Chinmaya Students’ Tribute to Swami Vivekananda

On Monday, September 11th, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi commemorates the 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Address to the Parliament of Religions, Chicago in 1893 and the centenary celebrations of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay with an important speech to students and teachers nationwide.

Given that Swami Vivekananda is such a central figure in the evolution of our consciousness as the inheritors of a glorious Indic Knowledge tradition, we invited our students and faculty to pen a few lines of their personal thoughts & reflections on Swami Vivekananda from any angle.

Reproducing them here:

Harshvardhan, MA (Sanskrit & IKT) Student

Harshvardhan

Hari Om
Swami Vivekananda, India’s spiritual giant, is strength personified. Yogi and Advaita Vedantin, he took the cream of the Veda’s to the world. ‘Viveka’ and ‘ananda’, the discriminative ability of humans to discern the drashta from the drashya leading to the state of sat-cit-ananda is what is evoked when he is remembered! Let’s invoke the ‘viveka’ and ‘ananda’ in each one of us and together carry forth the torch of Oneness that he revived so brightly!

 

 

Harsh, (BA – Sanskrit, Vyakarana) Student

Harsh Agrawal

When Swami Vivekananda addressed the Parliament of Religions in Chicago on 11 september 1863 his first line is so impressive “Sisters and brothers of America” for his emotion and sense the whole parliament gave a standing ovation for three minute. It is pride of india

So please analyse his thoughts which gives new direction to youth.

“Who is helping you, don’t forget them;
Who is loving you, don’t hate them;
Who is trusting you; don’t cheat them “

Thank you

Simonetta, (Acharya – Sanskrit Vyakarana) Student

Simonetta

Swami Vivekananda have the most important role in the diffusion of Indian culture thought the world. He become a bridge between cultures and it is thanks to him that Indian culture is so appreciated in Europe and America. It is thanks to his contribution that Yoga became popular and spread.

 

 

 

Vinay, MA (Sanskrit & IKT) Student

VinayHari Om,
Here are some of my thoughts on Swami Vivekananda:
Swami Vivekananda’s greatness lies in the fact that he was hostile to none. Neither religion nor nationalism prejudiced his vision. Yet he worked tirelessly for India, its religion, and its people. He showed by his own life that we need not hate other nations and religions to love our own. He pointed out that such high ideals were only a natural outcome of the philosophy of the Vedas –“That which exists is one; sages call it by various names.” He declared that it is India’s mission to teach such ennobling ideas to rest of the World and bring love and peace among its people.
Thank you

Nishchhal, (BBA & IKT) Student

nischhalHe was truly a motivator. His knowledge was rich and immense. Truly a ideal for all the youths. His thinking capability his logic be it in every field – spirituality, education, country. The way he inspired the youth to fill with immense power to excel in every aspect of life.

 

 

 

Sradha, (BA – Sanskrit, Vyakarana) Student

SradhaFor us youth,  Swami Vivekananda represents  strength , energy  and commitment to do the right  things.  He urged us to have faith, ‘shraddha’ in our inner self and to work towards the welfare  of our nation and humanity  as a whole.

Thank you.

 

 

 

Anagha, BA (Sanskrit, Vyakarana) Student

AnaghaSwami Vivekananda was a lamp who destroyed the darkness in us and lead us in the path of culture and divinity…
समस्त लोकस्यान्धकारस्य हन्ता |

 

 

 

 

Isha, (B.Com & IKT) Student

IshaHari Om
Swami Vivekananda Ji was an inspiring and pure spirit known for his deep spiritual insight. He was a great Indian philosopher who looked at the world with different angle and tried to enrich the religious consciousness…
सः सर्वे मनुज कुलस्य आदर्श अस्ति।

स्राक् – Śabda-sudhā

Śabda-sudhā is a series dedicated to understanding Sanskrit words with their etymology, translation, examples from various Sanskrit texts and simple examples, synonyms etc. This blog aims to help the readers make the right usage of Sanskrit word at the right place.

Śabda-sudhā - स्राक्

Name of the Series:

शब्दसुधा – Śabda-sudhā – Sanskrit Snapshot

Category: अव्ययम् (Indeclinable words)

Word: स्राक्

Description of the word: स्रु गतौ इति धातोः बाहुलकात् डाकु-प्रत्यये स्राक् इति रूपं सिद्ध्यति ।

Meaning in English: Quickly, speedily, instantly.

उदाहरणम्

स्राक् कर्म कुरुष्व ।

Do the work quickly.

