Friday, November 21, 2014

Website eknathji.org launched


On the 100th Birth Anniversary of Swargeeya Mananeeya Eknathji Ranade, a website giving glimpse of his Liife & Mission was launched by Ma. Balakrishnanji, Vice President in presence of Ma. Niveditadidi, Vice President, Ma. Hanumantaji, Treasurer; Ma. Aparnadidi, Vyavastha Pramukh & A PRO Shri Raghunathan,  at 4pm at HeadQuarter of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari
The website address is www.eknathji.org 

Eknathji.org try to covers entire life-sketch of Ma. Eknathji, through Chronological Biography, Short Biography, Interview, Few Outward Letter, Reminiscence & Obituary, Old Photographs & articles like Man with Campital M.

By visiting Eknathji.org one can have Virtual Tour of Vivekananda Rock Memorial & the more detail description can be get by going through the section "Tale of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Kanyakumari".

The Video Section, contains the 50yrs old documentary made under guidance of Ma. Eknathji was uploaded along with the forthcoming movie trailer "Eknathji : One Life - One Mission" and Videos of Inauguration Program of Mananeeya Eknathji Janma Shati Parva held at New Delhi on 9th November 2014.

Eknathji Vigyan Pradarshani 2014 Organized at Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya


Nov 19, Itanagar:  Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya Itanagar today organized Eknathji Vigyan Pradarshani 2014 to commemorate the birth centenary of late Eknath Ranade. Over 700 students participated in drawing and creative science model project competitions as part of the celebration.
Speaking to Eastern Sky Media ,Subash Chandra Dikshit, Principal of Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya Itanagar informed that the event is being conducted in the memory of Late Eknathji Ranade who was the founding president of Vivekananda Kendra.

SC Dikshit stated, “Eknathji’s vision was to reach Arunachal Pradesh through education and make the state developed. Initiatially 7 VKVs were established in the year 1977 and now the numbers of VKVs has grown to 33 providing education to the children of the state.”

A science exhibition was also conducted with a motive to create awareness among the students about scientific temperament and to evaluate the models; three scientists from different departments were invited. “Ten selected models will be awarded by the school,” added Dikshit.

Further, SC Dikshit informed that a year-long programme has been scheduled for the students to commemorate the birth centenary of Eknathji which include the ‘Eknath Darshan’ depicting the life sketch of Eknathji, ‘Eknath Darpan’ which is a monthly programme where students will express their ideas through wallpaper magazines and ‘Eknath Vyakhyan Mala’ where students and teachers will have discussions every week.

SC Dikshit also opined that this event should be adopted or be taken as a reference for other schools so that students may be provided a better platform to share their scientific outlook.

Mananeeya Eknathji Ranade Janmasatapdi Parva : Jabalpur


विश्व प्रसिद्द विवेकानंद शिला स्मारक, कन्याकुमारी  और स्वामी विवेकानंद के दिव्य विचार "मानव सेवा ही ईश्वर सेवा है " एवं, राष्ट्रीय आदर्श "त्याग और सेवा" पर आधारित विवेकानन्द केंद्र  के संस्थापक माननीय एकनाथजी की जन्मशती  दिनांक १९ नवंबर २०१४ से १९ नवंबर २०१५ तक देश भर में, एक पर्व के रूप में, विवेकानंद केंद्र कन्याकुमारी की ८१३ शाखाओं द्वारा मनाई जा रही है. माननीय एकनाथजी की निर्भीकता, सत्य के प्रति अनूठी निष्ठां और कार्य प्रबंध की उनकी  अद्भुत योग्यता का परिचय पाकर भारत के " लौह पुरुष " सरदार बल्लभ भाई पटेल ने एकनाथजी को  "फौलादी पुरुष" की संज्ञा दी थी। विदित हो कि वर्ष भर मनाये जाने वाले माननीय एकनाथजी जन्मशती पर्व का औपचारिक उदघाटन प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेंद्र मोदीजी द्वारा नई  दिल्ली के विज्ञानं भवन  में  दिनांक   ९ नवंबर २०१४ को किया गया है । दिनांक १९ नवंबर २०१४ से एक वर्ष तक समस्त देश में समाज के विभिन्न वर्गों विशेषकर यूवाओं के लिए अनेक कार्यक्रमों की योजना विवेकानंद केंद्र के मुख्यालय जो कि कन्याकुमारी में है, ने बनाई है।

