Saturday, December 7, 2019

One small step can changed one's life

In August 2018, the Mobile Medical Team of Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti visited Wakka for Medical Camps. Our Nagar Sanyojak, Sri Saikhang Sir informed us about an eight years old boy, Kr Danggang Gangsa of Wakka village. Wakka is in Longding Dist of Arunachal Pradesh, about 90 Kms hill track from Dibrugarh which takes around 5-6 hrs with own vehicle and more than 12 hrs by Govt bus.
Kr Danggang Gangsa was born in 2010 with anorectal malformation. It was a medical emergency and colostomy surgery was immediately done in Dibrugarh. The Doctors advised the parents to visit them after 6 months, so that they can operate him for the anal opening. But, due to financial crisis, they didn’t come for the second operation and kept the children
at home. We went to see the children. The condition was pathetic. As he had the anal opening at his abdomen, he stayed in isolation and he didn’t have any friends to play with. Even his siblings avoided him.  He didn’t go to school. The parents requested us if we can do something for this child.
As he needed multiple and complicated surgeries, we decided to find out the best paediatric surgeon of Upper Assam.  We got to know about Dr. Hemonto Dutta, Professor and HOD of Paediatric Surgery, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh. We contacted him and briefed about the child and about their financial condition. He immediately agreed to see the child and the child was examined in October 2018. DR. Dutta Sir fixed the date for the first surgery. Sir assured that the free will be free of cost. But the parents were so poor that they even didn’t have money for travelling and staying at Dibrugarh for few days. So, the people of Wakka area started crowd funding and collected some funds for them. The child was successfully operated and the anal opening was created. It was a very critical and long surgery. But he recovered fast and was discharged after ten days. They were advised to come after six to ten month for the next surgery. Our team was always in contact with them to see the progress of the child.
In July 2019, they came to Dibrugarh again for the next surgery. He was operated to close the colostomy. This occasion, the present MLA of Wakka also helped them financially. It was a minor surgery and the child was discharged after five days. Now Kr Danggang Gangsa is in his own village, happy and healthy. Parents are planning to admit him to the local school very soon.
We the Mobile Medical Team of Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti are very grateful to Dr. Hemonto Dutta Sir for all the help he offered. The way the people of Wakka area came out to help the family of the little child is praiseworthy. If the society  ecomes sensitive and concerned like this, nobody will suffer.

Gandhi Peace Prize 2015

Herewith we are pleased to inform you all that the Gandhi Peace Prize amount was handed over to the Defence Minister of India Mananeeya Rajnath Singh ji by Kendra's Vice Presidents Mananeeya A Balakrishnan ji and Mananeeya Nivedita Didi at his residence on 8 Aug 2019. Sri Bhanudas ji and Sri Pravin Dabholkar ji also were present.

