“All strive for successful life; but it is more important to lead a meaningful life. And we can see it in Eknathji’s life. He was a man of Planning, a man of Perfection. He was instrumental in bringing people together for the cause of National reconstruction; irrespective of their political and personal aspirations. I am fortunate enough that I could have the opportunity to learn under his guidance.” These were the words of Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri. Narendra Modi ji expressed in his inaugural speech to the 1300 & above karyakartas and well-wishers of Vivekananda Kendra coming from all parts of Bharat.
A yearlong celebration of Mananeeya Eknathji Janm Shati Parva was inaugurated by Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri. Narendra Modi, on 9th November 2014 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The program was live on many channels and internet and was watched all over the country by Karyakartas, teachers, students and well-wishers of Vivekananda Kendra.
Revered Swami Govind Giri Maharaj, Working President of Bharatmata Mandir, Haridwar and one of the margadarshaks of Mananeeya Eknathji Janm Shati Parva committee, also spoke on the occasion. He praised Eknathji for initiating a cadre of life-workers who even renounced the saffron robe; who are Pranyasis and not Sanyasis.
Shri. Dipok Kumar Barthakur, Chairman of the Mananeeya Eknathji Janm Shati Parva committee, explained the aims and objectives of this yearlong program from 19 Nov 2014 to 19 Nov 2015. Mananeeya A. Balakrishnan, Vice President of Vivekananda Kendra spoke on the life and woks of Mananeeya Eknathji Ranade.
Shri. Krishna Kumar Asthanana, Vice- Chairman of the Committee welcomed the guests and Justice C.V.Ramulu another Vice-Chairman of the Committee expressed gratitude for the participation of all. The other margadarshaks - Swami Chaitanyananda, President of Hindu Dharm Vidya Peetham, Vellimalai, Tamilnadu, Smt. Pramila Tai Medhe, Poorva Pramukh Sanchalika of Rashtra Sevika Samiti and Dr. M. Lakshmikumari, Director, Vivekananda Kendra Vedic Vision Foundation were also on the dais to participate in the inauguration.