Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam, the Tamil Monthly Magazine of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, is published from Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai. It was started on January 14, 1921.
Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam focuses mainly on:
1) Indian Spiritual Traditions and Scriptures, mainly focusing on Vedanta as expounded and exemplified in their lives by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.
2) Indian Culture.
3) Self-improvement in the light of Vedanta as expounded by Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. The focus of the magazine is to promote a spiritual and matured outlook towards life.
The simple language explaining the abstract ideas of our Indian Spiritual Heritage makes the common man illumined about the deep significance of the utterances in the scriptures, and also encourages them to learn further to improve their knowledge and understanding. The inroads made by the magazine to the nook and corner of Tamil knowing areas (mainly Tamil Nadu) in India and in various other countries stands as a befitting example certifying the above fact.
Wide wealth of the articles published in Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam have inspired many readers to pursue their masters, doctoral programs on the magazine, which has been acting as a veritable encyclopedia on spirituality (and Indian culture).
To cater to specific needs of various reader groups, Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam has dedicated sections for teachers, students, mothers, and children. Through these sections the magazine has been
1) Inspiring them with highly motivational stories suited to their challenges and needs,
2) Enlightening them about our rich spiritual and cultural heritage,
3) Educating them on our ancient Sanskrit texts with vernacular translations, and thus instilling in them hope, arousing in them Shraddha (faith & dedication) and cultivating in them spiritual & progressive outlook towards life.
To inspire the thoughts and deeds of the students, and channelize their energies towards higher goals, articles—many contributed by educationalists—are being published. As of May 2012 the magazine is benefitting 58,000 students in Tamil Nadu.
Once in a while, speeches and presentations given in schools by the Editor Swami are converted into articles and published in the magazine.
‘Question & Answers’ Section for Students: A popular feature of Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam is the Question and Answer section for students. During workshops for students and teachers in schools, they are encouraged to ask questions. These questions (with answers) are later published in the magazine. Students ask interesting questions: How do I overcome jealousy? How do I improve memory? How do I develop respect for my teacher who seems to be less knowledgeable than I am?, etc.
Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam also publishes articles that encourage the youth (particularly students) to develop their personality, expose them to ennobling ideas, improve self-confidence and faith in our rich culture thus inculcating devotion to higher principles of life and ultimately inspiring them to pursue all-round development of the faculties of body, mind, intellect and soul.
Many youth have become truly inspired and have returned back to the noble and progressive life from the undesirable and unbefitting diversions. Thus in a way Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam has been contributing its part for the moral uplift of the society. The reminiscences of such people also are regularly published in the magazine, thus inspiring and motivating others in turn.
This section publishes inspiring articles by educationists and experienced teachers, focusing on: improving teacher’s teaching skill, understanding the challenges in teaching, understanding the students for adapting the teaching and style to suit various types of young minds. The goal of becoming an accomplished teacher is made an achievable one through this section.
Swami Vivekananda’s thoughts on Man-making education are the basis to articles in this section.
Workshops are regularly conducted in various Schools and Colleges by the Editor Swami for the benefit of teachers. Power point presentations, case studies, group discussions and teaching methods are used in these workshops. The gist of the points emerging in the workshop is presented in this section of the magazine.
Family is the fundamental and most important unit of the society. Given the importance of the ‘role’ of the Mother in shaping the child’s future and her role within the family, Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam has dedicated a section for mothers – to educate them, equip them and inspire them – about the importance and role of the Mother.
The section includes illustrative stories and anecdotes from the successful people’s inspiring lives, inputs drawn from our rich cultural & spiritual heritage and thoughts of saints on this subject.
For children a pictorial section has been dedicated. Focus is to expose the children to the rich culture and spiritual heritage they are heir to, through inspiring and popular stories in the lives of great people – saints, heroes in the life of India, unknown karma yogis, etc – both past and present.
The stories are from the lives of great teachers, Acharyas, Saints, Devotees, Alwars, Nayanmars, Heroes in the history of India, and many Karma Yogis. Anecdotes of spiritual value received from other countries also are used.
Pictorial Stories are popular with not only children but with all age groups.
Other Sections and Columns
- Hasya yogam
- A puzzle to locate temples through photographs
- One line quotes on each page act as catalyst for self improvement
- Slokas: Every month Sanskrit slokas are published with meaning in Tamil
- Question Answer on Spirituality – This is a very popular section. Hundreds of spiritual questions are answered by a senior Swami.
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