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A Bi-monthly bulletin of Vivekananda Kendra Vedic Vision Foundation

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Editorial

VIDYARAMBHAM

PROGRAMME AT DR PALPU MEMORIAL B.ED COLLEGE

DIWALI

SEMINAR AT ALUVA

KRIYAS FOR YOGA STUDENTS

MAN. EKNATHJI JANMA SHATI


PARVA

CHILDRENS DAY

SADHANA DIVAS

SPECIAL VISITORS AT
ANANDADHAM

YOGASANGAMAM

GANAPATHI HOMAM AND


OTHER REGULAR ACTIVITIES

Inaugurating the Birth Centenary


Celebrations of Late Eknathji at Delhi,
Honble Prime Minister recalled his memorable association with Man. Eknathji, and
the minute lessons in organizational work
which he learnt from his mentor as a
Swayamsevak. It was a deeply moving inaugural speech, rarest of its kind, as
though he was preparing a garland of
adoration for the departed leader. In conclusion he added that unlike many others
Eknathji did not stop with just fulfillment
in his life, he added another dimension to
it and made it more meaningful and purposeful through service to Motherland.
The message almost reflected the
inimitable message of Swami Vivekananda
"atmano mokshartham jagadhitaya ca".
We can equate the first half with fulfillment or saphalya and the second half
with purposefulness or sarthakata. Prime
Minister concluded his inaugural address
calling upon the assembled crowded
assembly of life workers, well wishers and

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admirers of Man Eknathji, to pay attention to this new dimension possible in


human life so well illustrated by Eknathji.
As we know Eknathji went through indescribable challenges and difficulties to build the Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari which indeed is, a saga in
human effort, individual and collective. Every detail of the same was enumerated by Sri Modiji, but to the surprise of the audience, many of whom were not
aware of the trials and tribulations that Eknathji had to go through to erect the
monument. Nor did many realize the extraordinary close association that Sri.
Modiji had with Man. Eknathji
It brings to us a new awareness, of a new dimension we have to achieve
in our individual lives, not to remain satisfied with fulfillment alone but strain
further to reach out to the people, society and country through service, in what
ever way we can. That would lead to further expansion of our personality
which in turn would not only remove much of the stresses and tensions
acquired through our life's activities but also to help in usher in peace and
happiness especially in the evenings of our lives. That would provide us with a
beautiful evening glow as of the setting sun, which would be remembered forever by the next generation.

PROGRAMME AT DR PALPU MEMORIAL B.ED COLLEGE


To put knowledge into action one has to have the
capacity and will power to do so, and that is where yoga
comes into the picture, only then our personality expands',
said Mananeeya Krishnamurthyji or Annaji as he is lovingly addressed as, when he addressed the M.Ed. students
of Dr. Palpu Memorial College, Kodungallur, on 28th October. An interesting interaction was there after a two
hour lecture of Annaji where he spoke on relevance of yoga in education according to Swami ivekananda. Twentyfive students attended his class. Ananda dham was
blessed to have Annaji this time.

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On 3rd October, Sandeepani Sishuvihar


children and other children from the neighbourhood came in groups to prostate before
Mother

Saraswati. Some of the tiny tots un-

derwent Vidyarambham at Didis hands.


Others sat in front of Mother and wrote Hari
Sree Ganapataye on rice before they were allowed to take their books and read them.
Prasadam distribution was there after the
programme. About twenty five to thirty participants with their parents were present for
Vijaya Dashami programme.

Proper knowledge is most essential and this knowledge forms the


second landmark in the growth from the childhood to the adulthood .
Mananeeya Eknathji

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On the auspicious morning of Diwali, a new programme has been started. Following the foot steps
of Swargiya Sreemad Swami Mathuranandaji of
Vellimalai who started the five year course
Sanatana Dharma study class all over Kanyakumari for interested children, V K Vedic Vision
too started the programme in three places under
the guidance of Didi. One group had Shri Santosh
and Smt Asha from Erisherrypalam with about
twenty students, Sri Udayan assisted by his wife
Smt Lajitha from Vinayakapuram and two senior
student assisstants along with twenty students
and Kumari Bindu of Anandadham and Smt
Sajitha Sunil with their group of twelve students,
were given first set of books to be referred to during the year. A total of fifty students were enrolled.
Didi lit the lamp to inaugurate the programme. She
talked to the students about the importance of Indian Culture. The same evening the whole campus
was lit with oil lamps. It was a beautiful sight .

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Didi and Annaji were invited for a Seminar at


St Xaviers College for Women in Aluva in
connection Swamijis 150th Birth Anniversary
Celebrations sponsored by UGC. Didis topic
was Swami Vivekananda a Philosopher par
Excellence Annaji spoke on the topic: Swami
Vivekananda's Vision of Womens Education.

