Thursday, September 16, 2021

UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD DAY

 

                                                      UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD DAY

Swami Vivekananda’s historic and revolutionary speech delivered on September 11, 1893 in Chicago to the delegates of the World Parliament of Religions marks the beginning of a new era. His address began with these words:“Sisters and Brothers of America”. These soul-soothing words had a magnetic impact on the audience. Swamiji got standing ovation and thunderous applause. These words which came out from the depth of spiritual height. To commemorate this epoch-making speech, it is celebrated as Universal Brotherhood Day and it  is observed on September 11 every year.

                  Swami’s vision for universal peace and brotherhood is timeless and universal. It’s relevance is increasing day by day because the moral and ethical insolvency is increasing, the world in terms of values is lapsing into primitive state. Swami’s idea of religion is holistic and if imbibed wholeheartedly, it can cure all ills and evils of society. He emphasised that the true religion is that which elevates and ennobles the animal instincts in man and unites him with divine power. It extracts the latent divinity in man and makes him realise his true nature.

                To understand Swami Vivekananda’s vision of universal brotherhood and peace in totality, we need to reflect on the rich spiritual tradition he represented, he saw that spirituality was at a low ebb in the land of its birth, glory and grandeur of ancient India was rapidly declining. The only means for the resurrection of humanity was to imbibe and inculcate the spiritual teachings of the ages. Swami’s vision deeply rooted in all-inclusive, all-encompassing and all-embracing Vedic thought. He preached and practised the great Vedic. There is no relation of dominance and subjugation. He discarded the idea of religious supremacy, propagated the message of mutual respect and religious acceptance.

             In our school campus also we have celebrated "Universal Brotherhood Day" in a grand way. We have arranged for a big programme and speeches have been given by the dignitaries. So every year we should celebrate this day and the importance of the day as to be followed everyday. As the below given quote of Swamiji,

"Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way. In every man and in every animal, however weak or wicked, great or small, resides the same omnipresent, omniscient soul."










GANESH CHATURTHI

 

CELEBRATION OF  GANESH CHATURTHI

Ganesh Chaturthi is also called Vinayaka Chaturthi, is an auspicious Hindu festival which is celebrated for 10 days every year. The festival is celebrated in the Bhadra month as per the Hindu calendar which generally falls in mid-August to September. It marks the birthday of the beloved elephant-headed Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is known as the God of wealth, sciences, knowledge, wisdom and prosperity, and that's why most Hindus remember him and seek his blessings before starting any important work. Lord Ganesh is known by 108 different names like Gajanana, Vinayaka, Vighnaharta among others. This festival is celebrated with great devotion and joy by Hindus throughout the world. In India, it is majorly celebrated in states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and Telangana.

                   Ganesha is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. There are various stories behind his birth but two of them are the most common ones. According to the first story, Lord Ganesha was created by Parvati out of dirt from her body to guard her in the absence of Shiva. She gave him the task of guarding her bathroom door while she took a bath. In the meantime, Shiva returned home and Ganesha, who didn't know who Shiva was, stopped him. This angered Shiva and he cut Ganesha's head after a tiff between the two. Parvati was enraged when she came to know about this; Lord Shiva, in turn, promised to get Ganesha back to life. The devas were sent to search for a child's head facing north but they could only find an elephant's head. Shiva fixed the elephant's head on the child's body, and that how Ganesha was born.

                    The other popular story is that the Devas requested Shiva and Parvati to create Ganesha so that he can be a Vighnakarta (creator of obstacles) for rakshasas (demons), thus being a Vighnaharta (averter of obstacles) and helping Devas. It is believed that devotees who pray to Ganesha are able to fulfil their wishes and desires. So, the main essence of Ganesh Chaturthi is that devotees who pray to him are set free of sins and it leads them on the path of knowledge and wisdom. People celebrate this festival by singing or playing religious songs, dancing to drum beats and by lighting up fireworks-- all of which add to the festive mood.

                        In our school campus also we celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi with overwhelmed devotion. We have done pooja along with the students. It was celebrated in a grand way to the core. We feel blessed by celebrating this festival.

So, every year we all should celebrate this pooja in a grand way to get the blessing of Lord Ganesh.






