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Viveka-Darshana

A place for Awakening of Mind

A Cultural, Spiritual, Educational Theme Park and A Global Monument Complex of Swami Vivekananda to spread the light of Universal Love, Peace and Harmony.

An artist's imaginary view of Global Monument of Swami Vivekananda A 100 Feet Monolith, with actual background of Divine Nakre Hillock.

Concept


[Manachalaneejaniketane]
'O! Mind walk back to The Source, your own Home Eternal'

Swami Vivekananda sang.

~ Divinity resides within us, and let us find what lies within ourselves. Have faith in yourself. There is no teacher better than your own Soul ~

** A young 18 year old Naren (Later Swami Vivekananda) had sung this song during his first meeting with his Guru Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

The Sages of the yore in India lived a full life of unbroken joy from cradle to grave, and thereafter entered the Eternal life of everlasting Bliss-Peace-Absolute, holding on to three principles:

  1. Divinity of man;
  2. Love of Nature and Her preservation;
  3. Universal love and service to mankind and all other beings.

These three principles dissolved their separateness from the rest of the universe; they lived in Cosmic awareness gracefully attending to all duties of life with love. They could perceive Divinity everywhere - in all objects, in all beings and in all events of life! Eventually their selfishness was replaced by self-sacrifice; self-centered individuality and ego-personality by Cosmic awareness; materialism by spirituality; and attachments and aversions (Rāga-DveṣaUÉaÉ-²åwÉ) by the divinity shining within everyone.

Every aspect of life interested them: children, cattle, wealth, trade, play, art, music, religion, society, nation, humanity, relations, functions and what not! For they were grounded in spirituality far from materialism. This is the ancient wisdom that Sri Ramakrishna gave to His beloved disciple Naren (later Swami Vivekananda), made him to practice and realize these truth in his own life and then deliver it to the humanity irrespective of caste, creed, religion, race, wealth, profession, gender and nationality, to flow through generations. They are Eternal Truths for the constantly changing society. This is 'Mano Chalo Nijaniketane' which alone can bring the mankind together to have one world of love, peace and harmony maintaining all diversities as they are.  This alone can make human life meaningful, purposeful and impart absolute ultimate fulfilment by making man transcend the Nature in its entirety.

Swami Vivekananda is an ocean in the Infinite Eternal Existence that is Sri Ramakrishna, and we are small thin capillaries trying to syphon out few drops of that ocean to distribute it to the world. That constitutes our project that seeks your help, participation and guidance.

It is needless to say that Swami Vivekananda's legacy envelops the entire humanity of the present generation and generations to come, for it ever seeks universal Love, Peace and Harmony. His philosophy has a global impact, global awakening. His charismatic personality has been constantly inspiring the masses all over the world, with his stunningly influential thoughts and speeches that breathe wisdom and hope in the heart of humans.

The world reformers feel India alone has the Spiritual Wealth that can solve all the problems of human life on this earth for all times at all places. From time immemorial and throughout the History we find India radiating Peace and Love, trying to unify the world. Swami Vivekananda has given practical solutions to all aspects of human existence: the profound yet simple interpretation of the philosophy of life, message for the youths, character building, upliftment of masses, women development and welfare, patriotism, governance, love of Nature and of the commonwealth of life, Divinity of man, Spirituality, education, religion, faith and many more. The time is ripe that it should be made to reach the present generation and be preserved to flow through the future generations. Thus not only to commemorate his immense contribution to mankind, but mainly to keep the humanity inspired at all times, The Sri Ramakrishna Sharada Ashram (Bailur Math) proposes a permanent Global Memorial surrounded by a colourful eco-tourism complex. This will contain educative and informative visions on Indian culture and history in a subtle manner with rich artistic components that also entertains visitors.

Amidst pristine rocky woodland at foot of Nakre hillock near to the Udupi-Karkala-Dharmasthala highway in Karnataka, the Bailur Math envisages the erection of a statue of Swami Vivekananda, in the Sannyasin attire. This will be carved out in a monolithic stone, towering 100 feet in height, standing on a pedestal befitting the size of the monument. The faces of the pedestal will also hold carved murals and inscriptions. The approach and surroundings of the rock will be sprinkled with glimpses of socio-religious and cultural heritage of India through conventional art expressions and digital presentations, blended in an ideal balance.

A heritage complex with the serenity of the surrounding environment kept intact to make a visitor roam, sit and meditate; they may even catch glimpses of various aspects of Indian civilization and also enjoy the beauty of nature in the various theme gardens, which will enhance the variety of display to be included in the expression.The overall perspective of an integrated spiritual and scientific approach has been chosen for the development of the concept.

Let us wish for One World of Peace, Love and Harmony

Vision of the Divine Work

Present Global Condition

A stormy delusive current of materialism is engulfing this beautiful world of ours. Today we are living in a world of increasing violence, conflicting views, and atrocities against the innocent and utter selfishness. The younger generation is totally mesmerized - drawn to and dragged by the elusive temptations which are bound to be destructive and be the causes of intense suffering and bondage. The modernity has presented highest challenge to mankind.

On the other hand the modern man is torn between religious dogmas and technological illusions. Man today, has lost his inner peace. From a child at school to an old man nearing his grave, everyone is tense and weeping within himself hidingly. Thinking that they are at the top of the world, the youths are running to its end.

Youth at cross roads

The entire youth world is at cross-roads not knowing which way to go. Some are getting education; many are not. Education is increasing their intelligence and is not expanding their heart. Deprived of character building and life transforming education, they are becoming perverted. The intense craving for enjoyment and the materialistic on rush have captured the young minds. There is total self-forgetfulness, identity crisis, aimlessness and darkness in their path, none to guide, none to stand as examples, none to lift them up, not even the parents. After education and on entering family life, they are possessed by tension, depression and frustration.

