National Youth Day Competitions are conducted by Math every year to carry the message of Swami Vivekananda to the youth of the nation. Students from VI to XII Stds as well as from colleges participate in large numbers.
This year to commensurate with 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the competition is based on 150 inspiring quotations of Swami Vivekananda covering various topics such as education, patriotism, personality development, etc.
More than 10 lakh students from nearly 3000 institutions from Tamilnadu and also few schools from Southern States are participating
The response from schools cutting across religious and social barriers especially from Panchayat and Government schools is remarkable.
Day-2 – 23rd Feb 2012
This is the holiest day as it marks the birthday thithi pooja of Sri Ramakrishna. Morning vesper service were followed by Vedic chanting and Usha kirtan. Swami Shankaratmananda led the Temple pradakshina with bhajans on the Holy Trio. Sri Ramachandran & team played devotional songs on the shehnai, Bhajans were sung at the temple by Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, Smt. Vishnupriya and students of Ramakrishna Mission Students home.
Grand shodasopachara worship, Homa, and Bhajans thrilled the 1500 or more devotees who had assembled at the temple. After Maha Arati of 11.45 am over 2000 devotees took Prasad.
The afternoon session was marked by a grand play of devotional songs on Holy Trio by Sri Vittal Bhajan Mandali, Chennai. At 3 pm over 800 devotees performed 1008 Tamil Archana in praise of Sri Ramakrishna.
At 4.30 pm a function was held to release of 2 new books published by Math to mark the occasion of 175 th Jayanti of Sri Ramakrishna. Swami Sivayogananda of Chinmaya Mission, Madurai spoke on how Sri Ramakrishna is a marvelous personification of the entire message of Upanishads, Everything that sprang from the lips of Sri Ramakrishna came out of his own experience. He elaborated on the advaita sadhana, his struggle to get away driving his mind out of saguna bhava & the final merger into the nirguna brahman He pointed out how he stood firm on keeping off money that ever stood in the way of realizing the Ultimate. His message stands on how sri Ramakrishna interprets Gita as Tagi meaning renouncing everything for God realization.
Dr. Arumga Tamizhan spoke on the role of Guru in driving out darkness of ignorance and make the disciple eligibile to realize God. He warned how even when themselves being blind to the Truth, many start behaving like Guru and wondered is it not similar to blind leading the blind. Realizing one`s own self is the truth and Guru,the master should lead the disciple to the goal .
Ramakrishna Jayanthi Lectures by Swami Asutoshananda,Manager Chennai Math and Swami Gautamanandaji Adhyaksha, Chennai Math were the concluding part of the Jayanti this day.