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VOLUME 3 ISSUE 5

DECEMBER 2014 JANUARY 2015

Vishwa Bhanu
A Bi-monthly bulletin of Vivekananda Kendra Vedic Vision Foundation

IN THIS ISSUE
SEMINAR

SCHOOLS

MATRUPUJA

V K JAYANTHI CELEBRATION

DIAS

SURYAKIRAN

YOGA FOR FOREIGNERS

REPUBLIC DAY

SAFAL YUVA PROGRAMMES IN

REGULAR ACTIVITIES

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Editorial
One of the most wonderful things about our
Motherland is how she has withstood the shock of

as natural gift to those who turned their attention from the world outside to the within.

centuries of military and cultural invasions and

Wonder of wonders is their discovery that this


capacity for Self-actualization is inherent in eve-

has still maintained her spiritual wisdom and


cultural unity. She has held together in a federal
form, scores of religions, cults, philosophies and
cultural traits, leave alone languages, dress habits and living customs. Despite all these she has
projected herself as one entity; we may add one

ry human being. One has only to strive for it.


It is this concept of truth, its Oneness that
has held this nation together as one entity

without a second.

irrespective of her multiplicity of cultural traits


and bewildering complexity of regional characteristics. When money and lust became the twin

This unity is not superimposed militarily or


forcibly. It is a very very natural phenomenon.

deities of the world culture, sad to say, India also


followed suit. Despite a strong foundation built

Just as a huge banyan tree spreading itself with


its big and small branches, branchlets up to the

on Satya and Dharma. Presently it looks almost


impossible to turn the cloth back, yet it is the

tiniest buds maintain its unity, so has Bharat


remained as one. This is made possible because
throughout the whole huge tree of Bharat the sap

sacred duty of every Indian to help our Motherland gain back her spiritual wisdom and culture.
Attempts we must. Indias cohesion and strength

that rejuvenates, nourishes and maintains its


unity is one and one only. Our great seers from

lie in the unbreakable spiritual - cultural thread


passing through all paths of the country despite

Vedic times onwards understood the great secret


behind the universe, as One in the many and
made realizing that One the goal of human exist-

its striking differences in languages, customs,

ence, the sum and substance of it. The result is


our Bharat Mahan for the whole world to see
and emulate if need be.

that enabled us to gain freedom from the alien


rule. Spirituality alone can instill undaunted
cultural patriotism surpassing the divisions of

That sap, the One without a second is the


power Eternal Truth, the Truth which the great

the cast, community and religion. We have to


help the people to regain this vision of Oneness

seers divined deep within themselves when they


learnt to shut the five sense organs to the world

and for that we need a cultural and spiritual

of sense objects. This capacity of introversion,


enabling one to climb the citadels of Truth came

dheemahi must become the battle cry of the


new generation.

dress and habits.


Let us not forget that it is this inner bond

reinforcement in the country. Satyam param

M. Lakshmi Kumari

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DECEMBER 2014 JANUARY 2015

On 20th December, a one day seminar on yoga


was held at Anandadham. 42 participants registered.
Didi welcomed the guest speakers and spoke on the
yearlong celebrations of Mananeeya Eknathjis Shatabdi. Srimad Swami Brahmaswaroopanandaji inaugurated the seminar with the lighting of the lamp
and delivered the inaugural address. The topic of the
first session presented by the Swamiji, was Yoga
Chitta Vritti Nirodhaha a sutra from

Rishi Patan-

jalis Yoga Sutras. This was followed by usual question answer session.
The next session was by Acharya Harilalji, the
Director of Arsha Yoga centre, Thalikulam. He spoke
on Food, health and Yoga.
There were

two sessions after lunch. Srimad

Swami Nityananda Sarawati from Palakkad gave his


blessings and Dr Natesan from Sri Sankara College,
Kaladi spoke on Yoga In Daily Life.
At the end Sri Sudhakarji gave the vote of thanks.
The programme concluded with Shanti Mantra.

