Our Motivational sources are:
1. PRANAVA MANTRA (AUM)
2. BHARAT MATA
3. KENDRA PRARTHANA
4. SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
5. EKNATHJI RANADE
"The goal which all the Vedas declare, which all austerities aim at, and which men desire when they lead the life of continence … is AUM.
This syllable AUM is indeed Brahman.
Whosoever knows this syllable obtains all that he desires.
This is the best support; this is the highest support.
Whosoever knows this support is adored in the world of Brahma."
~ Katha Upanishad (I)
Significance of AUM:
AUM or OM is of paramount importance in Hinduism. This symbol is a sacred syllable representing Brahman, the impersonal Absolute of Hinduism — omnipotent, omnipresent, and the source of all manifest existence. Brahman, in itself, is incomprehensible; so a symbol becomes mandatory to help us realize the Unknowable. AUM, therefore, represents both the unmanifest (nirguna) and the manifest (saguna) aspects of God. That is why it is called pranava, to mean that it pervades life and runs through our prana or breath.
AUM in Daily Life: Although AUM symbolizes the most profound concepts of Hindu belief, it is in use daily. The Hindus begin their day or any work or a journey by uttering AUM. The sacred symbol is often found at the head of letters, at the beginning of examination papers and so on. Many Hindus, as an expression of spiritual perfection, wear the sign of AUM as a pendant. This symbol is enshrined on every Hindu temple premise or in some form or another on family shrines.
It is interesting to note that a newly born child is ushered into the world with this holy sign. After birth, the child is ritually cleansed and the sacred syllable AUM is written on its tongue with honey. Thus right at the time of birth the syllable AUM is initiated into the life of a Hindu and ever remains with him as the symbol of piety. AUM is also a popular symbol used in contemporary body art and tattoos.
The Eternal Syllable: According to the Mandukya Upanishad, "AUM is the one eternal syllable of which all that exists is but the development. The past, the present, and the future are all included in this one sound, and all that exists beyond the three forms of time is also implied in it".
The Music of AUM:
AUM is not a word but rather an intonation. It, like music, transcends the barriers of age, race, culture and even species. It consists three Sanskrit letters, aa, au and ma which, when combined together, make the sound AUM or OM. It is believed to be the basic sound of the world and to contain all other sounds. It is a mantra or prayer in itself. If repeated with the correct intonation, it can resonate throughout the body so that the sound penetrates to the centre of one's being, the atman or soul.
There is harmony, peace and bliss in this simple but deeply philosophical sound. By vibrating the sacred syllable AUM, the supreme combination of letters, if one thinks of the Ultimate Personality of Godhead and quits his body, he will certainly reach the highest state of "stateless" eternity, states the Bhagavad Gita.
The Vision of AUM:
Om provides a dualistic viewpoint. On one hand, it projects the mind beyond the immediate to what is abstract and inexpressible. On the other hand, it makes the absolute more tangible and comprehensive. It encompasses all potentialities and possibilities; it is everything that was, is, or can yet be. It is omnipotent and likewise remains undefined.
The Power of AUM: During meditation, when we chant AUM, we create within ourselves a vibration that attunes sympathy with the cosmic vibration and we start thinking universally. The momentary silence between each chant becomes palpable. Mind moves between the opposites of sound and silence until, at last, it ceases the sound. In the silence, the single thought—AUM—is quenched; there is no thought. This is the state of trance, where the mind and the intellect transcend as the individual self merges with the Infinite Self in the pious moment of realization. It is a moment when the petty worldly affairs are lost in the desire for the universal. Such is the immeasurable power of AUM .
Bharat Mata (Hindi, from Sanskrit भारत माता ), Mother India, or Bharatamba (from अंबा
amba 'mother') is the national personification of India as a mother goddess. She is usually depicted
as a woman clad in an orange or saffron sariholding a flag, and sometimes accompanied by a lion.
The image of Bharat Mata formed with the Indian independence movement of the late
19th century. A play by Kiran Chandra Bandyopadhyay, Bharat Mata, was first performed in 1873.
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay's 1882 novelAnandamath introduced the hymn "Vande Mataram"
which soon became the song of the emerging freedom movement in India. Abanindranath
Tagoreportrayed Bharat Mata as a four-armed Hindu goddess wearing saffron colored robes,
holding a book, sheaves of rice, a mala, and a white cloth. In 1936, a Bharat Mata temple was built
in Benaras by Shiv Prashad Gupt and was inaugurated by Mohandas Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi
said, "I hope this temple, which will serve as a cosmopolitan platform for people of all religions,
castes, and creeds including Harijans, will go a great way in promoting religious unity, peace, and
love in the country.
As the conception of Bharat Mata predates the partition of India, she is intended as
representing "Aryavarta", the motherland of Hinduism in Hindu nationalism, not restricted to the
secular Republic of India, and Bharat Mata remains a symbol of the "vision of a unified
motherland" in Hindu nationalist irredentism. A Bharat Mata temple in Haridwar was built by in
1983 by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).The depiction of India as a Hindu goddess implies that it is
not just the patriotic but also the religious duty of all Indians to participate in the nationalist
struggle to defend the nation.
