Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam, the Tamil monthly of our order has recently conducted a short story competition emphasizing the importance of noble values of our tradition. Nearly 1000 stories on various themes like service, religious harmony, spirituality, humanity, cultural heritage, patriotism, social responsibility etc. were received. Among them were devotional stories, stories touching humanity through their hearts, family stories advocating love & concern, inspirational stories instilling confidence by relentless fight against failures, stories glorifying women and our nation, etc. Among the writers, many are young and new to the world of writing. It was wonderful to see great expressions of talent, feelings and their effective presentations emanating from the pens of these enthusiastic participants.
A Prize distribution function was held on 29th August 2014 in Vivekananda Culture Centre at Vivekananda Illam and prizes were awarded to the winners.
It is the 1st time almost all print media from Tamil Nadu participated in this programme. Sri Gurumurthy Columnist appreciated the social, cultural and spiritual contributions of the magazine to the society. He said that Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam is a magazine that is in demand and not merely sold. Two leading dialing in Tamil and Indian Express gave full coverage of it.
We are happy to inform you that our Tamil monthly Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam has reached the circulation 175000 copies.
Some of the photos are given below
Sri Krishna Jayanti was celebrated in our Math on Sunday 17th August, 2014 in a grand manner.
Some of the photos are given below
1963 – Swami Vivekananda Centenary Celebrations
1953 – Holy Mother Centenary Celebrations
Antaryogam – a 3 day spiritual camp for adults, was conducted at the Math from 25-July 2014 to 27th July 2014. As a part of the camp, guided meditation, bhajans, spiritual talks, music and drama presentations were organised. At the end of the day, a homa was conducted for the participants.
Below are some photos taken during the camp:
The 152nd Birthday Tithipuja of Swami Ramakrishnananda was celebrated with Special Puja and Homa at the Math on Thursday, 24th July 2014. Various activities were held at the Math during the one day celebration.
Below are some photos taken on this day
Our Math conducted a Personality Development Camp for Youth (shortly, Youth Camp) from June 20th (Friday) to June 22nd (Sunday), 2014. Gents in the age group of 15 – 30 years participated in this Camp.
In the course of the camp, Youth were guided on the following themes (based on the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda):
- Right living
- Nurturing Leadership Qualities
- Personality Development
Some snaps from the Youth Camp
What is Balamandir?
Balamandir is a personality development oriented course for children, both boys and girls, in the age group of 8 to 14 years (students of classes 3 to 10). Two separate courses are held every year as per details below.
During summer vacation every year, classes are held throughout the month of May to enable the children to fruitfully utilize the vacation. The classes on all days (except Sundays) are held from 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
After the reopening of the schools, classes are held every Sunday from the first Sunday of July to the last Sunday of the following February from 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Aim of the Course:
One’s personality consists of different ‘sheaths’ or ‘coverings’. These sheaths are at the physical level, mental and intellectual level, moral level and spiritual level. Personality development is the harmonious development of these four different layers. The aim of the course is the development of personality of each individual child at these four levels.
Physical health is important for achieving one’s goals. A healthy body can be attained through regular habits, healthy food, exercises and yogasana. Children are motivated to achieve this by teaching of yogasana and other healthy habits.
Mental and Intellectual Level:
The mental level is characterized by the activities of the mind while the intellectual level is the buddhi aspect of one’s personality. Just as regular habits, healthy food, exercises and yogasana are required to achieve a healthy body, healthy ‘food’ for the mind is required for achieving a sound intellectual level. Noble thoughts lead to a sound mental and intellectual level, which in turn helps in developing a strong mind, self-confidence, self-reliance, self-knowledge, self-control, self-sacrifice etc. Children are taught the ways and means of achieving this.
Personality development is possible only on the foundation of a strong and good character, which in turn helps one to lead a moral life. This depends on the type of people we mix with, the books we read, the music we hear and the habits we cultivate. The children are taught the importance of noble, positive and constructive actions.
All of us are children of God and we derive all strength and joy from one God. There is divinity in all human beings and spirituality helps us to realize this divinity. Swami Vivekananda says, ‘Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work or worship or psychic control or philosophy – by one or more or all of these and be free’. Spiritual progress can be achieved through prayers and other God related activities. Children are taught Vedic and Gita chanting, chanting of Slokas etc.
Below are some photos of the Concluding Day of Balamandir Summer Camp May – 2014
ON 15th April 2014, Vivekananda Sanskrit Course commenced a new batch for it’s one year course. In a small function, prayers were offered to the Holy Trio for an auspicious beginning and a welcome address was given to the new batch. Students who completed the course this year addressed the gathering and shared their experiences about the course. Later, Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj awarded certificates to the out-going students and gave a benedictory address.
The course details can be viewed at Vivekananda Sanskrit Course
Some pictures of the programme:
On 14th of April 2014, the auspicious day of Tamil New Year, a small get together was organized at the Math to felicitate the devotees and well wishers who have contributed towards the various endowment funds. About 100 donors participated in the get together and few of them shared their experience as being part of various activities of the Math. As a part of the programme, a video presentation was shown detailing the various activities of the Math. Revered Gautamanandaji Maharaj delivered the benedictory address appreciating their valuable contribution and recollecting a few incidents about how the donations were used diligently and for the intended purpose. The programme concluded with dinner prasad to all the participants.
This day in pictures:
Video of Swami Gautamanandaji’s bendiction address:
Duration: 23 min