Sunday, September 5, 2021

SHRI KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI

 

SHRI KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI

 

          Janmashtami is most popularly known as Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna which is celebrated with great happiness in India during the monsoon month. If we go by the Hindu calendar, this important day falls on the Ashtami or eighth day of the Krishna Paksh or dark fortnight of Bhadon month.

          The most widely accepted view is that Lord Krishna is the eighth incarnate of Lord Vishnu. We all have known from Mahabharata that the birth of Lord Krishna happened to kill the demon Kansa who happens to be his maternal uncle. As a kid Lord Krishna was named "Makhanchor" means the one who steals butter. He used to steal butter from every household of Gokul. Lord Krishna was a wonder child and his skills were noticed since childhood. People started believing that this small boy named Krishna is among the commoners to save them from all difficult situations. Slowly, people of Nandgaon started celebrating the birth of Krishna in a grand way as they believed this day to be a fortunate one.

          We can say that this festival initially originated in Gokul and slowly engulfed the Mathura region and later on the whole Uttar Pradesh state. And now even after 1000 years, the whole country celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna as he is the sign of love, faith, friendship, and peace. Whenever there is some imbalance in the universe regarding peace and prosperity, it is said that Lord Vishnu comes to save the humanity from the hands of demons and evils.

 

           In our school campus also we have celebrated Shri Krishna Jayanthi in a pleasant way. Many religious songs were sung by the students. Mantras have been chanted soulfully. And, a pious speech has been delivered by our teacher. At last, Prashad was also distributed to all.

 

           So, by celebrating this festival, Let's all welcome our Krishna every year to get

           his  blessings ceaselessly.










Saturday, August 28, 2021

Independence Day

 15 August 2021, Independence Day

Today we all are here to acknowledge our privilege of being born in a Free India and celebrate the 75th Independence Day of our country. We need to ask those born before 1947, to know the pangs of anguish of being enslaved under a colonial rule. For every Indian in those days, it was indeed a Herculean task to fight against those powerful giants - the British. Those difficult times and struggles must not be allowed to fade away from our memories. Hence, every Independence Day, we not only celebrate our freedom, but we also pay tribute to the ones who fought for it, to the ones who held a vision for our country, and to the ones who sacrificed themselves for the same. Independence Day marks the end of British rule in 1947 and the establishment of a free and independent Indian nation.

 

Every year on 15 August, Independence Day is celebrated as a national holiday in India when people remember the long phase of our nation's independence from British rule. On August 15, 1947, India gained independence after a series of movements in which many freedom fighters sacrificed their lives. After independence, on 15 August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Indian Prime Minister to raise the National Flag at the Red Fort near Delhi's Lahore Gate. By unfurling the National Flag and singing the National Anthem, students, teachers, parents and other individuals come together to celebrate Independence Day. The Indian prime minister in the national capital New Delhi, at Red Fort, also hosts our National Flag. After that, the salute is given by firing 21 guns and a helicopter showers tricolour flowers on the flag. The colours in our flag represent different things; saffron signifies courage and sacrifice, white signifies peace and truth, green signifies faith and chivalry. In the centre of our flag, there is an Ashok chakra that contains 24 evenly distributed spikes. We recall the great sacrifices of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Raj Guru, Gandhiji and other daring freedom fighters on this special day for their unforgettable contribution to India's independence.

 

It is our responsibility, as proud citizens of this country, to sincerely perform our duty and progress together for the growth and development of our country. Keeping the sacrifices of our ancestors in mind, we should take an oath, to carve a better future for our motherland. We celebrate Independence Day every year on15 August as a national holiday in India to commemorate the independence of the nation from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947. This was the day on which the provisions of the Indian Independence Act of 1947 came into effect, which transferred legislative sovereignty to the Indian Constituent Assembly. Independence corresponded with India's partition,

 

The idea of being an independent nation, where sovereign power lies with us to determine our future, places a huge responsibility on our shoulders. The significance of its beautiful story is that this nation has gained respect from the world for the democratic route chosen by it. We can proudly say that India has never invaded any country in its 10000 years of history. On this occasion, our thoughts turn first to Mahatma Gandhi, the man behind our struggle for freedom and the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice for our country's liberty. We are also reminded of the relentless struggle of our great patriots who liberated our motherland from colonial rule.

