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  1. 1. SWAMI VIVEKANANDA 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY Dr.T.V.Rao MD Email ; doctortvrao@gmail.comDR.T.V.RAO MD 1
  2. 2. SWAMI VIVEKANANDA• Born in Calcutta on January 12, 1863, Swami Vivekananda was the chief disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. He was a marvellous blend of all excellences. Eager to know if God is true and perceptible, he was guided to Sri Ramakrishna who assured him from his personal realization that God is the only Reality and can be communed with. Questioning the Master at every step and accepting nothing without rigorous proof, he was able to be in tune with the Infinite.DR.T.V.RAO MD 2
  3. 3. KNOWING MORE OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA• Swami Vivekananda needs no introduction, for his is a household name in India. Swami was one of the greatest spiritual leaders of the modern world, a great lover of humanity whose unconditional love extended to all people without any distinctions of caste, class, creed, race, region or religion. Swami Vivekananda is also remembered as a great patriot, the first cultural ambassador of India to the West, who raised the prestige of India in the eyes of Western people and changed their views about India with the compelling force to truth.DR.T.V.RAO MD 3
  4. 4. SWAMI VIVEKANANDA AND SRI RAMAKRISHNA• Swami Vivekananda ( 1863 - 1902) was a preacher of Divinity in Man. Born Narendranath Dutta on 12 January, 1863 in Calcutta , he gave clear indications of self-realisation in his early days. A youth of guts and gumption -- with an iron determination and a fiery zeal to seek the highest knowledge of the self, he met Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar Kali temple in 1881; the incident that channelised himself later on towards the greatest cause of humanity. The Great Master inculcated in his foremost disciple the presence of an all-pervading stream of consciousness in every being, the immanence...DR.T.V.RAO MD 4
  5. 5. PUT INDIA ON RELIGIOUS MAP OF UNIVERSE • After the Masters passing away he took upon himself the great mission of propagating the truth of oneness, the universality of being, the harmony of religions, and the glory of the Atman. He put India on the spiritual map of the world by his famous addresses at the Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893.DR.T.V.RAO MD 5
  6. 6. WELCOME ADDRESS: SEPT 11, 1893 SISTERS AND BROTHERS OF AMERICA, CHANGES THE IMAGE OF INDIA• It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions, and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.DR.T.V.RAO MD 6
  7. 7. ARE WE STILL NEGLECTING THE MASSES – IS OUR GROWTH IS ARTIFICIAL ???• Swami Vivekananda had identified the neglect of the masses as the major problem. He had said the masses had forgotten their individuality and lost faith in themselves. The one-sided growth story in India today has neglected the masses. Vivekanandas solution was to restore peoples confidence in themselves.DR.T.V.RAO MD 7
  8. 8. RAMAKRISHNA MATH PROPAGATES HIGHER VALUES OF LIFE• He made Vedanta popular in the West, and in India he established the twin organizations, the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission, in 1897, to train those who had renounced the world in search of God and to integrate the activities of individuals who chose to serve fellow men and women unselfishly. His brilliant speeches and writings constitute a rich legacy for all who care for the higher values of life.DR.T.V.RAO MD 8
  9. 9. SWAMI VIVEKANANDA ON GREATNESS OF INDIA • As I look back upon the history of my country, I do not find in the whole world another country which has done quite so much for the improvement of the human mind.DR.T.V.RAO MD 9
  10. 10. SWAMI VIVEKANANDA’S RELIGION IS UPLIFTMENT OF CO-HUMANS• On Monday, September 11, 1893, Swami Vivekananda addressed an audience of seven thousand at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago. He was a delegate of no particular faith, dogma, or sect, but one who represented the Universal Religion of the Vedas and spoke for the spiritual upliftment of all humanity. The swami did not condemn or criticize any faith, believing that all religions were equally valid paths to reach the one goal. But he warned of the dangers that would come if the message of harmony of religions continued to be ignored or neglected:DR.T.V.RAO MD 10
  11. 11. SWAMI EMPHASIZES INDIA IS PUNYA BHUMI• Is there is any land on this earth that can lay claim to be the blessed Punya Bhumi, to be the land to which all souls on this earth must come to account for Karma, the land to which all the souls in the world must come for its last home, the land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness, above all, the land of introspection and of Spirituality - it is India. Here is life giving water with which must be quenched the fire of materialism burning millions of hearts in other lands.DR.T.V.RAO MD 11
  12. 12. LOVE TO CO-HUMANS IS REAL STRENGTH IN YOU • All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore love for loves sake, because it is law of life, just as you breathe to live.DR.T.V.RAO MD 12
