“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”, says an age old adage. Ramakrishna Mission at Mangalore took up the task of cleaning the city of Mangalore instead of blaming and cursing the filth and squalor that makes us turn our heads down in shame. We thank all the enlightened citizens who lent us helping hands and were instrumental in bringing about a change for the better.
After successfully completing 40 weeks of Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan in 2 phases in 2015-16 with the support of awakened citizens, our Ashrama is resuming the Abhiyan by initiating the 3rd phase from 2nd October 2016. This will comprise of about 40 groups in different parts of Mangalore, each comprising more than 50 members, carrying on the cleanliness drive on one Sunday every month for 10 consecutive months.
Launching of the 3rd phase of the Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan and felicitation of 75 Poura Karmikas who have strived to keep out city clean all along will be held in our Ashrama on the 2nd October. This will be followed by a Seminar on Swacch Manas for Swacch Bharath to highlight the importance of a shift in the mental attitude to ensure of success of this Abhiyan. Details of the programme are given in the following pages.
We invite all the interested people who feel in their small action lies the future of our great nation to come forward and join this mighty cause.
Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore is organizing Medha – Seminar for Engineering Students on the 3rd September, Saturday in the Ashrama auditorium. Sri Ravi D Channannavar, SP, Mysore District will be inaugurating the full-day seminar. We invite the interested to register their names beforehand and attend the programme on the 3rd September.
Ramakrishna Math, Mangaluru is organizing Prajna-2016 – An Orientation Programme for College Faculty on the theme, “Education for Self Reliance” in the Ashrama auditorium on Friday, the 2nd September 2016. Sri Basavaraj Rayareddy, Honorable Minister for Higher Education, Govt. of Karnataka will be inaugurating the programme.
Details of the programme are given in the following pages:
We invite the interested to register their names before hand and attend the programme on the 2nd September.
Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore is organizing Shraddha – 2016 –Seminar for Post Graduate Students on 1st September 2016 on the theme, “Education for Self-Reliance”. Sri Ananth Kumar, Honorable Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of India will be inaugurating the programme. Details of the programme are given in the following pages.
We invite the interested to register their names before hand and attend the programme on the 1st September.
“Who is there to take up my duties?” asked the setting sun. The world remained dark and silent. With joined palms said the earthen lamp, “I will do what I can, my master!” writes Tagore.
Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru set out on its journey of 40 weeks’ cleanliness drive with a similar attitude, to do what it can after the request from Govt. of India to join hands in the Swacchata Abhiyan. We had our share of bouquets & brickbats as all such noble endeavors are bound to meet with. But we also had the unstinted support and cooperation of hundreds of our volunteers who were eager to join us and ‘be the change they wanted to see’. Chilly mornings or the blazing sun never for a moment deterred their determination to contribute their mite in this Abhiyan. But for their sacrifice our Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan could not have come this far.
Our main focus, even from the beginning, was not so much to sweep the city of Mangaluru clean but to create an awareness among the public about cleanliness. So, in spite of several apprehensions and discouragement from various quarters, the Ashrama took to this novel initiative and involved more and more students and youths on whom the future of nation rests. As we enter the 40th week of Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan which concludes the first phase of this drive, we would like to thank all our volunteers on this occasion.
Hence we invite one and all to come and join us in the Thanks Giving Ceremony in our Ashrama on the 14th February 2016. The details are given below:
Ramakrishna Mission had initiated 40 weeks’ Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan on special request from Govt. of India on 1st February 2015. Since then under the aegis of Ashram, thousands of volunteers, students, youths and general public have undertaken this cleanliness drive for the last 34 weeks in different parts of the city. This Abhiyan has won the accolades of one and all given its nature.
As we enter the 35th consecutive week on 17th January 2016, we invite one and all to join us at 7.30 am at Marnamikatta Circle for the Swacchata Abhiyan. Swami Balabhadranandaji, Assistant Secretary, Ramakrsihna Mission, Belur Math & Sri N Vinay Hegde, Chancellor, Nitte University will be jointly flagging off the drive.
The concluding programme of the 35th Drive will be held at Swami Vivekananda Auditorium at Ramakrishna Math, Mangaladevi, Mangaluru at 10.30 am on the 17th January. Sadhvi Uma Bharti ji, Hon. Minister for Water Resources, Govt. of India will be inaugurating the programme and addressing the audience. Swami Balabhadranandaji will also be addressing the audience followed by Sri Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP & Sri Kumar H, MD, MRPL, Mangaluru.
The Details of the programme are given below. All the interested are invited to attend the programmes.
Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru is organizing Special Seminar on “Effective Life Management” on the occasion of 153rd Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda on the 13th January 2016.
