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VVYM Silver Jubilee
Celebrations : Nov, 2013
Release : 3 day Youth Training Camp
Copies : 1,000
VISAKHAPATNAM VIVEKANAND...
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Reception
Sri KVLN Murthy-9849029321
Sri G.V.Ratnam-8008927268
Sri E.Govinda Raju-9160626751
Sri D.Jaya Sankar Reddy-998...
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Programme for Campers
Flag Hoisting with Mahamandal Anthem, Mental concentration, Yoga, games,
discussions on the teachi...
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INDEX
MESSAGES :
1. Ramakrishna Math, Howrah 8
2. Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai 9
3. Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Visakh...
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MESSAGES
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4 November 2013,
My dear Lakshminarayana,
I am glad that the 'Vishakapatnam Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal' which is affili...
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7 October, 2013
Dear Sri Lakshminarayana
Namskars. I am glad to know that Visakhapatnam
Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (VV...
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Message
During last 25 years Visakhapatnam Vivekananda
Yuva Mahamandal as a unit of the Akhil Bharat
Vivekananda Yuva M...
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(S. Krishnan)
Former President, VVYM
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ARTICLES
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ChakravartiRajagopalacharisaid: 'Swami
Vivekananda saved Hinduism and saved India.
But for him we would have lost our r...
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the heart and touching every aspect of our
national life. We must understand how
Vivekananda brought our attention to t...
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concentrated on the problems of man and
exacted political freedom. We have got that
freedom, but have not worked for th...
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The Need of Organization and Leadership
Power lay in mantras in Treta Yuga, in
knowledge or intelligence in Satya Yuga ...
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unless there is obedience to superiors. No
great work can be done without this
centralization of individual forces.'
Hi...
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ideas You will also have to lead many in
time. Make yourself worthy for the job.
Remember Swamiji's charge. 'Work, work...
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That was the time when the
sublimest truth of ‘the equality of man’, nay,
‘the Godlinessofman’reverberated in air. The
...
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the present misery of the Hindu (the
Indian)…”Our modern seer, Swami
Vivekananda, observes, “When the life- blood
is sp...
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can become such men by bringing out the
immensepotentialities hiddenin us.We should
struggle hard consciously and conti...
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great plan, the methods for their betterment,
and also to reduce them into practice.
To work for the masses means to
wo...
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They will work out the whole problem like
lions. I have formulated the idea and have
given my life to it…..They will sp...
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Q. There are so many great savants and seers
and intellectual people. Why should we go to
build our character according...
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ofyore, andatthesame timehisacquaintance
with the current affairs of the world was
astounding. He was a pastmaster in p...
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What is Character :
Swamiji says in KarmaYoga “Every action
and thought of ours leaves an impression in
our mind (ref 1...
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tree under which he used to play. In another
occasion we see how as young boy Swamiji
rescued even elders by calling ne...
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Self-confidence : Shraddha : Swamiji
“What makes the difference between man and
man is the difference in this Shraddha ...
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Origin And Development of
Visakhapatnam Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal
I) VVYM at AU Engg. Campus :
VVYM was first started...
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e) Lending library : Sri D.Appala
Naidu (NowAssociate Prof. inAU Ch Engg
Dept) ran ‘Vivekananda Library’ where he
used ...
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stall and Sri Puvvula Krishna Mohan’s
Poorna market stall.
i) Medicines Distribution at KGH :
From 1993-1995, our membe...
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Classes on Character- Building, Mental
Concentration, Leadership, Swami
Vivekananda,Patriotism were taken,
Ramakrishna ...
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  1. 1. 2 VVYM Silver Jubilee Celebrations : Nov, 2013 Release : 3 day Youth Training Camp Copies : 1,000 VISAKHAPATNAM VIVEKANANDA YUVA MAHAMANDAL Excutive Committee 2013-14 President : Sri N. Lakshminarayana Vice-Presidents : Sri J.V. Ramana Sri V.Viswanath Secretary : Sri Ch. V.S.K.N. Somaraju Asst. Secretaries : Sri D. Venkata Rao Sri P. Ravichandra Treasurer : K.V.L.N. Murthy Committee Members : Sri M. Govindarao Sri P. Kishore Kumar Sri G.V. Ratnam Sri T. Venkata Rao Permanent Representative : B. Sreedhar Published at : Sathyam Offset Imprints Brindavan, # 49-28-5, Madhuranagar, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Ph : 0891-2735878, 984 999 6538 For Copies : Visakhapatnam Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal C/o. Sri Ganapathi Seva Samithi, Goorka line, Near Rly. Station, Visakhapatnam - 530 004. Offering Rs. : 30-00 Editor : N. Lakshminarayana Sub-Editor : P. Ravichandra
  2. 2. 3 Reception Sri KVLN Murthy-9849029321 Sri G.V.Ratnam-8008927268 Sri E.Govinda Raju-9160626751 Sri D.Jaya Sankar Reddy-9989087179 Sri K..Ramakrishna Reddy-9948641915 Sri R.Demudu Naidu-9966987771 Sri P. Muralimohan - 9441944202 Venue Arrangement Sri Ch.V.S.K.N.Somaraju-9640335115 Sri D.N.Murthy Teacher-9848146441 Sri N.Sunil Kumar-7396832285 Sri T.Nanda Kumar-9866549311 Sri M.Kiran Kumar-9966558061 Sri K.Hruday -9030746712 Food Arrangement Sri M.Govindarao-9885949538 Sri P.Srinivas-9391139698 Sri NRK Chowdary-9490430475 Sri J.Janardhana Rao-9849259393 Sri P.Chandra Seckhar-9059905095 Souvenir Sri P.Ravichandra-9490203777 Sri P.Nageswararao-9848192825 Sri Peediraju Srinivas-09940316438 Sri Peela Ravisankar-0773889747 Sri P.V.Yeswanth-7207656481 Mahamandal Telugu Publications Sri Bachina Sreedhar-9247861548 Sri T.Venkatarao-9490391579 Sri Mallempati Vamsikrishna-09977205218 Sri N.Ch.Nageswararao-9948810690 Sri D.V.B.Acharyulu-9848196595 SUB COMMITTEE PERSONS Sri Srinivas - 9396544873 Press and Publicity Sri P.Kishore kumar-9848399334 Sri M.V.Krishna-9912554411 Sri Ch.Uday Kumar-8099114547 Sri G. Vinod Kumar-7799936799 Sri B. Madhav - 9603027703 Competitions and Cultural Programmes Sri V.Viswanath-9848337474 Sri Ch.Bangaraiah-7569798956 Sri Bandaru Appala Raju-8143153983 Sri Seshagiri - 9493762385 Youth Camp Sri D.Venkatarao-9490131846 Sri P.Muni Swamy-7842707180 Sri Vinay-9032392516 Sri Vidyadhar Singh-7893812701 Sri M.Shanmuk-7396992631 Fund Mobilisation Sri J.V.Ramana-9177600891 Sri J.Mohan Kumar-94413227668 Sri Peela Srinivas-09437025336 Sri B.Praveen Kumar Exhibition and Book Stall Sri V.Srinivasa Rao-7386194969 Sri B. Krishna Mohan - 9885577041 Sri Ch. Appanna - 9908790610 Over all Co-Ordination Sri N.Lakshminarayana-9849811940
  3. 3. 4 Programme for Campers Flag Hoisting with Mahamandal Anthem, Mental concentration, Yoga, games, discussions on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, methods of character building, leadership, patriotism, room discussions etc., Open Programme 29-11-2013 Friday 06:00PM : Camp Inaugral Meeting: Chief guest – Swami Amritanandaji Maharaj, RK Mission Ashrama, VSP 07:30 PM : Songs by VVYM members 08:00 PM : Cultural Programs 30-11-2013 Saturday 06:30 PM : Talk on “Relevance of Swami Vivekananda to the present day World” Swami Nityayoganandaji Maharaj, RK Mission Ashrama, VSP 07:00 PM : Burra Katha on Swami Vivekananda by Ramachandrapuram team 08:00 PM : Songs 01-12-2013 Sunday 06:30 PM : “Swami Vivekananda’s message to the Youth” talk by Swami Guneshanandaji Maharaj, RK Mission Ashrama, VSP 07:00 PM : Songs 07:30 PM : Experience of Campers and distribution of certificates, prizes 08:00 PM : Vote of Thanks Camp Guest speakers 1. Swami Tanmayanandaji Maharaj, Ambikapur 2. Sri Ravi Bhattacharjee, Kolkata 3. Dr. Pannala Syamasundara Murthy, Guntur 4. Sri K.P.S. Sastry, Hyderabad. Visakhapatnam Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal Silver Jubilee Celebrations - Three day Youth Training Camp  DATE : 29th Nov. 1st Dec, 2013 Friday, Saturday & Sunday VENUE : TTD KALYANAMANDAPAM, M.V.P. Colony, Visakhapatnam.