 

Gandhiji was seeking liberty from both foreign rule and the indigenous social chains that had long incarcerated our society. Every other Indian was guided on a path of self-belief and hope for a better future. Democracy gives us the right to live freely as proud citizens of a country. Today, we are fortunate to live in one, due to the vision and sacrifice of our freedom fighters. There is a big celebration each year in New Delhi at Rajpath, where the national anthem is sung after the Prime Minister hoists the flag. Also, a salute is given to the national flag by firing  21 guns with the national anthem, and flowers are also showered via helicopter. All the forces take part in parades. In the end, we cannot merely say that 15th August is solely about freedom. This day is a plethora of emotions, it reminds us of the pain of being enslaved; of the strength in unity; it defines sacrifice, it gives us an example that some wars can be won with non-violence and of all the things, it makes us value and cherish the freedom we have today. It is our responsibility, as proud citizens of this country, to sincerely perform our duty and progress together for the growth and development of our country. Keeping the sacrifices of our ancestors in mind, we should take an oath, to carve a better future for our motherland.

 

After independence, in our nation, we acquired all our fundamental rights. We should all be proud to be an Indian, and we should admire our fortune to have been born in the land of Independent India. From 1857 to 1947, the lives of many freedom fighters and several decades of struggle were sacrificed. For the independence of India, an Indian soldier (Mangal Pandey) in the British force first raised his voice against the British. Several great freedom fighters later struggled and spent their entire lives only to gain freedom.

 

The sacrifices of all the freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Khudi Ram Bose and Chandra Sekhar Azad, who lost their lives at an early age just to fight for their country, can never be forgotten. Gandhiji was a great Indian figure who gave Indians a great lesson in non-violence. We are so lucky to have been given a land of peace and happiness by our forefathers, where we can sleep all night without fear and enjoy the whole day at school or home. People celebrate Independence Day by hoisting the national flag and reciting the national anthem.

We all should keep the following quotes in our mind,

Freedom in mind

Faith in Words

Pride in our soul

Let’s all salute our nation

    Jai Hind!



























CELEBRATION OF RAKSHA BANDHAN

 CELEBRATION OF RAKSHA BANDHAN

Raksha Bandhan is a festival which celebrates the bond of a brother and a sister. It is celebrated by following the Hindu calendar. It falls in the month of Saawan and it is celebrated on the fullmoon day of the Hindu month of Saawan. It is comprised of two words. Raksha means protection and Bandhan-Bandhan means –tie up .

Therefore, women tie up a Rakhi or a sacred thread on their siblings or brothers there is hope that they will protect them from all the evils. The history of Raksha Bandhan in Hindu mythology, As per Hindu Mythology in Mahabharata, Draupadi, wife of the pandavas had torn the corner of her sari to prevent Lord Krishna’s wrist from bleeding. Thus, a bond, that of brother and sister developed to protect her.

                 The tying of a Rakhi is not confined to a brother and sister .It could also be tied by a wife to her husband, or by a disciple to the Guru. This bond does not have to be between blood relatives- a girl might adopt a boy as her brother by tying a Rakhi. This ritual not only strengthens the bond of love, but also make strong the bonding of family. When a Rakhi is tied on the wrist of close friends and neighbours, it symbolizes the unmatched bond of love, care and respect. It also conveys an essential message of universal brotherhood and sisterhood.

In our school, we have organized a competition for students to prepare Rakhi. Many students had  eagerly participated and made their own Rakhi’s and prizes also will be distributed to the students.

And moreover, few teachers have visited Diglipur, police station and tied Rakhi for some policemen.Successfully, we have celebrated Raksha Bandhan celebration in our school.

                     So,by celebrating the festival

                                         [Let us all tie up in one thread of purity, oneness and togetherness.]











Friday, January 30, 2015

Computer Refresher Camp

At Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, PortBlair computer teachers Refresher camp was organised from 5 to 7 August 2014 in morning session in presence of Smt. Kalpanaji, WebMaster Team Leader of Vivekananda Kendra's group websites.