Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mantra for Development is Peace and Security

Mantra for Development is Peace and SecurityRapid development will happen only where there is peace and security said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, while inaugurating a two-day national seminar on development and security organized by Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi in collaboration with Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Arunachal Pradesh here today.In his inaugural address, Gen Singh dwelt in length on development activities in the State. He pictured the State during its inception when there were two schools and few kilometers of road to coming up of four lane road, airports and railway tracks.

But, he cautioned, as Governor of the State, I have to ensure that development is not forced on the people and they become mute spectators. It should in a pace, which they can absorb. I want to see that Arunachalees are the biggest beneficiaries of the development process, he added.

We have come a long way and today stand at par with many developed States of our country. In fact, for 2009-10 the growth rate of the State was more than 22% which was the highest for any State of the country. I see a bright future for Arunachal Pradesh as security has been well address by the nation, he said.

Gen Singh, while acknowledging the immense contributions of the Vivekananda Kendra in the State recalled his close association with organization and VKV Tafragaon in early seventies, when he was a battalion commander in Lohit area.

In his keynote address, Chairman of Vivekananda International Foundation, Admiral KK Nayyar, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff said “development is due to effort of human being and we have to develop our human resources. Development should be inclusive and there should be no place for corruption”.

Stating that increase in life expectancy as indicator of development, he said it is the summarization of development process.

Sharing his ideas on security, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff said, problem of security is more from internal than external. With better education and better information, we can erase internal problems and communal tension and secure our way of life and our culture. Referring stapled visa, claims on Arunachal Pradesh by China, Admiral Nayyar said, we should take note of it, but should not fear.

On the huge hydropower potential of Arunachal Pradesh, Chairman of Vivekananda International Foundation said, size of rehabilitation is not big and therefore central government should facilitate in the speedy implementation.

Former Vice Chief of Naval Staff concluded his speech by stating, ‘For many years people of Arunachal Pradesh have lived up to the our expectation and now it is the time rest of the country rise to the expectation of these people.’

Vice President of all India Vivekananda Kendra A. Balakrishnan said, national security is the responsibility of every citizen and not just armed forces or the police. But it will be taken care if we have right kind of education, he said while informing that Vivekananda Kendra are doing its best in its humble ways to provide right type of education.

Dwelling on background of Vivekananda Kendra in Arunachal Pradesh, Vice President of all India Vivekananda Kendra informed that organization which set its foot in the State in 1974 started providing formal education to children in 1977 with start of seven residential schools in five districts. Today, it has expanded to thirty-three schools spread all over the State from Tirap to Tawang.

In his welcome address, Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Arunachal Pradesh Chapter State Coordinator, Dr. Tejum Padu gave an overview of the seminar. Pointing at the recent controversies like stapled visa, claims on Arunachal Pradesh by China and inserting of Arunachal Pradesh in Google maps of China, Dr. Padu said that such seminars was necessary in Arunachal Pradesh.

Earlier Governor released Golden Vine of R Hynniewtrep, the Khasi Heritage by Suman Sing Sawian and Heritage of Kamakhya on the Nilachala Hill, both published by Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture.

Courtesy : PRO, Raj Bhavan & Arunachal Times

For more information about various Activities of Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) please visit drop an email to info[at] or call at (011)24106698.

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Book Fair in Khandwa

नैशनल बुक ट्रस्ट,इंडिया और पुष्पांजलि सोशल वैल्फैयर एसोसिएसन इंदौर के सयुक्त तत्वावधान में शहर के मध्य स्थित "माणिक्य स्मारक वाचनालय", खंडवा में 1-7 अप्रैल तक एक पुस्तक मेला सम्पन्न हुआ, जिसमे धर्मं, संस्कृति, साहित्य, उपन्यास, पाक शास्त्र, बच्चों की प्रेरक और मनोरंजक कहानियों की पुस्तकों के साथ ही आदिवासी कल्याण विभाग, वन्या प्रकाशन एवं विविध प्रकाशनों के बुक स्टाल लगे, इसमें विवेकानंद केंद्र को आमंत्रित किया गया और विवेकानंद केंद्र खांङवा द्वारा एक साहित्य का स्टाल लगाया गया .