  4. 4. 5                            
  5. 5. 6 INDEX MESSAGES : 1. Ramakrishna Math, Howrah 8 2. Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai 9 3. Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Visakhapatnam 10 4. Ramakrishna Mission, Vijayayada 11 5. Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, 12 6. S. Krishnan, Former President, VVYM 13 ARTICLES 1. Try Our Own Elixir 15 2. The Need of Organization and Leadership 18 3. Regeneration of India 21 4. By Questioning - Why Vivekananda ? 26 5. Character and its 24 Aspects 28 6. Origin and Development of Visakhapatnam Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal 31    8.           DONATIONS 47
  6. 6. 7 MESSAGES
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  8. 8. 9 4 November 2013, My dear Lakshminarayana, I am glad that the 'Vishakapatnam Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal' which is affiliated to the 'Akhila Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal' is celebrating its Silver Jubilee Celebrations from 29th Nov to 1st Dec this year, coinciding with the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. It is befitting that a three day residential youth training camp for young men is being organised to mark the occasion and a souvenir will be released. I gladly comply with your request for a messgge to be published in the said souvenir. Swami Vivekananda had great hope in the youth and wanted them to be unselfish and of strong character. It is such young men who can create a better India and fulfill the dreams of the great Swami. May Swamiji bless you all and inspire you to dedicate yourselves to serve with the motto, 'Shiva-jnaane Jiva- seva'. With best wishes to you and all others who will be participating in the camp, Yours affectionately, Swami Gautamananda 31 Ramakrishna Math Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004 Ph: 24621110 (4 Lines); Fax: 24934589 email: mail@chennaimath.org website : www.chennaimath.org
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  10. 10. 11 7 October, 2013 Dear Sri Lakshminarayana Namskars. I am glad to know that Visakhapatnam Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (VVYM) is celebrating Swami Vivekananda's 150th Birth Anniversary and VVYM Silver Jubilee. Also noted that a Souvenir is being brought out on this occasion. I sincerely pray to Swamiji to bless all your endeavors. With Love and Regards Yours in the Lord Swami Sashikantananda Secretary Ramakrishna Mission Vijayawada Ramakrishna Mission City Centre : Gandhinagar, Viajayawada - 520 003 Phone : 0866-2570799 Ashrama : Sitanagaram, Gunture Dist., - 522 501 Phone : 08645-272248
  11. 11. 12 Message During last 25 years Visakhapatnam Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal as a unit of the Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal is engaged in perform- ing a substantial work to spread the message of Swamiji among the people of that area, particularly the youths. I am glad to know that you are going to celebrate the Sil- ver Jubilee year of foundation of your centre through various programmes including the training a camp for the youths. On this occasion I convey my best wishes to all mem- bers of the Visakhapatnam Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal and also to all the participating members of the camp for a successful training in the ideals of Swami Vivekananda. I hope that the members will intensify their activities further so that more and more young people will be helped in character building as well as service to the nation. May the holy blessings of Shri Ramakrishna Deva, Shri Maa Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda shower upon one and all. AKHIL BHARAT VIVEKANANDA YUVA MAHAMANDAL Nabaniharan Mukhopadhyay President Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal. Date : 26 November 2013 Regd. Office : BHUBAN BHAVAN, P.O. Balaram Dharma Sopan, Khardah, North 24-Parganas, Pin : 700 116. City Office : 6/1A, Justice Manmatha Mukherjee Row, Kolkata – 700 009 Phone : 2350 6898
  12. 12. 13 (S. Krishnan) Former President, VVYM
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  14. 14. 15 ChakravartiRajagopalacharisaid: 'Swami Vivekananda saved Hinduism and saved India. But for him we would have lost our religion and would not have gained our freedom. We, therefore, owe everything to Swami Vivekananda. May his faith, his courage, and his wisdom ever inspire us, so that we may keep safe the treasure we have received from him! The work of the Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal is to inspire our young people with the great ideal of Swami Vivekananda, the ideas of freedom, so that they can use the freedom they have got for the good of all, for raising the weaker sections of the society and creating a strong progressive nation. Ideologies have been with us for hundreds of years, and we have tried all ofthem. Today we need to understand our own ideology to face thechallenges thatare before our nation. We had British influences, American influences, Marxist influences, specially from China and Russia, We have tried all these. We have not tried our own influences yet. That time has come today. We have to achieve India's development in the Indian way, and that education we get in the remarkable literature of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda. TRY OUR OWN ELIXIR [Lecture delivered at Andhra State-level Youth Training of Mahamandal Camp in 1983] The beauty of this approach is that it welcomes foreign influences, foreign ideas, but tells us to assimilate and make them our own. We shall not be swept away by these foreign ideologies. As for that the Chinese and specially the Russians have praised Swami Vivekananda, and to address the audience in the University of Moscow I found tremendous welcome from the intellectuals of that great country. Slowly some of our own Marxists are studying Vivekananda and writing books on Swami Vivekananda, sometimes distorted, sometimes with great respect But this is a good beginning. Let us have a new India based upon our own culture and tradition and strengthened by others' experience and wisdom. In Sri Ramakrishna and SwamiVivekananda allthatisthere, there is the intense interest in human development irrespective of caste, creed, or colour. I discussed these things in my lecture in the Moscow University, which was on a subject that was proposed by the university itself: 'Swami Vivekananda - His humanism', What we need today in India is a tremendous humanistic impulse coming from Swami Ranganathanandji is the 13th president of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission
  15. 15. 16 the heart and touching every aspect of our national life. We must understand how Vivekananda brought our attention to this great subject of man, how to unfold his potentiality, how to make man realize his true humanism, human values. In the great contributionof Ramakrishna and Vivekananda the central emphasis is on man. They concentrated on this one subject, how to make man established in his own dignity, his freedom, his fullness. That is the great philosophy they gave us. The philosophy was there in our Upanishads - the Divinity of man, i.e. infinite possibilities in every human being. But that was not made practical in day-to-day life of people in his politics, economics, society, and culture. Sri Ramakrishna said: Every Jiva is Shiva, worship ofjiva is the worship of Shiva. Swami Vivekananda wrote in a letter from America : *No religion on earth preaches the dignity of humanity in such a lofty Strain as Hinduism, andno religion on earth treads upon the necks of the poor and the low in such a fashion as Hinduism. Therefore, Swamiji entreated us to apply this great teaching and create a new society where human dignity, human equality are realized fully. We had so long been looking at heavens in the name of religion neglecting man all the time.Sectarianquarrels andfights inthe name of religion and philosophy prevailed, to the neglect of the actual God in the form of man in all of us. All over South India and also in Bengal, there were conferences of pundits discussing and quarrelling on whether Shaivism is true or Vaishnavism or Saktaism; and abusing each other, creating rift for centuries atthe head of the suffering millions. Some ofthe sectarianfeuds werecarried over to the period of Ramakrishna in an acute and serious form. In the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna', you will find a picture of this feud between two sectarians in the presence ofRamakrishna and also the latter's scathing remarks. The whole national energy was wasted in these meaningless excesses,and, onthe other hand, people were being brought down day by day through social injustice, economic oppression, etc. The very one who has raised thenational mindfrom thesefutile discussions and turned that to feel the problems of men in society is Ramakrishna. And Vivekananda remarked: 'Acountry, thebig leadersofwhich have for the last two thousand years been only discussing whether to take food with the right hand or the left, whether to lake water with the right hand or the left, whether to take water from the right-hand side or from the left, ... if such a country does not go to ruin, what other will? The young people of India had responded to the call of Swami Vivekananda and