Need of the Hour

  • Global awakening to the higher human ideals and higher human values.
  • Awakening common man, the earning section, to civic sense, social responsibilities, giving spiritual and moral training for a life of peace, contentment, mutual love and joyful ways.
  • Youth Transformation.
  • New Generation: Path setting for children, Training parents and teachers.
  • Bestowing peace and solace to the aged and to the physically and mentally challenged.
  • Global Integration to achieve one world of Love, Peace and Harmony.

The Only Solution

To overcome the challenges of modernity, the mankind is facing in general and the youth particular, the only option left for us now is to raise the Human-Consciousness to a higher level. First thing needed to be done is, to present higher ideas and ideals to mankind, especially the younger generation. Those higher ideas and ideals must be made a part of their awareness. That awareness itself will propel them forward. By doing so, they evolve naturally in a secured way and reach perfection. From it flows out universal love, purity, service and sacrifice.

Objective: To place an Ideal before youth

Swami Vivekananda is perfect human ideal; an ideal for all times for all people at all places. He is youth icon. Free from politics, free from all differences of caste, creed, religion, race or nationality. A well-wisher of all and loved by all. He is embodiment of strength and purity, of universal love and patriotism, of supreme knowledge and pure devotion, of unselfishness and dedication, of service and sacrifice, of renunciation and asceticism. The world must receive his message and be blessed to bless the rest of the world.

The Monument

We wish to keep these ideals in front of the youth by erecting a grand 100ft Monolithic statue of Swami Vivekananda and creating a suitable ambient atmosphere around it, which will draw the attention of global youth towards it. The Statue shall stand proclaiming and reminding the mankind for thousands of years to come, the Supreme Ideals, the noble thoughts and Eternal values which make every soul manifest the inner Divinity and plunge the world in peace.

HE shall stand as a universal model, the essence of world cultures, pure spirituality that unites the world, the heart that loves and seeks the welfare of entire humanity.

Future Plans

The statue ignites the hearts. Then it has to be sustained till attainment of Perfection, the state of Everlasting Bliss and Freedom. For this project to find its ultimate success, it is inevitable that centering round the statuethere should be a world-embracing Cultural, Spiritual and Educational Centres, a single visit must be able to bring about an internal transformation in the man visiting the place.

Cultural Centre: A place preserving and presenting the various world cultures as the diverse expressions of the creativity in man, highlighting their underlying harmony in order to broaden the mind of the person visiting. Apart from display there shall be training centres in all types of cultural aspects - arts, sculpture, music, dance, handicrafts, village products etc.

Spiritual Centre: An oasis for people of all faiths, cultures and religious backgrounds, filling their hearts with the much needed - 'peace and harmony' - in today's society. A centre for understanding and practicing the essence of all world religions. There shall be training institutes in spiritual practices for attainments and application in day to day life.

Education Centre: It shall be a ground for developing various aspects of man : Along with the commonly given science and technology there shall be the physical, emotional, creative, moral, aesthetic, intellectual and spiritual training centres, providing the knowledge required to build a united world of peace, love and harmony. The primary aim of this centre is to give holistic education and also to concentrate on leadership training modules for youths, thereby empowering the Indian youths to be leaders on the national and international platforms.

A Brief Note of Layout & Components

Location

A spot for spiritual and environmental tourism is proposed; a location not obscured by noise or air pollution was suitable. Therefore a serene area was selected at the foothills of Nakre located near to the Udupi-Karkala-Dharmasthala state Highway, about 4.5Kms from the heritage district town of Karkala. The Nakre Kallu hillock in its split form is a fitting backdrop to the site.

An area of 21 acres has been identified and a Memorandum of Understanding for acquiring a part of it is through. Agreement with Ministry of Forest &Environment for the rest of the plot is underway.

The area being a forest tableland will have to be dressed for allocating to the various components of the project. The hills, dales, plains and a natural water body shall be used to best advantage of the development of the project. The approach to the place is narrow therefore negotiations are on with private owners, neighbouring the facia, for addition to the existing frontage to make a proper facade, entry, exit and parking to the area.

Layout Plan

Component

Following are the Various Components of Viveka-Darshana

  • Entrance
  • Reception
  • Arched Passage
  • Administration Block
  • Meditation Hall
  • Viewer's Stand - I
  • Viewer's Stand - II
  • Water Body with fountain for Projection show
  • Central Monument with sculpture
  • India Cultural Glimpse
  • Koti-Chennaya Image
  • Circumbulation Path
  • Museum Complex
  • Vedic Village
  • Shrine with Prayer Hall
  • Staff quarters
  • Pathways

Introduction

To preserve the philosophy of Life that Swami Vivekananda preached, a Global Monument and eco-tourism park is envisaged in the hilly forest area in the outskirts of Karkala, near to the Udupi-Karkala-Dharmasthala highway. The focal point of the proposed Park will be a statue of Swami Vivekananda. The statue will be about 100' tall monolithic figure of the monk. A heritage park will be developed around the monolith with various other thematic components.

The park will serve as a spot for environmental tourism cum spiritual journey for visitors on a same day or even for a longer - stay/visit. A circulation is planned with glimpses from many a sought after religious and sight- seeing wonders of India all along the wayside. This while displaying the World Heritage Sites in India will include famous temples, shrines of different religious sects in India. The underlying philosophy of oneness of Divinity which Swami Vivekananda practiced and preached from his teacher Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Deva shall be theme of the display here, in a most subtle manner.

The passage will lead to the balconies for viewing the main statue. People interested may go further and see a display of India through the ages with a galaxy of sculptures, murals and paintings, placed on terraced garden.

