News of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission : 1 April 2016

Personalia

Revered President Maharaj’s health condition is now stable. He continues to be at Seva Pratishthan.

Swami Smarananandaji will be visiting Baranagar Mission Ashrama from 4 to 9 April, and Chandipur and Tamluk from 17 to 23 April. He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji is scheduled to visit Vrindaban and Delhi from 5 to 11 April, and Ranchi from 18 to 23 April.  Now at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji returned to Belur Math on 23 March from Kankurgachhi Math where he was recovering from the knee replacement surgery on his left knee. He is keeping well. He will be visiting Kankurgachhi from 26 April to 7 May.

Headquarters

The birthday (tithi  puja)  of  Sri  Ramakrishna  was  celebrated  at  Belur  Math  on  Thursday, 10 March. Cooked prasad was served to about 24,000 devotees. The General Secretary presided over the public meeting held in the afternoon.

The annual Public Celebration in connection with Sri Ramakrishna’s birthday was held at Belur Math on Sunday, 13 March. More than a lakh visitors thronged the premises throughout the day. Cooked prasad was served to about 36,000 persons.

Siddharth United Social Welfare Mission (SUSWM), Kolkata, conferred SUSWM Great Social Service Award 2016 on Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission in recognition of the twin organizations’ service to society. On behalf of the Math and Mission, Swami Divyananda received the award, comprising a medal and a citation, in a function held in Kolkata on 13 March.

Swami Smarananandaji inaugurated the newly built multipurpose block on the campus of Probationers’ Training Centre at Belur Math on 4 March, and the new educational and cultural complex near the Old Math (erstwhile Nilambar Mukherjee’s Garden House) at Belur Math on 9 March.

It was decided by the Trustees of Ramakrishna Math and Members of the Governing Body of Ramakrishna Mission on 29 March that the Assistant Secretaries at the Headquarters would henceforth be designated as Assistant General Secretaries.

 

Celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sister Nivedita

Chennai Math held a hari-katha (discourse intermingled with songs) on Sister Nivedita during Vivekananda Navaratri celebrations on 9 February at Vivekananda House. A special photo exhibition on Nivedita was also arranged.

Ranchi Morabadi centre conducted five block-level and one district-level youth conventions from 10 February to 5 March. In all, 1013 youths participated in the conventions. The centre also held a programme on women empowerment on  8 March, International Women’s Day, in which about 350 women from 101 villages took part.

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House & Cultural Centre, Kolkata, held two lectures on 22 February and 18 March which were attended altogether by 450 people.

Communication Addresses

Email IDs: The following centres have got new email ids shown against their names:

Centre New ID Centre New ID
Baranagar Mission baranagar.mission@rkmm.org Kalady kalady@rkmm.org
Cossipore cossipore@rkmm.org Shivanahalli shivanahalli@rkmm.org
Hyderabad hyderabad@rkmm.org Sinthi (Beni Pal Udyan) sinthi@rkmm.org

Website Address: Imphal centre has launched a website with address <www.rkmimphal.org>.

News of Branch Centres (in India)

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly set-up exhibition on Swami Vivekananda at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur, on 1 March.

Vivekananda University conducted a national seminar on the three major schools of Vedanta from 29 February to 3 March. Sri E S L Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, inaugurated the seminar, and the General Secretary presided over the inaugural meeting. Special lectures on different Vedantic texts were also held from 1 to 5 March.

Chandipur Math held the inaugural function of its yearlong centenary celebration on 10 March, the sacred birthday of Sri Ramakrishna, with special puja, a procession, a public meeting and cultural events. About 8000 people attended the programmes. A seminar for teachers was held on 12 March in which 160 teachers took part. On 20 March the General Secretary inaugurated the newly built first floor on Vivekananda Hall and presided over a youth convention which was attended by 190 youths.

Swami Gautamanandaji, a Trustee of Ramakrishna Math and Member of the Governing Body of Ramakrishna Mission,  inaugurated the newly built staff quarters, ‘Swami Ramakrishnananda Bhavan’ at Kadapa centre on 12 March.

Cooch Behar centre conducted a teachers’ convention on 13 March in which 120 teachers from different schools and colleges of Cooch Behar district participated.

Chennai Math distributed buttermilk and sharbat to about 37,000 people on 20 and 21 March on the occasion of the annual Ratha Yatra and other celebrations of  Sri Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai.  The centre also conducted a cleaning programme on the temple’s campus on 21 March.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated, in the presence of Swami Shivamayanandaji and others, the newly constructed vocational-training-cum-production centre of Baghbazar Math on 25 March. The unit is located at Pranakrishna Mukherjee Lane, Kolkata.

Students of Chennai Students’ Home polytechnic participated in the Inter Polytechnic Athletic Association (IPAA) Divisional Tournament 2015-2016 organized by Department of Technical Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, and won in the following games: Kho-Kho (secured 1st place), Hand Ball (secured 1st place), Ball Badminton (secured 2nd place), Cricket (secured 3rd place), Kabaddi (secured 3rd place).

The students also participated in IPAA Divisional Athletic Meet and won 22 prizes in different events. The college also secured the Overall Championship for Sports and Games and Overall Championship for Athletics awards in the Tournament.

Further, in the Inter-Division Sports Meet they secured first place in Kho-Kho and March Past events, and three prizes in athletic events. Trophies, medals and certificates were issued to the winners and the college.

King Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain, conducts, on its campus, a programme called Model United Nations (MUN) which is a simulation of the workings of different organs of the United Nations. In that programme, delegates representing a country or an international organization debate on issues of international relevance. A student of Chennai Vidyapith participated as chairperson of the Human Rights Council in the fourth edition of MUN which was held from 2 to 5 February.