The programme commences at about 9 am with registration followed by inaugural session. Swami Shuddhidanandaji of Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata, Dr. Vivek Modi of Hyderabad & Prof. Raghothama Rao, Human Networking Academy, Bangalore are the resource persons.
The details of the programme are given below. We invite the interested youths to attend the programme. Entry to the programme is through Prior Registration.
“My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation, out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem like lions” said Swami Vivekananda. At this critical junction when the youths are witnessing fast erosion of values around them and are in dire need of a person & philosophy to guide and motivate them, swami Vivekananda stands as a unique example having an appeal that cuts across barriers like class, race, religion etc. He is one of those rare figure whose legacy far outstripped the influence he wielded during his life time.
Hence Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore organized PRERANA – four days residential personality development camp for youths in ashram premises from 24th to 27th December 2015. In all, 75 youth delegates took part representing more than 12 districts of the state.
Along with PRERANA, delegates also witnessed 69th annual celebration of Ramakrishna Math Mangalore in Vivekananda auditorium.
Swami Atmavidanandaji Maharaj, Swami Anupamanandaji Maharaj, Swami Dharmavrathanandaji Maharaj, Swami Shanthivrathanandaji Maharaj, Dr. R Balasubramanyam, Sri Subramanya, Sri C V Gopinath, Sri Mohan Kumblaker & Capt. Ganesh Karnik were the resource persons who enlightened the delegates.
Sri Ranjan B U & Sri Palaksha monitored the camp.
Feedback from Youth Delegates:
‘I have learned time management and discipline from this program’– Raghavendra Bhat, Delegate, SVS College Bantwal , Dakshina Kannada.
‘Through PRERANA, I not only got information but also the Inspiration’- Durgaprasad Diwan, Delegate, Dhavala College, Moodbidri , Dakshina Kannada.
‘PRERANA gave me a comprehensive view on holistic personality development’- Mrutyunjay, Delegate, Bellary.
‘I was impressed by sanctity and spiritual ambiance of Mangalore Ramakrishna Ashram’-Nabirassol, Delegate, Raichur.
Ramakrishna Math, Mangaluru was started on invitation from the local devotees in 1947. In 1951 it was shifted to the present premises after Hindu Seva Sangha handed over the land and the building of Balakashrama to Ramakrishna Mission to start a centre. Ramakrishna Mission has carved a niche of its own through multifarious activities catering to all sections of the society all through 68 years of its inception.
The Ramakrishna Math, Mangaluru is organizing 69th Annual celebrations from 24th to 27th December 2015 in Swami Vivekananda Auditorium. Details of the programme are given below:
We shall be glad to have the pleasure of your company and that of your friends on the occasion.
Ramakrishna Mission, Mangalore has organized Residential youth camp for rural youth between age group 17-30 from 24th to 27th December.
The participating youths have to register their names beforehand by paying a nominal entry fee of Rs. 100/- and fill up the registration form before 15th December 2015. The medium will be Kannada. Participating delegates will be addressed by various resource persons on several issues pertaining to youths on topics like national regeneration, personality development, values etc. Registration forms can be had from Ashrama office.
For more details, interested can contact Ashrama office at 0824-2414412 from 9 am to 12 noon and from 3.30 pm to 6 pm.
Ramakrishna Mission, Mangalore conducted several competitions for Primary & Higher Primary students in the Ashrama on the 8th November.
Competitions were conducted in Drawing & Painting, Quiz, Singing and Essay writing. About 450 students from 14 different educational institutions actively participated in these competitions from 8.30 am to 11 pm. Competitions were held for Primary and Higher Primary divisions.
Prizes were distributed in the Ashrama on the 22nd November 2015. Smt. Vijayalakshmi Rao, Director, Srinivasa Group of Colleges, Smt. Sheela Jayaprakash, President Inner Wheel Club of Mangalore North & Sri Lokesh Ullal, President, Rotary Club – Ashok Nagar were guests.
“Swacch Mangaluru for Swacch Bharath” is a novel initiative of Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru undertaken on special request from Government of India This initiative was flagged off on the 1st February 2015 in a special programme at Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore. In a nutshell its about 4000 youths dedicating their precious time on 40 weekends in 40 different wards of the Mangaluru city in cleaning and also in creating an awareness about cleanliness.
Cleaning the nation is not a day’s job. Neither can this be achieved by just few legislations by Govt. agencies. It demands participation from each and every responsible citizen. Ramakrishna Mission has always stood in the forefront in the service of the society. We seize this opportunity to serve the nation through leading from the front by taking up this cleanliness drive.
Our motive is not to sweep Mangalore clean, but to create an awareness among the people, particularly in the younger generation about its importance and their role in keeping their surroundings cleaner and greener.
On this occasion we would also like to thank Nitte Group of Institutions and MRPL for their continued support, cooperation and patronage for this initiative.