Declaration of Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015 by Govt of India on 18 Jan 2019.
Letter of acceptance during the program on 26 Feb 2019 was read out by Mananeeya Aparna Didi.
The Managing Committee and the General Body of the Kendra  in its meeting dated 29 April 2019 approved the donation of the sum to the welfare of families of Martyrs.
The cheque of Rs 1,02,44,000/- (with interest) was drawn in favour of  'Army Battle Casualities Welfare Fund'.
Handing over the cheque to the Defence Minister of India Mananeeya Rajnath Singh ji.
Acceptance of Gandhi Peace Prize by Mananeeya P Parameswaran ji on 26 Feb 2019 in Delhi -  Acceptance letter read out by Mananeeya Aparna Didi
महामहिम राष्ट्रपति, आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री, उपस्थित सभी मंत्री गण, महानुभावों को विवेकानंद केंद्र कन्याकुमारी का अभिवादन और प्रणाम। कन्याकुमारी में समुद्र के मध्य में स्थित विवेकानंद शिला स्मारक के ५० वर्ष पूर्ण होने के अवसर पर, विवेकानंद केंद्र के कार्य को, यह गाँधी शांति पुरस्कार देने के लिए गाँधी शांति पुरस्कार समिति सदस्य तथा समिति के अध्यक्ष माननीय प्रधान मंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र भाई मोदी जी को हम विशेष धन्यवाद देते है। विवेकानंद शिला स्मारक को माननीय एकनाथजी रानडे ने केंद्र सरकार, सारे राज्य सरकार तथा भारतीय जनता के सहयोग से 1970 में पूर्ण किया था. इसके निर्माण में पूर्ण भारत ने एक होकर स्वामी विवेकानंद के प्रति अपनी श्रध्दा को मूर्त रूप दिया था. सही अर्थ से यह राष्ट्रीय स्मारक रहा है. उसी शिला पर है स्वामी विवेकानंद ने भारत की एकात्मता तथा पुनरुत्थान के लिए अपना जीवन समर्पित करनेका का निर्णय लिया था। विवेकानंद केंद्र इसी स्मारक का द्वितीय चरण है. देश के लिए समर्पित जीवनव्रती कार्यकर्ता और स्थानिक कार्यकर्ता विवेकानंद केंद्र के सेवा कार्य को दुर्गम क्षेत्रोंमें, ग्रामीण क्षेत्रोंमें चला रहे हैं. विवेकानंद केंद्र, स्वामी विवेकानंदजी के विचार ‘मनुष्य के अन्तर्निहित शक्ति के प्रगटन’ तथा ‘मानव सेवा ही माधव सेवा है’ इसे आधारभूत रखते हुए मनुष्य निर्माण और राष्ट्र पुनरुत्थान का कार्य 900 से अधिक स्थानों पर आज संचालित कर रहा है। महात्मा गाँधी जी ने शांति और सौहार्दपूर्ण भारतीय समाज को रामराज्य के रूप में देखा था ऐसे समाज निर्माण में बुनियादी शिक्षा, ग्रामीण विकास और नैसर्गिक उर्जा का प्रयोग, युवा और स्त्रियों का विकास एवं राष्ट्रकार्य में उनका सहभाग, विश्वबंधुत्व के लिए कार्य ऐसे अनेक क्षेत्रों में विवेकानंद केंद्र कार्यरत है. इस  गांधी शांति पुरस्कार ने विवेकानंद केंद्र के कार्य की गरिमा को निश्चित बढ़ाया है उससे ही अधिक, दुर्गम क्षेत्र में कार्य करनेवाले हजारो कार्यकर्ताओं के सेवा और समर्पण को ही प्रतिष्ठित किया है. विवेकानंद केंद्र गांधी शांति पुरस्कार को सहर्षातासे, कृतज्ञता से तथा अत्यंत विनयतापूर्वक स्वीकार करते हुए इस कार्य को निरन्तरता से और परिणामकारी आगे ले जाने का दृढ़ संकल्प दोहराता है। पुलवामा की आतंकी घटना और उसमे शहीद हुए हमारे वीर जवानों का स्मरण करते हुए, इस पुरस्कार में प्राप्त राशी, विवेकानंद केंद्र, भारतीय सेना और शहीद जवानों के परिवार के हित में विनिमय करनेका निर्णय लेता हैं ।

Vivekananda Kendra Rural Development Program Activity in June

Service activities
    1.“Through  75  Balwadis, 1679 rural Children  were nurtured. In all the Balwadis, Malt along with hygienically prepared, highly nutritive lunch with vegetables were served during the day and in the evening vitamin-rich cereals were provided to the children”.
    2. Eye  camps  were  conducted  at 3 places, in  Kanyakumari, Nellai and Thoothukudi districts in which 717 were treated for  their  eye ailments  and 144 underwent a cataract operation. 34 persons were given eye medicines and 37 persons were given spectacles.
    3. In  our  Medicare  Programme, 1681   patients  were  examined  and  treated for  various common  ailments,  through  14  Rural Medical Centers in Kanyakumari, Nellai and  Thoothukudi districts.
    4. 5 tailoring units are functioning well in Nellai district with the total attendance of 94.