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) held its ‘Expression Series’ competition with Swami Vivekananda as the theme on 12 January. A class-9 student of Deoghar Vidyapith participated in it and was awarded a certificate of merit and a sum of 2500 rupees for his essay on Swamiji in Sanskrit.

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre Dates of camps Patients checked / treated Specs given Surgeries
no. performed at
1 Bankura 26  Feb to 28 Mar 720 68 133 Our eye care centre in Bankura
2 Chennai Math* 7 Feb & 20 Mar 192 70 14 An eye hospital in Chennai
3 Delhi February 85 35 Our clinic in Delhi
4 Garbeta 24 March 195 10 30 Our eye care centre in Garbeta
5 Halasuru February 833 264 264 A hospital in Bengaluru
6 Jamshedpur 11 Feb to 17 Mar 195 62 A hospital in Jamshedpur
7 Kamarpukur March 438 245 103 Our eye care centre in Kamarpukur
8 Khetri March 165 47 An eye hospital in Jaipur
9 Lucknow March 1565 280 Our Lucknow hospital
10 Madurai 20 March 257 2 52 An eye hospital in Madurai
11 Manasadwip 7 February 222 22 Our Seva Pratishthan hospital
12 Porbandar 11 March 50 15 An eye hospital in Virnagar
13 Pune February 142 48 11 A hospital in Kolhapur
14 Rajamahendravaram 6 to 13 March 176 21 1 A hospital in Dt. East Godavari
15 Rajkot March 63 39 Our eye care centre in Rajkot
16 Salem 28 Feb to 13 Mar 384 70 33 An eye hospital in Salem
17 Seva Pratishthan 24 Jan & 6 Mar 285 35 35 Our Seva Pratishthan hospital
  • through Chengalpattu centre

The following centres conducted eye care programmes, details of which are given below:

Sl. Centre Dates Persons checked Specs given Surgeries performed
1 Lucknow March 316 children 3
2 Ranchi Morabadi 18 Feb to 17 Mar 1598 children and 524 adults 46 16

On 13 March, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry) centre conducted a free medical camp at Rampachodavaram, a place mostly inhabited by tribal people.  A team of 15 doctors, including a few specialists, treated 803 patients, of whom 217 underwent different diagnostic tests.

Madurai Math held an acupuncture camp on 20 March in which 61 patients were treated.

Swachchha Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign)

The following centres conducted cleanliness drives in their respective areas and raised public awareness about cleanliness:

Students and staff of Chennai Students’ Home polytechnic cleaned a government hospital in Chennai on 27 February.

Kamarpukur centre carried out its fourth cleanliness drive on 27 March in which several monks, employees and volunteers cleaned a few streets in and around Kamarpukur village.

Nagpur Math, as a part of its yearlong Swami Akhandananda Swachchhata Prakalpa, held three cleaning programmes in March in which 80 people cleaned a slum in Nagpur.

Students and teachers of Indore school cleaned a public road in the city on 21 March.

Values Education and Youth-related Programmes conducted by centres in India

Delhi centre conducted (i) a workshop for school principals on 16 March which was attended by 186 persons, mainly principals, and (ii) a two-day values education workshop for school teachers on 29 and 30 March which was attended by 128 teachers.

Gurap Ashrama conducted two programmes on values education on 25 and 26 March which were attended by 380 persons, comprising mainly students, on each day.

Haripad Math held 9 values educations camps in February-March in which 1044 students took part.

Jammu Ashrama conducted a values education programme on 6 March which was attended by about 200 people.

Kamarpukur centre held seminars on values education on 15 and 26 March in which altogether 800 delegates participated.

Khetri centre conducted the following programmes from 20 January to 20 February:

  1. 21 values education workshops in schools and colleges of Khetri and nearby areas in which 2324 students and 69 teachers participated, and
  2. 5 sessions of personal counselling in which 47 students were counselled by experts.

Pune Math held a seminar on personality development on 26 February in which 165 nursing students took part.

Visakhapatnam centre held a competition on Swami Vivekananda’s quotations from 16 January to 6 February in which 18,400 students of 196 schools in 3 districts of Andhra Pradesh participated.

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

Three ministers of the Government of Bangladesh, namely Finance Minister Mr Abul Mal Abdul Muhit, Home Minister Mr Asaduzzaman Khan, and State Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki, and several other dignitaries spoke in the meetings organized by Dhaka centre as a part of its five-day-long Sri Ramakrishna’s birthday celebration from 7 to 11 March.

 

On 19 March, Swami Vivekananda College of Ramakrishna Mission, Fiji, co-organized a leadership orientation programme for students of 9 secondary schools of Nadi in which 241 students and 37 teachers participated.

Obituary

Swami Samagrananda

We record with sorrow the passing away of Swami Samagranandaji (Vidyaprasanna Maharaj) on 23 March at 11.10 pm at Tiruvalla Ashrama. He was 86 and had been suffering from some old-age ailments for the last few years. Initiated by Swami Shankaranandaji Maharaj, he joined the Order in 1950 at Mangaluru centre and had Sannyasa from his Guru in 1960. Besides his joining centre he served at Belur Math (where he was mainly engaged in rendering personal service to Swami Devatmanandaji [Indu Maharaj] of Portland centre who had returned to India owing to ill-health) and Chandigarh,  Kozhikode, Tiruvalla,  Coimbatore  Mission and Colombo (Sri Lanka) centres. He also participated in cyclone relief and rehabilitation project in Tiruchirappalli district in 1977. He was the head of Tiruvalla centre for 15 years and, after relinquishing that post in October 2009, had been living a retired life there. Kind-hearted and sweet by nature, the Swami was admired by all for his unassuming and contented life and punctuality in his monastic routine.

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