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Swami Prapannananda Releases Girish Parikh's 'The Day of Gloom and Glory'



Swami Prapannananda Releases Girish Parikh's 'The Day of Gloom and Glory'



Swami Prapannananda of the Vedanta Society of Sacramento released a printed copy of the book titled “The Day of Gloom and Glory” by Girish Parikh April 1 after a service on the occasion of Rama Navami – the birthday of Lord Rama.

Girish Parikh is an award-winning author and journalist based in Modesto, Calif. “The Day of Gloom and Glory” is his 11th published book.

Speaking on the occasion, Girish addressed members of the audience as “sisters and brothers of Swami Vivekananda.”

“Swami Vivekananda is the spiritual older brother of everyone. That is why I call the book, ‘Little Book for Billions.’ Of course, Sept. 11 marks a date of gloom because America was attacked on that date in 2001 by terrorists. But very few people in the world know that Sept. 11 is the date of glory as well. It was more than a century before the terror strike that Swami Vivekananda had made a spellbinding address beginning with the words, ‘Sisters and brothers of America’ on the same date. Swami Vivekananda was speaking at the World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893 where he captured the heart of America and the rest of the world, including India,” said Parikh.The book, “The Day of Gloom and Glory,” highlights the Sept. 11 address of Swami Vivekananda; his life and struggles before he could speak at the World Parliament of Religions, said a press release.

“Swami Vivekananda imparted the message of survival, security, peach and prosperity. The initial inspiration to write the book came from (Abraham) Lincoln. I read a review of the book ‘Lincoln’s Greatest Speech’ in 2002 and the thought of writing a book on Swami Vivekananada’s Sept. 11 address flashed in my mind. Indeed, his 9/11 address is one of the greatest spiritual speeches of all time,” Parikh said, going on to explain how he prepared an outline for the book and e-mailed it to Swami Ranganathananda, then president of the Ramakrishna Order.

The book also includes an open letter to the President of America to establish lasting world peace, said the press release.

Parikh thanked his friends, Jaime, Monika and Matthew, from Modesto, Calif. as well as his wife, Hasu, for the fruition of his publication.

The book is available for purchase at the Vedanta Society of Sacramento bookstore, at Amazon.com and at CreateSpace.com.

From: http://indiawest.com