The gardens bordering the sections will be laid out thematically, like a Buddha van, Pitravan, Aushadhi van and the like. Local flora with nesting birds and small animals will cheer the visitors and keep them tuned to nature all along the journey.

The mammoth statue with a circumbulatory [parikrama] at its base will be the most imposing component of the area and will be supplemented with a step garden of cultural heritage of India and a museum on Swami Vivekananda's philosophy of different aspects of life as the theme.

A Vedic village complete with a period habitat, market, artisan-centre, yogashala and a gaushala will be the main attraction. Triple shrine of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Holy Mother Sri Maa Sharada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda will be the live Temple pavilion of the village. People opting to live a Vedic pattern of life will be offered to stay for definite periods. Herbal gardens and organic farming and plantations shall be a part and parcel of the village.

Tourists and visitors may go around the village and the whole place in a regulated manner. People visiting for meditation, gauseva, yoga, Karaseva may stay for longer periods in areas allocated for such activities. The suggested name for the site: 'VIVEKA DARSHAN -a place for awakening of the mind'.

Global Monument of Swami Vivekananda

Significance of an Image

Swami Vivekananda said, "I am a voice without a form"..... " My name should not be made prominent; it is my ideas that I want to see realised". In fact, we shall be truly following his words only by translating his teachings into our life, and live the life he wanted us to live. We have to do that. We shall surely take the vow to dedicate our lives for his cause. Yet, there is a need of a form; though it does not voice, it speaks unceasingly through silence.

An image, icon, picture or a statue, reminds us of the ideal the person or deity stands for. It is a burning ideal before us, constantly reminding and pushing us forward. The ideal and the form are associated like speech and the meaning it conveys. They enter our consciousness, our awareness and work at higher level and at deeper layers of our being. Otherwise, in the absence of a form as a constant reminder, the ideal remains for a while in mind and evaporates.

The form that enters our consciousness becomes a part of our awareness giving constant Light and it speaks in our heart as the 'inner voice'. We undergo a real transformation. We emerge out from our animal nature, transcend our human.

Monument at a Glance

A magnificent 100 feet monolithic (single stone) image of Swami Vivekananda weighing 2,500 tons will be erected and installed as the focal point of the Viveka-Darshan. It will perhaps be the largest monolithic statue in the world. It will be carved out of grey granite from a stone identified at the site.

Finest engineering, technology and sculptural art experts will be employed for the unique works. They will be advised and overseen by a team of international experts regularly. The whole theme of the area will revolve around the statue, and it will be visible even from far away distant places.

The Statue: A magnificent 100 feet monolithic (single stone) image of "Swami Vivekananda", weighing approximately 2500 tons, it will be the biggest monolith in the world by all standards, amongst the existing ones so far.

The Stone: The stone required is of dimensionally 110 feet X 32 feet X 20 feet. After an extensive search, the site for stone extraction is finally located at a quarry, in Nakre area of Karkala Taluk. The extracted block will weigh 4500 tons. The Karnataka State Government has granted permission for stone extraction under special category as this is a project of National importance.

Sculpturing: About 150 sculptors with sufficient expertise would be working for 24 months using most modern tools & latest equipment's.

Sculpturing: About 150 sculptors with sufficient expertise would be working for 24 months using most modern tools & latest equipment's.

Erection Site: A suitable site of 21acres for Monument erection has been identified adjacent to the quarry and is located nearby Udupi-Karkala-Dharmasthala State Highway, just 4.5Kms from the famous heritage town of Karkala.

Estimated Cost: Total estimate for Land acquisition, Stone extraction, Statue Carving & Erection would be Rs.50 Crores.

Appeal - Please do join us

This is a project of historical and international importance where all the enabling forces have to come together: physical, intellectual, moral, monetary, power of the machinery, above all the power of unremittingly spiritual grace. Please help us, in all possible ways to bring this Divine initiative to a grand success. Extend us your support in this Divine initiative by participating:

  1. As a Donor:
  2. As a Volunteer
  3. By raising funds for this Divine initiative
  4. By giving us the contact of persons who can volunteer or donate.

Here are the details of our account: SB A/c No. 01212200091140, IFSC Code: SYNB0000121, Syndicate Bank, Bailur, Karkala. DD/Cheques etc. should be drawn in favour of "Sri Ramakrishna Sharada Ashrama Trust, Bailur". Donations are exempted from income tax U/s 80G, of IT act 1961, Govt of India

We wish to bring to your kind notice that the Donor's name or in whosesoever memory the Donations are made will be displayed as mentioned below:

  1. Chief Patrons, Rs.1 Crore and above : on the very platform of the Monument.
  2. Patrons, Rs.25 Lakhs & above: on the stone plaques placed right & left of the Monument.
  3. Life Members, Rs.10 Lakhs & above: at a prominent place in precincts of the Monument.
  4. Members, Rs.5 Lakhs and above: at a prominent place.

Please note: For the first 10 Donors who will contribute Rs.35 Lakhs and above, their name shall be put on the steps leading to the platform of the Monument.

Bank A/c Details:

SB A/c No: 01212200091140 IFSC Code: SYNB0000121 Branch: Syndicate Bank, Bailur, Karkala. DD/Cheques etc. should be drawn in favour of "Sri Ramakrishna Sharada Ashrama Trust, Bailur". Donations are exempted from income tax U/s 80G, of IT act 1961, Govt of India. Please intimate us by email or sms if a direct credit is done to the bank.

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Various Other Components of Viveka-Darshana

Entrance:

An ornate arched gateway carved out of local stone is planned for the entrance. This will be fitted with metallic sliding gates electronically locked and controlled by security staff housed within the broad archway. Security check sections for visitors, staff, hand bags/baggage and a cloakroom for depositing belongings will be positioned right at the gate.

