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My Message to the Youth – Swami Vivekananda

I have faith in my country, and especially in the youth of my country. My hope is in you. With an immense amount of feeling and enthusiasm in the blood, will come heroes who will march from one corner of the earth to the other, preaching and teaching the eternal spiritual truths of our forefathers. And this is the great work before you. Each one of you has a glorious future if you dare believe me. Have tremendous faith in yourselves, like the faith I had when I was a child, and which I am working out now. Have that faith, each one of you, in yourself — that eternal power is lodged in every soul — and you will revive the whole of India. Ay, we will then go to every country under the sun, and our ideas will before long be a component of the many forces that are working to make up every nation in the world. We must enter into the life of every race in India and abroad; we shall have to work to bring this about.We must go out, we must conquer the world through our spirituality and philosophy. There is no other alternative, we must do it or die. The only condition of national life, of awakened and vigorous national life, is the conquest of the world by Indian thought.

Now for that, I want young men. “It is the young, the strong, and healthy, of sharp intellect that will reach the Lord”, say the Vedas. This is the time to decide your future — while you possess the energy of youth, not when you are worn out and jaded, but in the freshness and vigour of youth. Work — this is the time; for the freshest, the untouched, and unsmelled flowers alone are to be laid at the feet of the Lord, and such He receives. Rouse yourselves, therefore, for life is short. A far greater work is this sacrifice of yourselves for the benefit of your race, for the welfare of humanity. I will tell you in plain language that you work best when you work for others. The best work that you ever did for yourselves was when you worked for others. This life is short, vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive. Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. The moment you fear, you are nobody. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; Stand up and express the divinity within you. Therefore, “Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.”

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Picture Archives from Chennai Math

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Vivekananda Homecoming Centenary

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Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam – December 2012 issue


1. Oru Poonaiyin Kudumbam – Nudhana
2. Yaaridamum…..! – Paamathimaindan
3. Ulagirkku Sri Ramakrishnarin Kodai – Swami Bhajanananda
4. Sanyasithin Menmai – Swami Adbhutananda
5. Ye Maname! – Thulachinadar Aruliya ‘Vinayapathrika’vilirundu
6. Sri Ramakrishnarin Eliya Utharanangal – Subhatra

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The Vedanta Kesari Special Issue – December 2012


01. Spot Light : Indian Culture: Its Timeless appeal and ageless charm
02. Editorial : India’s timeless culture
03. Dharma, the basis of Indian culture
04. The Meaning of Samskriti or culture
05. Swami Vivekananda – a true ambassador of Indian culture
06. Is Indian Culture Spiritual?
07. Sri Ramakrishna – the Embodiment of India’s Eternal Culture
08. Indian Women – The Custodians of India’s Ageless Culture
09. Holy Mother: An Epitome of Indian Culture
10. The Spiritual Basis of Indian Culture
11. Indian Cultural Values for the Youth
12. Indian Culture and Indian Youth
13. Swami Vivekananda: The Bridge between Ancient and Modern Indian Culture
14. What Indian Youth need to know about Indian Culture
15. The sound of Yoga
16. Yoga-Vedanta Tradition of Meditation
17. Sat Chit Ananda – The Philosophy of the Upanishads
18. Bhakti in Indian Culture
19. Origin of Vedic Culture
20. Uniqueness of Indian Culture
21. What Man wants?
22. Connecting the Dots
23. Why be proud of being an Indian?
24. India’s Culture, Society and Economy – Its Past, Present and Future.
25. Indian Culture: Beyond Curry, Caste and Cow
26. Management Ideals and Indian Culture
27. Indian Cultural Values and Economic Development
28. Do not disrespect Food
29. Core aspects of Indian Culture
30. The Wonders of Indian Culture
31. The need for Culture
32. New India and Old India
33. Indian ideals and Western perspectives
34. What They Say – Quotes from some Eminent persons about Indian Culture
35. Namaste – the Indian way of Greeting
36. Lighting the Lamp
37. Prasada – the Sanctified Food
38. Bhajan – the Tradition of Devotional Singing
39. India’s Folk Dance and Music
40. Indian Classical Music
41. Aarti – the Act of waving of lights
42. Classical Indian Dance
43. Chanting of Mantras – Invoking the Presence of Divine
44. The Indian tradition of sacred body marks
45. Sanskrit – the Language of Indian Culture
46. Aryabhata, the Great Indian Mathematician
47. Darshan – the Indian idea of ‘Sacred Seeing’
48. Indian Languages – the Cradle of Indian Culture
49. India’s traditional clothing
50. Dara Shikoh – The Mughal Prince who translated the Upanishads into Persian
51. A peep into Indian Dining
52. Shilpa Shastra
53. Ayurveda – the Science of Life
54. The Tradition of Indian Culinary