शश्वत् – Śabda-sudhā

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Śabda-sudhā - शश्वत्

Name of the Series:

शब्दसुधा – Śabda-sudhā – Sanskrit Snapshot

Category: अव्ययम् (Indeclinable words)

Word: शश्वत्

Description of the word: शश प्लुतगतौ इति धातोः बाहुलकात् वति-प्रत्यये शश्वत् इति रूपं सिद्ध्यति ।

Meaning in English: Perpetually, eternally, for ever, constantly, repeatedly, always, frequently, again and again

उदाहरणम्

रामः शश्वत् ऋतं ब्रूते ।

Rama always speaks the truth.

असकृत् – Śabda-sudhā

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Śabda-sudhā - असकृत्

Name of the Series:

शब्दसुधा – Śabda-sudhā – Sanskrit Snapshot

Category: अव्ययम् (Indeclinable words)

Word: असकृत्

Description of the word: न सकृत् । सकृत् इत्यस्य एकवारम् इत्यर्थः ।

Meaning in English: not (only) once, often, and repeatedly.

उदाहरणम्

भक्ताः असकृत् देवालयं गच्छन्ति ।

Devotees often go to the temple.

शब्दसुधा – Śabda-sudhā – Sanskrit Snapshot

Sanskrit language is known to be scientific as each word in Sanskrit is formed etymologically. This nature of a language is not found in any other Indian language, and neither in English.

For eg: when someone is asked the meaning of ‘कपडा’, they will reply saying it is ‘वस्त्र’, ‘पहनावा’ or another word which replaces the original word. Here is where the uniqueness of Sanskrit comes to the fore. In Sanskrit, वस्त्रम् is derived from  वस्यते = आच्छाद्यते इति वस्त्रम् (one which is used to cover is called vastram). The meaning is understood by its etymology i.e. वस्यते = आच्छाद्यते इति वस्त्रम् (one which is used to cover is called vastram).

This blog is dedicated to understanding Sanskrit words with their etymology, translation, examples from various Sanskrit texts and simple examples, synonyms etc. This blog aims to help the readers make the right usage of Sanskrit word at the right place.

Shabda-Sudha

Contributed by: Asst. Prof. Vinayak Rajat Bhat

Name of the Series: शब्दसुधा – Śabda-sudhā – Sanskrit Snapshot

Category of the Word: अव्ययम् (Indeclinable words)

सदृशं त्रिषु लिङ्गेषु सर्वासु च विभक्तिषु ।
वचनेषु च सर्वेषु यन्न व्येति तदव्ययम् ॥

One which is same in all the genders, all the cases and,
which never changes even in numbers is called ‘अव्ययम्’, i.e., indeclinable words.

Word list:
1. मुहुः

2. अभीक्ष्णम्

3. असकृत्

4. शश्वत्

5. स्राक्

मुहुः – Śabda-sudhā

Śabda-sudhā is a series dedicated to understanding Sanskrit words with their etymology, translation, examples from various Sanskrit texts and simple examples, synonyms etc. This blog aims to help the readers make the right usage of Sanskrit word at the right place.


Śabda-sudhā - Muhuh

Name of the series: शब्दसुधा – Śabda-sudhā – Sanskrit Snapshot

Category of words: अव्ययम् (Indeclinable words)

Word: मुहुः

Description of the word: मुह वैचित्ये इति धातोः मुहेः किच्च (उ.२/१२१) इत्यौणादिकेन सूत्रेण उस्-प्रत्यये मुहुः इति रूपं सिद्ध्यति।
Meaning in English: Moment, in a moment, again and again, suddenly.

उदाहरणानि –

  • हृष्यामि च मुहुर्मुहुः। (भगवद्गीता – 18/76)
    I am enjoying every moment.
  • भयोत्पादकाः मुहुर्मुहुः सीमोल्लङ्घनं कुर्वन्ति ।
    Terrorists cross their limit repeatedly.
  • बुद्धिमतीं पुत्रीं दृष्ट्वा पिता मुहुर्मुहुः हृष्यति ।
    Father enjoys every moment watching his intelligent daughter.
His Sankalpa Manifests – Website Launch

On June 14, when Pujya Swami Tejomayanandaji launched the website of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions, the awareness of Pujya Gurudev’s sacred sankalpa was palpable among all present.

