A very happy Ugadi. This month newsletter concludes the previous month serial on the blue print for a 'Green Rameshwaram.' Mata Sri Amritanandamayi in her message sent on the occassion of the starting function of 'Green Rameshwaram' said "By taking up this work of transforming the ancient island town of Rameshwaram into 'Green Rameshwaram', Vivekananda Kendra is doing a great service to Mother Nature, Indian people and her culture. ...
That Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari is taking such a noble initiative is both welcome and happy news. Amma hopes that everyone will participate in the work and lend support to this noble undertaking."
You can read both Mata's message as well as the blueprint for Green Rameshwaram in this newsletter.The popular Tamil newspaper 'Dinamalar' has come out with a detailed report on our Teerthams work. You can see the photo-featurepublished by Dinamalar in the newsletter.In the 'Happenings' section we have a host of training camps, workshops on sustainable agriculture, bio-methanation plant, installation of biogas plants, paper presentations and exposure visit to the technology park by students and farming communities. We are sure you will find our activities interesting and useful. In our publication section we have eco-toons which make a critique of the dominant western development model. We bring you in this the concept of green footprint along with the latest data.
In our wisdom section we have the narrative of Sri Ramana Maharishi on his love towards a mongoose; His observations on the behavior of the animal shows what a keen observer of nature Sri Ramana Maharishi was and how he connects with the innate intelligence of the animal which often escapes our eyes because of our prejudice regarding our own species as the only intelligent one. Alan Watts the philosopher explains how the entire existence and divinity is essentially a play of hide and seek. We have an excerpt from the famous writer Pico Iyer who speaks about the inner silence and its need.
Vknardep Mar 2014 by Vivekananda Kendra.