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Matru devo bhava, Pitru devo bhava, Acharya devo bhava, Atithi
devo Bhava. The traditional Matru puja is based on the verse of
the Taittiriya Upanishad, which says that Let you be the one who
worships mother, father, teachers and guests as god.
MATRU DEVO BHAVA

is chanted regularly by the Sandeepani

Sishuvihar children. As a practical part of this sloka, every year on Sri


Sarada Mas birthday, the children worship their mothers and grandmothers here at Anandadham. Total 35 Mothers were present for the Matrupuja on 25th of December. As part of the ceremony, the children washed
the feet of their mothers, after washing the feet, the students applied
haldi, chandan and kum kum. After this, the children garlanded their
mothers' and worshiped them as images of goddess Durga. At the end of
the elaborate ceremony, the children were given sweets by their mothers. Mananeeya Didi conducted the puja. After puja all had prasadam together. The Holy Mothers presence was felt when the children chanted
the mantras while worshipping their mothers.

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20

children

from

Kannur,

Thrissur, Ernakulam and Anapuzha and


14 children from three different schools
of

Kodungallur

attended

the

DIAS

Training Residential Camp. This camp


was organized by Brilliant Tutorials,
Chertalai in collaboration with Vivekananda Kendra Vedic Vision Foundation,
Kodungallur.

Resource

person

was

Dr T.P. Sashikumar. The children were


from Classes VIII, IX and X. The children

from

Kannur,

Anapuzha

Ernakulam were already members

and
of

DIAS. Dias is for grooming such children who are aspiring for

the Indian

Civil Service Commission Examination.


Main aim of this is to bring out the hidden potential of children, boost their
confidence, increase their concentration, memory power and so forth.
Apart from this, children were also introduced to Swami Vivekanandas life
and teachings, Mananeeya Eknathjis
life and mission, breathing techniques
and the power point programme of
Safal

YuvaYuva

Sudhakarji and Didi .

Bharat,

by

Sri

DECEMBER 2014 JANUARY 2015

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In the month of December


and January a one week yoga course
for foreigners mostly from France
and Spain, was conducted in the Big
Banana

Retreat

centre,

by

Sri

Sudhakarji. The basic aim of yoga,


meaning of Astanga Yoga, etc were
clarified. They also visited Anandadham to understand the activities of
Vivekananda Kendra.

This time the Safal Yuva Yuva Bharat


PowerPoint presentation was conducted in three schools namely, Bharatiya
Vidya Bhavan, Irinjalakuda on 19th
January, Amrita Vidyalayam, on 22nd
January and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
Kodungallur, on 27th January, for the
high school section children. More than
600 children attended . Though they
were quite young enough , they were
keen

to

know

about

Mananeeya

Eknathji and had many queries. Sri


Sudhakarji conducted the classes .

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A month long programme was fixed for


celebrating Swamijis Jayanthi

12th January was celebrated by the


tiny tots of Sandeepani Sishuvihar. Almost
all were dressed as Swami Vivekananda,
Thakur Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Ma a
third as Sister Nivedita. Little Ritupoorna
was dressed as Chicago Swamiji and lighted the lamp and gave away the Chicago
address. The other little Vivekanandas too
gave short speeches. Thakur and Mothers
Sodashi

puja

was

enacted

and

Sister

Nivedita too spoke about Her master. It


was a short but sweet programme.

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On 21st January Patriotic Group Song


Competition in the morning and Folk Group
Song Competition in the afternoon were held in
Anandadham. 11 schools participated in the
former competition and 10 schools participated
in the latter. Didi inaugurated the programme.
Prizes were declared after each competition
S.N.Vidya Bhavan and Bharatiya Vidya
Bhavan, Irinjalakuda were declared first in Patriotic Song, Amrita Vidyalayam got the second
position

and

Govt

Boys

Higer

Secondary

School, Kodungallur, got the third position.


Seventh class students of Govt U.P.School,
Konathukunnu were declared winners of Folk
song, Azhikode Seedhi Saheb Memorial H.S.S
was adjusted for second position and Sri Sai
Vidya Bhavan for the third position
In the early morning hour at 7.30 a.m.
on 25th January, 13 schools gathered to participate in the Surya Kiran programme. About
700 children were present. It was held in the
Gurushree Public School ground. Sri Murli Master of the Hindi Prachar Sabha was the Chief
Guest. After 12 rounds of Surya Namaskar
demonstration, there was a yoga pyramid
demonstration by Phoenix Public

School. The

chief guest while addressing the children,

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teachers and parents, stressed on the


need for awareness of Indian techniques
for culturing the mind and body. Breakfast sponsored by the local well-wishers,
was served after the programme.