इस अवसर पर, विवेकानंद केंद्र की जबलपुर शाखा ने दिनांक १९. नवंबर २०१४को सायंकाल ५ बजे महाराष्ट्र हायर सेकेंडरी स्कूल, राईट टाउन के प्रेक्षागृृह में एक भव्य कार्यक्रम का आयोजन किया. माननीय एकनाथजी के महान कार्यों पर संकलित पुस्तक "सफल युवा-युवा भारत" का विमोचन नगर के ख्याति प्राप्त  चिकित्सक एवं समाज सेवी डॉ जीतेन्द्र जामदार जो कार्यक्रम के मुख्य अतिथि एवं मुख्य वक्ता थे , के कर कमलों से कराया गया। विवेकानंद केंद्र,जबलपुर के नगर सह संचालक श्री रवि नौग्रहिआ ने मुख्य अतिथि का स्वागत किया। कार्यक्रम की अध्यक्षता ख्यात चिकित्सक एवं समाज सेवी डॉ अखिलेश गुमाश्ता ने की। डॉ गुमाश्ता माननीय एकनाथ जयंती पर्व के जबलपुर विभाग पर्व प्रमुख है।

मुख्य अतिथि एवं  मुख्य वक्ता डॉ जामदारजी ने अपने उदबोधन  में माननीय एकनाथजी के जीवन से जुड़े संस्मरणों को विवेकानंद शिला स्मारक के निर्माण की पृष्टभूमि  से जोड़ कर संस्कारधानी से एकनाथजी के अभिन्न संबंधों का भी उल्लेख किया।

विभाग पर्व प्रमुख डॉ गुमाश्ताजी ने माननीय एकनाथजी द्वारा स्वामी विवेकानंद के आदर्शों और स्मृति पर निर्मित भव्य शिला  स्मारक की आध्यात्मिकता का उल्लेख करते हुए सभी से विवेकानंद केंद्र से जुड़ने और समाज में सेवा भाव को और भी अधिक प्रसारित करने का आग्रह किया। कार्यक्रम में पूर्व सांसद  व एकनाथ जी की सहयोगी  श्रीमती जयश्री बनर्जी , श्रीमती कमला ताई रामदासी, श्री प्रशांत पोल , श्री एस एन समद्दर , श्री एवं श्रीमती सप्रे की विशेष उपस्थिति रहे।

मान. एकनाथजी जन्मशति पर्व - उद्धघाटन समारोह, गुजरात


विवेकानंद शिला स्मराक, कन्याकुमारी के सर्जक और विवेकानंद केंद्र कन्याकुमारी के संस्थापक मान. श्री एकनाथजी रानडे जन्मशती पर्व का प्रांतस्तरीय उदघाट्न समारोह अहमदाबाद में दि. 15.11.2014, शनिवार को आयोजित किया गया।

इस अवसर पर अतिथिविशेष डॉ. अमृतभाई कड़ीवाला ने मान. श्री एकनाथजी के साथ अपने संस्मरण याद करते हुए बताया कि "एकनाथजी की स्मरण शक्ति अदभुत थी उनका व्यवहारिक और आध्यात्मिक जीवन उच्च कोटि का था. एकनाथजी कहते थे " पवित्र बनो और तुम्हारे अंदर जो कुछ है उसका अन्य में सिंचन करो. वे कहा करते थे के सफलता के लिए 10 % प्रेरणा और 90 % परिश्रम जरुरी है साथ ही चित्त, वाणी और व्यवहार में एकरूपता होना जरुरी है। डॉ. जयंतीभाई  भाडेसिया ने  अपने उदबोधन में  कहा कि मान. श्री  एकनाथजी कोई भी  कार्य पूर्ण उत्कृष्टता  के साथ करते थे और  उसमे सभी की  सहभागिता रहती  थी. उनके गुणों को  अपने जीवन मैं उतारे  यही उनके शताब्दी  वर्ष की सार्थकता  होगी।