Cultural activities
    5. Yoga Varga has been conducted at  2 places in Aruppukottai and Kovilpatti where 26 persons attended.
    6. Vivekavani Subscriptions including 78 and seven Patrons were collected.
    7. Shivalinga Pooja conducted at 3 places in Kanyakumari District where 212 devotees participated.
    8. Under  ‘Adopt  a  Granny  Programme’, 28 destitutes  and old people were provided with monthly solatiums,  in  the  form  of  rice,  dhal,oil,etc., for their  livelihood   and   121  persons provided with rice only in Southern five districts of  Tamilnadu.
    9. 94 women are being benefited in 5 Self Help Groups in Kanyakumari district.   
    10. Durga Pooja conducted at 3 places, in Kanyakumari District 246 devotees participated.
    11. Through various branch centers, including Thoothukudi A.O.  and book stalls, literature books were  sold  for Rs.34,450/- .
    12. Monthly Deepa poojas were  organized in 221 village temples in five  districts   of   Southern  Tamilnadu,  in  which  8082  ladies participated  and  offered   prayers  for the welfare of the self, family and the society.
    13. In 170 Sanskara Vargas, 6514 students participated. The students were taught about the values of Indian Culture through games, lectures & lessons.  The feelings of oneness were strengthened among the participants, through patriotic songs and games.
    14. Under Amrita Surabhi Scheme, our Kendra workers collected 559 Kgs of rice from Southern
five districts.
    15. Yoga camp performed in Kovilpatti 54 gents participated.
    16. Cultural class teachers training programme was conducted in Surandai,Tirunelveli district and 40 teachers participated.
    17. Parents meeting was conducted in Ramnad district at3 places and 65 participated.
    18. 1008 Deepa Pooja conducted on 9th, 15th,& 23th June 2019  respectively in Nainarkovil -
Sri Sowuntharanayagi sametha Arulmigu Naganathar Temple, Ambai - Sri Agastheeshwarar Temple and Tiruchuli- Arulmigu Thunaimalaiamman Sametha Thirumeninatha Swami Temple and  where 700, 861 and  1012 devotees participated from 70 villages. Before Deepa Pooja Mathru Sammelan and precession conducted in which Cultural class,  Balwadi students dramas, and songs  performed.   Kendra Varga performed in Aruppukottai two places and 46 persons participated.
    19. An international Yoga day programme was conducted in 14 places from Southern five district
890 person participated.
    20.  “Sri Rama  Jeya  Rama” Mantra  was  chanted  during  Deepa Pooja, Shivalinga Pooja  and  daily with  our  Balwadi  school  children, cultural class  students and during  monthly  meetings  by  our  Balwadi  teachers and Social Workers. This month nearly 7,76,624 times mantras were chanted in 84 localities.

Inspiring Incidents
R.Mallika – Andarkulam – Kanyakumari district
There are 32 kids in our Creche. One week back the fan didn’t work and the kids couldn’t sleep because of sweating. I searched for somebody to repair the fan. K.Anish, +1 student (an old student of our Creche) came forward to get it repaired. He took the fan to the electric shop and returned back within one hour. He himself connected the fan and checked properly. His volunteer service in that young age impressed me. All the kids were happy and thanked him.

R.Reginal – Thengamputhoor _ Kanyakumari district
One day I was walking towards the bus stop. At that time a student named Santhanalakshmi ran to me and fell down on my foot asking me to bless her as her X STD Exam started that day. She studied in our Creche. I was stunned by her deed and blessed whole heartedly. She introduced me  proudly to her friends that I was the ladder pushing her up in her childhood. She also told me that she stood first in her class. I felt much proud of that incident and thought of Swamiji for his blessings. We are kept in high position because of Kendra service.

P.Muneeswari – Chekkarakudi – II – Thoothukudi district
On 18.03.2018 during the Deepa Pooja at Ottapidaram, we had staged a skit on “Awake Hindus”. After seeing the skit, a lady came to me and congratulated me for acting humorously. She also told that all the Hindus must see that because many of them didn’t know how a Hindu should be. She assured me that next time she would bring all her neighbors to the mass pooja. I felt proud on hearing the effect of our effort.