  16. 16. 17 concentrated on the problems of man and exacted political freedom. We have got that freedom, but have not worked for the other requirements to realize the fruits of that freedom. After independence our only pursuit has become how to make money. As a result, our society has become decadent with no remedy coming to its mind. The society is full of evils, corruption, and malpractices. Even teachers of schools and colleges are not free from that. In fact, this decadence of Indian society is so obvious that a boy also can point it out. At this state we need badly the literature of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda to get rid of the predicament. It is a literature of strength, it is a purifying literature, and it is a humanizing literature. And our young people need this inspiration when they are young. Swamiji addressed this message to the young people of India while speaking to the young men of Calcutta, Lahore, etc. He said, 'My faith is in you. He did not have faith in the rich people of India. He used to say : My hope lies in you, in the poor, in the sincere, in the patriot. The rich are more dead than alive, he believed. In my sojourn all over India I find many people with plenty of money, but empty at heart. I see them and remember the great message that Swamiji conveyed : '... they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.' That is why Swamiji placed great emphasis on the development of heart, of love, of compassion, or the humanistic impulse. With this love, this humanism, if young men come up, they would become good teachers in schools. They will be dynamic teachers working for man-making and character-building education. From them will come engineers, doctors, and workers in all fields. They will work for the upliftment of people who had no opportunity to come up for thousands of years. They will give them the best of knowledge, the best of wisdom to stand them in good stead. With this inspiration, this sympathy, this feeling for the poor, for the oppressed, let the young men spread all over the country, in all the departments of service, to purify all, and help create a healthy nation in our country. 
  17. 17. 18 The Need of Organization and Leadership Power lay in mantras in Treta Yuga, in knowledge or intelligence in Satya Yuga ; war powerwas paramountin DvaparaYuga, while in Kali Yuga power lies in organization. Swami Vivekananda was fascinated with the idea of organization. He appreciated the ment of the power of organization, of the western world. He knew about organizations of our own country appearing in old times, their successes and drawbacks. Yet he favoured the idea of organization for working among the people - not only for amelioration oftheirsufferings, butalso foreducating them in the right line. He found that among the common people of our country the spirit that canmake anyorganized effortsuccessfulwas absent. He said, The faculty of organization is entirely absent in our nature, but this has to be infused.' Aphoristically he adds, The great secret is, absence of jealousy.' He lamented, You three hundred millions have a will each separate from the other.' We may remember what is mentioned in the Aims and Objects of the Mahamandal since 1967 : Therefore to make a great future India, the whole secret lies in organization, accumulation of power, coordination of wills' (Vivekananda) . In our Anthem we have what Vivekananda puts in the words : 'Already before rny mind rises one of the marvelous verses of the Atharva Veda Samhita (also occurring in the Rig Veda) which says, ''Be thou all of one mind, be thou all of one thought." Being of one mind is the secret of society. Besides this secret what makes organizations thriveisproperleadership which is also very very important. But, as it is commonly held, leaders are born and not made. What does it indicate ? It emphasises that the right type of leadership is difficult to acquire. If somebody says, I want to be a leader, he cannotprove hismettle rightaway. Swami Vivekananda warns, 'And the more you go on fighting and quarrelling about all trivialities the further you are offfromthat accumulation of energy and power which is going to make the future India.' He continues, 'Every one wantsto commandand no one wants to obey. First, learn to obey. The command will come by itself. Always first learn to be a servant and then you will be fit to be a master. If your superior orders you to throw yourself into a river and catch a crocodile, you must first obey and then reason with him. Even if the order be wrong, first obey and then contradict it. No centralization is possible   (Sri Nabhaniharan Mukhopadyay is the founder, President of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal) A saying attributed to Vyasa goes like this :
  18. 18. 19 unless there is obedience to superiors. No great work can be done without this centralization of individual forces.' His words are very clear and need no elucidation. He puts plainly, 'We are lazy ; we cannot combine ; we do not love each other ; we are intensely selfish ; not three of us can come together without hating each other, without being jealous of each other.' 'Kill self first if you want to succeed. Do not try to lead your brethern, but serve them. Never attemptto guideor rule others. Be the servant of all. Do not try to be a ruler. He is the best ruler who can serve well.' If we want to work and succeed in our organization wemusthear,contemplate upon, and make these thoughts our own and build our leadership on these ideas so that those who join the work go the right way. If the leaders lack in essential qualities, the following will not be conducive to any real cons¬tructivework, whichis themain object. So thosewholeadshould cultivatethese basic things and also mind the following : No egoism; no name or fame or any other interest. Cool head and calm judgement always keeping the ideals in view. Try to be a student always. Learn from every experience. All must be clean in words, deeds, and mind. Make the first sacrifice, then expect others to follow suit. Work before you ask others to work. Remain a follower till others make you their leader. Each should think he could be a leader andshould imbibethe qualities of a leader. Come forward whenever circumstances demand, but don't rush to lead. Do not wait on the ground that you have not already had the office of responsibility. Keep the conscience clear that you are doing something for the furtherance ofthe causeyou stand for and not for any personal motive. Become one of those whom you are to lead. Do notlook upon them from a height. Do notboast thatwithout you nothing will move,butgiveyour duequota forthework you are in. No compromise with untruth or what is not moral. Never lie. Your workorprogrammeisnothingor even may be injurious, if it is not conducive to the fulfilmentof theideals setforth before you. Always remember, others will do as you do. Your thought should guide your action. Have planning, discrimination, foresight, and farsight. Dash is good; but no ostentation,hyprocrisy. Havecontrol over yourspeech,thought, tndmovement. Build up the right motivation. Be clean in money matters. You have to acquire both character andefficiency. Any one of them does not make a leader. Shake off all bias. Be methodical without becoming a machine. Talk enough, but do not talk too much. Do not run to lead if these are lacking. Know, contemplate, and cultivate these
  19. 19. 20 ideas You will also have to lead many in time. Make yourself worthy for the job. Remember Swamiji's charge. 'Work, work the idea, my brave noble, good souls, - to the wheel, to the wheel put your shoulders ;stop not to look back for name, or fame or. any such nonsense. Last though not least, have conviction about the main aim and for the purpose read Vivekananda carefully and regularly lest you deviate from the path you have chosen to become a Man. Read the suggestions again and again. In your diary note which qualities you have and to whatdegree. Also note carefullywhich you do not have. Do not despond. Try to acquire those which you do not have and develop those you already have. Make fresh notes after six months and mark the progress. You will be loved by all and command respect and find joy in the work. The result will be you will develop in character and efficiency and only then the organization will succeed in achieveing its object - to organize the youths and to burn into their hearts energy, strength, honesty, spirit of sacrifice and service, courage, love for Motherland and her people so they they may build a new great India. (Source : A New youth movement) RESPOND TO THE CALL Youth of India, Swami Vivekananda is calling you. Respond to his call. Do not be distracted by anybody else. Calls from other directions will benefit neither you nor the nation. Let swamiji’s call enter your hearts. Rouse yourselves out of stupor, wake up, shun all weakness and slumber. Manifest power and put your shoulders to the wheel. We must work for the motherland. Remember how intensely Swamiji felt for the nation. The lion among men used to shed tears for the distressed of this land. He desired nothing for himself- neither happiness nor wealth, nor yet fame. He loved men and wanted them to be real men, to stand on their own feet, to be self confident. caurageous and fearless ready to sacrifice every thing, if needed be, for common weel. Please respond to his call. It is our sacred duty to work for all round development of this nation. This verily is our task. God is not in heaven. Neither He is confined inside temples nor mosques. He is not to be found in forests and mountain-caves. He is everywhere. He resides in all beings. Each human body is a temple of God, ‘the Taj Mahal of temples’. to use the metaphor coined by Swamiji. He ordained that we should worship Him there. Man is living in so much grief, with the ignominy of ignorance, in the innumerable bondages of the world! Think of that. How to free them, how to awaken them fully to their power? Swamiji gave a simple yet correct analysis: Come and join in study circles to know his project of Man-making. This is the appeal of VISAKHAPATNAM VIVEKANANDA YUVA MAHAMANDAL to all the youth of Andhrapradesh.
