Mangaluru: Maitreyi Gurukula, situated at Moorkaje near Mangaluru completed, 24 glorious years of its existence. The momentous occasion was observed by celebrating the Ardhamandalotsava on March 27. The inauguration of the Ardhamandalotsava was done by RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat. The function was presided over by Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living. He was also honorary president of the Ardhamandalotsava Samiti. Pujya Sri Sri Nirmalanandanatha Swamiji of Adichunchungiri Mahasamsthana blessed the event. RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi and many other senior Sangh functionaries were also present.
Shri Bhagwat said apart from what we read, developing a radiating and socially-acceptable personality is also education. He said our knowledge system does not believe in blind faith, but in experience and questioning as demonstrated by the debate of Swami Vivekananda and his Guru Ramakrishna Paramhamsa over existence of God. Education does not come just from reading and listening but from going through the experience. That can be imparted only by a Guru and not by textbooks alone. In modern times, there are many experiments to bring ancient gurukula system with modern subjects. Traditionally schooling was not under the government in Bharat. But today, the government does have a role to play in education, but it is primarily the duty of the society to take care of education and schooling of children. The students who graduate from Maitreyi Gurukula will go to the society as torchbearers of the Gurukula education. Such projects will be widely known in the society and more such efforts will be made. He said the people in the society should support the Gurukula.
Sri Nirmalanandanatha Swamiji said India was famous for her towering universities, but today we go abroad for studies. We need to ponder over this and make efforts to bring back our ancient glory in education. Gurukula system has to be re-introduced by adapting to modern subjects as it has been done at Maitreyi Gurukula.
Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji said today we need both modern sciences and ancient knowledge. Institutions like Maitreyi Gurukula are living examples of such an amalgamation and should be commended by all. Patriotism and respect for Dharma are like two sides of a coin and cannot be separated. This has to be inculcated in children. Personality development is real education and not just reading text books and exams. Overall development of the child should be the focus and it is possible through our Gurukula system of education. This is being done at Maitreyi Gurukula for 24 years and is a great effort.
Several exhibitions and cultural events were part of the Ardhamandalotsava celebrations. The exhibition on Ancient Gurukula system, Vedas, Yoga, Pranayama, agriculture and ancient science at the premises gathered the attention of the visitors. Display on the journey of Maitreyi Gurukula, its inspiration and the people responsible for its success was the highlight of the exhibition.
Established in 1994, the Maitreyi Gurukula is the brain child of the Sangh Pracharak the late N Krishanappa, the late Dr Upendra Shenoy and the late Dr Bharati Ramanaacharya. At present there are 97 girls in the Gurukula hailing from 29 districts of Karnataka—two from M.P, two from Gujarat, one from Tamil Nadu and one from Hyderabad.
— Prashant Vaidyaraj
‘RSS task is Man Making’
Pune: “There are occasions when people in favourable condition or during the supportive governments claim that they were associated with the RSS. But when the situation gets changed, they cautiously mention about their relationship with the RSS. On the other hand there are swayamsevaks who without bothering about the situation or condition tirelessly work for the society. Advocate Babasaheb Chavan is one such worker who is indeed a torchbearer for countless people in the Sangh and the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh. He is inspiration for two generations and hence deserves gratitude on completion of 75 years,” said RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi, while speaking at the Amritmahotsava of Baba Chavan, as Advocate Babasaheb Chavan is affectionately called. Convener of the Amrit Mahotsava Samiti Advocate Dadasaheb Bendre and Prant Sanghachalak of Paschim Maharashtra Shri Nana Jadhav were present.
Bhaiyaji further said that moulding the human being is major contribution of the RSS and persons like Baba Chavan have been doing this task for decades and have reached out to depressed and needy people of the society across the country. The Amrit Mahotsava contribution of Rs one lakh was presented to Baba Chavan on the occasion, which he handed over to the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Pune.
— Dattatraya Ambulkar
Shri Ram is Ideal for the Entire Humanity
New Delhi: Ramnavami was celebrated across the country with the impressive processions and Sankalp Sabhas for reconstruction of Shri Ram temple in Ayodhya. The main function in Delhi was organised at Ramlila Maidan on March 24. It was addressed by VHP general secretary Shri Champat Rai in the presence of eminent saints including Swami Raghvanand Maharaj, Mahant Shri Naval Kishore Maharaj, etc.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Shri Rai said Shri Ram is ideal for the entire humanity. When Shri Ram was born during the Treta era, there was neither Christianity nor Islam. He said Shri Ram Temple in Ayodhya was demolished because of the weakness of the Hindu society, but today the society is strong. Swami Raghvanand Maharaj, Namdhari Sant Shri Dillip Singh Namdhari, Mahamandaleshwar Mahant Naval Kishore Das and some other saints also addressed the gathering.
The grand procession, inaugurated by Swami Raghvananda Maharaj and welcomed by some Islamic clerks also, was touching in many senses. Beginning from Ramlila Maidan, the procession passed through Asaf Ali Road, Daryaganj, Chandani Chowk, Town Hall, Sadar Bazar, Pahari Dheeraj, Model Basti and concluded at Gangeshwar Dham in Karol Bagh. There are reports of organising such grand processions across the country.
Return More than you Receive from the Society
Jaipur: The organisations like Ummed Foundation and the well to do people of the society should extend a helping hand to the needy people. The society gives us much. We should return more than what we receive,” said RSS Sahsarkaryavah Dr Manmohan Vaidya while addressing a function organised by Jaipur unit of Ummed Foundation, a wing of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, to provide financial aid to the working women. National co-convener of SJM Dr Ashwani Mahajan was also present. Financial aid was provided to about 200 women of Jaipur.
Dr Vaidya further said that whatever mechanism the society creates is swadeshi. The small scale industries promote the feel of swadeshi, but they do not long last because of the shortage of funds. He said the society would make progress when everyone is aware of one’s duty towards the society. When the society prospers the whole nation will prosper.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Ashwani Mahajan said it was first attempt by Ummed Foundation to extend a helping hand in making the women self-reliant. He said strengthening the country’s economy and awakening the people about swadeshi is the real task of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch. He pointed out that the experiment of providing financial help to the women was first started in Nagpur and now it has been extended to Delhi, Haryana, Varanasi, Jaipur and many other places. He appealed to the well to do people of the society to extend help in economic progress of the people.
Felicitation for Empowering Vanvasi Women
Mumbai: Sushri Varsha Parchure, who has been working for upliftment of Vanvasi women at Mokhada remote area of Maharashtra through her voluntary organisation, Parivartan, was felicitated with Antyodaya Puraskar. The Puraskar, presented by Rambhau Mhlagi Prabodhini and DH Gokhale and Shyamala Gokhale Charitable Trust, consists of Rs one lakh, a shawl, memento and coconut.
Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Shri Satish More, Konkan Prant Sanghachalak, said women have the qualities of dedication, sewa and sacrifice since their childhood. Hence they have self-motivation for sewa. He said the swayamsevaks are taught self-restraint. That is why they think more for the society than about themselves. This is the reason they run over 1.70 sewa projects across the country.
Neelamji on this occasion said if the women are safe and secure they would take the nation to the pinnacle of glory. She said there is no shortage of funds for welfare of the Vanvasi women. What is required is a fool proof mechanism, which ensures that the money collected from the society reaches the needy women. ‘Parivartan’ has done it. That is why it has been felicitated.
Sushri Parchure said her father was a Sangh worker. That is why she came in contact with the Sangh people. She said they are working to make the Vanvasi women of Mokhada self-reliant. She said the work is being done with the help of many people and the Antyodaya Puraskar would surely accelerate the speed of the work. n