A forty five days yoga satra was held at


Dr Palpu Memorial College, Kodungallur for
the M.Ed students and another for the house
wives at Pallinada, Kodungallur. Both the
courses started simultaneously at two places
on the last week of September and concluded
on the second week of November. Both the
batches were invited for kriyas at Anandadham. After kriyas they had an interaction session with Didi and Sri Sudhakaranji a local
worker of Kendra, well versed in yoga texts.

Yogasanas is an energy storing process. One must practise pranayama


and meditation for the health of the mind.
Mananeeya Eknathji

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Mananeeya Eknathji janma Shatabdi Udghatan Samaroh was held at Vignyan


Bhavan New Delhi on 9th of November. Prime Minister Nadrendra Modi was the Chief
Guest. Along with Didi who has been made as patron of the Samaroh, the others were
Su. Pramila Tai of Rastra Sevika Samity, Sri CV Ramalu Retired Justice of Andhra Pradesh , Sri Dipok Borthakur, and Swami Govindadev Giri of Bharat Mata Mandir, Hardwar. Didi along with the other guests was felicitated on the occasion by Mananeeya Balakrishnanji.
P.M. Modiji delivered a soul stirring speech recalling his association with
Mananeeya Eknathji which came from the depth of his heart embodying the love, adoration and regards he had for Mananeeya Eknathji and Vivekananda Kendra. The programme was broadcas live from the National Channel of Doordarshanand several other
channels, as well ,observing the Swacha Bharat call of our Prime Minister.

Children Day
Sishudivasam was celebrated in a different way
this year. All the tiny tots and their mothers and
grandmothers together with their teachers,
cleaned the surroundings of their classrooms. It
was a pleasant sight to see the tiny tots imitating
their mothers, weeding and picking up the dry
leaves with their tiny hands and blissfully chit
chatting with their teachers during
shramanubhav. After their seva, they had a
good treat given by their Didiammuma. Much to
their delight!

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A short 3 hour programmeSmarananjali


was organized at Anandadham in the evening
hours of 19th November, to pay homage to the
great soul Mananeeya Eknathji Ranade, on his one
hundredth Birth Day. Mananeeya Rangahariji, a
senior Sangha worker and a close associate of
Mananeeya Eknathji during his days in RSS, was
the Chief Guest.
About a hundred and fifty patrons and wellwishers were present . Didi gave a brief introduction of the aim and objects of the year long
Eknathji Janma Shati Samaroha. She also narrated
how she was brought into the Kendras fold by
Mananeeya Eknathji. The children of Sishuvihar
recited the thoughts of Mananeeya Eknathji, in
Malayalam, dressed up as little Eknathjis!
Mananeeya Rangaharijis reminisences of
Mananeeya Eknathji kept the audience spellbound!
Narrating small incidences he could in a beautiful
way, give a full sketch of the personality of
Mananeeya Eknathji. There was a CD show too, on
the life of Mananeeya Eknathji. The programme
concluded with Shanti Mantra.

Life is a gymnasium where you have to display the best that you possess within the
short time allotted to you.
Mananeeya Eknathji

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Thirty five year old youth, Tangaraj presently a


worker of Vivekananda Kendra. He is working with
Vivekananda Kendra at Kanyakumari from last 6
years. His mother is an employee of Vivekananda
Kendra and he had the opportunity to grow up at Vivekananda Kendra. He is polio affected on both legs
and cannot walk. During Sardha Shati Samaroh he
made an adventurous yatra from Chennai to Kanyakumari and also from Kolkata to Kanyakumari on a
tricycle peddling with hands. This time for Ma.
Eknathjis Birth Centenary he took up this yatra from
the birth place of Mananeeya EKnathji TIMTALA to
Kanyakumari. The yatra was named as - Janmabhoomi to Karmabhoomi. This time he covered the distance on a three wheeled SCOOTER. Tangaraj visited
Kodungallur on his way to Kanyakumari via
Kottayam and Thiruvanantapuram. He reached
Kodungallur on the 16th. Tangaraj was introduced
to the yoga varga and satra practitioners on the next
day morning, by Sri Sudhakarji. He interacted with
them after which he left for Kottayam on the same
day17th November.
Ananda dham had visitors from Switzerland
too. Shri Ardhendu Ganguli and Smt Pranathi visited
Anandadham and stayed with us for a fortnight .
They had come for ten days Ayurvedic treatment
near Anandadham and so apart from the time allotted for treatment they could spend the rest of the
time with the inmates of Anandadham. They left for
Kolkata, their native place on the 10th of December.