  20. 20. 21 That was the time when the sublimest truth of ‘the equality of man’, nay, ‘the Godlinessofman’reverberated in air. The underlying principle of the unity of living beings was expounded. Pray ! What principle ! That which says that we are all infinite in essence. There the cries of ‘abhih’ ( Fearlessness) rent the skies. There the sages declared, Tattvamasi (Thou art That), ‘Thou art Sachchidananda (Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute)’.Peculiarly, all this was done at a time when the rest of the world was still in its infancy. The place of this revelation was the ‘Punya Bhumi of Bharata’, the sanctified land of India. This was the India of yore, where traditions dare not pee, when the rest of the world was sleeping. There isa placewhere thedark cloud of misery, poverty and unhappiness hangs over head. Its inhabitants have no courage at their hearts, no brain in their heads and no strength in their bodies to assert themselves. There over 50% of the population starve, a mad fightfor wealth and pleasurehas brought in jungle law, and millions and millions are sinking day by day. The Stage is the present day India. If one cares to look into history, one would easily find that what has been said above is, in short, the conditions of India of the past and the present as well. It can easily be observed that ours is not the glorious conditions of the pas, but a melancholic situation.Nobody wouldwanttheIndia should remain in this situation. One should rather want that India has to be regenerated. She has to be given back her past glory. To be precise, what we want now is the harmony between the glorious aspect of the past (which is spirituality) and the good aspect of the present age (science and its fruits). But how is this to come about? THE FOUNDATION OF THE NATIONAL EDIFICE Every nation has a basis on which it stands. As soon as that base is touched and tried to change, the nation starts to crumble into pieces. The basis of the civilization in ancient Rome was its military power, its imperialpower.No sooner had itbeen touched that it died a sad death. So also was the case with Greece. There the base was the intellectual power. India too has its basis which is Religion, spirituality. Fortunately for us, that base is not yet touched. The same religious blood still flows through our veins silently. The India eats religiously, prays religiously, and does everything religiously. That religious fervor pervades the land even today. The present miserable condition continues, because our leaders are not fortifying us in thatdirection. Rather they are trying to dissuade from that point. Karl Marx, the great philosopher, rightly observes,”The loss of his old world, with no gain of a new one, imparts a peculiar kind of melancholy to REGENERATION OF INDIA R. Vishwanathan THE PAST AND THE PRESENT
  21. 21. 22 the present misery of the Hindu (the Indian)…”Our modern seer, Swami Vivekananda, observes, “When the life- blood is spirituality. If it flows clear, if it flows strong and pure and vigorous, every-thing is right. Political, social, any other material defects,even thepoverty oflandwillbe cured, if that blood is pure. He further says, “India will be raised, notwith the power ofthe flesh, but with the power of the spirit; not with the flag of destruction, but with the flag of peace and love”. So, “Before flooding India with socialistic or political ideas, first deluge the land with spiritual ideas.” “But mark you, if you give up that spirituality leaving it aside to go after the materializing civilization of the west, the result will be that in three generations you will be an extinct race; because the backbone of the nation will be broken, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built will be undermined, and result will be annihilation all round.”. This spirituality, of course, does not mean the present forms of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity etc. which are creating discord, erecting great barriersbetween man and man. Rightly Vivekananda proclaimed, “We want to lead mankind to the place where there is neitherthe Vedas,nor theBible, northeKoran; yet this as to be done by harmonizing the Vedas, the Bible, and the Koran. Mankind ought to be taught that religions are but the varied expressions of THE RELIGION, which is Oneness, so that each may choose the path that suits him best”. All the present problems caused by religions arise actually from the misunderstanding and misinterpretation of this true meaning of Religion. The concept of THE RELIGION is found by delving deep into ourculturalheritageand hasbeen wonderfully demonstrated in the life of Sri Ramakrishna, “ the consummation of two thousand years of the spiritual life of three hundred million people”( as described by Romain Rolland). Again we go back to Vivekananda who has echoedour culturalheritage in a lucid way with a modern approach. “Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man”. “Try to be pure and unselfish – that is the whole ofreligion”. Also,“The secretofreligion lies notin theories, but in practice. To be good and to do good -- that is the whole of religion.” India is to be raised with that religion “which raises the brute unto man and man unto god”. So, this is a ‘man-making’ religion. This is the crying need of the day. Having based on this religion, our motherland will be rejuvenated, “more glorious than she ever was’. THE WAY: TRUE EDUCATION But how is all this to be brought about? Education is the answer. But what sort of education? Is it that which is being fed now, which creates riots in the minds of the people thereby leading to anarchy and chaos? Is it that which makes animals out of men as is being done now?No! ‘We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.’ The basic necessity of the hour is a ‘man-making, character- building’ education. A nation is great, only if its people are men of great character. Each individual being the unit of the nation, the nation will rise only if its individuals be real ‘men’. Only he who is brave enough to give his body, mind and speech to the welfare of the world’ is fit to be called a ‘man’, the rest are brutes. We
  22. 22. 23 can become such men by bringing out the immensepotentialities hiddenin us.We should struggle hard consciously and continuously to be more and more strong, to increase the goodness contained in us, and thus establish our characters. The way was laid down by our great ancestors and has been explained by Swami Vivekananda in a very much scientific way. We must take that up to put into practice, because the glory of India lies in our being ‘men’ and making others ‘men’. “BE AND MAKE’ -- this should be our education-policy. Therefore, the main feature ofeducation should bethe Religion.That must be coupled with western science and technology, no doubt, for the material upliftment of the country. “But the root is religion”. “Religion is as the rice, and everything else, like curries. Taking only curries causes indigestion, and so is the case with taking rice alone. “The material upliftmentunder these conditions willno more be destructive, as the ‘man-making’ religion will weed out all destructive elements and breed in constructive ones to build a rocky foundation ofthe nation. That is why Swamiji said, “Man –making is my mission.” UPLIFTMENT OF THE MASSES One of the main causes for the degeneration of India is our neglect of the masses. “No amount of politics would be of any avail, until the masses of India are once more well educated, well fed, and well cared of. ….Ifwewanttoregenerate India,wemust work for them.” They were being tyrannized for ages by the priests, the kings and their men, the traders and at last, by the foreign rulers. Now they are being tyrannized by the so-called educated, therich andthe politicians whoconsistavery smallsection ofthe people. We forget that the latter do not constitute the whole nation. We do not realize that the condition of the vast masses will ultimately decide our condition. What we have in India now, are islands ofaffluence amidstan ocean of poverty. The masses pay for our education, our luxuries, and in return, they get kicks and are deprived of their legitimate rights. They will have to be raised and united under the banner of Love. We need now feel for them from the heart. We are to help them to help themselves. “The only service to be done for our lower classes it to give them education, to develop their lost individuality”. But ‘who feels there for the two hundred millions of man women sunken forever in poverty and ignorance?’ Swami Vivekananda puts the questions before us, which remains to be answered, “Do you feel that millions and millions of the descendants of gods and of sages have become next door neighbours to brutes? Do you feel that millions are starving today, and millions have been starving for ages? Does it make you restless? Does it make you sleepless? Has it gone into your blood, coursing through your veins, becoming consonants with your heartbeats? Has it made you almost mad? Are you seized with that one idea of the misery of ruin, and have you forgotten all aboutyour name, your fame, your wives, your children, your property, even your own bodies? Have you done that?” And, “That is the first step to become a patriot, that very first step,” he adds. Such feeling for others also ‘instills into the hear the strength of a lion’ which we are lacking severely. ‘Our country requires heroes. Be heroes.’ We are also to use our intellect to understand the things as they are and the
