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Volume 5 issue 3

VISHWA BHANU
Bi monthly bulleting of Vivekananda Kendra Vedic Vision Foundation

August - September 2016

Unni Kannan on Sri Krishna Jayanthi at Ananda Dham

In This Issue
EDITORIAL

THIRU ONAM CELEBRATIONS

RAMAYAN SAMAPANAM

REGULAR ACTIVITIES

INAUGURATION OF SKIE

DIDIS ARTICLE

(NEW BATCH)

INDEPENDENCE DAY
SRI KRISHNA JAYANTHI
U.B. DAY CELEBRATION

NEW PUBLICATIONS
SAMARPANAM

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Samarpanam
Time the great reformer goes on supplying the material so as to wake up the nation
and its people from the slumber of self-destroying tamas. Nowhere is it as true as in
our punyabhoomi, Bharath where every year offers an occasion to celebrate the life
and message of our great heroes and heroines. Just two years back we had the 150th
birthday celebration of Swami Vivekananda, the great awakener who catapulted the
Indian heritage from neglect of deliberate and wanton destruction. The celebrations
worked wonders in every nook and corner of our country. In the churning that followed we received the most wonderful gift of a great Prime Minister who is as cyclonic
as the cyclonic monk whose name he carries with utmost humility.
Presently it is time to awaken the women power and whose life and message can do it
better than that of Sister Nivedita, that magnificent example of awakened Indian womanhood. Vivekananda Kendra Vedic Vision Foundation and Vivekananda Darsanika Samajam are jointly organizing Samarpanam, an yearlong programme to celebrate Sister Nivedita's 150th Birth Anniversary. The celebration will formally begin on 28th October 2016 at Thrissur. We are planning to take Sister Niveditha's message to as many
womens colleges in Kerala as possible. We should make use of this occasion to understand not only her life and message but also imbibe as much as possible to make India
once again a vibrant nation.

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Vision of Vedas

The Vedic Vision of Life

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oneself, not for anything else, but for the highest good of all and also the supreme blessedness of oneself. The follower of the Vedic view
accepts life as a great gift. He knows its value,
and he tries to utilise it for the highest attainment and for the maximum good of one and
all. Therefore, he combines a robust and most
practical pragmatism with the highest transcendental idealism-absolutely fearless, aware of the
great worth of this brief sojourn on earth. "I
know that everything is transitory; I know that
all my connections are ephemeral. Nevertheless, while they are there they are meaningful. I
shall grasp life with both hands, and say "yes"
to life with all joy in my heart, and I shall put
every faculty that I have received from God to
the highest and best use, having but one viewthe happiness of all, the good of all, the service
of God in man."

Whether you know it or not, it is an unalterable fact that you live in the presence of
God every moment of your life. The Vedic
vision of man makes one fearless. It makes
one recognize one's deathless immortal nature, one's imperishable divine naturebeyond name and form, transcending time
Thus, there is at once a down-to-earth reality
and space, without birth and death, sualong with the highest
supreme flights of
preme, unborn, eternal, imperishable, never
transcendental idealism a strange, unbelievable
changing. Established in this view, concombination, but also a most wonderful and
vinced of this truth, the true follower of the
beautiful combination. With great compassion,
ancient Vedic way of life is fearless. Such a
recognizing the relative reality of this earth apone laughs at death; he knows that death
pearance, one plays the game of life with great
has no meaning for him. It may apply to this
expertise, ever the source of help and service,
physical cage of flesh and bones
of peace and harmony. the source
in which he is imprisoned for a
of help and service, of expertise
little while, but he is ever ready.
"I know that
peace and harmony.
But nevertheless, he is ever preeverything is
The Vedic vision grants us the
pared to utilize life to the very
transitory; I know
supreme privilege of fearlessly movfullest for the highest blessedthat all my
ing through life knowing that we
ness of himself and for the
connections are
are ever free, but at the same time,
highest good of one and all.
ephemeral.
most beneficially moving through
"We are but passing pilgrims
life with universal goodwill and
here. Therefore, let us do maximum benefit to God's creation in which we ceaseless giving of oneself for the happiness of
one and all. May you all live life endowed with
live and through which we pass."
this knowledge and vision, with this inner light
Thus, there is only this one great intenand insight, and thus live to enrich God's creation, one great objective, one great
tion, enrich the life of each and every one
thought: "let me be a centre of maximum
whom the Supreme Being brings you into conbenefit and blessedness to all beings
tact with. Be a light in the darkness! (Swami
around me." That is the true Vedic ideal of
Shivanandaji Maharaj)
life-to live and be in this world, not for

