Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

1st International Yoga Day Celebrations at VCC – 2015-06-21

The 1st International Yoga Day was celebrated in our Vivekananda Cultural Centre on Sunday, 21st June 2015.

Venue: VCC Hall
Time: 6.30 a.m – 7.30 a.m
Special Address: Swami Apavargananda, Sub-editor, Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam
Yoga Instruction: Sri. Srinivasa Rao & Smt. Uma Srinivasa Rao
Yoga Demonstration: Present & Past Students of Yoga Course

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Vidhyarthi Homa – 2015-05-31

Our Balamandir students performed the Vidyarthi homa on 31-May-2015.

Vidyarthi Homa is the solemn occasion where a student resolves to follow the five vows as outlined in the vidyarthi homa mantras. The students resolve to follow them in everyday life. This year the Vidyarathi Homa was performed on 31st May 2015 in our Math for Balamandir students. As a part of the Homa students offered vilva leaves in the Homa the sacrificial fire and repeated the Vidyarathi Mantras, invoking the blessings the Goddess of learning. The mantras describe the real purpose of education and preparing a person to achieve real education. The Homa arrangements were officiated and looked into by monks of our Math. Swami Buddhidananda of the Math performed the Homa. After the Homa, Prasad was distributed to students.

The following are the excerpts of the holy Mantras

Students’ Vows

‘Human body is the primary means of practicing all virtues and duties (dharma)—in view of this discerning truth, I shall try my best to keep my body healthy and fit for hard work. I shall do this by meticulous observance of all health rules.’ 2. ‘Students must undergo the austerity called study—in view of this advice of the scriptures (Smritis), I shall try my best to develop my talent (pratibha vikasa) and devote myself to studies in a disciplined manner.’ 3. ‘Truth alone wins and not untruth. By truth is attained the path of devayana (the path of gods)—in view of this Vedic statement, I shall try my best to be truthful in body, mind and speech.’ 4. ‘One who considers others’ well-being as his own good is great among good people—in view of this counsel of great men, I shall try to the best of my ability to cast away all impure and selfish tendencies such as meanness, cruelty and hypocrisy. I shall instead try to inculcate broadmindedness, humility, respect for others, love for the country, and the service of man as God.’ Listen to the essence of religion and try to comprehend it.

  • Don’t do to others what is harmful to you.
  • Know your mother to be a form of god.
  • Know your father to be a form of god.
  • Know your teacher to be a form of god.
  • Know your guest to be a form of god.

Do those actions which have not been condemned, and don’t do condemned actions. 5. ‘Well-managed, rightly focussed and unified collective-power is the only way for social well-being. Therefore, “Be thou all of one mind, be thou all of one thought, be thou all one in your speech”—in view of this Vedic statement, which promotes unity and evokes the power of integration, I shall be honest, and being a member of this institution, strive for unity among all.’

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Guru Puja – 2015-05-24

Guru Puja was performed by the students of Balamandir at our Math on 24th May 2015. The students offered puja to their respective Gurus and took an oath to cultivate moral, cultural and spiritual values.

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Pitha Puja – 2015-05-16

Pitha Puja was performed by the students of Balamandir at our Math on 16th may 2015. The students offered puja to their respective fathers and took an oath to cultivate moral, cultural and spiritual values.

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Sri Phalaharini Kali Puja Bhajans – 2015-05-17

Sri Phalaharini Kali Puja was celebrated in our Math on the night of Sunday, 17th May 2015 in a grand manner. Puja began after the evening Aratrikam to Sri Sri Thakur at 7:00 PM and went on till about 9:00 PM. The puja concluded with a Bhog arati to Sri Sri Thakur and mother Kali.

Following Bhajans (devotional songs) sung by Swami Atmajnananda, Swami Abhiramananda and Balamandir Students on the occasion of Sri Kali Puja.

Bhajans by Swami Atmajnananda

Bhajans by Swami Abhiramananda

Bhajans by Balamandir Students

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Anna Subramaniam’s Book Release Function – 17-5-2015

Sri Anna Subramanian, was a household disciple of Swami Shivananda Maharaj, a direct disciple of Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna. He has written Tamil commentaries for around 70 books in Sanskrit on various scriptures published by our Math. Thousands of people are ardent admirers of his scholarship and saintly life. Affectionately called ‘Anna’ by his students, he served for many years in Ramakrishna Mission Students Home, T.Nagar RK Mission School and Vivekananda College in Chennai.

Now, our Math is in the process of digitizing all his books and republish the same using new printing technology. In recognition of the great service rendered by Sri Anna Subramanian to both Tamil and Spiritual literature, a function was organised at the Math on 17th May 2015. ‘Vedabhashya Rathna’ Sri R.Krishnamurthy Sastrigal, Dr. K.Srinivasan, Principal, Vivekananda College, Dr.Nalli Kuppusami Chettiar & several disciples of Sri Anna graced the function.

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Sri Phalaharini Kali Puja (Photos) – 2015-05-17

Sri Phalaharini Kali Puja was celebrated in our Math on the night of Sunday, 17th May 2015 in a grand manner. Puja began after the evening Aratrikam to Sri Sri Thakur at 7:00 PM and went on till about 9:00 PM. The puja concluded with a Bhog arati to Sri Sri Thakur and mother Kali.

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The Dawn of a New Age – Inauguration of 2D Hologram show on 2015-05-15

With the financial assistance of Union Ministry of Culture, ‘Experience Vivekananda’, a project to renovate the Vivekananda House and create a Multimedia Museum, was launched a year ago at Vivekananda House. As its first phase, a short virtual projection 2D Holographic video titled ‘The Dawn of a New Age’ introducing Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda to the public was launched on 15 May 2015 at the premises of Vivekanandar Illam, Chennai.

Vivekananda Cultural Centre (VCC), built with the kind grant of Tamilnadu Govt., has also launched a Graphic Design courses in collaboration with Image Infotainment Pvt Ltd Chennai, especially for the benefit of economically less privileged group on this occasion.

The inaugural function of these projects was presided over by Swami Gautamananda, President, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, along with Swami Jnanadananda, President, RK Math, Hyderabad and Sri V T Chandrasekhar Rao, Director- Operations of Amec Foster Wheeler India Pvt Ltd., Chennai as Chief Guest and Special guest respectively. CEO of Image Infotainment Pvt Ltd., Sri K Kumar also participated in the function.

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