Following an invocation by Smt. Pramodini Rao, Campus Director of Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula, Shri Suresh Subramanian, the Registrar, kicked off the launch by describing the event as a Guru dakshina to Pujya Gurudev who expressed the sankalpa of having a Sanskrit University many years ago. He introduced Pujya Guruji as the Chancellor of the Chinmaya University, Swami Brahmanandaji as the Chairman of the Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), the sponsoring institution, Swami Advayananda as the President of the Executive Council, Swami Mitrananda, trustee of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Prof. B. Mahadevan, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi, the Dean of Faculty at the Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula located at CIF.

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In his inaugural address, Pujya Guruji said that several years ago Swami Advayananda asked for permission to accept a donation Chinmaya University saying that Pujya Gurudev had spoken about it at the time of establishment of the Chinmaya International Foundation. “I told him, ‘Since that was Pujya Gurudev’s sankalpa, it will happen. Accept the donation.’ Today is the fructification of that sankalpa!” Guruji went on to describe the dhyeya-vākyaVidyayā Saṁskritiḥ”- Culture is protected, nourished and nurtured by true Knowledge.

Guruji Brahmanandaji Mitranandaji Mahadevanji

विद्यया रक्षिता संस्कृति: सर्वदा ।

संस्कृतेर्मानवाः संस्कृता भूरिदाः ।।

vidyayā rakshitā saṁskṛtiḥ sarvadā ।

saṁskṛtermānavāḥ saṁskṛtā bhūridāḥ ।।

Explaining the vision verse that he composed, Guruji said that

“A culture is protected by Vidya, true Knowledge. Because of this vidya, a person is called cultured. The sign of the cultured is that they become bhūridāḥ, that is they become givers. Like we say in the pledge, ‘giving more than what we take, producing more what we consume.’ The sign of culture is the magnanimity, large-heartedness, and the generosity to share with others.

Guruji said that the vision of the Chinmaya University would be marked by:

  • A spiritual vision
  • Purity – in the sense that when we teach classical music, the purity must be maintained
  • Applicability – the teaching at this University should benefit People; otherwise we will end up with a situation where we say Sanskrit is a dead language. I think this only means that people are dead to Sanskrit.

Pujya Guruji concluded by recognizing the hard work put in by Swami Advayananda and Shri Suresh Subramanian and Smt. Prarthana Saran of Chinmaya Mission, Delhi.

Swami Advayananda in his address presented the genesis of the University going back to the time when Pujya Gurudev expressed his vision for a Sanskrit University at the time when CIF was established. At the end he reiterated that the purpose of the University is to “Go into the depths of Indian Knowledge Traditions, bring out the best of what our great rishis, mahatmas and vidvans have given for centuries and amalgamate this wisdom with present day knowledge fields, so that we benefit not only the Indian Knowledge Traditions but also the world pool of knowledge.” He recalled the tremendous contributions of Shri G. V. Eswar in enabling us to collect the required Rs. 25 crores and the magnanimous and spontaneous contributions from the overseas Chinmaya Mission Centres especially from USA when Pujya Guruji made his appeal for the Chinmaya University.

Swami Mitrananda narrated a couple of fascinating stories about how Koundinya, from Tamil Nadu, went by sea to what is modern-day Cambodia and was probably responsible for the creation of the Angkor Wat temple complex, the largest Hindu temple complex outside India. He declared that “It’s time that we teach our own students to understand both aspects, para and apara vidya of this glorious tradition in India.”

Prof. Mahadevan, the Vice Chancellor, appropriately began his address in Sanskrit and went to make significant commitments on behalf of the University. He thanked Pujya Guruji for giving him the opportunity to be involved in this sacred initiative. “There will be a single-pointed focus to open up the vast treasure of Indian Knowledge traditions to the modern world. The Chinmaya University will do meaningful and serious research on Sanskrit, on Ancient Indian Knowledge Traditions and synthesize all of them for creating new ideas for the emerging world.” After describing the first set of proposed courses, Prof. Mahadevan went onto state that the “Sanskrit fraternity in this country can look up to Chinmaya University when it comes to innovation in pedagogical aspects of running a Sanskrit Program. We will create a wonderful ambience for cross disciplinary research riding on the platform of applied Indic Knowledge Traditions. Lastly, we will create a very compelling academic environment.”

At that point, Pujya Guruji clicked on Chinmaya University link and launched the website to loud applause. Shri NM Sundar, the Campus Director, for Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula, went onto describe the salient features of the website and invited everyone to explore the website www.chinmayauniversity.ac.in – any information required may be got by emailing info@chinmayauniversity.ac.in.

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