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Ramayana months Samarpanam

Rama Pattabhishekam

Thunchath Ezhuthachan

The Karkatakam or Ramayana months Samapanam programme was held at Anandadham


on 6th August. Ramayana Month is an important event in the state of Kerala. It is observed
in the month of Karkidakam of the Malayalam calendar while
in the Gregorian calendar it corresponds to the months of July
to August. During this time, there is a ritual to read Ramayana
on all the days of the month in almost all Hindu households. Ramayana was composed in the Malayalam language by
Thunchath Ezhuthachan and is known as Adhyatma Ramayana
Kilippattu. It is this Malayalam version that is read during the
Ramayana month.
As in previous years Kum. Bindu with her companion Smt. Baby visited a good number of houses in the neighborhood and
did Ramayana pranayama and puja. Where there were no Ramayana books Kendra presented them with copies of Ramayana
book. On the concluding day Ramayana quiz was conducted in three categories. One was for
the tiny tots of Sandeepani Sishuvihar, the other was for the Samskarvarga children and the
third was for the mothers among the audience.
This year well known poet Sri S Ramesan Nair who has made lifelong contributions to Indian culture through his poems, plays, lyrics, translations and commentaries was the speaker on
the occasion. The subject of the talk was Rama as Maryada Purushotama and the benefits
of parayanam of Adhyatma Ramayanam. Sri S. Ramesan Nair is also the author of Chilapadikaram and Kamba Ramayanam in Malayalam. He left the audience spellbound with his
speech.

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Inauguration of SKIE (New Batch)


On 13th August, second Saturday, the new
batch of 20
students from class VIII, were
enrolled in our second SKIE programme. Major General Vivekanandan(Retd.), a close wellwisher and a member of the SKIE programme,
inaugurated the programme with the lighting
of lamp. In the inaugural address he stressed
upon the fact that inculcating values in children was much more important than indulging in ambitious plans of making money.
Childrens classes continued till 4.30 p.m.
Classes on Life skills, Communicative English
and Science was conducted by Sudhakar Ji,
Brigadier Radhakrishnan(Retd.), and Kum
Radhika.

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15th August Independence Day


Tiny tots of Sandeepani Sishuvihar celebrated
70th Independence Day by hoisting of the national flag by the youngest amongst them,
Master Acchut, since their Didi - ammamma
(Man. Lakshmi Didi) was out of station. Parents of almost all the students were present.
Samskarvarga children too participated.
Sweets were distributed after the programme.

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Sri Krishna Jayanthi


The programme started at 10.30 a.m with a
prayer by the Sandeepani Sishuvihar children
followed by Deepa prajwalanam by Smt Ammani Amma, a well-wisher of Vivekananda
Kendra.
On the auspicious day of Sri Krishna Jayanthi,
Anandadham was converted into a Gokula.
Tiny tots of Sandeepani Sishuvihar and the
other children from Samskarvarga, crowded
here by 9 am in the morning, to take part in
the Krishna Jayanthi celebration. Mothers,
fathers, grandparents and siblings of the children were busy decorating their tiny tots as
Krishnas. Each Krishna was dressed in yellow
coloured veshthi and red or green coloured
uttariya, crown on the head and a small flute
in the hand, tilakam on the forehead and kundalam hanging from the ears! It was a beautiful
sight. There were 20 such Krishnas and three Unni Krishnas. There were 10 Gopikas too. All
the little Krishnas were made to sit on stage with the Gopikas behind them. Other children
and some elders sang bhajans on Sri Krishna. Smt. Malathy Pavitran and Susri Sutapa Das
were the judges to select the best child of the lot. All the participating children given token of
appreciation for their participation.
After the show the children went to the park to do pradakshina of Sri Krishna's idol at
Vrindavan of the campus. 'Uriadi ' or breaking of the pot with a stick was the last item of the
celebration. All the children enjoyed this thoroughly. There was distribution of prasada after
the programme. Programme concluded by noon.