  23. 23. 24 great plan, the methods for their betterment, and also to reduce them into practice. To work for the masses means to worship them. In the present day India, we have a lot ofreligions professingvarious ideas of God. But it is a fact that we have sadly failed to grasp the real ideaofworshipto God. The Shastras declare that all beings are manifestations of God, ‘Amritasya Putrah’. ‘Tattvamasi’—‘Thou art that’, exhorts the Upanishad. SwamiVivekananda says, “Ye are the children of God, the sharers of immortal bliss, holy and perfect beings”. He also says, “In one word, the ideal of Vedanta is to know man as he really is, and this is its message, that if you cannot worship your brother man, the manifested God, how can you worship a God who is unmanistested?”. If we can understand that all of us are manifestations of the universal ONE, the rest will come by itself. So Swamiji says, “The poor, the illiterate, the ignorant, the afflicted – let these be your God. Know thatservice to these alone is the highest religion”. We have to practice this religion. That alone will do the job. PROBLEMS OF WOMEN : THEIR SOLUTION Suppression of women in India is another important reason for our downfall. We have forgotten the days of yore when there were women like Gargi, Maitreyi, Ubhayabharati and Lilavati etc, who were at par with men. It was India which evolved the ideal of the motherhood of women. It was Indiawhichbroughtforththe ideathatwomen are the manifestations of the Divine Mother. In the West, the ideal of the woman means that of the wife, whereas in India it means the ideal of the mother. Indian women will have to be raised having based on the latter. As in the days of yore, women will have to observe Brahmacharya (i.e. purity in though, word and deed) and should be educated in sciences and other things ‘with religion as its centre’. SwamiVivekanandasays,“They have many and grave problems, but none of that are not to be solved by that magic word ‘education’”. So, ‘educate your women first and leave them to themselves; then they will tellyouwhatreformsare necessaryfor them’. In this way ‘women must be put in a position to solve theirown problems in theirown way’. But he reminds us, “O India! Forget not that the ideal of thy womanhood is Sita, Savitri and Damayanti”. The easiest way to revive India is to raise up her women. Letthe women ofIndiabe raisedup andVivekananda’s saying – ‘with five hundred men, the conquest of India might take fifty years; with as many women,notmore thana fewweeks’ -be made a reality. Just as the ‘Satya Yuga’ (Golden age) has sprung from the very date Sri Ramakrishna was born, as Swami believed most sincerely, a great movement for the upliftment ofthe Indian women has also been inauguratedas theIndian idealof womanhood got personified in the life of Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother. That movement is now to be spread through the length and breadth of India as fire to save India from total annihilation. THE FUTURE AND THE YOUTH POWER Till now we have dealt with almost all the ways necessary for the regeneration of India. But who is to bell the cat? Vivekananda has the answer, “My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation, outofthemwillcomemy workers.
  24. 24. 25 They will work out the whole problem like lions. I have formulated the idea and have given my life to it…..They will spread from, center to centre, until we have covered the whole of India”. This is exactly our youths’ work. Inthe worldover, wheneverany change was brought about, it was done by the youth. Our political freedom from the yokes of the British islargely duetotheyouths. Itis always they who have the tenacity of purpose. In the Vedas, God has been given the adjective, ‘Yavistha’—the youthful. The modern intellectualsoftheworld have also recognized the ‘youth power’ recently, Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda noticed the immense power in the youth more than a century ago! YouthsofIndia!Leave outyour crazy hankering after the West. Weed out that deadly slavish imitation. It is taking you to your graves. ‘By imitation others, ideas never become one’s own. Nothing unless earned is our own.’ SwamiVivekananda, who lived and worked in his youth, has given the right solution. Only it has to be put into practice. Let us sincerely put ourselves to the wheel, and then the work will be done by itself. “On our work depends the coming of the India of the future. She is there ready waiting”, says Swamiji “Up, up, the long night is passing, the day is approaching, the wave has risen, nothing will be able to resist its tidal fury”. ‘What we want are some young men who will renounce everything and sacrifice their lives for their country’s sake. We should first form their lives and then some real work canbe expected’.Therefore, theprimary work which is obviously the first thing to be done(otherwisethe restcannot follow) for the regeneration of India is to propagate the life- building and man-making ideals put forward by Swami Vivekananda among the Indian youth and to harness youthful energy in a disciplined manner for nation-building activities through settless service to the country. We are fortunate that with this object has come into existence the Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal. The Mahamandal has taken up the prime cause of “Man Making” as its mission. The root problem being solved, the accessory problems are bound to be solved. Come brothers and Sisters! Let us unite to make a strong India, ‘more rejuvenated than she ever was’. (Source : Jailpagiri Vivekananda Yuva Maha Mandal Souvenir)
  25. 25. 26 Q. There are so many great savants and seers and intellectual people. Why should we go to build our character according to the ideals of Swami Vivekananda ? A. First think then, you have to find out alternatives and judge which to take up. Of course, sometimes we club together many names, as you have chummed up savants, seers, and intellectuals. No doubt there are many who have exercised their intellect and savants are intellectuals of a high order. But seers are not many. SwamiVivekananda was not only an intellectual or savant, of whom a peereither in the East or the West should hardly be found, but also a seer. There were and are many many intellectuals and savants, but all are not seers. The vision ofthe seers penetrates everything, both without and within. The vision of intellectuals is limited, both in depth and expanse, and again limited expanse .in space as also in time. The seer can sees the remote past and the distant future as clearly as they can see the present. They can delve into any issue or problem or idea up to the bottom. Intellectuals make useoftheir intellect, which is always limited in its sway, however great it may appear to the common man. With uncommon intelligence, all compassing erudition, encyclopedic knowledge, vast objective experience, a heart expanded as wide as the world, and the vision of a seer Vivekananda saw man in depth, his essence and potentialities, also man as he was in the world, and the image of the future man, more clearly than anybody else. Nobody else so deeply loved man as man and weptso bitterly for his present condition. 'Seeing him one knew thathe would willingly have offered his flesh for food and his blood for drink to the hungry.'Can youfind asecond manwho could be expected to do that ? 'His heart was a huge cauldron in which the sufferings of mankind were made into a healing balm. His love for Motherland, India, was unparalleled.Notbecausehis orationsonfndia were excellent and sublime. While many discovered India in her political geography, natural beauty- variety in culture, language, mores and manners, literature, art, architecture, schools of philosophy, history, etc. etc , he discovered the very heartof India in his own heart and loved her with all his heart. That is why Mahatma Gandhi confessed that having read him, his love for India increased a thousandfold and Subhas Chandra staked his all for the freedom of India. To alien people even, when he just uttered the world 'India', it electrified them and evoked their reverence. You cannot find a second man who loved India so well. His historic perspective was rare. His spiritual realization could be compared with the sages By Questioning - Why Vivekananda ?
