Thursday, September 24, 2015
On the Occasion of Mananeeya Eknathji JanmaShati Parva, 'Satyakam' - new training centre building was inaugurated by Mananeeya Sri P. Parameswaranji, All India President of Vivekananda Rock Memorial & Vivekananda Kendra at Kanyakumari Vivekanandapuram Campus on 14th September 2015, on the same TITHI of Yugabd 4995, i.e. before 122 years (11 Sept 1893), Swami Vivekananda gave the historical message of Universal Brotherhood at Parliament of World Conference.
Ma. Balakrishananji, All India Vice President of Vivekananda Rock Memorial & Vivekananda Kendra, performed the Gou-Pooja. In this occasion senior Life-workers of Vivekananda Kendra also present.
SatyaKam known for his truthfulness & fearlessness in Indian culture, pray the new training centre building in his name strengthen the character of Life-workers, who delicately work for the spreading & inculcating message of the Swami Vivekananda in the society with Man Making - Nation Building Yajna.
“It is big enough to bathe temple elephants” : Vivekananda Kendra, which is working on ‘Green and Clean Rameswaram’ project, has discovered two ‘theerthams’ (venerated waterbodies) — Chinnatharavai Bramha Gundam, popularly known as ‘Bramha theertham,’ and Parasuramar theertham in Rameswaram island.
After discovering ‘Dharmar theertham,’ named after one of the five Pandavas in the island last year, the Kendra discovered the two new ‘theerthams’ on Saturday after making strenuous efforts with the help of a map given by the temple authorities and inputs given by elders.
The Kendra launched the project last year under Natural Resources Development Project to discover and renovate all the 64 ‘theerthams’ in the island, which were either disappeared after being in disuse or filled with sand due to gusty winds in the last 60 years.
“We plan to unearth at least five more ‘theerthams’ before the onset of monsoon next month,” V. Saraswathi, Coordinator of ‘Clean and Green Rameswaram’ project told The Hindu . The Kendra engaged more than 80 volunteers from Appar Arutpani Mandram and other bodies from Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Tuticorin districts for digging and renovating the waterbodies, she said. After digging just two foot, water gushed out from ‘Bramha theertham,’ which had unique white clay, once used for making ‘namakatti’ and given as ‘parasadam’ to devotees, she said.
With the help of machinery, the volunteers dug up about seven foot to find the outer wall structure of the ‘Parasurama theertham,’ she said. The waterbody was big enough to bathe the temple elephants, she said quoting the elders in the island. Both the waterbodies had ‘Nanneer’ (sweet water)
With this, 19 water bodies had come to the fore in the island, thanks to the support of the district administration, Ms. Saraswathi said. “We want to discover all the 64 ‘theerthams’ in the island during the five-year project period,” she said.
The Kendra had already completed a survey of the waterbodies, she said.
Under the ‘Clean Rameswaram’ project, Hand in Hand, a non-governmental organisation, has taken up solid waste management and CPR Foundation was taking care of 1,600 saplings planted around Mangala theertham in Thangachimadam, she said.
As part of promoting renewable energy, solar lights had been distributed to fisherfolk in Dhanushkodi and about 100 kitchens in the island were given biogas connections for cooking using kitchen wastes, she added.
Courtesy : The Hindu : 20-Sept-2015
Kanyakumari-based Vivekananda Kendra has discovered two more sacred wells (theerthams) in Rameswaram -- Chinnatharavai Bramha Gundam (Brahma theertham) and Parasuramar theertham.
Kendra workers and volunteers, who have been working on a 'Green and Clean Rameswaram' project for the last one year, have discovered 20 wells so far. The wells they had discovered earlier include Dharmar theertham,' named after one of the five Pandavas.
The kendra began the task last year, under the Natural Resources Development Project, to discover and renovate all the 64 'theerthams' on the island, which either disappeared after being in disuse or filled with sand due to gusty winds.
They discovered wells after making strenuous efforts with the help of a map given by Ramanathaswamy temple authorities and with information provided by aged people in the area.
"We are working around a 5km radius outside the temple. So far we have discovered nearly 20 wells or theerthams in the last one year. Most of these wells are covered by sand and garbage or some encroachments," kendra secretary G Vasudeo told TOI over phone from Kanyakumari.
Fifteen workers are involved in the search for wells outside the temple. "The workers are involved in cleaning and greening of the island. Apart from them, some volunteers are also involved in the task," Vasudeo said.
"We started with 10 volunteers from our Kendra. After a while, many local people joined us and now they are contributing towards cleaning several wells. Many local people had not known about these wells earlier," he said.
"The elders of the island are helpful and guide us in our work. But there are some individuals who refused to share information as they might be squatting on the well after covering it. In such cases, it takes more time to do research and find the well," Vasudeo said.
On Saturday, the workers dug two feet, and water gushed out of the 'Brahma theertham,' which had unique white clay. The other well -- Parasurama theertham' -- is very big since it was meant for elephants.
As the teerthams are revived, the local community is using the water for daily use as well as for rituals. Many of the teerthams are also situated near the local village shrines and sacred trees. "Once renovated, the wells hold enough water despite poor monsoons," he said.
Courtesy : The Times of India : 20-Sept-2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Recalling the contribution of Swami Vivekananda in awakening India and introducing the Indian philosophy of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world, the Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh said that Swami Vivekananda is revered as one of the most prolific thinker as well as philosophers of present era.
