Sunday 14 December 2014

Vivekananda Kendra: A Thought Movement

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Eknath Ranade used to call the Vivekananda Kendra, not only a service Mission, with a cadre of dedicated life-workers both men and women, but he also used to call it a Thought Movement, the thought being selfless service.

He used to say, how very many or how few we are in the Vivekananda Kendra within our cadre for life will not matter so very much, if we conceive of Vivekananda Kendra as a Thought Movement for selfless service. Let people do selfless service, not for life, for a few years, months, or only days, even for a few hours and not under the auspices of Vivekananda Kendra but under the auspices of any organisation or no organisation at all, absolutely on their own as individuals in their own neighbourhood, in their own family even, teaching or nursing their own servant, whoever is in need but do this as selfless service. The spread of this thought, the inculcation of this idea of selfless service, is the essence of the Vivekananda Kendra work.
And spreading this idea even beyond the borders of India, abroad, was his last dream in the form of Vivekananda Kendra, International. He knew that this was only his dream, for he knew he had not the time, not the energy and the strength. But he had cherished another dream, earlier, which he thought was not to be only a dream, but which he wished to translate into a reality. He had thought and planned and also expressed at meetings with life-workers of the Kendra, that with the co-operation and support of well-wishers in all parts of India, in the decennial year of the Vivekananda Kendra, 1982, for Vivekananda Kendra was started in 1972, we should have a branch of Vivekananda Kendra in ever, district of our country.
The dream was certainly desirable, but the plan seemed quite ambitious, yet the desire was very much there in him as among the workers. The dream and the plan remain still with us.

- from "The Man and his Mission" by Late Prof. K. N. VASWANI Ex Vice-President, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari
Tale of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Kanyakumari Temple viewed from Bengal sea

The Kanyakumari Temple as viewed from the Bengal sea. The temple wall and the eastern Gopuram is prominetly seen.

At the southernmost tip of India's Mainland, where her easten and the western coasts meet, there stands, from olden times, a small village by name Kanyakumari.

A meeting point of three waters, the Bengal sea, the Indian ocean and the Arabian sea, the place suggests itself as a symbol of unity, besides presenting a rare view of scenic beauty.

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Freed from attachment, non-egoistic, endowed with courage and enthusiasm and unperturbed by success or failure, the worker is known as a pure (Sattvika) one. Four outstanding and essential qualities of a worker. - Bhagwad Gita : XVIII-26

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