पुस्तक मेले के अवलोकन के लिए नगर के गणमान्य नागरिक आये और उन्होंने विवेकानंद साहित्य में रूचि दिखाई |

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Monday, April 18, 2011

"Narendravani 2011" - Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Kallubalu Annual Magazine

NarendraVani KallubaluVKV 2010-11

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Param Prujya Swami Ramdev Baba visits to Vivekananda Rock Memorial & Vivekananda Kendra

The Yoga Guru and head of Patanjali Yoga Vidyapith, Hrishikesh Swami Ramdev Baba arrived Vivekanandapuram, Kanyakumari in the afternoon on 28 Macrh 2011. He was received with the Pornakumbha by Ma Balakrishnanji, Ma Niveditadidi, Shri Hanumantharaoji and other Kendra karyakartas and after that he visited Vivekananda Rock Memorial (VRM). He was accompanied by Shri Raghunathan and Shri Deepak and was received by Shri Avinashji (all Jeevanvratis of Vivekananda Kendra) on the Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

He was very much delighted after seeing the great monument and when he came to know that Vivekananda Kendra is engaged in Man-Making and Nation Building work all over the country. He said, "When I recently visited Arunachal Pradesh & Assam, I myself had the glimpse of its work in a short duration. This type of work our country needs and you are doing the wonderful work. My best wishes."

Here are the remarks noted down in the Visitors’ Book at VRM.
भारतीय ऋषि परम्परा के गौरव संन्यास के शिखर पुरुष स्वामी विवेकानन्द की इस बोध भूमि पर आकार मेरा रोम रोम, मन, प्राण, ह्रदय, आत्मा, आनन्द, उत्साह व उर्जा से भर गया |

मैं स्वामीजी के सपनों का भारत बनाने में अपना पूरा जीवन अर्पित कर रहा हूँ व करूँगा |

विदेशी कंपनियों के व्यापर, भ्रष्टाचार व व्यक्ति को उसकी अन्ता कलुशितता से मुक्त बनता हुआ अपना ही विस्तार जगत में देखता हुआ जीवन में पूर्णता को उपलब्ध करूँगा |

उस महामानव, युग प्रणेता को मेरा कोटिशः प्रणाम |

स्वामी रामदेव

In Vivekanandapuram he spoke to all the Poornakaleen and socially to the Shiksharties, who are under going 4 months training at present. He for half an hour and stressed that we should use Swadeshi things so the village economy will increase and it will not allow the MNCs to grow more in number, practice yoga ( specially Kapalbhati & Pranayam) so the health will be good and whatever you do, do with commitment (Nishtha). This itself show us the path for marching forward – Charaiveti, Charaiveti….

In the evening at 1700 hrs there was a public programme in our campus beach as it is held all over the country. 2000 people attended this programme and after the programme he left for Thiruvananthapuram.

For more information about various Activities & Camps at Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari please visit drop an email to info[at] or call at (04652)247012.


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Sunday, April 3, 2011



Dear Brothers & Sisters,

The report for the activities, conducted by VKRDP, during the month of January & February 2011 is detailed below, for your kind information:

1. Through 75 Balwadis, 2,136 rural Children were nurtured. In the Balwadis, Malt, Hygienically prepared highly nutritive lunch were served, with vegetables, and evening, vitamin rich cereals were provided to the children.

2. In Medicare Programme, 4,819 patients were examined and treated for various common ailments, through 15 Rural Medical Centres.

3. In 224 Samskara Vargas, 6,797 students participated. The students were taught about the values of Indian Culture, through games and lessons. The feelings of oneness are strengthened among participants, through patriotic songs and games.

4. Under Sponsor A Grannie Parent Programme, 25 destitutes - old people were provided with monthly solatiums, in the form of rice, dhal, oil, etc., for their livelihood and 44 persons provided rice only.

5. With the assistance of Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli Free Eye Screening Camps were organised at six places. 1,128 patients were screened and 312 were operated for cataract.

6. Village level Deepa Poojas were organised in 265 temples with 10,940 women participants, who offered their prayers to God for the welfare of all people.

7. Vivekananda Kendra workers and volunteers have collected 2,761 Kgs. of rice, from the people of Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Virudhunagar Districts, under Amrita Surabhi Scheme.

8. Through various branch centres and Book stalls, Rs.1,60,358/- worth of literature books were sold.

9. Subscriptions for 209 Vivekavani were registered.

10. 80 women being benefited in 4 Self Help Groups in Kanyakumari district.