The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at a function organized by the Vivekananda Kendra today at SNS Public School to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s historical address delivered on 11th of September 1893 in the World Parliament of religions in Chicago. The day is being observed as the Universal brotherhood day to highlight his ideology and contribution.
Dr. Singh said that Vivekananda is credited with raising interfaith awareness and strengthening the concept of nationalism in colonial India and bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion, adding that Vivekananda’s ideologies find universal acceptance cutting across the barrier of religion and region.
Exhorting upon the teachers to draw inspiration from the unique Guru-Disciple relationship of Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda in the history of spiritual master which helped Swami Vivekananda to remove his doubts and stride on the spiritual path, he said, “being a teacher myself I feel that we have an pivotal role to ensure that our students think logically and apply positive reasoning in every field, “.
“The younger generation can be the best torch bearers of the legacy of Swami Vivekananda and reinforce a sense of pride in our traditions, ethos and cultural heritage”, he elaborated and added that religion is not just a way of worship doctrines or rituals rather it’s a manifestation of our understanding the divinity within us and the translating the same it into good deeds.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that India is on the threshold of change under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and we are creating a niche in the socio-political and economic arena. He maintained that India has it’s strength in its spiritual heritage and a beautiful amalgam of different culture and ethos.
On the occasion, a symposium was also held on the topic “Swami Vivekananda’s contribution in awakening India” wherein students from various schools participated and highlighted the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda.
Radhika Choudhary, Anjum Akhtar and Haroon Yusuf were adjudged first, second and third respectively in the competition and were felicitated by the chief guest.
MLA Jammu West Sat Sharma and Shiv P. Raina were the guest of honour on the occasion while Virendrajeet Singh, Chairman Deen Dayal Upadhaya Research Institute, New Delhi and Chairman DBN Trust presided over the function.
G. C. Sanhotra and Dr. O. P. Gupta functionaries of Vivekananda Kendra Jammu exhorted upon the masses to follow the teachings of Swami Vivekananda to make India Vishwa Guru, so that universal brotherhood based on mutual respect and tolerance can be achieved.
Amravati branch of Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari celebrated Universal Brotherhood day on 11th Sep., 2015 at Nagar vachanalay, Amravati. The programme started at 6.30 pm. Shri Narendra Zade, owner of the famous Naval Book Depot was the chief guest. Sau Aruna Deshpande of Nagpur presided over the function. Main speaker Ku. Shubhangi Nakshine, Vidarbh Mantri, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad elaborated Swami Vivekananda's life and his message. Nagar Sanyojak Shri Sanjay Pachkhede conducted the programme.
Kendra is celebrating Mananeeya Eknathji Ranade's birth centenary from 19th Nov., 2014 to 19th Nov., 2015. In this connection Kendra's Marathi Prakashan Vibhag has brought out an inspiring book about ma Eknathji's reminiscences in Marathi named DARSHAN DHYEYASAKTICHE written by Shri Arun Karmarkar. The book was published on this occasion and copies were given to the dignitaries on the dais. Vote of thanks was proposed by Shri Mandvekar. The programme ended with Shanti Mantra.
Literature of Swami Vivekananda was made available on the occasion for the audience.
Another great idea that the world wants from us today, the thinking part of Europe, nay, the whole world . . . is that eternal grand idea of the spiritual oneness of the whole universe. - Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda carried the message of our Motherland to the whole world. Eternal message of our motherland is 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'. The message of brotherhood. In this modern age he delivered the message in most powerful words. West was very haapy and eager to receive the message.
To commemorate Swamiji's speech at Chicago, Vivekananda Kendra celebrates Universal Brotherhood Day on 11th September.
This year a week long programme for youth was conducted by Nagpur branch of Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari. Inspiring thoughts of Swami Vivekananda were taken to youth through the competitions like elocution, P Pt/Cliptivity presentation, Bharatiya Samskruti Pariksha and Street Play. The whole event was planned by young karyakartas of Nagpur branch. From their discussion sprang up an innovative idea of Cliptivity ( a short message giving film ) competition and it got very good response. Towards the end of the week a 2 days workshop was organized on the subjects 'Be a Hero' on the 1st day and 'Be and Make' on the 2nd. Shri Sandeepkumar Salunkhe - an IRS officer - who is presently working as Deputy Director of NADT ( National Academy of Direct Taxes ) handled the sessions on both the days and boosted the spirit of the youth to excel in their personal career as well as to devote their time & energy for the society. 400 students from 30 colleges participated in these activities.
Culmination of this week long activities was a programme organized on the occasion of Universal Bratherhood Day. Programme started with prayer followed by introductory remarks by Nagpur Nagar Sanchalak Dr Hedawoo, superintendent, Govt. Medical College. A song 'Dharma ke liye jiye . . . ' was sung by sanskar varga students. On this occasion Kendra Activities were introduced to the audience. The book DARSHAN DHYEYASAKTICHE brought out by Vivekananda Kendra Marathi Prakashan Vibhag depicting ma Eknathji's reminiscences in Marathi written by Shri Arun Karmarkar was published in the programme. Chief guest Shri Sandeepkumar Salunkhe emphasized on the importance of positive thinking and using the energies for the betterment of the society in his inspiring talk and video clips. Shri Sandeepkumarji, Dr Hedawoo and Nagpur Nagar Pramukh Sushri Gauri Kher distributed the prizes to the winners of the competitions. Mementoes were bestowed upon the young karyakartas of Kendra who have passed secondary and Higher Secondary Exams. The programme ended with vote of thanks and Shanti Mantra.