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Experience Vivekananda

As part of 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai has launched “Experience Vivekananda” Project, an initiative to spread Swami Vivekananda’s personality and message through state-of-the-art multimedia galleries at Vivekananda House utilizing short inspirational videos, 3D animated movie clips and a Holographic presentation.  There would be five facets to this experience.  They are:

1. Indian Culture in the Eyes of Vivekananda : Art Gallery

The present Art Gallery at Vivekananda Illam has exquisite paintings by eminent artists to chronologically depict India’s grand traditions from Vedic to the present times.  The proposed plan is to enhance the Art Gallery by introducing fiberglass models and dioramas illustrating turning points of our cultural heritage.

2. Making of Vivekananda : Multimedia Gallery

This section would present how the traditions of India that consummated in Sri Ramakrishna got transmitted to young Narendranath and transformed him into Swami Vivekananda.

3. Vivekananda, the Man and His Message : Multimedia Gallery

The existing photo gallery at Illam presents all the known photographs of Swami Vivekananda supported with information from relevant portions of his life.  The proposed plan is to enhance the gallery by introducing LCD displays with color photographs of Swamiji.   Short inspirational video clips on Swami Vivekananda are designed to reach out to the present day youth.  Special attraction is the 3D animated short films and holographic presentation that will give visitors a realistic experience of Swami Vivekananda.

4. Vivekananda, the World Mover : Multimedia Gallery

This new section presents the impact of Swami Vivekananda’s thoughts on national and international leaders.

5. Vivekananda’s room : Meditation Room

The room where Swami Vivekananda stayed during those nine days in Chennai is a great experience by itself.  This room needs to be maintained so as to preserve the sanctity for the generations to come.

Please join us in offering tributes to the Prophet of modern India and the modern World.  Your contributions can be made online here



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National Youth Day Competition – 2012 – 2013

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.

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Everywhere Vivekananda – Library Scheme

The books play an unlimited role in bringing the youth in a disciplined  manner. The need of the hour today is to give guidance and good books to the youth in order to improve their life style.

The lectures and writings of Swami Vivekananda made a great impact by producing successful and renowned people. Based on his ideas Monks and scholars have written many books in English and Tamil.  It is your duty to see that these best books are available for the students and the youth. For that we have formulated a scheme called EVERYWHERE VIVEKANANDA.

We have selected 100 books each in Tamil and English from 900 titles published by Sri Ramakrishna Math so far and introduced a ”New Pack”.  This pack contains books on Self improvement, self confidence, concentration, memory power, yoga, meditation and also Sri Ramakrishna and Sarada Devi’s life history and teachings.

Price details of the packs are given below:

LANGUAGE                   TOTAL COST                 SPL DISCOUNT OFFER

TAMIL                            Rs. 6000/-                       Rs.4500/-

ENGLISH                        Rs.7250/-                        Rs.5500/-

We would request you to take part in the Holy service by buying the New Pack and distributing the same as gift to thousands of schools, colleges and Libraries.  The books are packed in a compact packing and sent to you by Roadways.  We can also send the books directly to the Library/School/College of your choice.

We will take up an oath to see that the books of Swami Vivekananda are available in all the schools, Colleges and Libraries before 12thJanuary 2014, the birthday celebration of Swami Vivekananda.  We should realize that our country as well as individual’s growth is based on our assimilation of  Swami Vivekananda’s message.

Those who would like to participate in this scheme, can submit their request here.

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Coloring Book

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Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam – November 2012 issue


1. Athu yarukku thevai? – Pamathimaindan
2. Uyir koduthu uzhaikkum asiriyargal – Vijaya
3. Endum nammai kakkum Gurudevar – Swami Asutoshananda
4. Oliyai vananguvom – RajiRaghunadan
5. Deepavali – Pudu cinthanaigal – Raja Vittal
6. Kandan irukka kavalai yen? – Parutriur Dr.K.ChandanaRaman

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