11. Swadhyaya Varga was organised in Paramakudi in which 39 persons participated.

12. Yoga Varga is being conducted in three places in Kovilpatti, Ramnad and Aruppukottai and 68 persons attended.

13. Four Tailoring units are functioning in Kanyakumari & Tirunelveli districts and total attendance is 71.

14. Shivalinga Poojas were conducted at two places in Kanyakumari District and 103 members participated.

15. Durga Pooja was conducted in Peyankuzhy of Kanyakumari District and 100 sister participated.

16. Chanting of Sri Rama Jaya Rama Mantra was held during Deepa Pooja, Shivalinga Pooja and also daily by Balwadi School Children, Cultural Class Students and during Monthly Meetings by Balwadi Teachers and Social Workers. Every month nearly 5,28,810 times mantras were chanted in 135 localities.

17. Swami Vivekanandar picture was pasted 70 houses from 2 villages of Virudhunagar District.

18. Swami Vivekanandar Vizha was celebrated in 38 places in which 9,928 people participated.

19. Gita Jayanthi was celebrated in 7 places, 955 persons attended the function.

20. Anna Pooja was celebrated in Ramnada and Rameshwaram, 10,467Kgs. rice was collected from 25 village people, 302 persons were attended this function.

21. VACS+1, +2 certificates distribution function was celebrated at Kovilpatti and Sankarankoil in Thoothukudi district and 166 students were participated from 10 schools.

22. On 30.01.2011, 115th year of Swami Vivekananda's triumphal return from West has been celebrated by Vivekananda Kendra. In that same day a huge procession with Swamiji's picture went along the streets and reached Kumaran Padithurai where Swami Vivekananda gave his Paramakudi lecture . Vivekananda Kendra Ramnad district-in-charge welcomed one and all. The Principal of Nanal Spoken English Centre Shri R. Suresh Kannan thanked everyone.

23. Under VACS Higher Secondary Level the book Narguna Nayagar Swami Vivekananda and Sri Sarada Devi the Divine mother was given to the students (8,375 students from 165 schools + 14 Religious class) after a sufficient period of study during which the teachers help the students in understanding and imbibing the values. 6,855 students written the examination and 5,976 students passed. Two separate residential camps for boys and girls were held as under:

  1. 27.12.2010 to 30.12.2010 - 69 schools 154 students 10 teachers & parents

  2. 31.12.2010 to 03.01.2011 - 62 schools 176 students 46 teachers & parents


Swami Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary falls on 12.01.2013. To celebrate the holy day in a fitting manner, the Vivekananda Kendra is taking Swami Vivekananda’s message to millions of young men and women across the country. Already, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Arunachal have given the message to lakhs of college students and have involved thousands of youth is one day camps and five day camps, in this connection.

In 2009 it was decided that the Kendra would celebrate the youth power of Tamil Nadu in 2011. As the first phase, a book was prepared on the life and message of Swami Vivekananda in Tamil. The information of the ‘Velga Velgavey’ programme was taken to 75,000 students in 200 colleges from 13 districts of Tamil Nadu. 35,000 students registered for the programme and 32,000 of them wrote a simple test on the book.

One day leadership training programme was conducted in individual colleges and in some bunches of colleges together. 4,000 students participated in those events involving training in leadership, games, patriotic songs and lectures on organization. They were from 93 colleges. The camp was held from 21.01.2011 evening to 26.01.2011 afternoon under the leadership of our Kendra Vice President Shri Balakrishnanji and Su. B. Nivedita. Indian Space Research Organisation Scientist Shri Sivathanu Pillai has also participated and gave a valid speech. In the concluding day Shri Chidambaram, Principal Scientific advisor to Government of India participated in the concluding day and the function was celebrated in a grand manner. Students from 92 colleges both boys(444) and girls(569) all over the state of Tamil Nadu participated in the camp.

25. Matru Pooja was organized in two places 202 students, parents and public were attended this programme.

26. On 24.01.2011 Parents meeting was conducted at Mangavilai in Kanyakumari District 20 parents were participated.

27. The winners of the district-level competitions were invited to Kanyakumari for the inter-district competitions and the children’s festival was conducted from 17.02.2011 to 20.02.2011, 95 schools 66 students, 132 parents and 18 teachers were participated. In this camp they learnt yoga, bhajans, Indian culture, Swami Vivekananda, Kendra activities and games. Cultural programmes were performed by the carnival students, parents and teachers. The Manager, State Bank of India, Vivekanandapuram was presided over the function and distributed the prizes to the winners.

28. An Essay Competition was conducted for School teachers and College Professors on the theme of "HOW DO THE EVILS OF ALCOHOL, VULGAR TV SHOWS AND FILMS AFFECT INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES? HOW CAN INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND THE SOCIETY COUNTER THEM?". 57 School & College Teachers were participated from 27 schools and colleges. The best essays were awarded with suitable prizes with certificates. The teachers were invited to the Kendra camp. The prize winning essays are being serialized in Kendra’s magazines and periodicals.
29. Every month we are distributing the rice which is collected through Amrit Surabhi and Anna pooja to Balwadi children, old poor people and also the following institutions, educational institutions etc., as follows.

