Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Viswatma Chetana Parishad
The Philosophy of Today!!
The reality of Tomorrow!!
The Dream of Yesterday!!
By- H.H. Paramahansa Swami Satyaprajnananda Saraswati
Founded in the 1985,VCP is marching ahead to fullfill its aims and objectives in an unfailing and unflinching manner .It zealously exposes the cause of spirituality ,devoting itself for the service of society as a whole irrespective of caste , creed , colour ,sect and religion .It embraces within its fold every man as a divine being with full potential to realize the self .With its branches in many places of Odisha and Chhattisgarh ,it is untiringly striving to create a spiritual brotherhood based on love and respect for one and all.
VCP has mainly the five-fold objectives - Sikshya (Education ),Swasthya (Health), Shrama (Labour ), Seva (Service),Sadhana (spiritual practices ).It is known as five ‘S’ . Swamiji explains it in his inimitable style : “A man should be educated and healthy in its true sense .Then he should work for himself which is ‘Shrama ‘.When he works for others, it is Seva and when the work is devoted to paramatma , it becomes ‘Sadhana’.
The cut and thrust of swamiji’s philosophy is Viswatma chetana. This is a broad and comprehensive term which ultimately corresponds to the ideal of Vedanta and the essence of spirituality. Atmabhava becomes Viswatma Bhava when it expands and spreads .When one feels for oneself ,he can feel the same for the entire humankind and the universe as well. Man is the inseparable part of the universe .Drop melts into the sea ,like wise man can unite with the existence .Unity with existence is life’s real achievement , rest are worldly illusions .
Viswatma chetana is the clarion call of swamiji which is based on humanitarianism and cosmopolitanism .To ignite and awaken Viswatma Bhava ,swamiji tours various places all over India and preaches the masses to inculcate this ideal in their hearts and minds which can give the real solace to today’s world ,bristling with antagonisms and animosities .Swamiji forgets not repeating : Vasudhaiva kutumbakam (the entire world is an extended family ) , Manur Bhava (Be a man ) , Atmo dipo Bhava (Be a light into yourself ) , Paropkarah punyaya (Doing good to others is the greatest virtue ) , Krinvantu viswamaryam (make the world great ) .
1. Sikshya ( Education )
2. Swasthya ( Helth)
3. Shrama (Karmayoga)
4. Sheva (Services)
5. Sadhana (spiritual practices)
1. Sikshya ( Education ) :
The aim of education should not confined to transform a student to accumulate only professional knowledge like Doctor , Engineer, Scientist , Farmer etc. Education should transform a student to human including respective professional skills.
Swamijee Says “ Give me a Child I will transform him to a Human” .
In the field of Education Viswatma Vidya Mandir Plays the major role. A Fully Functioning residential High School Section from class - 6th to 10th at Ananda Niketan ( Ashram) , Khujenpali, Balangir, Odisha, India. There were 1000 students on roll during the session. Apart from this there are many branches of schools(Baner ,Sambalpur, Bundubahal) are functioning in various parts of Odisha.
H.H. Swamijee Maharaj has adopted some economically poor students and made suitable arrangements for their free and better education. In addition to curricular activities Cultural and Spiritual classes including Mantra Chanting and Yoga classes are being conducted on regular basic.
Swamiji is an eloquent speaker and a prolific writer .His words are so heart-touching that they can revolutionize a man’s life by awakening his consciousness from deep slumber .Swamiji can effortlessly quote from shastras and present them with clarity of language and precision of thought .Swamiji not only delves into the spiritual sea of Indian shastras full of nectar but also he interprets them in the present day context .He always gives thrust on the contemporary issues and problems .Swamiji is also a great poet and his poetries are compiled and published in the form of a book called “ Mukta chintan “ . His poetries touch an arena of subjects from life to death and from man to god .