If the goal or destination is determined, we travel purposefully; otherwise it is a


meaningless, useless and worthless wandering only.
Mananeeya Eknathji

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REGULAR ACTIVITIES IN THE CAMPUS

28 Ladies and 9 gents were


present in the Yoga satra Similarly
10 ladies and 12 gents attended the
Yoga Varga classes held regularly
in the mornings. The principal of
the Dr Palpu Memorial college
Smt Shyamala was present for the
concluding session of the Yoga Satra
for 45 days held in the college
campus.

Ganapathi Homam with Srichakra Pooja was


held on every pounami days during the month of
October and November. The disciples of Dr
Vijayan of Karumatra Centre performed the poojas.

Girishji conducted his regular classes


on Sri Lalitha Sahasra naama on the
29th and 30th 0f November.

We must remember the glorious past of our ancients and must make bold to revive
all those ideal virtues and values of life which we have lost and forgotten.
Mananeeya Eknathji

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DIDIS OTHER PROGRAMMES DURING THE


MONTH OF OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER

OCTOBER
2ND

SATSANGH IN ALUVA TO THE SCHOLARSHIP HOLDERS OF


EKAMBARAM BHUVANESWARI TRUST

3RD

SAI VIDYA BHAVAN FOR VIDYARAMBHAM

5TH

CHATTAMBI SWAMIGAL TRUST SATSANGH & GITA


CLASS AT ANANDADHAM

7TH

BHUVANESWARI TEMPLE KONATHUKUNNU SATSANGH

12TH

TALK AT ANANDADHAM- SAHITYA SADASU MEETING

18TH

TALK AT SRI KRISHNA TEMPLE POOPATHI

19TH

TALK AT THRISSUR PUTHEZAN AWARD GIVING FUNCTION

26TH

INNAUGURATION OF BHAGAVATHA SAPTAHAM AT A HOUSE


AT THIRUVANCHIKULAM

27TH

INNAUGURATION OF TALKS ON DEVI MAHATMYACHINMAYA


MISSION, KOZHIKODE

29TH

NATIONAL SEMINAR AT ST. XAVIERS COLLEGE FOR WOMEN AT


ALUVA.
NOVEMBER

9TH

AT DELHI TO ATTEND THE INNAUGURATION OF MANANEEYA


EKNATHJIS CENTENARY CELEEBRATION

23RD

RELEASE OF BOOK -VISHWAMITRAM SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

19TH

SMARANJALI PROGRAMME AT ANANDADHAM COMMEMORAT


ING MANANEEYA EKNATHJIS BIRTHDAY

In your life-mission, do your duty with zeal, enthusiasm and firmness, getting
neither elated by success nor dejected by failure
Mananeeya Eknathji

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all your life, never once thinking of


yourself.
Where is Timtala of Amaravathi
the place of your birth and where
Kanyakumari? Where all you trudged
and toiled before you came to this
Lands End at the end of your lifes journey to find your haven at Her Feet, to
complete the Yagna of your life and to
drink the elixir of your lifes fulfilment
thereof. Out of your lifes Yagna you invoked the fires of National Yagna!
What was Kanyakumari before you
started this Yagna here? A hamlet with
its temple, its priests, its tanks, a few pilgrims and a host of fishermen who
On November 19th fall the 70th

reached out far into the sea everyday to


catch their means of livelihood. People

birthday of Mananeeya Eknathji


Ranade, the Master Builder of Viveka-

lived in a small narrow world of their

nanda Rock Memorial and the spirit be-

the outside world. Yet here was the hallowed spot which the Divine mother, in

hind the Vivekananda Kendra Movement. In all humility, this small bou-

own. They hardly knew or cared about

aeons gone by, had chosen for her Tapas.

quet of thoughts is offered in his

Another great penance also had added

revered memory.

glory to this place that of the great Pa-

As the cool gentle breeze of Margasirsha drives off the heat and dust of
Kartik and over above us in the heavens
the constellation of Jyeshta moves nearer and nearer to the moon WE REMEMBER YOU. That was the time when the
Great Almighty chose to send you down
to do His work. And His work you did

triot Saint Swami Vivekananda, in the


year 1892, when for three days and three
nights he sat on the rock bearing the
Mother's foot print and out of his realisation formulated a new plan for the rejuvenation of our great Motherland.
What an event it was! Time is slowly unfolding the marvel and purpose behind

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Who helped you to create out of


nothing this perfection? Did Viswakarma himself come to your help? He
must have, for what would have taken

It all started in a simple thoughta

a life-time was completed in just about


six years! Which Kubera opened up his

monument should be erected on the


rock where Swamiji sat and meditat-

coffers for you? The people of the en-

edbut that thought had latent within

tire country, Big and small, High and

it an entire Nation's love and respect

low. Did Hanuman, Nala or Angada


build the Sethu for you? No, it was

for the great Swami and their recognition of him as the great Saviour of our

your will, determination and discipline

country. In it was also the response of


this country to his clarion call.

