About Us



Vivekananda Darsanika Samajam is a registered non-government and non-sectarian organization founded and established in Palakkad, Kerala in 5th August 2008 officially by a band of truly dedicated and highly motivated youngsters, who are inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s life and teachings. Samajam is affiliated to Bhava Prachar Parishad under Sri Ramakrishna Math, Belur, Kolkata. (http://www.belurmath.org/bhavprachar.htm).

As the name suggests, Vivekananda Darsanika Samajam was established with an aim of studying, assimilating and propagating the ‘life-giving, character-making and nation-building’ ideas and ideals embodied in the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, the great patriot saint and practical visionary of modern India and the supreme inspirer of her dormant national consciousness, among people in general, but youth in particular. Samajam has the patronage of Sri Ramakrishna Math and the encouragement and support of a large number of prominent persons from all walks of life.

Why Samajam?

Almost seventy years of independence has brought about many material achievements to India. The country has made rapid strides in the spheres of science, information technology, industry, health, agriculture, education etc. India is poised to become an economic superpower. Indian culture and spiritual traditions command respect and admiration throughout the world. But all these achievements are overshadowed by the grave moral and ethical crises India is faced with. One-third of her population is still below the poverty line. 42% of children don’t have access to basic education. The present system of education is a continuation of the British system which is merely job-oriented and it woefully lacks moral, cultural and spiritual content. The youth encounter nothing but hypocrisy and arrant self-aggrandizement all around and do not find many role-models to inspire or motivate them. Ignorant of India’s rich heritage, the youth drift away either falling easy prey to base instincts and gratification of senses or becoming slaves to dangerous ideologies like violence. Instances of depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, suicides, assaults on women and children are alarmingly on the rise. The situation is grim and it is time to look for some solutions.

More than 60% of Indians are below 30 years of age, and therein lies the solution to India’s problems. This immense youth power can become a great asset for India, if it is properly harnessed, galvanized and directed towards self-improvement and nation-building activities. For this to materialize, youth should be inspired, motivated and guided on to the right path. It is here Swami Vivekananda with his teachings of courage, self-confidence, self-reliance and universal love assume significance. A multifarious and versatile genius and a man of sterling character of head and heart, Swamiji was a veritable embodiment of renunciation and service, the twin ideals he so eloquently professed for one’s own salvation and for the welfare of the nation. The seemingly superhuman tasks he accomplished both within the country and outside in an incredibly short span of his life is unique in the annals of human history. Through his life and teachings he roused the nation from its deep slumber and made it stand up once again with fresh vigour and vitality. His mission to make individuals aware of their innate divinity and to help them manifest the same by being good and doing good; his elevation of social service as regular worship of God; his propagation of the idea of inter-religious harmony; his knowledge of and deep respect for India’s glorious past and his first-hand comprehension of her present degradation – all this make him verily the best friend, philosopher and guide of all men.

Vivekananda Darsanika Samajam firmly believes that the wholesome teachings of Swamiji are more relevant today than ever before. His authentic, dynamic and universal message of Vedanta purged of all embellishments and superstitions of caste, creed, gender or nationality, couched in modern language and satisfying the most rational minds, cannot but enter the hearts and minds of modern youth, if only they care to read and understand him. A synthesizer of East and West; science and religion; past, present and future; self, nation and world at large; reason and faith; head, heart and hands; he is the supreme source of inspiration and motivation for youth. Swamiji’s teachings can instill fearlessness, strength and patriotism in the youth and help them do acts of selfless service for the community at large. If India is to survive as a united nation and fulfill her destined role of guiding the world to sanity and wisdom, there is the urgent need to turn to Swamiji and his message of courage, love, compassion and self-awareness.


Objectives


  • To elevate the character of youth by instilling in them a spirit of love for country and faith in its future by teaching them history, culture, traditions and values of the country and by educating them on the lives and works of Swami Vivekananda and other great men like him.