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Universal Brotherhood Day celebrations


Each year, September 11th is celebrated as Universal Brotherhood Day by Vivekananda
Kendra because it was on this day in the year 1893, the King of the Yatis (saints), Swami Vivekananda uttered the five words 'Sisters and Brothers of America' in the World Parliament of
Religions at Chicago which won him the hearts of the entire world. His speech was so powerful that He became known as the Condensed India. Since Swamiji's words came out from
the depths of his heart, Swamiji was able to convey the universal Vedantic ideas of brotherhood to the West, Hence the importance of this day as 'Universal Brotherhood Day' which is
being celebrated by Vivekananda Kendra all over India with a variety of programmes.
A number of competitions were held on this occasion by Vivekananda Kendra so that the
messages of Swamiji could reach every nook and corner. Various inter-school competitions
were held for the UP, H.S and H.S.S. sections starting from 26th August.
On 26th August, Painting competitions were conducted for classes VI-VII and VIII to X. The
topic for the junior section was ' Great Indian Heroes and for the seniors, it was Indian Monuments. 64 students from 12 different schools participated.
On 27th August, Elocution competitions based on the speech of Swamiji
was conducted both in English and Malayalam for the upper primary and high School levels.
82 students participated from 8 different schools. It was a full day programme.
On 29th August there was a quiz competition for classes X, XI and XIIth. The topic given
was 'Simhavalokan' or recollection and recap of all the subjects studied in the lower classes.
Five schools participated. Amrita Vidyalayam secured the first position, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, secured the second position, third and consolation prizes went to Guru Sree Public
School and HDPY School.
Concluding function of the Universal Brotherhood Day was on 4th September (Sunday).
Srimad Swami Chaitanyanandaji from Vivekananda Ashram, Vellimalai - Kanyakumari, was the
Chief Guest. Swamiji delivered a vibrant speech on how the sanskaras or values should be inculcated in children so that they become physically and mentally strong and will be able to
face any odds in life. Four regular daily practices were suggested by him to be adopted from
childhood. 1. 12 Ganapathi Namaskar, 2. 12 Surya Namaskar, 3. Gayathri Japa minimum 12
times 4. Nadisuddhi 12 rounds
At the end, prizes were distributed by Revered Swamiji to the winning participants. The
rolling shield for English Elocution was won jointly by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Amrita
Vidyalayam and the Rolling trophy for Malayalam elocution went to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

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Painting competitions inauguration

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Thiru Onam celebration


On 8th September, tiny tots of Sandeepani helped their mothers in creating a beautiful
pookalam. Some dressed up as tigers and some as leopards to dance in front of Mahabali or
Maveli and Vamana deva. Little Tripura became Mahabali and Little Ananthan was the Vamana.

Raksha bandhan
Raksha bandan was celebrated by Sandeepani Sihishuvihar children on 18th August. All the
boys got their Rakhi tied by Man. Lakshmi Didi. The event was a fun to many children as
they found they have become grown up very early to take care of the sisters. Some of the
parents also came forward to get tied Rakhi by Man. Lakshmi Didi as it is not much popular
in Kerala.

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Regular Activities
Yoga Satra
Yoga Satra: 17 gents and 10 ladies registered for one month Yoga Satra during the months
of August and September.

Yoga Varga: 10 gents and 12 ladies regularly attended the practice class, daily in the morning. On every Thursday yoga varga is conducted in the campus for the ladies. All the old and
new students attend this Varga.