that worked through a hundred hands


and carried things across the sea. The
seven winds must have worked with

Arise, Awake, stop not till the


goal is reached

you to lift those mighty stones up


above the waves against the fury and

It must indeed be the all pervading Power who drew you to do this

of the corners of the world would have

work and find in it your lifes glory

strength of the sea. The eight guardians


provided the protection so that no mishap would touch you. Mother Earth

and fulfilment. How you must have


stood on the sea-shore, at the point of

gave the stones and Did Indras Vajra

confluence of the three mighty oceans,

made the drawings on the Stone? Sure-

with your eyes watching the emer-

ly some Gandharva must be behind

gence of the Morning Glory yonder in


the eastern horizon but with your

this symphony in stones! No wonder


that the Universal Spirit has found its

mind already conjuring up another

abode here.

polish them? Wich Master Painter

vision, that of a man-made Glory on


the rock in mid-sea! Or a vision? Or
the ahuti of your life? Whatever it may
be, in it was the Divine Will.

Silently the miracle raised itself


above the waves. Stone by stone the
great edifice acquired its form incredi-

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bly fast through unbelievably orga-

As the saffron flag with its im-

nized and dedicated human effort, with


you as its fulcrum, catching the eye of

print of OM is hoisted up at sunrise


heralding a new day, we see in it the

the people, ushering in a new era of

ever bright flame of your dedicated

hope and light into the homes in the


hamlet. Old life styles changed. A new

life and bow our heads in silent obeisance. Verily, you have ushered in a

sprightliness was noticeable every-

new renaissance not only in the small

where. The atmosphere became sur-

hamlet of Kanyakumari but in the

charged with the ideal of the great Swami. The local people learned to open

whole country.

their doors and receive others from outside, of different customs, different languages. As the whole country came
knocking at their doors professing their
love, appreciation and oneness with
them, they learned new languages and
their talk and behavior acquired a new
veneer. The face of Devi Kanyakumari

As thousands of men, women,


and children flock in daily to this new
temple to pay their homage to the
Great Master, they find his spirit mingling with yours, charged with the
mission of waking up this dear Motherland of ours. It was to this charge
that you truly gave your life.

in the ancient temple shone with a


smile brighter and sweeter than ever
before. She was happy, it was good
sigh. Light was entering into their
homes. Goddess of Prosperity was

your work and naturally your work

standing by.

took giant strides. Thus did you create

You hid yourself totally behind

the new missionary order of Service


the unique service mission of Vivekananda Kendra.
Today, as the morning sun rises
above the waves in the east and its
golden rays spread the yellow garb of
day light over the magnificent Rock
Memorial WE REMEMBER YOU.

As men and women, tired of


their aimless wanderings through the
labyrinths of meaningless worldly
life approach us for succor and solace,
seeking a purpose for their lives with
hearts filled with gratitude. WE RE-

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MEMBER YOU for creating this haven

the earth, as the birds return to their

where Work is Worship and where


Renunciation and Service stand as the

nets weaving patterns across the sky


and the saffron flag with its OM is

guardian angels. It is your life breath

being pulled down at sunset mark-

that flows through us today giving life to

ing the end of the day WE REMEMBER YOU and the last moments of

all that we touch.


As new avenues for service open
up and as fresher and brighter laurels
come to us WE REMEMBER how you
shunned name and fame and returned
everything to the source, contented to
count yourself as a mere instrument.

your earthly journey before the surging flames made you one with the
elements earth to earth, water to

In so many small ways you taught

water, air to air, fire to fire and ether

us to service Man and God and in the


process also showed us the way to trans-

to ether. But fire could not consume


your spirit which is left with us and

form our service into a sadhana to ele-

it would forever remain in us in all

vate ourselves.

that we do.

As our limbs tire of work and ours

As we stand before the Grand Me-

wills get weakened, WE REMEMBER


how you worked without rest and re-

morial on the Rock which you have

striction! Your limbs never knew any

how small we are. Therefore we ask

weakness or tiredness and for you 24


hours were not enough in a day.

of you this small blessing..

built and see you in it, we realize

You left us before we could learn

May your spirit ever abide with us in


all that what we do. May the Great

everything from you. Or was it His Plan

Master be pleased with our humble

that it should be so, so that each one


should do ones own Yagna, reach for

efforts. May our work bring you ever

ones Soma through self-efforts and no


beaten track should be taken for granted
as the only one.
As the evening twilight descends on

-lasting peace.

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