  1. Sri Saratha Devi Anbu Illam, Nagercoil - 100 Kg.

  2. Mouna Gurusamy Madam, Thottiyodu - 200 Kg.

  3. Avvai Ashram, Sivasailam - 200 Kg.

  4. Hindu Middle School, Thirumalapuram - 400 Kg.

  5. Hindu Middle School, Kalanthapanai - 100 Kg.

  6. Jothi Primary School, Kumbikulam - 100 Kg.

  7. Balwadi child and Grannies - 5,175 Kg.



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(from our balwadi teachers & workers)


The Balasevikas were given a booklet on Kendra (Kalvikoodangalil Panpattu Panigal) work in the field of culture in schools, higher secondary schools, colleges etc.,. The crèche child Ramya’s mother borrowed one day the booklet and brought it back next day. She said the Kendra is doing so much work that we are happy that our child is studying in the Kendra crèche. The crèche is the pride of our village she said.


The cultural class arranged a walking trip a pilgrim centre 6 km. away from this village. Two crèche children Ramya and Selvi wanted to come along. The balasevikas offered to take them in a Van on some other day. But the children would not listen. The balasevika yielded and the two children walked the entire distance of 6 kilometres and visited the temple. The balasevikas revised their opinion about stamina and grit of the children.


Kanagaraj is a child in this crèche. His brother studies in a higher class in a school which charges high rates of tuition fee. Kanagaraj’s father returned from hig foreign job and tested both his sons. The younger Kanagaraj, the crèche child could recite rhymes, proverbs and the alphabets. His elder brother studying a higher class could not match him. The proud father recorded Kanagaraj’s recitations and carried it to his foreign residence. "Every day I listen to my son’s voice intoning healthy chants before I go for my work".


Priya, a creche child got ready by 7.00 a.m. and insisted that her mother take her to the creche. Her mother had to bold back her enthusiasm as the creche opens only at 9’o clock. Priya’s mother was happy that such a young girl attends creche without crying.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

VK-NARDEP : February 2011 Newsletter Published

Vivekananda Kendra-NARDEP Newsletter each month brings you not just VK-NARDEP monthly activities but also many aspects of Environmental philosophy behind our work.

Gaia - or Mother Earth : How to understand the feeling of belonging to one earth? Not as an intellectual exercise but as a part of our very being and existence? Just read this quote As you experience this dynamic, ever-shifting reality, you may suddenly find yourself in a state of meditation, a state in which you lose your sense of separate identity, and become totally engrossed in the life process being contemplated. A mystic? No. This is from a computational scientist, Stephen Harding, who is working with James Lovelock on Gaia systems approach. In an excerpt we have published, he explains how our biology curriculum should make the children tune in with the heart pulse of the planetary organism.


We continue our series. The second part of how to arrive at a sustainable building technology, explains how to calculate the embedded energy or emergy of various building components and also various building activities. Such an approach leads to diversification of technology. We cannot have the same uniform building technology but different technologies based on the particular region, taking into account the local materials, human conditions, environment and climate as well as local cultures. Do not miss this wonderful second part of the article on sustainable building technology.


This month we have conducted a series of workshops on water democracy for children, rural women as well as college students. The green health home has been active. Our medical team consisting of Dr. V.Ganapathi and others have documented the traditional Vaidhyas system of anti-venomn practices. Five bio-methanation plants have been commissioned. Azolla as well as Shalthi Surabhi training camps have been conducted. You can find info on all these in our newsletter.


Ultimately future belongs to the children. With what value system we bring up our children shall determine the future of the earth. Who is in a better position to realize this than our school teachers? And how well are they aware of the ecological problems that humanity faces and also what solution our cutural heritage and value system offers? You can find that out in an exemplary Tamil book written by a teacher of Vivekananda Kendra Vidhyalaya which has been reviewed and shared in this newsletter.


In our visions of wisdom section, we also share with you, what a famous writer, a spiritual monk and a eastern anthropologist talk about compassion, meeting of science & spirtuality and also human condition respectively.


You can read them all in February newsletter available for download here.Do write back to us conveying your feelings and suggestions.

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For more information about Vivekananda Kendra Natural Resources Development Project (VK-NARDEP) please visit the website