Participants of a rally organised by Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra pay tribute to Swami Vivekananda on Saturday. (Saradindu Chaudhury)
The AE-block based Sarada Sangha, Bidhannagar, had organised a day-long seminar to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda recently.
The organisation that was started in 1981, held the programme at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra in DD Block. The day was marked by songs and speeches of the monk. Devotional songs like Ek sanyasi sainik, Pronam hey sundar and Bir sanyasi Vivekananda were performed by members of Sarada Sangha and Nikhil Bharat Sarada Sangha.
Pravrajika Sadhbhavprana of Sarada Math spoke of the social uplift undertaken by Swamiji. “We should educate ourselves so we can follow his footsteps,” she said.
Pravrajika Bhaswarprana felt that while it was a positive step to be celebrating the monk’s birth anniversary, his teachings were yet to be imbibed by the masses. “If we do not follow his teachings there is no use in celebrating his anniversary,” said the principal of Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan.
Shipra Chowdhury, one of the executive committee members, said the Sangha has 150 members. “In the past we have also celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Sarada Ma and the 175th birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna. We hope to continue in this way,” said Chowdhury.
Thus spake vivekananda
■ Can you see your own eyes? God is like that. He is as close as your own eyes. He is your own, even though you can’t see him.
■ You had better die as an unbeliever than be played upon by cheats and jugglers. The power of reasoning was given to you for use. Show then that you have used it properly.
■ No man should be judged by his defects.
■ As you have come into this world, leave some mark behind. Otherwise, where is the difference between you and the trees and stones? They, too, come into existence, decay and die.
■ Condemn none; if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you can- not, fold your hands, bless your brother, and let them go their own way.
■ You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.