The Ritambhara Prajna Prakashan published Swamijees devine speeches and enlightening pravachan in the form of books as listed below :-
1. Ritambhara Prajna Prasad (Hindi)
2. Upasana Ra Swarupa (Odia)
3. Bhajan Bharati (Odia & Hindi)
4. Mukta Chintan (Hindi)
5. Dharma Dharmanirapakshyata Aur Bharat (Hindi)
6. Hari Ichha Balavan (Hindi)
7. Radha Tatwa Darshan (Odia)
8. Acharya Shankar (Hindi & English)
9. Religion Secularism & India (English & hindi)
10. Ras Rahashya (Hindi & Odia)
11. Navaratra Upasana Ka Tatwtik Swarup (Hindi)
12. Tera Sai Tohi Mai (Hindi)
13. Yugdharma Aur Manav (Hindi)
14. Gurubhakti geet (Odiya)
Swasthya ( Health ) -
Health is wealth. The Parishad gives much important to the health of every living being. So a charitable Dispensary namely "Shivananda Arogya Mandir" is being functioning at Viswatma Kutir, Thikadarpara, Balangir. It is giving free medical assistance to the patients. During the year around 3500 no. of patients were treated.
Wishers of the Parishad are doing praiseworthy works for the maintanance of the Ashrama, Ananda Niketan. The resident Brahmacharies and Sadhaks work in various departments of the Ashram such as - Goshala, Agriculture, Horticulture, Ritambhara Prajna Prakashan, Annapurna Annakshetra, Upasana Pitha and Shivananda Arogya Mandir selflessly.
Sheva (Services) -
Service to mankind is service to God. All activities of the Parishad is meant for the service not only for the human society but also for the entire universe. Accordingly the Parishad, follows the advice of H.H. Sri Swamijee Maharaj which can be stated like this " Do help to others according to his/her need and not for your own satisfaction.
Sadhana(Spiritual practices) -
In order to reach our desired spiritual goal discipline is essential which we may call Sadhana, Japa & Dhyana, Asan and Pranayam, Bhajan and kirtan are conducting on regular basic at Ananda Niketan. So the Devotees and Disciples come regularly to Ananda Niketan for Upasana and yajna. These activities of Sadhana are carried out under the direct supervision and guidance of H.H. Swamijee Maharaj. Morning prayer-cum meditation is a daily feature from 5 A.M. to 6 A.M. at Vidya Mandir. Morning Arati and Geeta Chainting are daily feature from 6A.M. to 7A.M. at Upasana Pitha. Daily worship is conducted in Upasana, Aradhana Pitha and Ashutoshpitha in the early morning and evening. Special functions were held during the year on the occasions of important ceremonies weekly Rudrabhisek also conducted in regular basis.
Social Welfare Activities
The parishad provides food free of cost as ‘Prasad’ to its inmates and other saints and guests visiting the Ashram . Thousands of visitors throughout the year are being fed through this branch of the parishad .On festive occasions , programmes and sammelans conducted by the parishad , Annapurna Annakshetra sets into motion to serve Prasad to one and all who throng here in large numbers from various parts of the country and abroad .
Viswatma Sevak Mandal
Viswatma Sevak Mandal is the youth wing of parishad .Any change in the human civilization can be brought out mainly by the youth who are the backbone of the society .A healthy society can be envisaged by the effective use of youth energy which in the present time is being misused and misdirected .The role of the youth is an essential prerequisite for the society to grow in different spectrums. Undoubtedly ,a great deal of youth force is required to rebuild and reconstruct the corroding social fabric of the world . VCP in general and Viswatma Sevak Mandal in particular has been very conscious about ensuring the effective use of the youth energy through its manifold activities . Viswatma Sevak Mandal is organizing seminars , youth camps and conferences from time to time in order to train the youth to work for a better and greater future .Viswatma Sevak Mandal strives to inculcate in the youth scientific outlook entwined with spiritual bent of mind .
Any young man having faith in the aims and objectives of the parishad can apply to the office of the parishad by filling of the form in proper format to become a member of Viswatma Sevak Mandal .
Rehabilitation Programme :
It is seen now-a- days that in their attempt to enjoy sense pleasure , the youth fritter away their energies in the ugliest ways .Viswatma Sevak Mandal embanks upon some innovating rehabilitation measures to address the issue .Significantly , the volunteers of Sevak Mandal take up the cudgels to identify the impecunious young man as well as the youth who have been derailed from the society’s main stream ,to bring them to its rehabilitation centres .They are with the blessings of swamiji ,helped and guided .