Samskar varga
Samskarvarga: is being held at two places- one in our campus and the other at P.Vemballur
13 km from Kodungallur,on Sundays. An average of 25 children attended both the Vargas. At
Aripalam, at Vellangallur, 15 such Samskarvargas with 25 children in each varga, are being
regularly conducted by housewives, in their locality under guidance from the centre.

Ganapathy Homam and Sri Chakra Puja are being conducted on every pournami day by
the students of Gurupadm of Karumatra. Vishnu sahasranam archana is also performed every
evenings of Pournami Days by the inmates of Anandadham.

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Womens empowerment - Inspirations from the


Life of Sister Nivedita
M. Lakshmi Kumari

t is indeed a pity that the present generations of Indian


youth, specially women are
growing up without ever having heard of
this beloved adopted daughter of Mother India, who, like her great Master,
adored and worshipped Mother India
and finally found her eternal rest in her
lap. For many of us in our childhood she
was the torch light that led us to that immensely resplendent light house, Swami
Vivekananda. She was the instrument
that the spiritual dynamo, Swami Vivekananda perfected to break open the adamantine walls of orthodoxy behind which
Indian women were languishing. If we
wanted to know the real meaning of

dedication to a cause we have only to


read Sister Niveditas biography. If one
wants to learn how the intricacies of
guru bhakti be used for self- transformation there she is, a great disciple of a
great Master. If we want to crystallize the
meaning of Swami Vivekanandas famous utterances we have only to study
her responses to Swamijis words.
To equip her for the supremely
important national work he had envisaged, Swami Vivekananda wanted
Nivedita to absorb the whole of the religious consciousness of India, the message of his whole people as determined
by their whole past. In fact he wanted
her to be, from head to foot a perfect Indian so that her responses to Indian
problems will not be fragmented and
Western but wholesome and Indian. That
is why he taught her to see India as a
great temple to which the whole of humanity with its varied ideals and modes
of worship must sooner or later wend its
way.
It is good that the disillusioned
western youth have started seeking the
rare flavor of Indian spiritual values. That
the West had been moving in this direction for over a hundred years is what
Nivedita reminds us of. Search for a
deeper meaning of life, experience of an
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ness and rational explanation for the vagaries of human life, all these had started
tormenting the western intellect even in
the late years of the 19th century. How she
transformed herself, de-hypnotized herself - Indianised herself- is the great saga,
which todays youth should seriously consider and strive to emulate so that they
can save themselves and their country
from sure annihilation.
Presently we are all concerned
about value addition on one side and its
depletion on the other. Tragedy is no one
knows for certain what is to be added and
how and how or what is being depleted
and why. Traders are bothered about value addition to their goods to fetch more
money. Sociologists are concerned about

It is good that
the disillusioned western
youth have started seeking the
rare flavor of
Indian spiritual values.

the deterioration in moral values leading


to social tensions. Educationists are worried to find that the more educated a
person is the more he has lost humane
values. Religious teachers are anxious to
perpetuate spiritual values in the society
to check the rapid sliding of humanity into a morass. And the youth, as always, is
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eternally youthful and virile and like the


legendary Yayathi unlimitedly enjoy the
sensual pleasures.
Unfortunately nobody is very clear
how this slide of humans into brutes can
be stalled. Swami Vivekananda had shown
clearly that the way lies in integrating values from our ancient wisdom lore with
the much acclaimed modern scientific insights, without affecting the so called progress.
India has a hoary tradition of such
up-gradation and integration going on
continuously over millennia. Stressing the
value of the Eternal Truth, making it the
golden thread on which all human experiences are to be threaded, we built up our
traditions and the magnificent Indian spiritual heritage, which have stood the test
of time.
Our Shrutis stand for this Eternal
Unchanging Truth and Smrithis are attempts harmonizing Truth with the lifestyles of the times, which are ever changing. Nowhere can we find values so correctly interpreted and integrated with human life leading to its fullness. Our great
seers had long back come to the conclusion that what adds real value to life are
not the material encrustations. But the
knowledge and realisation of the undying
spirit of the Self within. In that they discovered absolute value of life and in preserving that value as near and true to the
Absolute became their prime concern.
How to catch the light of Absolute Truth
in all spheres of human life and activity,
individual and collective, became their
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erations have evolved the spiritual science