  26. 26. 27 ofyore, andatthesame timehisacquaintance with the current affairs of the world was astounding. He was a pastmaster in physical science and also in philosophy - Eastern as well as Western. His command over the scriptures 'of 'all religions of the world' dumbfounded priests of the Orient as also of the Occident. With mastery of the external world of men, societies, and their interactions coupled with his hold on the soul, he is uniquely poised lo cater to the need of the confused consciousness of man of the present age, marked by a lack of vision. Here is a man who had realization, he saw Truth face to face. Here is a man who was utterly truthful and knew no fear. Here is a man whose renunciation is absolute, whose concentration is superhuman. Here is a man whose sympathy knew no bounds, he was a heart-whole man. Here is a man who is as pure as purity. He was a man who said he was God and everyone is God. He exemplifies a life, of which a double cannot he found. He sacrified his all, including life, for revivifying man, making him stand on his own feet. He shook the world and brought about a change in its thought-current and regenerated the nation. He diagnosed the disease man was suffering from and prescribed the remedy, demonsttaled and laid bare the methods that could salvage the drowning man. He was the first man, who preached singlehanded a universal practical philosophy of life to the world with appreciable success, and gradual acceptance perceptible to ihe discerning eye. He was one who suggested subordination of personal salvation to the liberaiion of all. There have,of course,been greatsavants and seers and intellectuals, there have been men of science and ofphilosophy, men of literature and arts, patriots, political thinkers, and teacher, altruists, humanitarians, and men of God, butVivekananda was a 'freak of nature', if you bare conceive, who was all this in one and very much a citizen of the world, which was 'lighted by the torch that Swamiji carried.' Swami Yogananda said. 'In Naren, the knowledge of the Vedas possessed by a Rishi, the renunciation of Sankara, the heart of Buddha, the freedom from 'maya' and fullest manifestation of the knowledge of Brahma of Sukadeva, are found combined in one person . So, it would be prudentnot to be leafcounters of Ramakrishna's slory, but to partake of the juicy fruit of the life and light of Vivekananda and to derive the benefit it offers. Who else would give as he, where building of'life'is concerned ?For building our character,it need not to be emphasized, we must take up an ideal which is the very best.' *
  27. 27. 28 What is Character : Swamiji says in KarmaYoga “Every action and thought of ours leaves an impression in our mind (ref 1). The sum total of our impressions on our mind determines our character. These impressions determines how we behave at a given moment, respond to given situation”. Hence we need to build/shape our character in advance such a way that we are equipped with capacity or strength to respond in correct way when a situation arises later in our life. Is there a way to know how is our character? Yes, we can know by analyzing our daily actions. Swamiji advices us to “Watch a man doing his most common action”. That gives needed clues about character. What is strong character? Swamiji says “ the tortoise tucks its feet and head inside the shell, even you may kill it and break it in pieces, and yet it will not come out, even so the character of that man who has control over his motives and organs is unchangeably established. He controls his own inner forces, and nothing can draw them out against his will. By this continuous reflex of good thoughts, good impressions moving over the surface of the mind, the tendency for doing good becomes strong, and as the result we feel able to control the Indriyas (the sense - organs, the nerve - centres). Thus alone will character be established, then alone a man gets to truth. Such a man is safe for ever; he cannot do any evil.You may place him in any company, there will be no danger for him”. Why do we need strong character? We often think our difficulties can be overcome with money, name or fame or leaning”- however the above will often fail in the long run unless we support them with character..Thus Swamiji declares “Neither money pays, nor name, nor fame, nor CHARACTER AND ITS 24 ASPECTS learning; it is character that can cleave through adamant walls of difficulties”. How to mould Character and its 24 aspects : Now let us study how to build strong character. Yuva Mahamandal recognizes 24 aspects as essential to build strong character and encourages all of us to strive to uphold these values in our lives. Often we can see in our scriptures, mythology a clear explanation about these values. Stories rendered by Sri Ramakrishna and lives of his disciples like Swamiji teaches us in great deal to understand significance of these values and how to follow them. Cleanliness: It is part of Niyama of PatanjaliYoga Sutras. We can say it comprises of external and internal cleanliness where the later is more important than former. Sri Ramakrishna tells story of prostitute and a priest to narrate how the later is more important than the former. In this story a priest fail to maintain mental cleanliness as he is busy scolding and counting the sins of a poor prostitute who doesn’t know any other livelihood. In due course death arrives the priest realizes that it is he who committed sin more times than the prostitute by contemplating always on her sins. Whereas the poor women who repents lifelong about her all actions accompanied to the sacred worlds after her death but the priest reaches the hell. Priest’s physical austerities and cleanliness doesn’t Rescue against the sins he did with the mind. Clear thinking & Common Sense : Sri Ramakrishna says stories of “Elephant God” and “farmer and Narada” to explain these values. Swamiji as a child ignored the warnings that a Bramhadaitya living on the Compiled by Sri Peddiraju Srinivas
  28. 28. 29 tree under which he used to play. In another occasion we see how as young boy Swamiji rescued even elders by calling nearby police. In another incident Swamiji defends idol worship in front of a Christian preacher. Courage : When attacked by brute monkeys in Varanasi Swamiji was advised to face them –but not flee. Swamiji derives a great lesson for all of us from this episode and asks us to face difficulties of life but not run away from them. Another great example from Upanishads is story of Nachiketa and how he chose to meet Lord of death and waited 3 days in front of the house of death. Courtesy : Swamiji message is “Serve man as God”. Sriramakrishna used to bow further to return salutation in similar or even better manner. Gandhi drove freedom movement peacefully and successfully as he is courteous to all including British Queen during that period. Only due to courtesy He won the hearts of many English people who rated Indians as uncultured. Determination : Buddha determines to meditate till death without rest and achieved Nirvana. Lives of Ekalavya, Bhishma are great examples from the epic Maha Bharata. Diligence (hard working) : Arjuna targeted only the eye of the bird. Swamiji says “all the knowledge in the world has been gained but by the concentration of all the powers of the mind. The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration. There is no limit to human mind. The more concentrated it is the more power is brought to bear on one point that is the secret” Honesty, Truthfulness & Sincerity : Once a teacher verifies honest among his students by asking them to sprout few dead seeds – all except the honest student could admit his seeds fail to sprout. “Satyam vada” says. Taitireyam. Chandogya says story of SatyaKama to explain this further. SRK says “Truth is tapasya for this yuga”. “I gave up everything to my Mother but never the truth”. Truthfulness of Raja Harichandra life inspired Gandhiji. Swamiji says” Society has to pay homage to truth”. On sincerity he says “None will be able to resist truth ,love and sincerity. Are you sincere? Unselfish even unto death? And loving? Then fear not, not even death”. Initiative : Swamiji is the first monk who went to abroad and spread the message of Vedanta and also created bands of people who helped India though their unselfish deeds. He asks us “Be and make. “Arise, awake stop not till the goal is reached”. Patience : SRK tells a story of two devotees waiting for Mukti how patience one would react to the delay. Poise : Swamiji asks his fellow disciples to have “deepest mental poise” while carrying work. Samatvam Yogamuchyate.Gita (5/18) says about Samadarsini. Reliability (Trust) : This doesn’t require explanation. Organizations will crave for reliability - this quality can be showcased best by of Kalyan Maharaj and how he lived entire life in Khanakal obeying Swamiji orders. SRK says “ A faithful wife stays with husband for many births. Resourcefulness : SRK says story of boatman and Pandit. Swamiji asks students to prefer playing football over reading Gita. Swamiji says “ Vedanta coupled with modern science” and the goal of mankind is knowledge. Swamiji explained learning is uncovering because all knowledge is in side. He explains gravitation law was in Newton’s mind until he encounters the falling apple.