Prajna Shakti Mandal :
Prajna Shakti Mandal is the women wing of the parishad .What is of enormous importance is that women here are given the fullest opportunity to flower themselves . Women in all ages have enjoyed a special standing with their being variegated under different circumstances .Women have become epitome of kindness and tolerance and they have set examples as universal mothers with oodles of love and affection springing from their hearts .Swamiji addresses every women as ‘mother ‘ because mother is the dearest one on earth .It is the need of the hour to bring women to forefront in different walks of life and give them freedom to grow. Swamiji vehemently opposes the economic tactic to market women as a commodity .Women are the embodiment of Prajna and Shakti .Any derogation is bound to bring social diseases which are rampant in our society today .
Any women having faith and regard for the parishad can become a member of Prajna Shakti Mandal by applying to the office of the parishad in the proper format .
In every activity undertaken by the parishad women are given due importance and they participate in those activities with full enthusiasm by shouldering high responsibility .Special sessions for women are being organized by Prajna Shakti Mandal periodically at various places throughout calendar year in order to streamline the energies of women and allow their consciousness to expand so that they can become the front-runners in disseminating the message of Viswatma chetana .
|GURUJI DELIVERED THE SPEECH ON SHIVRATRI MAHOTSAV|
OBJECTIVES OF VISWATMA CHETANA PARISHAD
i) To develop spiritual awareness in the society.
ii) To build up lives based on the concept of Vedic Tradition.
iii) To create harmony and co-ordination amongst different religious sects and groups.
iv) To eradicate social evils, religious superstitions and other impurities in order to bring a revolutionary change to uphold dignity and purity of Sanatan Dharma.
v) To promote life based on "Sadhana" through the ancient Indian Gurukula System.
vi) To establish Ashrams based on ancient Indian culture and traditions.
vii) To impart medical treatment of various kinds such as Ayurvedic, Homoeopathy, Allopathic, Yoga and Naturopathy for the health and wellbeing of all, with special emphasis to the poor and downtrodden masses.
viii) Propagation of Yogic culture and education with an aim to bring out a harmonious development of body, mind and spirit.
ix) Rendering selfless services to the poor and the distressed.
x) Organizing Shrama Sivirs (Labor camps) in order to inculcate the value of dignity of labour in the minds of the people in general and the youth in particular.
xi) To build up human character free from all sorts of discriminations based on religion, caste, creed and colour.
xii) To promote and conduct literary, scientific, social, cultural and spiritual activities and to facilitate research in such fields.
xiii) To establish, maintain, take over, manage or render assistance to schools, colleges, libraries, hospitals/dispensaries, temples, ashrams and other spirituals centers or institutions throughout the country as the Parishad in its wisdom will deem proper from time to time.
xiv) The Parishad will have its on publication unit with both print and electronic mediums. It will publish books, journals, spiritual magazines and produce Cassettes and C.Ds. both audio and video.
xv) To organise seminars, conferences, festivals, yajnas and spiritual classes to spread the education of yoga, vedanta and other branches of spiritual sciences.
xvi) The Parishad will have its women's wing named as "Prajna Shakti Mandal" for the spiritual growth and development of women and to bring them to the social mainstream.
xvii) The Parishad have its youth wing in order to channel the energies of the youth for the societal development and to inculcate in them the priceless human and spiritual values.
xviii) The Parishad will endeavor to impart spiritual samskaras in hearts and minds of the children who are the real buds and flowers in the garden of God.
Viswatma Chetana Parishad
Dist : Bolangir .
State : Odisha
Country : India.
PIN Code : 767002.
Ph. (06652) 232719, 232819.