The entrance will be directed from signage on the outside from both sides of the approach road. Vehicular traffic will not be allowed inside gate. As the whole area is to be pedestrian, hence a large parking for tourist buses and private vehicles will be organized before the entry/exit point.

Emergency Services office to contact fire, security and other disaster management will also be housed right at the entrance, so as to serve as the important link with the service providers.

Reception:

A most hospitable environment in a large lobby with touch screen pathfinders, computerized ticket and cash card counters for visitors will be offered at the Reception. Manual counters will supplement automated computerized ones. International standards of public conveniences, dispensers for water, soft drinks, tea/coffee and packed snacks shall be made available. Bookings for meditation, yoga, gauseva, Karaseva, stay at the Vedic village will also be provided here.

Guides for students and other groups will be a call away from here. Battery cars/golf-carts/wheel chairs and attendants for the differently abled, VIPs, aged and unwell visitors will be kept for use. A partitioned area at the reception will hold a large l.e.d. screen showing the various things to be seen and used at the site will serve as the interpretation centre.

Arched Passage:

The visitor traffic is proposed to pass through a corbelled or vaulted walkway leading to the viewing area of the main monument. To break the monotony, certain monuments and historical sites linked to Swami Vivekananda will be displayed through projection system (virtual reality) with a commentary, which may be indifferent languages through apps.

This while protecting the visitor from environmental harshness will provide a close glimpse of monuments and religious places which every traveller aspires. Ramakrishna recognized differences among all religions that in spite of the differences all religions lead to the same ultimate goal, hence they are all valid and true. Viveka- Darshan will depict World Heritage Sites in India in a scaled down replica in original form and material. Important Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian etc. religious spots will also be include in a single enclave to remind the public of oneness of Divinity and its pursuance, for attaining inner peace, the core of Ramakrishna's philosophy.

Administrative Block& Meditation Hall:

This will house the management and offices of Viveka-Darshan in the ground floor and a large meditation hall at the top of the block. Regular, repeated and one-time visitor who-so-ever wishes, may meditate in here. The members and staff workers could take a break from work or begin and end their duties with meditation. Visiting meditators will require prior bookings for admission.

Controls of each and every section of the Darshan premises shall be monitored from here and special control posts for extra security, cleanliness and other services will report here, so that they are continuously manned and overseen. Administration will be both electronically and manually controlled. A small area for medical care will also be arranged here with a medic and paramedic on roll to attend emergencies in the complex and connect with ambulances to hospitals etc.

The Viewing tower and balcony [I& II]

These will be a glass-front lobby and an open-to- air roofed balcony for viewing the colossal statue from a height and distance to get a complete look. It will be the viewer's choice to choose the spot based on the computerized information at the base of the towers. A limited number of viewers will be admitted for a fixed time especially if there is a rush or whenever controlled entry if required. The tower and the Balcony will stand 50-60 persons. There will be waiting area downstairs with seating and conveniences

Water Body with projection on fountain:

A large waterhole exists right in front of the proposed rock-table where the statue of Swami Vivekananda is to be erected. This body will be filled with water throughout the year. It will be fitted with powerful fountain which may act as a water-screen for holding projections. Being at a level below the ground the screen does not get distributed by air currents. Films projected on different subjects on the theme shall run undisturbed for public to watch either from the viewing areas or from spaces created for the same. The shows will be ticketed and timed for the evenings with translations in different languages available through apps.

Indian Cultural Glimpse:

Near the northern part of the site a step garden will be developed in a stranded manner. The steps will serve as display platforms for statues, murals, and rock paintings to be displayed on them. The theme of the display is suggested as 'Art of India Through the Ages'. The art forms right from cave paintings and Rock- art from the Pre-Historic age to ancient sculptures, medieval and modern art forms will be depicted here. Replica of master artefacts displayed chronologically to form the history. Very gentle stairs and a ramp formation will take viewers to the top and again descend down. It will be a master scenic cluster and visually tell the story of Indian civilization in a most lucid manner. It may form a part of the light and sound show too.

Koti-Chennaya Statue:

The southern corner of the site will adorn the twin statues of Koti and Chennaya brothers who are adored by the local people for their valour. This will act as a local crowd puller as they will pay obeisance to the statue by visiting regularly.

These statues will be made out of local grey granite in an unpolished/ rough finish to make it standout in make and quality. The story will also be etched out on the platform for the outsiders with audio commentary in different languages on Apps.

Circumbulation Path:

A pathway is planned for the complete Viveka-Darshan area for visitors to walk through and see all the components. It is proposed to be a pedestrian path. However, arrangement of light battery buses (open or partially roofed) will be organized for differently abled, aged and VVIPs. The pathway will start and finish at the Entry/Exit gate, but visitors may quit at any point of journey and return to the gate. A special, slightly elevated pathway is also proposed which will straight away take visitors around the statue and back without going to any other spot. This being elevated will also render a full-view of the statue. The path will be as per international standards of disaster management in a traffic flow for a public place.

Museum Complex:

The museum complex will comprise of a museum building with an auditorium, cafeteria, in-built conveniences and a library. A special security post, fire tender, administrative office, store will be present here in a smaller size as the main statue, Vedic Village, museum are all around it.

The museum will be double storied with a basement. The theme of display would be the Life and events of Swami Vivekananda and his influence in the Great Indian Renaissance where thinkers, poets, authors, musicians and statesmen came forward to make India an independent nation.

It will be a multimedia display and there will be galleries on The Holy Mother and Sri Ram Krishna Paramahamsa also, as life of Swamiji was very much influenced and intertwined with them. At least five galleries will display the different aspects of Swamiji.

A virtual image with the Chicago address in holographic presentation will bring him to life among visitors local and foreign. An interactive audio presentation with all 'Shyama Sangeet' collection will be a special attraction for music lovers and general public.