V.Somasundari – Chekkarakudi – 1 – Thoothukudi district
A child named Akkinimuthu is studying in our Creche. One day her mother fetched him saying that he had fever the day before. She asked me to inform her if fever repeated. Keeping it in mind, the child came to me again and again saying “Teacher I have fever”. I felt that he was OK. In order to divert him I asked him to say Sivapuranam. The other kids also started saying Sivapuranam. Then all went to sleep. In the evening I asked Akkinimuthu how he was. He replied me that his fever had gone as he said Sivapuranam. He also repeated the same to her mother also. She felt very happy on his faith and at home she started chanting Sivapuranam. This event touched my heart.

A.Kanagambaram – Kovilpatti – Thoothukudi district
Once I was walking along the roadside of Kulathur. A lady had approached me and asked when the summer class would start. I asked her to wait for the notice and asked her the reason. She replied me that after attending the class last year her daughter had developed many good habits such as feeding crows, drawing kolam with rice flour and so on. Her awareness and faith touched my heart.

Packia Saroja – Peyankuzhi – Kanyakumari District
On 07.02.2018 some people from Aralvaimozhi came to Vivekanandapuram for routine eye checkup after getting operated through our free eye camp. Unfortunately they had forgotten to bring their Check-up cards. The doctors asked them to bring them from their homes. As they couldn’t go and return before the close of the camp they were confused. A lady accompanied them wisely contacted the people at home and asked them to send the needed cards through whatsapp. Then everything went on well. The timely help of quick technology touched my heart.

S.Shanmuga Bharathi – Vallioor –Tirunelveli district
On 25.02.2018 an aged person who underwent cataract operation in one eye camp through Kendra free eye camp the previous year attended the camp at Swami Sivananda Hospital, Pathamadai. He was selected for operation in the other eye. Without any hesitation he happily accepted and told that because of the previous camp he got one eye operated and could see well. Hence he had no fear and much confidence in Kendra eye camp. His confidence touched my heart.

Acharya Prashikshan Shibir 2019

Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari
Acharya Prashikshan Shibir – 2019 (02.04.2019 – 27.04.2019)
Acharya Prashikshan Shibir, an annual program organised by Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari every year to update the learning and teaching skills of the teachers of VKVs. Further inculcate the value systems and make them aware about the Bharatiya Sanskriti and Kendra activities.
The  Acharya Prashikshan Shibir of 2019 was attended by 5 KGBV teachers, 61 teachers of Arunachal Pradesh , 56 teachers of Assam, 4 teachers of Andaman and 2 teachers from Kallubalu representing 28 VKVs under VKVAPT, 17 VKVs under VKSPV and 4 and 2 teachers of Andaman and Karnataka respectively. All of them reported on 2nd April 2019 at Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari. There were 76 Sisters and 52 Brothers in total.   
1. List of Participants – Assam /Arunachal Pradesh/ Andaman / Karnataka

From Green Warrior to Respect Ecological Cycles

Stephen William Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author.
He predicted that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was a vigorous supporter of the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Hawking is known all over the world through his book ‘A Brief History of Time’ appeared on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

In 1963, Hawking was diagnosed with an early-onset, slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease (MND), that gradually paralysed him over the decades. Even after the loss of his speech, he was still able to communicate through a speech-generating device. He died on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76, after living with the disease for more than 50 years. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

In this month we have covered Green Warrior – Sarala Devi.

In happenings section, we have covered various training programmes such as: (i) Api culture (ii) Azolla technology (iii) Varma Bone setting practices (iv) Traditional Floor making technology (v) Motivational camp for Thattankudiruppu villagers and usual Networking.

In the wisdom section, Jeremy Seabrook, Editor of “Greening the Planet” emphasizes the importance of a paradigm shift to change the exploitative pattern of development, the famous Ecologist Shri. Edward Goldsmith appreciates the concept of Gross National Happiness of Bhutan and finally Dr. Vandana Shiva, a renowned Ecologist pleads to repair the broken water and fertility cycle for survival.
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