On the occasion of Swami Ramakrishnananda Jayanti, 4th Aug 2013, a Special Programme in the memory of Swami Tapasyananda Maharaj was organized at the Math’s auditorium in the evening.
Swami Tapasyananda Maharaj was the 7th Adhyaksha (President) of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai from 1971 till 1991 and was the Vice-President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission from 1985 onwards.
Swami Tapasyananda Maharaj was a phenomenon in the intellectual and spiritual world who embodied a plethora of values- a sharp intellect yet tender heart, high thinking yet simple living, learned yet humble, devotional in temperament yet rational in approach, strict with himself yet generous with others, an erudite scholar yet a practical administrator. In short, his life was a confluence of several noble values worthy of emulation.
Many of the important Sanskrit-to-English translations Published by the Math like Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita – The Scripture of Mankind, Saundaryalahari, Adhyatma Ramayana, Sundarakandam, etc, were done by Maharaj.
As part of this program Swami Sukritananda, Secretary to Swami Tapasyananda Maharaj was invited to share memories of his association with Maharaj.
Smt. Indira Krishnakumar, a relative of Maharaj in his pre-monastic days, was also invited for the programme to share her reminiscences of Maharaj.
The main feature of the programme was the release of new books ‘Swami Tapasyananda As We Knew Him‘ in English and its Tamil version ‘Naangal Kannda Swami Tapasyanandar‘. These books are commemorative volumes of his life and reminiscences by his disciples and devotees. These volumes provide interesting and illuminating insights into the life and personality of Revered Maharaj through the biographical sketches and the reminiscences of both monastic and lay.
Below are some photos taken on this day:
The Mylapore Academy, Chennai, which was established 58 years back, is doing a yeomen service in the Mylapore area. They organized Swami Vivekananda 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations at Sringeri Jagatguru Pravachana Mandiram Hall on Saturday , the 20th April 2013.
On that day a lifestyle portrait of Swami Vivekananda was unveiled and prizes were distributed to the winners in the inter-college oratorical competitions.
They also presented a trophy to Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai for the dedicated Community Service.
Following spoke on that occasion:
- Swami Buddhidananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
- Sri B.S.Raghavan, IAS Retired (UN Policy Advisor)
- Sri V.R.Lakshminarayanan, IPS Retired (Former DG of Police)
- Sri S.Gurumurthy, Chartered Accountant and Columnist
Sri B. S. Raghavan, spoke how Ramakrishna Mission is doing a wonderful service in Arunachal Pradesh and continuing its services despite difficult situations.
Swami Buddhidananda appreciated the Academy’s service and explained how Ramakrishna Mission is not only an institution for social service, but also a spiritual organization. He also highlighted that monks of Ramakrishna Order render their service with the idea of spiritual sadhana. He quoted Kapila’s advice to his mother Devahuti from Srimad Bhagavatam, and how Swamiji revived the sastras by saying, “Let the giver kneel down and pray and the receiver stand-up and permit” and that is the philosophy behind the service activities of the Ramakrishna Math & Mission.
Sri Gurumurthy spoke on how Swami Vivekananda stands as a hero among the youth. His ideas are the antidote for all the evils in the country and he is an inspires for all the philanthropic activities in different names.
The year January 2013 to January 2014 is a historic year as the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda falls during the period.
All the Ramakrishna Math and Mission Centers in India and abroad and many other philanthropic organizations and Governments are geared up to celebrate the event in a befitting manner which is sure to bring great change in future. Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai, will also be celebrating the event in a grand manner.
So, we invite admirers of Swami Vivekananda, alumni of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission Schools and general public to join us in the year-long celebrations in contributing to the various projects planned.
Selvi J.Jayalalithaa, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, inaugurated the yearlong celebrations on 27th February 2013
Some of the activities taken up by our Math on the occasion are:
Renovate the historic building Vivekanandar Illam on Marina, where Swami Vivekananda stayed for 9 days (6-14 Feb. 1897). Revamp the existing Permanent Exhibition on Indian Cultural Heritage and Life & Teachings of Swami Vivekananda housed there and convert it into ‘Vivekananda Cultural Center’
To adopt a rural backward village (Meyyur Village in Tiruvallur District) and convert it into a Model Village according to Swami Vivekananda’s vision
To conduct a National Youth Day Competition Jan 2013 initiated by Ramakrishna Vijayam Magazine where One Million students will participate
Publish highly subsidized books worth Rs. One crore to carry the message of Swamiji to the masses
To commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda a Citizens’ Committee consisting of dignitaries has been constituted. The first meeting was held at Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai, on 25.11.2012, under the Chairmanship of Swami Gautamanandaji, Adhyaksha, Sri Ramakrishna Math.
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Execution of the planned projects & the Celebrations needs a huge fund and is possible only through the liberal donations from well wishers, ex-students and general public. We appeal to to you to contribute to this historic event and help take the awakening, man-making & character building message of Swamiji to more and more people.
Donations can be sent to our Math by Cheque/D.D./M.O. or you can make donation online through Internet on our Math’s Website.