"Condemn NONE; if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you
cannot, fold your hands, bless your brother, and let them go their own
way." - Swami Vivekananda

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Like all years this year too,


the Sandeepani Sishuvihar students and the
older students along with their parents were
present for the flag hoisting on the Republic
day. Didi hoisted the flag. After this there
were a number of indoor and outdoor games
specially meant for the mothers and fathers.
Children were the spectators that day. After
games Sushri

Geetha spoke to the parents

on Narayana Gurus teachings. This was


followed by lunch. It was a Kutumba Sammelan. Everyone had brought some homemade dishes and all members shared the
dishes. The day was more special because ii
was Little Durgas Birthday, so the feast ended with payasam.

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SAMSKAR VARGA
Apart from the usual practices in Samskarvarga during Saturdays, there was
a sports meet for all of them on 24th
January . Lemon race, Obstacle race
and various awareness

and alertness

games were conducted for them . Last


of all the elders too joined them in Tug
Of War.

Every second Sunday from 3pm to 5.30 pm has been kept for
Yoga Sangamam or Yoga Varga. On 11th January 17 memebers attended the sangamam. Didi spoke on Why Yoga. After question answer session, yoga practice followed. Sri Sudhakaranji, local Varistha karyakarta,
conducted the Varga.

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On the 24th of January Sri Girishkumarjis class on Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam, successfully concluded . He has agreed to take up the
study of Srimad Bhagavad Gita, on
the request of all the students, from
the month of March.

On the occasion of

Pournami puja

on December 6th, we were lucky to


have Mananeeya Bhanudasji in our
midst for the Ganapathi homam and
Srichakra puja. January 5th

was

the next Pournami puja.

For the monthly Yoga satras

there

were ten gent and 6 lady participants. Regular yoga varga continued
with 4 ladies and 12 gents .

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SEMINAR AT ASMABHI COLLEGE ON EDUCATION AND SWAMIJI

7TH

NARI PUJA AT BALA BHADRA TEMPLE, NYARKAL

13TH

HOLY MOTHERS JAYANTHI AT SRI SARADA MATH, ERNAKULAM

14TH

ANNIVERSARY OF VIVEKANANDA MEDICAL MISSION, PALAKAD


NARAYANEEYAM DAY AT NARAYANANEEYA ASHRAM, KONGAD

19TH

BHAGAVATHI TEMPLE, VATTAPARAMBIL

20TH

SEMINAR ON YOGA AT ANANDA DHAM, KODUNGALLUR

21ST

ANNUAL CONFERENCE HINDU DHARMA SAMITHI TEACHERS,


BALARAMAPURAM

25TH

MATRU PUJA AT ANANDA DHAM, KODUNGALLUR

27TH

NSS ANNUAL MEET, IRINJALAKUDA

29TH

BHUVANESWARI TEMPLE, ARIPALLEM

JANUARY 2015
4TH

SAPTAHAM AT ERNAKULAM AND


DAIVA DASAKAM CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS TRISSUR

7TH

NAGARAJA TEMPLE, ATHANI

11TH

VIVEKANANDA SOCIETY, ERNAKULAM

19TH

KUTTIKATT BHAGAVATHI TEMPLE, KODUNGALLUR

28TH

MADATHAYYAL DEVI TEMPLE. KODUNGALLUR

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Dr. M. LAKSHMIKUMARI

To remember Eknathji is
to

remember

the

To look at the Rock Me-

Vivekananda

morial is to be remember the im-

Rock Memorial. To think of the

mortal message of the Gita that

Vivekananda Rock Memorial is to

Yoga is dexterity in action. How

recall all that Swami Vivekananda

beauty

stood for, the beauty and the

moulded through skilful action,

strength of his life, the dyna-

how harmony is created when de-

mism, universality and the per-

votion is combined with effort;

petual relevance of his message,

how

his patriotism, his intense hu-

through selflessness and surren-

manism and his irrevocable place

der. As one becomes absorbent in

in Indian History as a Nation

the spirit of the Rock Memorial, it

builder par excellence.

is Eknathjis life and the work that

To think of the Rock

and

majesty

magnificence

is

can

be

achieved

comes before ones mind.