  29. 29. 30 Self-confidence : Shraddha : Swamiji “What makes the difference between man and man is the difference in this Shraddha and nothing else. What makes one man great and other weak is this Shraddha. Nachiketa says “I am superior to many, Inferior to few, but nowhere I am in the last, I can do something”. It is said that Valmiki was asked to pronounce mantra in reverse; however became poet owing Shraddha on chanting the given mantra. Self-control : Katha Upanishad says” God created sense -organs with a defect of an outgoing disposition. But wise man controls the mind to see inward and realize happiness”. The example of five horses and chariot. SriRamakrishna says “Live like tortoise”. Sri Krishna says control the fickle mind. Self-reliance : Swamiji says “ He is an atheist who doesn’t believe in himself. The old religion says he is an atheist who didn’t not believe in God. The new religion says that he is the atheist who does not believe in himself. Story of Ekalavya and life ofGandhiji and how he carries his own baggage; life of JRD Tata gives many examples. Gita 6/5 says” Uddare aatmanatmaanam” One should save oneself by one’s self. One should not lower oneself. For, one’own self is verily one’s own friend; one’s own self is verily one’s own enemy. Self-respect (Practical Patriotism) : Gita emphasizes on Swa dharma. Swamiji says grow like tree taking water,air etc to become better tree –without losing individuality. Sense of discipline : Yama – from Yoga sutras ( 5 rules) upholds Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, Aparigraha; these five clearly call for sense of dicipline Spirit of service (Compassion) & Sympathy : Story of Buddha shows us that he offers life for saving a sheep. Sri Ramakrishna says “Sive jnane, Jive seva”. Swamiji says “ Daridra narayans seva” On Buddha Swamiji “ the great one, who never thought and never performed a deed except for good of others; who had the greatest intellect and heart, taking in all mankind and all the animals, all embracing, ready to give up his life for the highest angels as well as for the lowest man. Sister Nivedita, is also a great example of Spirit of service Tolerance : The examples of entire Life of Sita, Sri Sarada Devi and Gandhi tells volumes about this. Swamiji is world famous Chicago address main theme is about religious harmony. Unselfishness : Sri Krishna asks Uddhava in The Bhagavatam to take TREE as example. Jesus says “Hands that serve are holier than lips that pray”. SriRamakrishna asks Swamiji to grow like a huge banyan tree and give shelter to others. Swamiji “ They alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive”. Nivedita: Margaret Elizabeth born in Ireland in 1867. Swamiji said to her “Love India”Foot notes : Ref 1 What is mind? Google search for word “mind” showed “ The element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought…” What is mind comprises of ? From our scriptures we learn Mind comprises of Memory (chitta), deliberation and conceptualization (manas), Determination and decision-making(Buddhi) and ‘I’ or self consciousness (ahamkara). What is significance of manas? Katha Upanishad describes Body as chariot, our self as its master, Buddhi as charioteer, sense organs as horses and manas as reins which control the horses...Thus we can say these reins are most important – as they are like gears of a car without which driving is impossible in spite of having best driver and vehicle. *
  30. 30. 31 Origin And Development of Visakhapatnam Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal I) VVYM at AU Engg. Campus : VVYM was first started as ‘Vivekananda Study Circle’ on 6-11-1988 at AU Engineering Hostels. The inspira- tion to this was then Nellore Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal. Sri Turlapati Lakshminarayana Rao of that unit has guided Mr. Naidu Lakshminarayana(NLN) of Inkollu who came for Engg Coaching at Nellore. First the study circle was started with two students(Chandra Seckhar,Mech and NLN,Chem) at Block No:1.Later the study circle shifted to Block No: 4 The communication of initiating Vivekananda Study Circle was intimated to Sri Nabhaniharan Mukhopadyay, Secretary,Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal(ABVYM) and he asked us to attend Annual Camp,1988. Lt R.Viswanadhan (Working in Indian Navy, Former Member of Jalpaiguri Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal) visited hostels and introduced ‘Vivekananda His call to the Nation ‘ in the Study Circle and encouraged us to attend theAnnual Youth Training Camp in Dec 1988 at Konnagar for which NLN attended. Some 4 others from AP also attended it. II) City Study Circle : Later NLN got acquaintance of Sri S. Srinivasa Rao and Sri PSN Raju (Both are Steel Plant Employees) through a devotee Srimati Bharathi Madam (Teacher) at Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama,Vizag on Swamiji’s Birth Day in 1989 .With the blessings of the Swami Yathirajanandaji an evening study circle was started in February 1989 in the old Ashrama itself (Present Library place). The Study Circle was held from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m .It continued till new Temple was con- secrated in Jan ,1991. Some activities that were carried out during the initial stage of VVYM(1988-92). a) Free Coaching Classes : Free coaching classes were conducted to AU Engg. hostel Canteen staff children (mostly muslim boys) at Hostel office premises in the evenings. Study circle members spared weekly one hour of their time. One of the student got Engg. rank at a later stage. This service activity was a great inspiration to be members. b) Food Packets Distribution : On Guru Maharaj Jayanthi day in 1991 Study circle members got prepared prasad from their pocket money and distributed food packets at various places to the needy poor people. c) Participation in Relief work at Repalle: VSC member NLN had worked at Ramakrishna Math, Rajhmundry Rapalle cyclone relief shelter for 14 days in May,1990 as volunteer under the guidance of Swami Sashikanatanandaji Maharaj (Presently Secretary Rama- krishna Mission,Vijayawada) d) Yoga Classes: We conducted yoga classes for few months in 1991 in 5th Block, followed by mental concentration. Even Aratrikam too held for few weeks. P.Hara Gopal and R.S. Prem kumar took initiative. Study Circle members used to attend spiritual talks that used to be held in Bullaya College and used to meet Sri Gali Pardhasaradhi Garu to clear doubts. - N. Lashminarayana Founder - President of VVYM
  31. 31. 32 e) Lending library : Sri D.Appala Naidu (NowAssociate Prof. inAU Ch Engg Dept) ran ‘Vivekananda Library’ where he used to lend subject books to students year after year in his college days. f) Second Study circle in AU Engineering Campus on Thursdays To facilitate the day Scholars, NCC Students, absentees of Sunday SC and in place of city Study Circle that was discontinued after RK Mission started its own Yuvaka Sanga atAshrama a Second SC organized on Thursdays evening in the park opposite to 1st Block(5pm-6pm). This Study Circle group (Mr. P Ravi Sankar and Sri.A. Sanjaya Kumar) also arranged Raja Yoga classes at Gandhi Bhavan by Sri Gali Paradha Sardhi Master(Professor,AU Sankrit Dept). There was regular correspondence with Central Organisation. Batch after Batch, senior SC members would be interacting with freshers after their settling down and interested ones were invited to the study circles. Few of them continued and the process continues till date. Mean while Sri. S. Krishnan , DE, Rly, transferred from Bhilai to Visakhapatnam .He met us in Study circles and introduced Executive Committee meetings and Annual General body meetings to us. III)VVYM AT INDUSTRIAL ESTATE RAMALAYAM : Sri S. Krishnan Started a new SC at 104 Industrial Estate Ramalayam in 1993. Sr. M. Govinda Rao and his friends used to participate in it. Some of the activities during this period are : a) Swamiji’s Chicago Parliament of Religions Centenary Celebrations: It was celebrated on 11-09-1993 at the Estate Ramalayam complex. b) National Youth Day 1994 : VVYM organized National Youth Day on 12-01-1994 at Estate Ramalayam. Competetion on Swami Vivekananda’s life and teachings(Essay writing, Elocution) were conducted. Swami Bodamaya- nandaji