  13. 13. YOU ARE THE CREATOR OF YOUR DESTINY • Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within yourself. Therefore make your own future.DR.T.V.RAO MD 13
  14. 14. WEAK MINDS DO SINS• Bear in mind, my children, that only cowards and those who are weak commit sin and tell lies. The brave are always moral. Try to be moral, try to be brave, try to be sympathizing.DR.T.V.RAO MD 14
  15. 15. TAKE UP IDEA TRY TO ACHIEVE BEST IN …. TOO MANY IDEAS DO NOT LAND YOU ANYWHERE • Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.DR.T.V.RAO MD 15
  16. 16. WE CAN ACHIEVE SUCCESS WITH PRACTICE OF … • Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success and, above all, love.DR.T.V.RAO MD 16
  17. 17. WORK ON FEW ESSENTIALS – DO NOT WORK IN MANY IDEAS• Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it.DR.T.V.RAO MD 17
  18. 18. EXPERIENCE IS YOUR REAL TEACHER FOLLOW IT • Experience is the only teacher we have. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth until we experience it ourselves.DR.T.V.RAO MD 18
  19. 19. REALIZE YOU ARE EVERYTHING – THERE IS A DIVINITY IN YOU• All power is within you. You can do anything and everything. Believe in that. Do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half- crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. Stand up and express the divinity within you.DR.T.V.RAO MD 19
  20. 20. WIPING THE TEARS IS MY RELIGION• I do not believe in a God or religion which cannot wipe the widows tears or bring a piece of bread to the orphans mouth. However sublime be the theories, however well - spun may be the philosophy -- I do not call it religion so long as it is confined to books and dogmas. The eye is in the forehead and not in the back. Move onward and carry into practice that which you are very proud to call your religion and God bless you!DR.T.V.RAO MD 20
  21. 21. WISH TO BE A FREE MAN • If you think that you are bound, you remain bound; you make your own bondage. If you know that you are free, you are free this moment. This is knowledge, knowledge of freedom. Freedom is the goal of all nature.DR.T.V.RAO MD 21
  22. 22. WISH TO EXPERIENCE THE TRUTH IN YOUR WORK• Let us work without desire for name or fame or rule over others. Let us be free from the triple bonds of lust, greed of gain, and anger. And this truth is with us!DR.T.V.RAO MD 22
  23. 23. PRACTICE OF RELIGION SHOULD BE A JOY • We must be bright and cheerful. Long faces do not make religion. Religion should be the most joyful thing in the world, because it is the best.DR.T.V.RAO MD 23
  24. 24. HE THANKS THE HUMANITY FOR PROPAGATION OF UNIVERSAL BROTHER HOOD• My thanks to those noble souls whose large hearts and love of truth first dreamed this wonderful dream and then realized it. My thanks to the shower of liberal sentiments that has overflowed this platform. My thanks to this enlightened audience for their uniform kindness to me and for their appreciation of every thought that tends to smooth the friction of religions. A few jarring notes were heard from time to time in this harmony. My special thanks to them, for they have, by their striking contrast, made general harmony the sweeter.DR.T.V.RAO MD 24
  25. 25. WISH TO ATTAIN GRACE OF GOD • God is very merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for spiritual realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come.DR.T.V.RAO MD 25
  26. 26. CELEBRATING 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SWAMIVIVEKANANDA-MANY STRIVING FOR HUNGER FREE WORLD• International Youth Conference on Integral Humanism is the first conference of its kind, to be organized at global level to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The venue of this conference is the pious land of Pantnagar University, the ‘Harbinger of Green Revolution’ in India. World aspires for a hunger- free and prosperous humanity and Pantnagar University has been whole-heartedly striving for it for last five decadesDR.T.V.RAO MD 26
  27. 27. LOOK FORWARD FOR SUCCESS• Dont look back - forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience - then alone can great deeds be accomplished.DR.T.V.RAO MD 27
  28. 28. WISH TO ATTAIN GOD • God is not to be reached by the weak. Never be weak. You have infinite strength within you. How else will you conquer anything? How else will youDR.T.V.RAO MD come to God? 28
  30. 30. SWAMI PASSES AWAY WHILE PRAYING FOR MASSES• 4th July 1902 was a memorable day. Swami Vivekananda, a great prophet of modern India, passed away at about 9:00 pm while he was in meditation. The flame of his life-lamp, which brightened the spiritual world, suddenly blew out in the deep darkness of nightDR.T.V.RAO MD 30
  32. 32. 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA IS CELEBRATED WITH A MISSION• The 150th birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is celebrated from 2010 to 2014. To commemorate it Ramakrishna Mission is organizing various projects – for integrated child development, for the improvement of children’s health by eliminating malnutrition, for empowerment of women, and for alleviating poverty.DR.T.V.RAO MD 32