Vedic Village:

A village in the style of Vedic period will be laid out in the North-Western part of the Darshan area. It will comprise of wooden and bamboo huts with stone floors just as they existed in the Aryan period of History. The gates (one in and one out) will be lofty and a boundary in the period design attached to the gates. Market or Haat with selling points will hold real goods for persons visiting and residing in short/long stay in the village.

Different professional included in different rungs of the society may be depicted through diorama with a laser projection show superimposed on it. Live 'Gaushala' will be established and the prevalent methods of processing milk, cow dung and cow urine for pest control, manure etc will be on going.

Yogshala with practical classes will organized along with an exhibition of the ancient method of practice and training. Vedic study system or Sanskrit Pathshala will also be established as demonstration and actual practice. Pupil may join vedic classes in its original form in the village. Education in oral tradition will be conducted. Modern system of writing may supplement it. Vedic chikitsalaya-cum-aushadhalaya, will enable visitors/attendants avail Vedic treatments for healing, preventive and betterment of health.

Place for conducting and training people in Vedic system of worship like yajna, path, meditation etc will be organized. A complete environment of the old world feeling will be created with all the components that goes into the making of a Vedic Village, where people may visit, stay, get trained in various aspects, buy products and services in a regular basis. This section may be demarked as an exclusive entry/exit area also.

Shrine with Prayer Hall:

A triple-domed shrine pavilion will be designed to house the divine statues of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Holy Mother Sri Maa Sharada Devi. This will also act as the shrine for the Vedic Village. It will be located right outside the village on a high raised natural rocky base.

A large prayer hall and a meditation hall away from the noises will be the highlight of the temple. A few individual cells will be provided for longer period meditators. Shrine and Prayer Hall will have its own administration, security, garden, lecture hall-cum auditorium (sound-proof), conveniences and bounded off from the rest of the area.

Staff Quarters:

In order to control the complete Darshan place a number of staffs will have to be employed in different sections. To avail prompt and regular services they will be provided quarters within the premises. Quarters for staffs of different level will be constructed behind the Vedic Village. This will be camouflaged off behind some plantations, which will also act as a fine backdrop to the village. Self-contained units with small gardens will be provided with high-class hygiene and sanitation. Shops, Gurukul type schools for families and play and entertainment area for children and adults will be included in the plan.

Pathways:

Pathways are one of the most important components of the concept as they are the connectives to all the different parts of the master plan. Heavy duty inter locked tiles of neutral colour is suggested for the main path. Sidewalks, porticoes will join the main path. Gardens with different themes will be laid-out at the sides, which the visitors may see and enjoy but not touch.

Footlights will light up the pathways in the evening especially for people coming for the Son et lumiere. Concrete roads for the staff colony and flagstones for the village paths are proposed.

Eco-Awareness: Forest, Gardens, Flora, Fauna, Herbal Garden

The total planning and layout of Viveka-Darshana is planned in such a way that more than 60% of land will have the plants, trees cover and in harmony with the nature. It is worth noting that the park will also serve as a spot for environmental tourism with the serenity of the surrounding environment kept intact to make a visitor roam, sit and meditate.

The gardens bordering the sections will be laid out thematically, like a Buddha van, Pitravan, Aushadhi van and the likes to stress the importance of the Trees, Flora and Fauna as an integral part of our nature, and the visitors will be motivated for improving the forest wealth in their place by doing afforestation for the saplings distributed in the park. It is also proposed to develop and preserve the forest and greenery of the adjoining Nakre Hillock and surrounding by planting of trees which both increase the beauty of area and also provide small fruits to the birds and small animals found in this area.

People Involved

Spiritual Mentor

Swami Vinayakanandaji Maharaj

Advisory Committee:

Dr. D Veerendra Heggade Dharmadhikari, Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Temple
Dr. Deviprasad Shetty Chairman, Narayana Hrudayala, Bangalore
Sri. Jaya C Suvarana Honorary President, Billawa Mahamandal
Sri. C. Devarajan Managing Director, URC Group of Companies, Erode
Dr. Dineshchandra Hegde Medical Practitioner, Bailur, Karkala
Dr. Vinay Hegde Chancellor, Nitte Group of Educational Institutions
Smt. Sandhya S Pai Chief Editor, Taranga & Manipal Group
Smt. Padma Shenoy Writer and Columnist, Mangalore
Sri. Shyam Setty Director, Advaitha Motors, Bangalore
Sri. Pradeep Pai MD, Hangyo Icecreams
Sri. A Ramesh Nayak Managing Director, Gautham Agencies, Udupi
Dr. Balajith Shetty Project Consultant, (Specialist in Water Management), Pune
Sri. K.C.Kamath Partner, Trident Group, Mangalore
Shri. Chakravarthy Sulibele Noted Columnist and Jago Bharath Convenor

Board of Trustees :

Smt. Sumatha Nayak Founder President, Partner - Gautham Agencies, Pharmaceutical Distributors, Udupi.
Sri. Onimajalu Jagannath Shetty Noted Philanthropist and MD, Hotel Vaishali, Pune.
Sri. K. G. Raghavan Senior Advocate, Bangalore.
Sri. H. V. Gowthama Senior Chartered Accountant, Bangalore.
Sri. Manandi N. Suresh Entrepreneur, Past Dist. Governor - Rotary Dist. 3190 & Past President FKCCI., Bangalore.
Col (Retd) H Ashok Kini Chairman, Faith Foundation and Former Comptroller to Hon. Abdul Kalamji during his presidency.
Sri. M. C. R. Shetty Entrepreneur and Past President KASSIA, Bangalore.
Sri. B. Kishore Hegde Director, Nirman Road Constructions, Bangalore.
Br. Balachandra Maharaj Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Bailur Math.

