Friday, January 11, 2013

Vivekananda Educational Society commemorates its 40th Anniversary



A get-together of VES (Vivekananda Educational Society) family was held on 8th January 2013 in Chennai to commemorate their 40 years of establishment.  Sri N.Gopalaswami, Former Chief Election Commissioner and President, VES presided over the function.



Sri S.Gurumurthy, Columnist and Vice President, VES in his address highlighted and compared the progress of India and the downfall of America.  He said India could progress because of certain value systems and strong family ties.  America progressed by mortgaging the value systems and family and hence had to pay the price. He referred the document ‘World in 2030’, brought out by the US National Intelligence Council which states that America, China and India will be the leading economic powers in 2030. He wondered why after Independence India could not produce giants like Swami Vivekananda, Aurabindo etc.  Our educational system should change considerably for producing giants who can lead the country.

Sri K.Suryanarayana Rao, Chairman, Samskrith Bharati Trust, humbly accepting the praises showered on him said that he was just an instrument deriving inspiration from RSS. He highlighted about how VES was started, for what purpose and those who were responsible for it. Quoting Swami Vivekananda that one should feel proud to call himself Hindu and proud of his ancestry and as and when one feels ashamed to call himself Hindu that is death.  He wanted the students who are going abroad to be cultural ambassadors.

Sri N.Gopalaswami in his address referred what Sri S.Gurumurthy said about India being one among the three major economic powers by 2030 and said that for India to reach that state there should be radical change in the educational system and think-tank.  He referred to the comments at the time of IT boom in India when the IT professionals were referred as ‘Techno coolies’.  
Swami Mitrananda Maharaj, Director, All India Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, narrated two stories told by Swami Chinmayananda and said that if a person has to change, his thoughts have to be changed and education has to play a major role in giving both secular and spiritual education.  He further added that we should do our work with total faith for achieving the desired results.
Swami Vimurtananda Maharaj, Editor, Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam, a magazine of Sri Ramakrishna Mutt, wanted four types of students to be brought out by VES schools viz., strong culturally, physically, intellectually and spiritually. 



A monthly calendar was released on the occasion containing the hand-drawing of Swami Vivekananda’s photos drawn by the students of Vyasarpadi VES School. Sri Chakravarti, Secretary, VES welcomed the gathering and informed about the progress made by VES (which is now running 20 schools in and around Chennai) during the last forty years.
A dance drama by Smt Ramani of Kanchi Kamakoti Natyalaya of Ambattur and bhajans by Ambattur Vivekananda Vidyalaya were part of the programme. Floral tributes were attributed to Swami Vivekananda by the participants of the programme.

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  1. Namaste! I am Nivedita and I attended the VES get to-gether with my father. It was a good initiative, since, it provides a wonderful platform to interact with great people. The boudhik sessions were very inspiring. "Techno - coolies", the word took me aback. It is obvious, India has not produced many men who are outstanding in science and research. Yes, the educational systems are not that good. But, the VES schools are taking good initiative to instil patriotism, spiritual inclination and academic excellence amongst students. Every small drop of effort is significant for the growth of the nation. And, every little effort of ours drives towards realising the vision of our great ancestors!!

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