इस अवसर पर मुख्य वक्ता  मा. निवेदिता भिड़े (उपाध्यक्षा, विवेकानंद केंद्र, कन्याकुमारी) ने कहाँ मा. एकनाथजी को राष्ट्रिय स्वयंसेवक संघ में जीवन की दिशा मिली एकनाथजी कहते थे जीवन में श्रेष्ठता को खोजो। वे कभी भी समस्याओ से घबराते नहीं थे और कोई भी कार्य अत्यंत उत्कृष्टता के साथ करने का आग्रह रखते थे। एकनाथजी अत्यंत कुशल संगठक, किसी भी कार्य के प्रति पूर्वग्रह से हमेंशा मुक्त, अहंकार से पूर्णतया मुक्त थे। वे एक महामानव थे।  निवेदिता दीदी ने अपने उदबोधन में शिला स्मारक के निर्माण के समय आई बाधाओ तथा एकनाथजी द्वारा उन बाधाओं कुशलता से उनका निराकरण किया उसका विस्तृत वर्णन किया। दीदी ने कहाँ " सेवा ही साधना" यही एकनाथजी का मूलमंत्र था. विवेकानंद केंद्र, गुजरात द्वारा एकनाथजी जन्मशती पर्व के अवसर पर प्रकाशित पांच पुस्तको का विमोचन निवेदिता दीदी द्वारा किया गया.मान.एकनाथजी जन्मशती पर्व के इस कार्यक्रम मैं  डॉ. कमलेश उपाध्याय (मान.एकनाथजी जन्मशती पर्व, प्रमुख- गुजरात प्रांत) तथा श्री विनोदभाई त्रिवेदी (प्रांत संचालक, विवेकानंद केंद्र-गुजरात) सहित बड़ी संख्या मैं गणमान्य महानुभाव उपस्थित रहे।

Rural Development Programme September Month Activities


1.  “Sri Rama Jaya Rama” Mantra was chanted during Deepa Pooja, Shivalinga Pooja and daily by our Balwadi school children, cultural class students and during monthly meetings by our Balwadi teachers and Social Workers. Every month nearly 7, 83,069 times mantras were chanted in 84 localities.

2. Through 74 Balwadis, 1,898 rural Children were nurtured.  In all the Balwadis, Malt along with hygienically prepared highly nutritive lunch with vegetables was served during the day. And in the evening vitamin-rich cereals were provided to the children.

3. In our Medicare Programme, 2019 patients were examined and treated for various common ailments, through 14 Rural Medical Centers in Kanyakumari, Nellai and Thoothukudi districts.
4. Eye camps were conducted at 2 places, in Kanyakumari, and Nellai districts in which 477 were treated for their eye ailments and 95 were operated for cataract. 78 persons given  eye drops and 49 persons given spectacles.

5. In 179 Samskara Vargas, 7568 students participated.  The students were taught about the values of Indian Culture, through games, lectures & lessons.  The feelings of oneness were strengthened among participants, through patriotic songs and games.

6. Under Adopt a Grannie Programme, 28 destitute and old people were provided with monthly solatiums, in the form of rice, dhal, oil, etc., for their livelihood and 109 persons provided rice only, in Southern four districts of Tamilnadu.

7. Monthly Deepa poojas were organized in 229 village temples in five districts of Southern Tamilnadu, in which 11323 ladies participated and offered prayers for the welfare of self, family and the society.
8. Under Amrita Surabhi Scheme, our Kendra workers collected 1011 Kgs of rice from  Thoothukudi and Ramnad and Virudhunagar districts.
9. Through various branch centers, including Thoothukudi A.O. and book stalls, literature books were sold for Rs. 58,949 /-

10. Vivekavani Subscriptions for 149 were collected.
11. 80 women are being benefited in 4 Self Help Groups in Kanyakumari district.     
12. Yoga Varga has been conducted at 01 places,  Kovilpatti and  Aruppukottai in which 14 persons attended.