Why this project, why Vivekananda?

A stormy delusive current of materialism is engulfing this beautiful world of ours. The younger generation is totally mesmerised and drawn to and dragged by elusive temptations of worldly enjoyments which is bound to be destructive and be the cause of suffering and bondage. The elder ones are already bound hand and feet, by their own latent tendencies, expectations and demands, busily running about in the world.

With all these shortcomings within them remains their hidden divine nature, the source of all goodness, nobility, pure unselfish love, dedication, sacrifice, righteousness and a matchless power that can accomplish anything and attain any goal. This is their higher self. The world of temptation presented to them mainly through audio-visual media has suppressed their higher self and has activated the lower-self that are linked to base instincts. 

We have to reverse the process, create higher awareness in them and make them conscious of their own glory, greatness and divinity. They are the children of Immortality, the Amrtasya Putrah  , with high calibre and unique intelligence. If we can draw their attention somehow to higher human ideals, then they realise their greatness and their spiritual heritage, their divine inheritance. Once their higher self-awakens, their evolution begins eventually leading them to their inner beauty, inner bliss, inner peace and inner freedom. The installation of Swami Vivekananda’s Global Monument is to draw the younger generation of entire world to the higher ideals.

Vivekananda represents the entire Indian cultural and the spiritual tradition, Her purity, perfection, Her noble ideas and supreme ideals, Her divine qualities, Her virtuous conduct and elite mannerism, Her glory and grandeur, the Supreme knowledge and the Supreme Goal of manifestation of inner Divinity of Man, and all that is good and great. He is the embodiment of strength and purity, of universal love and patriotism, of supreme knowledge and pure devotion, of unselfishness and dedication, of service and sacrifice, of renunciation and asceticism. He is youth icon. Free from politics, free from differences of caste, creed, religion race or nationality always seeking universal oneness: one life and many beings, one God and many religions, one world and many nations, one family and many members, One Atman I and You; the One manifesting asmany. He could love and endear all, serve all without any difference because he was rooted in that Oneness. He used to say, Truth is my God, the universe is my country, and he said everything must be sacrificed, if necessary, for that one sentiment, Universality.

By placing this monument before this world we are invoking a new world of peace, prosperity, mutual love and oneness. Each time one looks at or remembers him, one is compelled to come back to one’s senses and try time and again to match with the Supreme Ideal standing brightly in front of oneself.  The soul scorched in the world-ward life, derives great solace and starts moving self-ward and finds great changes coming over within oneself. With the struggle for self-development begins man’s evolution to his divine-hood. He feels the joy of life, life becomes blissful without worldly enjoyments. One begins to experience the real peace of transcendence of one’s own nature. The soul attains more and more internal freedom, gradually helping him to express inner divinity, rather, the inner Divinity starts manifesting Itself. He discovers harmony at every level life, life becomes beautiful, worth living.  His godly qualities manifest, his consciousness expands beyond family level, beyond national level, beyond racial level, beyond the boundaries of Religion and sects, gender, species to embrace the whole universe. This, to be sure, is saint-hood. A lowly man fallen in worldly-ways climbs to the saint-hood. This is what a stone statue does to convert crude man into the refined god.

The whole world will not change at once it may take a few lives for a man, and it may take centuries for the mankind, but it does. One or two percent may undergo real transformation. They form small unseen pockets to spread the light around, like a street light at night. One day or other, in one life or other, man shall witness that LIGHT, for it is his real nature. Man is Divine, whatever be his life good and bad. Good and bad bring their own results without tarnishing the glory and greatness of the Inner Divinity.

So did Swami Vivekananda said Man is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divine within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work or worship or psychic control or philosophy by one or more or all of these and be free. This is the whole of the religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms are but secondary details.

Swami Vivekananda is both a spiritual eminence and a social reformer who is regarded as the main architect in moulding the modern world of oneness. He, emerging out of the fundamental Oneness of this universe, found that harmony is the principle that maintains this basic Oneness. Thus, he initiated that oneness in human existence by creating harmony of science and spirituality, harmony of the East and the West, harmony of the ancient and the modern, harmony of spiritual and secular, harmony of all religions of the world. It is thisharmony that we have to adopt and internalise so that it becomes one in with our system. If man lives, he must live in harmony for, harmony is alone brings peace. We must have internal harmony and live in harmony with the external Nature.

If this is Vivekananda, then imagine what his Guru Sri Ramakrishna might have been! How He trained him, what knowledge, Realisations and power He might have given him in making him the Vivekananda. Hinduism is alive and vibrant today and is getting universal recognition and acceptance mainly because of the life, realisations and teachings of this Great Master, Sri Ramakrishna and due to the ceaseless efforts of Swami Vivekananda in bringing them to limelight for the world. Swami Vivekananda was an illumined saint who took the role of a preceptor, a philosopher, a reformer. In his brief life of 39 years he restored the pristine glory of India and the Upanishadic Truths. He taught, preached and served, by the power and authority bestowed upon him by his Guru.

Now so far in the history of the world has single handed done so much contribution to the world-welfare as him. His influence on human life, civilisation, culture, religion and spirituality are unique and remarkable. He spurred Indians to

action and sought scientific and technological developments to advance only for and in a way beneficial to mankind. His achievements are unparalleled and unforgettable.

Why this place?

The purpose is to create an awareness in man that makes him evolve to his divine-hood. For such a spiritual message to be conveyed, a suitable place that is in tune with the Divine is necessary. Usually it is a place where some saint lived, or some spiritual aspirant had performed severe austerities (Tapasya) to attain God, or the Nature expressing such glimpses transcendental beauty that man’s external coverings (mind, senses etc.,) are silenced and he feels the immediate presence of Divinity eternally there or within himself. Some places depict an unimaginable mystery and splendour. People have revered such places as places of sacred power and Spiritual eminence. They are the sanctuaries of divinity.