  • To achieve the aim of all-round development of youth – physical, mental and spiritual – by providing a platform for yoga, sports, seminars, interactive sessions, camps, treks and visits to places of historical significance.

  • To harness energy of the youth and direct it in disciplined and socially beneficial ways towards the downtrodden in society by holding literacy programs, medical camps, blood drives, substance abuse awareness campaigns etc.

  • To infuse in youth a sense of discipline, social responsibility, teamwork and ‘shraddha’ by practical measures such as meditation, lectures etc.

  • To establish ‘balbhavans’ in poor communities and provide its members with free food, shelter and education; to establish old age homes for the poor and destitute.

  • To help youth understand that spirituality is scientific and rational and spirituality is not opposed to modern science, through classes and discussions.

  • To educate youth about the positive and universal aspects of all religions so as to make them understand the underlying unity of all faiths and inter-religious harmony, in the true spirit of India’s noble heritage.

  • To coordinate with other organizations engaged in similar work and thereby launch a powerful movement for national rejuvenation.

Immediate Plans

For the noble purpose of spreading the word about Swami Vivekananda’s teachings, Samajam intends to operate a mobile bookstore stocked with books, audio recordings and videos on his life and work. This mobile store when ready, will travel to educational institutions and other venues at regular intervals thereby taking Swamiji to all those who wish to know him.

A temple for Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and a hostel for poor students.

Samajam appeals to all people who subscribe to the ideals and teachings of Swami Vivekananda to come to its aid in whatever manner possible to help fulfill these plans. Advice, suggestions and monetary assistance are most welcome.

Future Projects

Vivekananda center for youth counselling and positive thinking.

Daily Schedule

Daily puja at the shrine starts with Mangala Arati, then Stotras and Sri Lalitasahasranama archana at 5:00AM.

Sri Ramakrishna Aratrikam at 7:00PM - 7:40PM, a prayer written and composed on Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa by Swami Vivekananda followed by other prayers on Holy Mother Sarada Devi and Sri Swamiji.

Readings and discussions on the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Swami Vivekananda from 7:40PM – 8:30PM.

Monthly Schedule

A Satsang is conducted at the Samajam on the last Sunday of every month by Sri Swami Golokananda Maharaj of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Thiruvalla. The topic of the current series of Satsang is ‘PRASTHANATRAYA’.


Samajam was blessed with the photographs of the Holy Trio - Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sri Sarada Devi - The Holy Mother and Swami Vivekananda – by Sri Swami Prasanthanandaji Maharaj the then President of Ramakrishna Math, Thrissur, Kerala who brought it from the Belur Math, Kolkata in 2009. Samajam did not have a permanent location at the time and on the occasions of scheduled meetings and events these photographs were brought out, decorated and worshipped. On Feb 2, 2010, Samajam acquired a temporary dwelling. On that day, Sri Padmanabhananda Swami (General Secretary, Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh) lit the lamp for daily prayer. From that day forward, daily puja has been performed without interruption. Sri Swami Golokanandaji Maharaj reinstated the Holy trio’s photographs on Nov 6, 2011.

During the temple renovations that happened later, Revered Swami Sri Abhiramanandaji Maharaj (Global trustee of Sri Ramakrishna Maths and Missions-Kolkatha) re-consecrated the photographs of the Holy Trinity on Sri Hanumad Jayanthi (Fullmoon day ) April 22, 2016.



Our Governing Body

Advisory Board

DR. K. K. Velukutty, Prof. S. Radhakrishnan, Smt. A. Vrinda Devi, Dr. V. Jyothish, Dr. T. Raghunath, Sri. M. Krishnakumar.

Office Bearers

President : Sri. Sri. N.Nandakumar
Vice President : Sri. K.N.Satheesh
General Secretary : Sri. Sathyanand.T
Joint Secretary : Sri. Prabhu.P
Treasurer : Sri. K.Nanadakumar
Organising Secretary : Sri. D.Dipin Kumar

Executive Committee

All Trustees & Special Invitees
Coordinator : Jaya kumar Ramakrishnan