13. 4 tailoring units are functioning well in Nellai & Kanyakumari districts with the total attendance of 81.
14.  Shivalinga Poojas were conducted at 03 places in Kanyakumari District and 214 members participated.
15. Durga Pooja was conducted at 02 places, in Kanyakumari District in which 142 devotees participated.

16. Rural Block level competitions was held in all the five districts as detailed belows:
Total No.of.competitions – 10
No.of.Schools – 74, Students – 1828
No.of.Parents – 50, Teachers – 100
17. Urban District level competitions held at Aruppukottai
No. of Schools – 16, Students – 232
No.of.Parents – 30, Teachers – 29.
18. Universal Brotherhood day celebration was held on 11.09.14 in 69 places in southern five districts and nearly 3133 people participated.
19. Parents Meeting & Mathru Pooja was conducted in Ramnad district at 7 places.
20. 1008 deepa pooja was conducted in Kommadikottai in Thoothukudi distict where 1225 people participated.
21. Navarathiri Sri Sakthi Yagna Pooja celebration was held during 25.09.14 to 03.10.14 . The Poojas were held in a 9 places around Thoothukudi and nearly 225 people participated.
22. Youth camp was conducted at Kovilpatti in Gownian Mat. School 37 students from Hr.Sec. Schools and Colleges participated.
23. Balwadi teachers training campwas held between 11.09.2014 to 20.09.2014. Teachers from Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi & Ramnathapuram districts 28 teachers attended the camp. During the camp all the teachers were well trained.
This month, we have distributed the rice which was collected through Amrita Surabhi and Anna Pooja to Balwadi children, old poor people and the institutions as mentioned below :
1.   Hindu Primary School  Thirumalapuram                   -   100 Kgs
2.   Avwai Ashramam - Sivasailam                     -   100 Kgs
3.  Mounagurusamy Maha Samathi Beedam,
                Lakshmipuram                -   100 Kgs
4. Chithralaya Sevalayam Chitharal                         -     50 Kgs
5.  Mounagurusamy madam, Thootioodu                -    100 Kgs
6. Mahathma Ganthi Arakattalai - Vasudevanallur                                -    100 Kgs
7. Anbu Aasiramam - Tiruchendur                                            -     50 Kgs

Coral Reefs to Ecological Economics

The coral reefs of Rameshwaram are an important part of the sacred geography. They also have a great evolutionary history. They provide a prominent support for the Gulf of Mannar biodiversity. However today they are facing many threats mainly due to the pollution and global warming.

 We provide a glimpse into some interesting aspects of the Rameshwaram coral reefs. The coral reefs have been there for millions of years. Home to many organisms the marine biodiversity is heavily dependent on the coral reefs and they had also protected the population from the 2004 Tsunami. Hence we need to protect them. This is an effort to make people aware of their importance and the need to conserve them.
We also have the message from the project chairman on Green Rameshwaram Mr. Ravi Sam in the third brain storming session that was held on Oct-11 at Rameshwaram. The district collector, the municipal chairman, forest officer, wildlife warden and many eminent citizens graced the event. Many suggestions were made and important decisions as well as new pathways have been designed to be followed for achieving Green Rameshwaram.  Solar installation to removal of Prosopis juliflora have been discussed.  The issue of signages and beautification of the places were also discussed. You can find about all those discussions in the newsletter.

It is our misunderstanding and partial understanding of the nature of the world –fragmentation that has led the world to the brink. Our eco-toons bring this out. Also see the various happenings, training programmes that took place in our campus during this month. In our wisdom section we have the physicist Menas Kafatos elaborates the importance of dialogue as essential for accepting positive change and uniting humanity beyond variations. Ecologist Madhav Gadgil speaks about how traditional socities are characterized by a number of conditions conducive to the evolution of a "community of beings" world-view; Historian of science Robert Nadeau explains how the primary objective of the ecological economists is to enlarge the framework of the neoclassical economic paradigm to include scientifically valid measures of the environmental costs of economic activities.

3 Days Residential Personality Development Camp Surat

3 Days residential personality development camp was organized by Vivekananda Kendra Surat.