of Adhyatma Vidya or Science of human
unfoldment.
Discovering and experiencing that it is
One Truth that is within and without and the
whole universe is a manifestation of that
Truth, became the goal of life, everything became subservient to it. In-depth studies of
human life and its possibilities followed and
they came to the conclusion that it is this science of life, that is to be learnt, practised

and perfected through education and


training. All our shastras try in their way to
add this value of values to human lives, be
it art, architecture, music, physical culture,
why, simple living itself. The mind boggling variety of methods they have created for this value addition are what have
enriched our countrys heritage.
Swami Vivekananda became acutely
conscious of the great cyclonic storm
which was gathering in the western horizon, thanks to his American and European
experiences. He anticipated that this
storm would devour, in not too late a day,
our great traditions, not only to our, but
also to the detriment of the entire humanity. His mind deeply earned to prevent this happening and for that, education, especially of women, the mothers,
who are really the cradles of civilization,
was urgently needed. He wanted a worthy
mind and intellect combined with great
dynamism to absorb these ideas and reshape them to suit the modern trends.
Out of this deep yearning came Sister
Nivedita who was endowed, though with
an analytical materially oriented mind and
vision, but at the same time yearning
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search that brought her to Swami Vivekananda.


How beautifully she allowed herself
to be an instrument for her Masters work
is something too grand and inspiring a
story in our modern spiritual arena second only to what Swami Vivekananda
himself has achieved when he took over
the mantle from his great Master Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
We can get the quintessence of this
beautiful transformation in Sisters own
words in her inimitable book The Master
as I saw Him. We can only quote from
that. for no other words than her own can
convey her deep conflicts, confusions and
final surrender which made her the beloved daughter of the Queen of Swamijis
heart, Mother India.
How her western mind left the
comforts of an organized religion and adjusted itself to the skyward expansion of a
Universal Ideal is expressed like this at
first the goal is far off outside nature, far
beyond it, attracting us all towards It. This
has to be brought near, yet without being
degraded or degenerated until when it
has come closer and closer, the God of
Heaven becomes the God in nature, till
the God in nature becomes the God who
is nature, and the God who is nature becomes God within this temple of body
and God dwelling within the temple of
body becomes the temple itself becomes
the Soul of man. Thus it teaches the last
words it can teach. He whom sages have
sought in all these places is in our own
hearts.
Thou art He, O Man Thou art He.
To understand the full significance of this

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comprehension we have only to look at


the struggles which are going on in the
various religious traditions even today
which are unable to expand, tolerate and
accept the science behind religion. That is
what is preventing the dogmatic religions
from accepting that all religions as true.
And what a major mental transformation
Margaret Noble would have undergone
to absorb this before transforming herself
into Sister Nivedita.
Swamijis famous dictum Be and
Make which sounds so easy for the Indian minds to grasp because of our familiarity with the guru sishya tradition, was
for her another great struggle. Sister admits how new to her was the Indian idea
that it was character that made a truth
tell, the love expressed that made aid successful, the degree of concentration behind a saying that gave its force and constituted its power. And later her experiences convinced her that a quiet word
from a mind that put thought behind the
language carried immediate weight when
the same utterance from the careless
would pass by unheeded.
Another Indian concept which was
totally strange to her was the idea that
highest of all gifts spirituality, a degree
lower, intellectual knowledge and all kinds
of physical and material help come last.
We can imagine how difficult she must
have found to replace her western idea of
charity with this exalted idea of spiritual
aid as ultimate in service.
One of the most fascinating aspect of Swamiji was his love for Mother
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mijis great adoration for his Motherland.