Donations are eligible for tax exemption under Section 80 (G) of the Indian Income Tax Act.
Swami Vivekananda saved Hinduism and India by his inspiring speeches in the Parliament of Religions at Chicago in September 1893 and started several Vedanta Centres in America and Europe. His return to India saw unprecedented response from all sections of society throughout the country. The people of Tamil Nadu rose as one people to welcome their beloved leader and moved by their love and sincere appreciation, Swamiji stayed at ‘Castle Kernen’ (Ice House) on the famous Marina Beach in Chennai for nine days (6th to 14th February 1897). This landmark is now known as Vivekanandar Illam (or Vivekananda House).
The Ice House was converted into a ‘mart of joy’. People flocked to see and hear the Swami and he never ceased to inspire people wherever he went. To see him was worship and to hear him was religion. His personality drew crowds and the Swami was eager to get his message across. A public welcome was accorded to him at the Victoria Hall on 8th February 1897 at 4.30 p.m. and Swamiji spoke a few words to the ten thousand large audience.
His famous lectures, ‘The Work Before Us‘ and ‘My Plan of Campaign‘ were delivered in Chennai on 9th Feb. The lectures ‘The Sages of India‘ and ‘Vedanta in its application to Indian Life‘ were also delivered in Chennai on 11th and 13th February respectively.
It is befitting that these nine days are celebrated as ‘Vivekananda Navaratri’ and special programmes have been arranged at Vivekanandar Illam from 6th to 14th of Feb 2013.
Vivekananda Navaratri – 9 Days Program Highlights:
Note: All speeches, discourses will be in Tamil unless otherwise mentioned.
Day 1 – Feb 6th:
1. Arati by Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj & Lighting the lamp by Sri. Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetty
2. Welcome Address by Swami Asutoshananda,
3. Special Address by Dr. Sri. Nalli Kuppuswamy
4. Vivekananda’s Humanism, Upanyasam by Kalaimamani Sri Nagai Mukundan
5. Devotional Music by Smt. Vishnu Priya, Chennai
6. Benedictory Address and Presentation of Mementoes by Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj
Day 2 – Feb 7th:
1. Vivekananda’s Contribution to India’s Renaissance by Swami Atmaghanananda
2. Influence of Vivekananda on Indian Nationalists by Prof. V.V.Subramaniam
3. Cultural Programme by the Students of Ramakrishna Centenary Primary School, Mylapore, Chennai
4. Mallar Kambam (Wrestler’s Pole) Display by Tamil Nadu Federation
Day 3 – Feb 8th:
1. Historical importance of Chicago Speech by Sri K.Vaidyanathan, Editor, Dinamani
2. Vivekananda: Shows the way for Youth by Swami Yatatmananda
3. Villupattu – Vivekananda’s Bravery by Kalaimamani Sri Subbu Arumugam
4. Devotional Music by the Girls of Vivekananda Centenary Higher Secondary School, Mint, Chennai
Day 4 – Feb 9th:
1. Swami Vivekananda and National Integration by Ms. Prema Pandurangan (in English)
2. Vivekananda’s Marvellous Student Sri Alasinga Perumal by Swami Vimurtananda, Editor, Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam
3. Namasankirtan by Kumari B. Suchitra, Chennai
4. Devotional Music by the Boys and Girls of the Ramakrishna Math National School, Mint, Chennai
Day 5 – Feb 10th:
1. Vivekananda’s Thoughts on Education by Swami Kamalatmananda
2. Brave Vivekananda by Sri. Malan Narayanan, Editor, Putiya Talaimurai
3. Veena Concert by Smt. Jayanti Kumaresh, Chennai
4. Bhajans by the Girls of Ramakrishna Mission Sarada Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School, Chennai
Day 6 – Feb 11th:
1. Vivekananda’s Place in Tamil Nadu History by Sri. Krishnamurty, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari
2. Significance of Vivekananda Navaratri by Swami Apavargananda
3. Key Board by Sri. A.S.Ram, Chennai
4. Bhajans by the Girls of Ramakrishna Mission Sarada Vidyalaya Model Higher Secondary School, Chennai
Day 7 – Feb 12th:
1. Classical Music by Kalaimamani Sri Unnikrishnan, Chennai
2. Vivekanandar Illam & Swami Vivekananda by Swami Atmashraddhananda (in English), Editor, The Vedanta Kesari
3. The Large Heart of Swami Vivekananda by Poet Jnani
4. Bhajans by the Boys of Ramakrishna Mission, T.Nagar, Chennai
Day 8 – Feb 13th:
1. Lecture: Swami Vivekananda & Religious Tolerance by Swami Tygarajananda
2. Drama: Title: ‘Narendra’ by Prayatna Producer: Vivek Shankar, Chennai
Day 9 – Feb 14th:
1. Cultural Programme: Shiva-Parvati Dance by Vipanchi group, Chennai
2. Lecture: Vivekananda: In the tradition of Acharyas by Swami Buddhidananda
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