Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Society, Divine Life Society

Swami Vivekananda, 150 Years

INAUGURATION OF 150 BIRTH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the Ramakrishna Mission is organizing various projects – for integrated child development, for the improvement of children’s health by eliminating malnutrition, for empowerment of women, and for alleviating poverty. The Mission will distribute books on the message of Swami Vivekananda to various libraries and will hold national and international seminars in various places on Swamiji’s contribution to Indian and international cultures. The Mission is also producing films on Swami Vivekananda.

Special radio programmes: 12-14 January 2013:  Inc. Multi-media clips, messages, personal experiences, interactive sessions with swami vimokshananda, discourses by Swami Vimokshananda, Swami Saradaprabhananda & Ishtaprana Mathaji, book giveaways.

Lotus FM Radio Hindvani
Programme: Bhakthi Sangeeth
Sunday, 13th Jan – 5-7pm

 

Programme: Archan
Saturday, 12th Jan – 6-8am
Sunday, 13th Jan – 6-9am

Programme: Sandhya
Monday, 14th Jan – 6-7pm

 

PLANS / PROGRAMMES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Society, Divine Life SocietyIntroduction:  The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa is a religio-humanitarian organisation founded in 1942 by Swami Nischalananda. The Centre is a Branch of the worldwide Ramakrishna Mission which has its Headquarters in Kolkata, India.  The Centre is a non-political, non-sectarian spiritual organization which has been engaged in various forms of free humanitarian and social service activities for ne 70 years. The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa is registered with the Department of Social Welfare (NPO No. 053-630-NPO). It also is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO No. 930007651).

The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa has been engaged in humanitarian activities for 70 years and has been serving the disadvantaged communities with medical support, nutrition, education, skills development, HIV/Aids Homes, etc.

In commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the Centre has completed a number of projects over the last 2 years to improve the lives of the less privileged in South Africa. These projects have been made possible by generous donors, well-wishers and devotees of the Centre who align themselves with the Centre’s objectives of serving humanity. All services rendered by the Centre are provided free of any cost to the beneficiaries by devotees and professionals who volunteer their services free to the Centre.

Swami Vivekananda Family Welfare Centre

Swami Vivekananda Family Welfare Centre – a multi-purpose facility was built at the Ladysmith Sub-Centre at a cost of R2 million and  opened by Sri Swami Smaranananda (Vice-President of the Worldwide Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission) on 27 April 2011. This Centre is used for the provision of cooked food, grocery hampers, medical and legal aid to the poor.

The GZ Masinga Skills Development Centre:  Due to the high unemployment rates in the country, many people are without jobs. The Centre embarked on building a Skills Development Centre in Inanda,  a rural area on the outskirts of Durban. In 2008 the Centre also opened the Ramakrishna Abalindi Home (50 beds) for terminally ill patients in the same location.

The GZ Masinga Skills Development Centre is mainly for black men and women from that area. This Centre has two fully equipped workshops for sewing and ironmongery to offer- free courses to the poor and unemployed.

The Centre was officially opened on 21 September 2011, the cost of the centre was   R 2 million

The Ramakrishna Educational and Skills Development Centre

Nqabakazulu High School – Kwa Mashu

Many schools in the disadvantaged black areas are still in dire need of upgrading of buildings and facilities. This lack of proper educational facilities impacts on the academic performance of the students. In line with the Centre’s objectives to improve education and skills opportunities for poor communities, the Centre undertook to upgrade an entire block of the Nqabakazulu High School in Kwa Mashu. The upgrades included complete refurbishment of a block comprising: Life Sciences Laboratory, Consumer Studies, Hospitality Studies, Library, Physical Science Laboratory and HOD Offices.

Renovation and refurbishment to the structure and new equipment was at a cost of R 2 million.  The renovated facilities was officially handed over to the school on 20 October 2011.

Sarada-Ganga Water Project

Water is becoming a precious resource and the cost of piped water is increasing, making it almost inaccessible by poor people. The Centre has commenced with installation of water tanks for rain harvesting in the homes of poor families and also at schools and other NGOs.

PUBLICATIONS

A major thrust in celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is the printing of value based literature for free distribution to Hindu families, youth and poor communities. The literature is intended to strengthen Hindus by empowering them with the principles of practical Vedanta. Devotees deliver free literature packs door to door on a regular basis to all Hindu homes.

A number of the titles have been translated to Zulu which is the main indigenous language of the country.  These are distributed to schools, NGOs, etc.

Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University

We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet. Swami Vivekananda

Science Education and Research in India

Swami Vivekananda’s Crucial Role in the Development of Science Education and Research in India

It is worth mentioning here that more than a century ago, Swami Vivekananda inspired Jamshedji Tata to establish a Research Institute for Science in India. Even more remarkably, Jamshedji Tata offered the first directorship of such an institute to Swami Vivekananda.

Aims and Objectives

Actualizing Swami Vivekananda’s Vision

Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University is a humble attempt to put into practice Swami Vivekananda’s fundamental educational ideas of imparting life-building, man-making and character-building education by combining the best elements of the East and the West. He envisioned an educational system wherein the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of our country with its hoary tradition of values like sacredness of knowledge, shraddha, devotion to truth, etc., would be blended with modern science, and predominantly Western values like scientific temper, rationality of outlook, fearless and objective investigation into the nature of the physical world, technological skill, work efficiency, team work, etc.

For Swami Vivekananda, the “proper type of education’ meant ‘man-making’, ‘character-building’ education and not merely storing information in the brain that would have no connexion with life. How is such education to be given? By the gurukula system, in which students are to live as family members, with teachers of sterling character, possessing tangible spirituality. But gurukulas could not be started in numbers all at once, for proper funds and skilled teachers were necessary.

The aim of the institution is to provide opportunities for education and research in the disciplines of arts, sciences and spiritual studies. Arts will include humanities and social sciences; sciences will include fundamental as well as applied sciences of all categories including technology and engineering. Spiritual studies will comprise moral, ethical and value education including comparative religious studies in their broadest form to show the underlying harmony. The supplementary and interdependent character of these three disciplines will receive special emphasis in this University. Value education will therefore be an essential component in all the courses.

 

About Naufal Khan

Naufal Khan was the Publisher at ADISHAKTI MEDIA and the editor-in-chief of the South African Indian news service Indian Spice. Khan was former Sunday Times journalist and also an occult fiction and non-fiction writer with several published titles.

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