Monday, January 8, 2018

Swami Vivekananda Birthday 8-1-2018

Swami Vivekananda Birth Anniversary on 08-01-2018

Celebration in Colombo

Song - Arise Awake - in Tamil

Photo Album

Swami Vivekananda in Colombo Jan 1897.

Swami Vivekananda  12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902, born Narendranath Datta  was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna.

On October 5th 1893 Free Press (USA) -  Our Visitor from India
Is he a Buddhist? Is he a Mohammedan? What is his mission? Such are the questions that are heard on all sides about Mr. Vive­kananda who speaks here Saturday evening. Following is something from a Chicago source that bears on this question:
Vivekananda is a representative from In­dia to the World's Parliament of Religions. He, more than any other of the eminent scholars, has attracted universal attention, first, by his unique attire in Mandarin color; second, by his magnetic presence; and last, but not least, by his brilliant oratory and wonderful exposition of Hindu philosophy.
Vivekananda is not a Brahmin, is not a Buddhist, is not a Parsee, is not a Moham­medan. He may be said to represent the best in all of these. He speaks for universal truth or the unification of all truth. At all times his appearance at the Memorial Art Palace has been attended by the greatest enthusi­asm. Indeed, his stay in Chicago has been a continual ovation. He is a scholar among scholars, yet simple in his life and earnest in conquering all limitations of the flesh, all propensities born of the sense world.
The "Chicago source" hit the nail right on the head when it said, among other things, that Swamiji repre­sented the best in all these religions. This only goes to show how deep an impression Swamiji carved into his Chicago audience.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was Narayana and Swami Vivekananda was nara in the ‘Nara Narayana’ pair. They just visited the earth to uplift the humanity and rejuvenate Hinduism.

Gist of Vedanta in Two Words
 Vedanta and Swami Vivekananda point to divinity in us in two levels. At the empirical level, the Will is our divinity. It is our power to decide what to do and be responsible for what we do, that puts us apart from inert things. At the absolute level, the Consciousness is our divinity.

To Arise is to claim ourselves as people with a will. To Awake is to claim ourselves as pure Consciousness. 

About Swami Vivekananda

Swami Atulananda reminiscences: 1899 - 1900 period 
The first non-Indian monk of the Ramakrishna Order, from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Swamiji was so simple in his behaviour, so like one of the crowd that he did not impress me so much when I first saw him. There was nothing about his ways that would mark him as the lion of New York society as so often he had been. Simple in dress and behaviour he was just like one of us. He did not put himself aside on a pedestal as is so often the case with lionised personages. He walked about the room, sat on the floor, laughed, joked, chatted—nothing formal. Of course I had noticed his magnificent, brilliant eyes, his beautiful features and majestic bearing, for these were parts of him that no circumstances could hide. But when I saw him for a few minutes standing on a platform surrounded by others, it flashed into my mind:
"What a giant, what strength, what manliness, what a personality! Every one near him looks so insignificant compared with him/' It came to me almost as a shock, it seemed to startle me. What was it that gave Swamiji this distinction ?Was it his height? No, there were gentlemen there taller than he was. Was it his build? No, there were near him some very fine specimens of American manhood. It seemed to be more in the expression of the face than anything else.Was it his purity? What was it? I could not analyse it. I remembered what had been said of Lord Buddha,—"a lion amongst men' I felt that Swamiji had unlimited power, that he could move heaven and earth if he willed it. This was my strongest and lasting impression of him.

"I was listening to Vivekananda this morning an hour. I believe him to be the reincarnation of some great spirit, perhaps Buddha, perhaps Christ. He is so simple, so pure, so unselfish..... His discourses this morning was most uplifting, his mere presence is that."

—Ella Wheeler Wilcox  (A celebrated journalist & poetess of Chicago, America).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Eve 24-12-2017

Ramakrishna Mission
40, Ramakrishna Road,
Colombo 6

At Ashrama Hall

As different streams having different sources, all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God.
Swami Vivekananda

The goal of human life is the realization of the Ultimate Reality which alone can give man supreme fulfilment and everlasting peace. This is the essence of all religions.

The Ultimate Reality is one; but it is personal as well as impersonal, and is indicated by different names (such as God, Ishvar, etc) in different religions.

The Ultimate Reality can be realized through various paths taught in world religions. All religions are true in so far as they lead to the same ultimate Goal.

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi 165th Birthday 9-12-2017

Visit of Rev. Srimat Swami Shivamayanandaji to Sri Lanka

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Thambyah Mudaliyar Chathiram - Memorial opening 7-8-2017

Commemoration of Stay /visit/ Use of Thambyah Mudaliyar ChathiramBy Swami Vivekananda & 7 Direct Disciplesof Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Deva. On 7th of August 2017.

The memorial was unveiled on the 7th of August 2017, in the Presence of Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, (Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs) by Rev Swami Goutamanandaji Maharaj (Vice President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission and the President, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai).
All were welcome by Sri J.M. Swaminathan, Attorney-at-Law, a board member of Ramakrishna Mission (Ceylon Branch) and a descendant of the family members who made the address of welcome to Swami Vivekananda & traveled with him in Sri Lanka.

Revered Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj spoke on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda and Harmony of Religions and also felicitated the present trustees of the Thambyah Mudaliyar Chathiram for continuing the services of Thambyah Mudaliar Chathiram and permitting Ramakrishna Mission to have a Memorial at the historical important place.

The Chathiram was established in Colombo by Sri Thambyah Mudaliyar in 1880 for local & Indian pilgrims of Lord Muruga of the famous temple Kathirkamam (Kataragama), to rest on their way.

Sri Thambaiyah Muthaliyar was a member of the 1st Colombo Municipal Council and relative of the well-known Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan & Ponnambalam Arunachalam.  The above three together with other prominent members of Hindu Society, assembled at the Chathiram to organize a grand reception, the scale never given to any other person in the history of Sri Lanka, to receive Swami Vivekananda when he visited Sri Lanka on 15th January 1897 on his way to India.

Swami Vivekananda later sent Swami Shivananda in July to Sri Lanka to spread the message of Sri Ramakrishna. He stayed in the Chathiram and conducted classes, lectures, etc. for about 8 months.

 Swami Ramakrishnananda, Swami Abhedananda, Swami Turiyananda, Swami Vijanananda, Swami Triguanatitananda and Swami Niranjanananda visited Sri Lanka on various occasions. The Hindu Chathiram was the only place available at that time for them.

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Flood Relief - Construction of 7 Houses in Hulandawa Estate, Akkuressa, Matara.

Appeal for Reconstruction of One Room Houses - 7 Nos

Place - Hulandawa Estate, Akkuressa, Matara, Sri Lanka.

Estimated Cost Approximately US Dollar 16,300/-

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Particulars about Estate Families and 

Seven Houses Reconstruction and Repairs.

House Design -

 A veranda will be added to the front side.

Photo Albums  - Work done

·         3rd Visit to Sites -  Distributed Goods on 25-6-2017 -    Total Cost Rs. 647,314/-
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·         2nd Visit to Sites  -  Distributed  Goods on 1-6-2017 –   Total Cost Rs. 535,000/-
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·         1st  Visit to Sites -  Assessment of the immediate needs of families.
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