Memorial is to be reminded of

All these and more are

mans fight against the oddities

enshrined

and impossibilities that confront

Rock Memorial brought into exist-

us in our struggle for achieve-

ence through the indomitable will

ment and excellence. It also reit-

- power and the inspiring organiz-

erates how qualities of courage,

ing and harmonizing capacities of

will-power, dedication and surren-

one

der can blow these adversities in-

Ranade. The Vivekananda Rock

to smithereens and convert them

Memorial thus captures in it also

into opportunities to take one to

the

the pinnacles of ones fulfillment

effacement, team spirit and tire-

as Eknathji amply demonstrated

less energy of Eknathji and his

in his life.

team of workers who were ready

great

total

in

the

man,

Vivekananda

Ma.

Eknathji

dedication,

self-

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EVERLASTING

to sacrifice everything for the ide-

service in the different parts of

als of Swami Vivekananda and for

India especially in the difficult ter-

the man who was instrumental in

rains of north-eastern Arunachal

working them out.

Pradesh. He was proud of his

To

stand

before

the

Rock Memorial is to remember


Swamjis

immortal

message,

"Each soul is potentially Divine".


Like the course granite stones
polished to the perfection of marble and fitted on in the Rock Memorial, it was Eknathji's plan to
collect the youth of India, to
polish them to the perfection of
Karma yogis by infusing them
with the ideals of Renunciation
and Service and to use them with

"children" though like a true Master, rarely expressed it in words.


When he sent them away to work
in the far-flung areas, he visited
the place first to make sure that
the minimum necessities of life
would be available. To the young
girls who responded to his clarion
call to renounce their homes and
join him serving the Motherland,
his concern and attitude were like
that of a mother and father combined.

the ideals Renunciation and Ser-

Vivekananda Kendra is

vice and to use them for national

a unique experiment in social ser-

re-construction.

greater

vice, bringing for the first time

than the Vivekananda Rock Me-

men and women together, under

morial in conception and grander

one roof, teaching them to work

in execution was the establish-

side by side as lay missionaries.

ment of the Service Mission. This

By and large, he was able to build

majestic idea took the shape of

up a cadre of really dedicated

the Service Order of laymen and

selfless

women, the Vivekananda Kendra,

with their total identification to

in September 1972 and has since

Swamji's cause and ideals have

then made its mark in selfless

now been able to shoulder the

Thus

JEEVANA

VRATIS

who

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EVERLASTING

burden of the immense work entrusted to them.


When we study the life of
Ma. Eknathji, it looks as though
the Divine Will was preparing him
for this ultimate task which was to
be the crowning glory of not only
his life, but was also to enshrine
within it, the hopes and aspirations
and

the

Shraddha

and

Bhakti

which millions had cherished for


the

Great

Swami

Vivekananda.

There is no monument in modern


India which glorifies the spirit it
enshrines and the builder as well.
Like the Song Celestial which purifies the listener and the speaker,
so has the Rock Memorial glorified
the ideal and the idealist.
"Only the land which mothered the Gita, could have brought
forth such a Karma Yogi' only in
the land of Himavan, Vindhya and
Sindhu can you meet such a lion
who practices self-restrain. Only in
the country where flows the Ganges can you find such a Kalpavriksha which has for its fruit, auspi-

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ciousness alone................"

his own life into LIFE EVERLASTING.

A life which began humbly in

His life and work come as an answer

the vague cries of men, about the


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the
village of Timatala
lack of opportunities, even for serDistrict, Maharashtra, by sheer purvice. Opportunities knock at everysuit of excellence, by indomitable will,
one's door. To one who is ready to
courage and total dedication to the
transform oneself first, those very
cause and ideals he cherished rose to
same opportunities become the vehithe pinnacle of glory and in the procles to change one's life into LIFE EVcess of carving out of rock, a magnifiERLASTING.
cent monument to one of the greatest sons of this Motherland, turned

M. Lakshmi Kumari

VIVEKANANDA KENDRA
VEDIC VISION FOUNDATION

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