The place we have selected for the erection of the monument, with a backdrop of divine and elegant Nakre Kallu hillock is one of its kind.  The calmness and silence of the place radiates holiness. Elegant hilly slopes with charming view of vast horizon with a blue sapphire canopy of captivating evergreen forest likened to emerald all around.  On one side 35 kms away there is the famous Udupi pilgrimage centre, the seat of Dvaitic school of philosophy.  On the other side at a distance of just 5Kms there is the another famous religious and historical place Karkala, where Bahubali image (42 feet height monolith) is situated and is a seat of Jainism glory. Sringeri, the seat of Advaitic school of Indian philosophy, the Dharmasthal, Horanad etc., are close by situated pilgrimage centres where devout people visit in large numbers.  And above all this Ashrama is a non-sectarian organisation and compatible with all religious faiths, orders and paths, and helping man to grow not only spiritually but in all fields and sectors of life, people of all community, of all strata and of all sections of society from all walks of life visit without any hesitation.

So, in such a sacred and holy place of mutual love and concern, people undergo a real transformation. The place too becomes a universal temple. Otherwise it becomes sight-seeing spot, a tourist spot or a picnic spot. Now we need life, not enjoyments, we need character building education, not the modern mere information giving and money-yielding education. This place is viewed to be sanctifying mankind and lifting to higher levels of humanity and divinity without any difference of caste, creed, gender, religion or status.

United let us honour and offer an heartfelt humble tributes
By building the Global Monument
For the Nation-builder and universal preceptor loved by humanity,
The Swami Vivekananda
Who wished, toiled and blessed the world to be One.

Swami Vivekananda's contributions to the Nation and the World : A New Perspective

Sri Ramakrishna has descended to this earth for redemption of mankind. With the Power and Authority bestowed by him, Swami Vivekananda forged ahead to promote theupliftment of the world, upliftment of the Nation and upliftment of the individual souls text

Rare and far apart are such souls that sanctify the earth; and the Mother Earth enshrines them in her bosom with pride.Swami Vivekananda is one of the main moulders of the modern world of positive advancement.  His momentous and significant historical contribution to the world and the nation can be summarised as:

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  • He was the first messenger of Universal Integration: “Be what you are, be where you are, be how you are, But be ONE with the rest of the world”; “live in harmony: harmony within yourself, harmony with external Nature and harmony with all other beings”.  Our individual identity, identity of all beings and identity of every object that exists in this universe — all identities are rooted in One Absolute Existence, the One without a second, people call it variously and adore or worship in various ways.  This is called ‘Vedanta’ — meaning ‘the Final Knowledge’.  He disentangled the Vedanta from its traditional Hindu setting and presented it to the world as a base to dissolve all differences and conflicts, and shaped it as the ‘Universal Religion’ applicable to the whole of mankind.  Vedanta is far above the Hinduism, it is the place from where all religions including Hinduism is viewed to be identical; it is the essence of all religions and all paths.  It is the Supreme Knowledge that the man possesses after reaching Absolute Perfection, after realising ‘God’.  So is Swami Vivekananda, and so is Sri Ramakrishna; they are beyond Hinduism beyond all religious boundaries — they belong to the entire humanity. We may follow any religion holding on to them; the purpose is to reach perfection — the state of Eternal Freedom, Bliss and Peace, to attain Immortality, The Oneness based on Spirituality, the Spiritual Oneness, alone is everlasting.  The peace he propagated was not the absence of war, but peace of Spiritual Oneness, ‘I am yourself, you are myself’.  It is to link ourselves to the foundation of all life and Creation, the Ground itself.  It is to gain ‘Real Identity’ of man with the Existence itself.
  • He was the starting point of the modern spiritual renaissance.  Man’s spiritual and religious understanding (of Indian as well as of the world) was poured into the smelting crucible for purification and recasting.  Religion is relation between God and soul; and its realization. Spirituality is that which takes every man to a state of Eternal Freedom, everlasting Peace and Bliss.
  • Eschewing all the non-essentials which had taken elaborate procedures, the pure essence of man’s life and religion were milked out and given to mankind.
  • The world’s religious thought was enriched by sowing the seeds of spirituality and by reinforcing it with philosophical conceptions.
  • East and west were made to join hands for the world’s betterment.
  • He initiated, inspired and activated the spirit of patriotism in the heart of Indian nationals making them duty-conscious and filling their hearts with strength, love and dedication for the Nation.
  • He raised India and its image on the world-platform to its supremacy.
  • With the inception of Ramakrishna Math and Mission the ancient monasticism was revived on a very large scale recasting it in the form of an orderly institution matching and relevant to the modern times.
  • He insisted on the world’s need for Indian way of living for greater security and peace and exhorted Indians to exemplify it through their life, conduct and sacrifice.  On the other hand he cautioned and admonished Indians against imitating the materialistic aspect of the West; at the same time he urged them to learn the best from them, in which he has been deficient and ignorant.  He reminded the higher classes of their responsibilities in building strong, sound and stable societies; and admonishing them for their neglect and even oppression of the masses so far, and then inspired them to work for the upliftment of the neglected masses.  Poverty and ignorance being the causes of all social abuses, he insisted upon the improvement to be brought in educational field and material prosperity.  Along with physical and intellectual developments, there has got to be moral and spiritual evolution, lest man is bound to become a demonical being.
  • Swami Vivekananda was a great lover of humanity whose unconditional love extended to all people without any distinction of caste, race, nationality or religion, for, he saw the One underlying divinity in them all, in the light of which all these external differences were mere meaningless shadows.
  • He expounded all types of spiritual disciplines, various paths, various philosophies including Dvaitaic,Advaitaic and Vishistaadvaitic philosophies and various denominations like the Tantraas, and all Yogas.  And in addition he gave for the modern man a special evolved discipline of synthesis of the four Yogas — the Jnana Yoga, the Bhakti Yoga, the Raja Yoga and Karma Yoga, so that all the faculties in man — the physical, the intellectual, emotional and decisive (will power) can be fully exploited to reach Perfection in a short term. The most powerful and final emphases was on serving man seeing God in him or man as God Himself, text
  • He touched all aspects of social, economical, material developments including upliftment of women. He has not left out any aspect that man needs, to be eternally happy and peaceful.