जय जय परमात्मन् संस्मरामो वयं त्वां
निजपरमहितार्थं कर्म्योगैकनिष्ठाः ।
इह जगति सदा नस्यागसेवाssत्मबोधैः
भवतु विहतविघ्ना ध्येयमार्गानुयात्रा ॥
Oh Isvara! Victory to you! We remember you and invoke you! In our lives, for the sake of our
highest good we have chosen Karma Yoga as the only firm path. In this world let the obstacles in
our Pilgrimage to our destination be removed always by our Renunciation, Service and Self
वयं सुपुत्रा अमृतरय नूनं
तवैव कार्यार्थमिहोपजाताः ।
विभो! तवाराधनमस्मदीयम् ॥२॥
We are verily the children of immortality. We are born here to carry out Your work only. Service
rendered to the suffering and the fallen with wisdom and understanding untainted by desire
becomes our worship to You, Isvara!
प्रभो! देहि देहे बलं धैर्यमन्तः
सदाचारमादर्शभूतं विचारम् ।
तवैवाशिषा पूर्णतां तत्प्रयातु ॥३॥
Isvara give us strength in our body. Give us courage in our heart. Let our conduct and thought
be ideal and let it be as per the ideal we have chosen. The sacred task, which we have solemnly
undertaken, let Your blessings alone take it to fulfillment.
जीवने यावदादानं स्यात्प्रदानं ततोsधिकम।
इत्येषा प्रार्थनाsस्माकं भगवन् परिपूर्यताम् ॥४॥
ऊँ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
What ever we receive in life let us give far more than that. This is our prayer O Bhagavan! Please fulfill it. Om, Peace! Peace! Peace!
ABOUT SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
Father's Name : Viswanath Dutta.
Mother's Name : Bhuvaneshwari Devi.
12 Jan. 1863: Born at Calcutta and named Narendranath.
1881: Meets Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa.
July 1890-Dec. 1892 : Bharat Parikarma as a wandering monk.
24 Dec. 1892: Reaches Kanyakumari
25-27 Dec.1892 : Meditation on Sri Pada Parai(Vivekananda Rock) and relization of his life’s mission.
31 May 1893 : Departure for USA to participate in the World Parliament of Religions.
11 Sept. 1893 : Chicago address.
1893-1896 : Travels throughout USA lecturing on Vedanta.
1896 : Establishes Vedanta Society in USA.
15 Jan. 1897 : Reaches Colombo.
16 Jan. 1897 : First Lecture in East “India the Holy Land”.
26 Jan.1897 : A cordial ovation at Pamban (Kundagal) by Raja of Ramanand.
27 Jan. 1897 : Visit Rameswaram Temple.
6 Feb. 1897 : Six Famous lectures at Madras.
19 Feb. 1897 : Grand welcome at Calcutta.
28 Feb. 1897 : Call to the youth to serve the Motherland.
27 July 1897 : Lectures in Almora.
14 Nov. 1897 : Public reception at Lahore.
May 1898 : Relief work at Calcutta during plague outbreak.
Jan. 1899 : Founding of Ramakrishna Math & Mission at Belur.
March 1899 : Establish Advita Ashram at Mayavati.
Jan. 1899-Dec. 1900 : Visit to the west and participation in the Congress of the History of
Religions at Paris.
Dec. 1900 : Return to India.
1901 : Visit to Kamakhya and North East part of India along with his mother.
4 July 1902 : Mahasamadhi.
When the whole country was busy enthusiastically preparing for the celebration of the Birth
Centenary of Swami Vivekananda, Shri Eknathji Ranade compiled the book "Rousing Call to
Hindu Nation" (which was published in January 1963) as his own personal homage to the great
Chronology of Eknathji's Life
19.11.1914 – Born at Timtala, Amaravati District Maharastra.
1920 – Came to Nagpur: Had primary education in Pradanavispura School.
1926 - Joined RSS(Ratriya Swayam Sevak Sangh) as a Swayamsevak
1932 – Passed Matriculation examination from New English High School, Nagpur.
1938 – Passed B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy (equal to M.A.)
1938 – Became a Pracharak of RSS at Jabalpur.
1946 – Passed L.L.B. From LAW collage, Jabalpur. Prant Pracharak of Mahakoshal and Madhya Bharat.
1948 – Went underground during the ban on RSS. Also worked for lifting of the ban. Held negotiations with Saradar Vallabhbhai Patel and others.
1949 – Was in Jail for about a month.
1950 – Kshetra Pracharak for Poorvanchal Kshetra comprising Bengal, Orissa, and Assam. Did outstanding work for the refugees coming from Pakistan by establishing a very effective “Vastuhara Sahayata Samiti”.
1953 – Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh.
1955 – Sarkaryavah (General Secretary) of RSS.
1962 – All india Baudhik Pramukh of RSS.
17.01.1963 – Compiled “Rousing call to Hindu Nation” , containing the thoughts of Swami Vivekananda, on the eve of his birth centenary.
18.08.1963 – Organising Secretary of Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee.
1972 – Founded “Vivekananda Kendra”- a Spiritually Oriented Service Mission.
1973 – Founded Editor of “Yuva Bharati”, “Kendra Bharati”, “Vivekananda Kendra Patrika”. Editor of revived “Brahmavadin”.
28.05.1975 – General Secretary of Vivekananda Kendra.
1978 – President of Vivekananda Kendra.
1982 – President of Vivekananda Kendra International.
22.08.1982 – Nirvana at Madras.
23.08.1982 – Cremated at Vivekanandapuram, Kanyakumari.
"Freed from attachment, non-egoistic, endowed with courage and enthusiasm and unperturbed by success or failure, the worker is known as a pure (Sattvika) one. Four outstanding and essential qualities of a social worker are enunciated in the verse."