly presented the life and activities of
Ryshivana. Among other things, he highlighted the efforts of
Ryshivana towards inner-silence and contemplation and also the ways
in which it promotes the harmonious-living in the society. He
emphasised the purpose of the “koota”(meet ) which is the kernel of
the message of Christmas.
Later, the Parish priest led the group into prayer and blessed the
meals. Everyone was served veg/non-veg meal and was given a memento.
All in all there were around 35 guests who participated in this
souharda koota (get-together) and oota (meals).