In the 1st phase, about 20 drives were successfully organized in different parts of Mangalore thanks to the dedicated efforts & support of the volunteers, devotees and well-wishers. Now that we enter the 2nd phase of the Abhiyan we would appreciate if more & more volunteers join our brigade to help us realize our tryst with destiny. We hope interested public will utilize this unique opportunity to pay back to society by contributing their mite in the national regeneration.
Ramakrishna Mission has organized Varna Rupa art camp on the 2nd & 3rd October where leading artists from Dakshina Kannada & Udupi Dists will unleash their talents on the theme, “Swacch Manas, Swacch Bharat, Shreshta Bharat” . On the 4th October the 2nd phase of Swacch Mangaluru Drive will begin with Swami Muktidanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore inaugurating the 21st drive. This will be followed by a Seminar on the theme, “Cleanliness: Internal & External” at Ramakrishna Math at 9.30 am. The details of the prgramme are given in the invitation below:
Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru organized Prajna – 2015, a full day symposium for College Faculty on 11th September 2015 in commemoration of historic address by Swami Vivekananda at the World Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893.
His Excellency, Sri Vajubhai Rudabai Vala, Honorable Governor of Karnataka inaugurated the Symposium. Sri N Vinay Hegde, Chancellor, Nitte University, Prof. K Byrappa, Hon. Vice Chancellor, Mangalore University were special invitees. Capt. Ganesh Karnik welcomed and introduced the guests. Swami Jitakamanandaji delivered the keynote address. Swami Sarvasthanandaji proposed the vote of thanks.
Honorable Governor stressed on the need to go back to the roots in his inaugural address. He also laid much emphasis on the inculcation of values in one’s own life as well as in education. A teacher teaches more by his example and a teacher with the heart of a mother helps the student to find and manifest his inner potential he said. He also urged the lecturers to study Swami Vivekananda more and more and strive towards making his dream of seeing India rejuvenated come true.
About 500 lecturers and professors from different universities and places attended the symposium. All the delegates were given lunch, snacks, tiffin, tea, customized pens, notepads, complimentary booklets and participation certificates.
His Excellency Sri Vajubhai Rudabai Vala, Honorable Governor of Karnataka visited Mangalore Ramakrishna Math on the 11th September. He was at the Ashrama to inaugurate Prajna – 2015 – Symposium for College Faculty organized in commemoration of the historic address of Swami Vivekananda at the world Parliament of Religions held at Chicago in 1893.
Swami Jitakamanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Mangaluru, Swami Sarvasthanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Ashrama, Rajkot, Capt. Ganesh Karnik, MLC, Mangaluru, Sri Dilraj Alva and several other eminent men & devotees received him at the Ashrama amidst tight security.
Honorable Governor upon alighting from his vehicle visited the temple of Sri Ramakrishna and paid obeisance. He saw the heritage building of the Ashrama and was briefed about its history etc. by Swami Sarvasthanandaji.
He later offered floral tributes to the bust of Swami Vivekananda on his way to the Auditorium. Here are some snaps taken during the occasion:
Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore organized Medha – a full day symposium for B Ed Trainees in Ashrama Auditorium on the 10th September 2015. About 520 B Ed Trainees from different Institutions of Dakshina Kannada & Udupi Dist. participated in the full day programme. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. B M Hegde, Former Vice Chancellor, Manipal University. Sri Harekala Hajabba, Philanthropist and Social Activist was the Special Invitee.
Swami Sarvasthanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Ashrama, Rajkot, Sri Suresh Kulkarni, Educationist, Dharawad & Prof. K Raghothama Rao, Director, Human Networking Academy, Bangalore were the resource persons who interacted with the delegates. All the delegates were provided snacks, tea, lunch, complimentary books, customized pens , notebooks and participation certificates.
Sri Harekala Hajabba, philanthropist and social activist was honoured for his contribution in the field of education.
Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore organized Shraddha – a full day symposium for Post Graduate students in Ashrama Auditorium on the 9th September 2015. About 500 youths from different Institutions of Dakshina Kannada & Udupi Dist. participated in the full day programme. The programme was inaugurated by Swami Suviranandaji Maharaj, Asst. Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Mission, Belur Math. Sri Vijay Sankeshwar, Chairman, VRL Logistics Ltd. was the chief guest.
Swami Sarvasthanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Ashrama, Rajkot, Sri B S N Murthy, Corporate Trainer, Hyderabad & Prof. K Raghothama Rao, Director, Human Networking Academy, Bangalore were the resource persons who interacted with the delegates. All the delegates were provided snacks, tea, lunch, complimentary books, customized pens , notebooks and participation certificates.
Ramakrishna Mission also distributed scholarships to deserving students on this occasion.