She recalls that like some delicately
poised bell, thrilled and vibrated by every
sound that falls upon it was his heart to all
that concerned her. Not a sob was heard
within her that did not find in him a responsive echo. None was ever so possessed by her vision of greatness. Is there
one single Indian today who is so sensitive and responsive to the problems of
Mother India?
To Swamiji India even appeared as
the giver of English civilization. Our youth
should listen to these words what would
the England of Victoria have been without
the wealth of India behind her? May be
we can add another note to this observation, where would America be without the
Indian scientists, technocrats, doctors,
nurses and now the I.T specialists?
Swamijis idea of freedom was another concept, which needed lot of fine
tuning in her mind and as she saw it
working out in the daily life of her Master,
a new dimension opened before her. To
accept nothing, however pleasant, if it
concealed a fetter; at a word to stand
ready to severe any connection that give
a hint of bondage. To this she adds her
revelation how clear must be the mind
that would do this, how pure the Will !.
Today politically we are free but there is
hardly any citizen who can claim to really
free. How far away we are from the real
freedom of mind. If only we could understand this freedom and cultivate it as a
quality of our mind bringing it to bear in
our day today lives, so much corruption,
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we have failed miserably to understand


the strength of character that should underlie freedom of mind.
Another area where she needed
greater surrender to transform herself
was, to get rid of, what Swamiji pointed
out to her, the typical western character
of attempting to force upon others ideas
which they had merely found to be good
for themselves. Strange that even today
the West has not got over this superiority
complex which is presently be falling on
the lesser nations as ideological and economic imperialism.
As an educationist Nivedita always felt
that Indian education must extend and
fulfill the vision of Swami Vivekananda.
She underscores four important points,
Swamjis reverence and love for the past
and his courage and hope for the future.
True to his Indian upbringing he recognized all knowledge as sacred and pursuit
of knowledge for its own sake, indeed, the
highest of sadhanas.
Swamiji was never blind to the
good things that west has made its own.
He was all praise for the beautiful combination of obedience and self-respect he
found in the West. This he found in abundance in his beloved disciple and this he
wanted his own people to cultivate.
As repeated often by himself it was not
his intention to destroy, his role was to assimilate, hormonise, to affect an exchange of highest ideas of East and West
and to realise these in practice. He wanted Hinduism not to remain a stationary
system but to prove herself capable of
embracing and welcoming the whole of
modern development.
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into one was a puzzle that occupied much


of his time and thought and in this process Sister Nivedita was the ideal model
for him. Slowly and steadily, through the
endless bits of advices, directions and illustrations that she received from her
Master (including great mental struggles)
Margaret Noble fitted herself into the
role of transmitter, the bridge between
him and the countless host of his own
people, who would yet arise and seek to
make good his dreams. And in the process was born, Nivedita the dedicated
one.
Her legacy: The vision which she inherited from her great guru and which led
to her own emancipation is what she has
left for all of us. This comes very clearly in
her introduction to the Complete Works
of Swamiji. If the many and one be the
same Reality, then it is not all modes of
worship alone, but equally all modes of
work, all modes of struggle, all modes of
creation, which are paths of realization.
No distinction henceforth between sacred
and secular. To labour is to pray. To conquer
is to renounce. Life is itself religion. To have
and to hold is as stern a trust as to quit and to
avoid. To her karma was not divorced from
but was the means of expressing Jnana and
Bhakti. The Shastras, Guru and Motherland
were the three notes that mingled themselves
to form the music of Swami Vivekananda and
Sister Nivedita.
Lastly, it was her constant prayer that the
soil that has brought forth mango and the
palm ought not be degraded to producing only gourds and vetches. The land of Veda and
Jnana yoga has no right to sink into the role
of mere critic or imitator of European culture.
May these words be the guidelines of
our youth in this millennium.
HHH

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Rigveda starts with this first Mantra


 