of Rk Mission Ashrama gave a lecture. A procession with Swami Vivekananda quotes was held from Temple to Kancharapalem mettu, School children participated. IV) VVYM AT VIVEKANANDA STREET, KANCHARAPALEM : Between 1994-95, VVYM had its office, library at Vivekananda Memorial Club, Reddy Kancharapalem. Activities during this period are as follows : a) Weekly Study Circle held. b) Bala Vihar was started here only. Over the years Bala Vihar children became VVYM members. The strength of VVYM for years together is Bala Vihar Children. Sri M. Govindarao is organising till date. c) VVYM organized free Coaching classes for school children and Bala Vihar Students. d) National Youth Day was held on 12- 01-1995 in the Vivekananda Street itself. e) VVYM published its first telugu book- let in Dec 1994. ‘National Integration and Swami Vivekananda’ which was translated by Sri Pannala Syama Sundar Murthy. Relesed at Pathipadu where world’s highest Statue was unveiled. f) Vivek-Bharathi (Telugu qurterly of Mahamandal) was printed in Jan 1995. g) VVYM started enrolling new members from different walk’s of life. There was communication and participation byAU SC Members with city office. h) Vivekananda Book Stall : Bookstalls were arranged at various temples during the period 1993-1996 and several years at Kali Temple during Maha Sivarathri days. Some members used to do volunteer work at Rly stn RK Mission
  32. 32. 33 stall and Sri Puvvula Krishna Mohan’s Poorna market stall. i) Medicines Distribution at KGH : From 1993-1995, our member Sri B.Krishna Mohan used to visit KGH monthly once and used to visit different wards and medicines were distributed to needy patients and he used to write letters to the relatives of patients. Sri J.V. Ramana used to collect funds for the above work. j) Vivekananda Spirit of Success: These classes were held for 4 years (1998-2002) in Kancharapalem. Children from various schools were short listed and were given special training for ‘4’ hrs on every Sunday. White uniform was insisted, Yogasana and Service activities were introduced to them. V) VVYM AT GOORKHA LINE : VVYM shifted its office to Railway Goorkha line in 1996 with great courtesy of Sri Ganapathi Seva Samithi (Sri B.Rudra murthy garu of SGSS is known to VSC Members since 1989 at RK Mission.) and since then continuing its various activities from there. The main activities being done from here. a) Organizing National Youth Day on 12th January (1998 – 2002):National Youth Day was celebrated as a Day-long Programme constituting of lectures, rally in the evening and public meeting in the evening . National Youth Day held at Goorkha Line , Seethamadhara, Vemana Mandiram, N.A.D.(evening). b) Study Circle at Sathawahana Hostels : Study circle was conducted by Sri V.Srinivasarao between 1998-2000 at Satawahana Hostels on Thursdays.Sri KPS Sastry and Sri T. Lakshminaraya narao have visited the SC. c) Participation in Bhava Prachara Parishat 10th Annual Devotees Convention : Mahamandal members (11 members) done volunteer work in the 10th annual devotees convention of Rama- krishna Vivekananda Bhava Parishad held in Vizag at L.Bullaya College grounds in 2000. The souvenir was solely prepared, proof read by VVYM members. b) Dental and ENT Camp : One Dental camp was organized in March 1999 at Kancharapalem, Dr N. Siva Lalitha attended the patients and medicenes were distributed. ENT camp was organized on 15-08- 2004 at Kobbarithota Junction, Dr Prasada Rao, M.D., Dr. Phalguni Srikumar have seen the patients, Medicines worth Rs 8000/- were distributed. C) Sri Sarada Devi Ratha yatra (2004) : Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi’s 150th Birth Anniversary Ratha Yatra was organized in Sept 2004 from RTC Complex to RK Beach via Jagadamba. Public meeting was arranged at Kali Temple Swami Paratparananda addressed the gathering. d) 10K/5K Health Run: In 2005 10k/ 5k health run was organized at RK Beach, a good number of runners participated. Cash awards were given by Sri MSN Raju Garu and Sri M. Nagaraju (U.S.A.). e) Blood Donation camps: VVYM introduced Voluntary Blood donation Camps in association with A. S. Raja Voluntary Blood Bank in 2004. Every year during the month of January (Swamiji’s birth month) VVYM is organizing blood donation camps. Around 50 people are giving Blood (average) Swamiji’s Literature is being given to Blood donors. VVYM got good reputation because of these Blood Camps. f) One Day Youth Training Camps : For Character -Building, VVYM organising one day youth training camps till now 3 camps were held. September 2006 (Gayatri Vidya Parishad), January 2008 (Seethamapeta, Kshatriya Kalyanamandapam), Septem-ber 2012 (NSTL Community hall).
  33. 33. 34 Classes on Character- Building, Mental Concentration, Leadership, Swami Vivekananda,Patriotism were taken, Ramakrishna Mission Swamijis, Senior Mahamandal Members, Sri Ramakrisha Devotees Spoke in the training camps. There were Interactive sessions and power point presentations. g) Youth Conventions : Youth Conventions were held in 2009 and 2011 ( half day sessions) with emphasis on “key to success” and “Goal Setting”. Sri R.S. Premkumar and Sri Peela Ravi Shankar (AUSC Former members) spoke. h) 20 Years Celebrations:VVYM’s 20 years celebrations were organized as a day long program in Nov, 2008.Swami Guneshanandaji was the Chief guest. i) Annual General Body Meeting:It is conducted regulary as per the guidelines ofABVYM . From 2008 onwards speakers who have thoroughly studied Swamiji and who are well-wishers of Mahamandal were invited and it is being held as 4 hrs session followed by lunch. j) Telugu Publications:VVYM taken up translation and publishing of Mahamandal publications into Telugu since 1994. Till now 10 books were published and as they were exhausted all are being reprinted in this silver jubilee year. k) Vivek-Bharathi: This telugu quarterly was started in 1990 by Sri KPS Sastry Garu. One issue was published by VVYM in 1995.After a gap of 17 years VVYM resumed its publications sinceAug 2012. l) Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Ratha yatra: As part of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations,Ramakrishna Math,Hyderbad is conducting Ratha Yatra throughout A.P. VVYM took this Ratha Yatra to different schools ,colleges and arranged lectures for 8 days in Feb/march 2013. m) NAD Study Circle : It was started at Vivekananda Type Institute, Butchirajupalem on Guru Maharaj Jayanthi day in 2004 by Sri Ch.V.K.N. Somaraju. It has produced several young boys who became a source of our activities till now. n) Polytechnic Study Circle/ Muralinagar Study circle : Few studycircles were conducted at the Govt.Polytechnic premises in 2009 and the study circle is shifted to Prasanthi Park,Muralinagar in 2012 and is going on well and now we have few members who are active to accomplish the assigned job. o) ON LINE STUDY CIRCLE : To cater the needs of non local members of VVYM, an ON LINE Study circle was initiated by our senior member Sri Peddiraju Srinivas (AU,1990-94) who is presently in Bangalore through SKYPE on 11th Sept,2011.It has been continuously running. It is held on Every Thursdays 9 p.m. To 10 p.m.Around 10 members are there from different parts of India.Central organisation appreciated our effort.Skype ID : Visakhapatnam vym. p) VVYM Building proposal: After working for so many years VVYM felt the need to procure site and build a building to have office / Library etc. Efforts were made to search a site .Around 3 lakhs deposited in a separate Bank Account. Several Members and Well-wishers worked for the growth of VVYM over the years. If we miss anyone please excuse us. Our special thanks to Sri M. Satyanarayana Raju Garu, M.D., SRK Infra Projects Pvt. Ltd. & former president of VVYM (2004-08) Who supports every activity we take up.
  34. 34. 35                                                       
  35. 35. 36                                                                         
  36. 36. 37                                                          
  37. 37. 38                                                 
  38. 38. 39                                 PA to the Director of Agriculture                                

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