Cell : 9437039819.
|swamiji delivered a devotional speech|
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Ashirvachan of Paramahansa swami Satyaprajnananda Saraswati speech delivered on 2012 Shivaratri: Shiva Tattwa
|HH swamiji on kailashnatheswar cave , Chattishgargh|
By the grace of Lord Ashutosh Shankar, again we have got the opportunity to sit at his feet and worship Him. As you all know, today is ‘Mahashivaratri’. Ratri and Ratra these two words are used synonymously and interchangeably in relation to Upasana (worship). For example, Navaratri or Navaratra, Shivaratri or Shivaratra. Generally we understand ratri as night. But ratra has two connotations _ one is practical and the other is spiritual. Ratri means night in general parlance, but the real meaning of ratra is knowledge or wisdom.Very recently we had been to Puri, the holy shrine of Lord Jagannath to attend Jagannath Pancharatra organised by Jagannath temple administration. Many saints and seers including Jagadguru Sankaracharya and Gajapati Maharaj graced the occasion and endeavoured to systematize the functioning of Jagannath Pancharatra which is an ancient term. In our scriptures, we have Narada Pancha Ratra which is used invariably. ‘Ratra’ according to Narada Pancharatra is knowledge. See, Sivaratri does’nt mean worshipping in the night only, but this worship is ‘Aahoratra’ which means throughout the day and night (24 hours). But today the thrust is on night. Why ? We begin the worship from the day. When in India it is day, for America it is night. Therefore taking the world as a whole there is not so much of importance on day and night. The emphas is isattached to ‘Aahoratra’ (Hole day and night) There is difference of opinions in the shastras. Brahmaji was coming from Brahma loka and on the other hand Vishnuji was also coming in search of “Who am I ?” “Where am I ?” “ How am I ?” “ Who has made me up?” These are the questions of life. What is this life and the world ? Brahmaji and Vishnuji met each other at a place. Brahmaji asked Vishnuji _ Who are you ? Vishnuji replied _Don’t you know me ? I have given birth to you. You came up from my umbilical cord. Brahmaji again said _ I don’t know you. Vishnuji told _ I am Vishnu, the creator of this universe, the preserver of it and the destroyer of the same. All the three acts are done by me. Brahmaji asked _ I create the world. Where have you come from? This is the story of mythology, but it symbolizes something. In the process of this discussion, a divine Jyotirlinga manifested and a massage sounded from the sky _ O’ Brahma and Vishnu ! Why do you fight with each other? The truth is that I am the real creator of both you. Both of them were astonished and they decided to search for the reality. Brahmaji in the guise of a swan started flying in the sky and Vishnuji in the guise of a boar started going downwards.
|Swamiji in thoughtful mood on Kharsiyan , Chattishgargh|
Vishnuji went on downwards but failed to search out the truth and he returned at the end. Jyotirlinga has no beginning and no end. Jyotirlinga is limitless. But when Brahmaji was going upwards a ‘Ketaki flower’ fell from the head of Lord Shiva. Brahmaji caught that fiower and came to Vishnu saying that he had met the truth and he is the gratest of the universe. Vishnuji told _ May be, you might have known. But what is the proof ? Brahmaji replied _ The clinching proof is this flower. Ask this flower. The ‘ketaki’ flower also gave a false statement that it was on the head of Shankar and Brahma has got me from there. Vishnuji told _ So it be, but I can’t believe myself. If the Jyotirlinga which was manifested between Brahmaji and me tells the truth, then I would believe. Then thereon again a Massage sounded from the sky that Brahma is telling a lie and the Ketaki flower is also deposing falsehood. Therefore, henceforth this Ketaki flower will not adorn my head. Lord Shankar gave up that flower since then. Brahmaji also felt ashamed and begged excuse. What I mean to say is that on this auspicious day, Jyotirlinga was manifested in between Brahmaji and Vishnuji. And Lord Shankar told both of them that on this day both of you will worship me in form of the Linga. My foundation will be shakti. Therefore Linga is founded on Shakti and it is the symbol of Lord Shankar. The entire universe begins and manifests itself from Linga and it merges in the Linga at the end. Shivalinga is therefore worshipped as the union of Shiva and Shakti and it is in the form of light, jyoti. Paramatma in our scripture is worshipped as jyoti. Paramatma is known to us as two fold_ Sakar and Nirakar _ Form and Formless. Shiva when takes the form is known as Shankar. Shankar _ one who does good for all. “VandeShivam Shankaram”. _ Salutations to Shiva and Shankar .
|Swamiji on shivaratri mahtsav- 2011 , Anand niketan , balangir|