Agnimeele purohitam

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yajnasya devam ritvijam |

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hotaaram ratnadhaatamam ||

Rig Veda 1.001.01


Approximate meaning of Vedic words:
Agni= Fire God Agni; (the Illuminator)
me(dh)ye=praise; Purohitam=the household priest; (to sacrifice) Deva=the divine
qualified with good qualities like charity;
shining self (to shine with power); Ritvijam=(to guide rightly, steer);
Ritvik=officially authorized priest - Ministrant; Yajnasya=of the sacrifice; (to exalt;
to offer oblation) ; Hotaaram=special
priest who recites the prayers of the Rigveda(saman) at a sacrifice; (call); Ratnadhaatamam - the best one who bestows wealth
(ratna=please;
Dhaatamam=put)

Hotri is the Purohita who is like the spiritual advisor of the king in all his religious duties who fullfils his wishes; so Agni, the
Hotri offers oblations in Fire (homa) of the
sacrifices. The meaning within brackets
suggests the alternative.
Meaning of the Mantra: I praise Agni, the
household priest, the divine, Ministrant of
the sacrifice, the Hotri and one who is the
best who bestows wealth. (By Sayana)
[I praise the Illuminator (Supreme Principle), the foremost Leader of exalted action,
the glorious one who is aroused in the performance of righteousness, who reveals
himself, the Creator and the Sustainer of all
that is pleasant.]

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Sister Nivedita

ister Nivedita was a disciple and God child of Swami Vivekananda, the eternal light
that shines in the spiritual firmament of India; born
as Margaret Elizabeth Noble in Northern Ireland on
October 28, 1867. We are getting ready to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this divine birth. The occasion not only commemorates her brilliant life but also her
devotion and dedication to her Guru and India.
In 1885, she met Swami Vivekananda, the flag-bearer of
Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Path) in London. This was a
turning point in her young life which was already dedicated to self-inquiry through selfless service. Young Margaret
made a momentous decision to leave her friends and family and to accompany her teacher to India. She landed in
India on January 28, 1898.
In Belur, young Margaret began her transformation to Sister Nivedita under the tutelage of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and his other brother monks. In 1898 Swami Vivekananda formally initiated her
into the monastic order and named her Nivedita.
At the time Sister Nivedita began her spiritual life in India, the country was
under an oppressive British Raj. Indians who came into contact with Sister
Nivedita, a white British subject herself were taken by her purity of character, strong willpower, uncompromising courage, unconditional respect for
her Guru and selfless service to humanity. They fondly called her a white
mountain of strength.
Sister Nivedita worked hard to promote Swami Vivekananda's ideas on
women's education and reformation of Indian culture and values. Not only
did she travel the length and breadth of India, but she also became actively
involved in the Indian independence struggle.
She left her mortal body on October 13, 1911 at the age of 44 in the Himalayan town of Darjeeling in India. Sister Nivedita, an Irish woman served India, its people, and its values much more than many Indians have. This is a
time for India and its people to remember, celebrate, thank and pay homage to this immortal being.
Vivekananda Darsanika Samajam and Vivekananda Kendra Vedic Vision Foundation are jointly
organizing 'Samarpanam' to celebrate Sister Nivedita's 150th birth anniversary. The celebration will formally begin in 28th October 2016. Let us all work with single-minded devotion to
recognize this divine life and to spread her teachings all over India.

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NEW PUBLICATIONS
BHAVAYAMI EKNATHAM
In Malayalam
Compiled by Man. Lakshmi Didi
Personal experiences Lakshmi Didi had with Ma.
Eknathji and story of the Rock Memorial

Price : Rs 75/-

BHARATAM ORU MAHAVISMAYAM


In Malayalam
Compiled by Man. Lakshmi Didi
Malayalam translation of Incredible India book published
by Vedic Vision Foundation. A glance through complete
works of Swamiji in a simple form of spiritual Diary of
Swami Vivekananda

Price Rs. 200/-

SURYANAMASKARAM &
PRANAYAMAVUM
In Malayalam
Simple Instruction booklet on suryanamaskara
and Pranayama

Price Rs. 40/-

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Samarpanam Programme Activities


National / International Seminars

Photo exhibitions on Sister Nivedita's life & ideals

Competitions for youth

Book publication

Sister Nivedita' Role model Award

'SAMARPANAM' - Souvenirs

W h a t C a n Yo u D o . .