In and through all these, we find that Swami Vivekananda has been forced out by the Divine Dispensation to deliver His message to mankind.  The once unknown wandering monk blossomed  into a ‘dear-one’ of  the entire mankind of all times as an reconciling genius, moving among the hearts of every person on the earth as the Herald of Light, Life,Love, Harmony, Peace and Joy. 

“A hundred thousand men and women, fired with the zeal of holiness, fortified with eternal faith in the Lord, and nerved to lion’s courage by their sympathy for the poor and the fallen and the downtrodden, will go over the length and breadth of the land, preaching the gospel of salvation, the gospel of help, the gospel of social raising-up, the gospel of equality”

Do you wish to be the one whom Swami Vivekananda had in his mind to serve this world and reach Perfection?Come, dedicate yourself for the service of the humanity and for self-evolution.

A matchless gift to mankind from the Nature and from the Divine that he is, by honouring him we honour the Divine, we honour the Mother Nature, we honour the mankind, we honour our Nation, we honour ourselves, we honour all that is good and great.

Some of his sayings/writings in his own language for us to contemplate:

  1. I have a message to the world and I will give it after my own fashion. I will neither Hinduise my message, nor Christianise it, nor make it anywisein the world. I will only my-wise it, and that is all. Liberty and Mukti (Freedom) is all my religion.
  2. We want to day that bright Sun of intellectuality, joined with wonderful infinite heart of love and mercy. This union will give us the highest philosophy. Science and religion will meet and shake hands. Poetry and philosophy will become friends. This will be the religion of the future and it will be for all times and for all people.
  3. Religion is not talk or doctrines or theories, nor is sectarianism. It is the relation between the soul and God. Religion is spiritual realisation (Anubhuti). Purity and renunciation is the one secret of spirituality. Therefore first earn spirituality and realise the truth for yourself.
  4. I accept all religions that were in the past and worship with them all. I worship God with every one of them in whatever form they worship Him. I shall go to the Mosque of the Mohammedans, shall enter to Christen Church and need before the Crucifix. I shall enter the Buddhist temple, where I shall take refuge in Buddha and his law. I shall go in to the forest and sit down in the meditation with the Hindu, who is trying to see the Light which enlightens the heart of everyone.
  5. Not only I shall do these, but I shall keep my heart upon all that may come in the future. Is Gods book finished or is it still a continuous revelation going on? It is a marvellous book of these spiritual Revelations of the world.
  6. The Bible, the Vedas, the Koran and all other sacred books are but so many pages, and an infinite numbers of pages remain yet to be unfolded. I world leave it open for all of them. We stand in the present but open ourselves to the infinite future. We take in all that has been in the past, enjoy the light of the present and open every wisdom of the heart for all that will come in the future. Salutation to all the Prophets of the past, to all great ones of the present and to all those that are to come in the future.
  7. The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. But each must assimilate the spirit of others and yet preserve his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth.
  8. Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life. We must have life building, man making, character-making, assimilation of ideas.
  9. Even the least work done for others awakens the power within gradually instils into the heart the strength of a Lion.
  10. The life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.
  11. The whole ocean is present at the back of each wave.
  12. Strength, strength is what the Upanishads speak to me from every page. This is the one great thing to remember, it has been the one great lesson I have been taught in my life; strength, it says, strength, O man, be not weak.
  13. The greatest sin is to think yourself weak. Be not weak, either physically, mentally, morally of spiritually.
  14. What I want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel, inside which dwells a mind of the same material as that of which the thunderbolt is made. Strength, manhood, Kshatravirya, Brahmateja.
  15. Strength is life, weakness is death; strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal! Weakness is constant strain and misery. Weakness is death. Let positive strong, helpful thoughts enter into your brains from very childhood.
  16. Weakness is the one cause of suffering. We become miserable, because we are weak. We lie, steal, kill and commit other crimes, because we are weak. We suffer, because we are weak. We die because we are weak. Where there is nothing to weaken us, there is no death, no sorrow. Strength is one thing needful. Strength is the medicine for the world’s disease.
  17. Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibilities on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succour you want is within yourselves. Therefore make your own future.
  18. Either in this world or in this world of religion, it is true that fear is the sure cause of degradation and sin. It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what cause fear? Ignorance of our own nature. Each of us is heir-apparent to the Emperor of Emperors.
  19. What our country now wants are muscles of iron and nerves of steel and gigantic will, which nothing can resist, which can penetrate into the mysteries and secrets of the Universe and will accomplish their purpose in any fashion even if it meant going to the bottom of the ocean and meeting Death face to face. We have wept long enough; no more weeping, but stand on your feet and be men. It is a man making religion that we want. It is man making theories that we want. It is man-making education all round that we want. And here is the test of truth, anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject as poison; there is no life in it, it cannot be true. Truth is strengthening. Truth is purity, Truth is all knowledge. Truth must be strengthening, must be enlightening, must be invigorating.
  20. Unselfishness is more paying, only people have not the patience to practise it.
  21. Do not be mere white mice in a treadmill, working always and never accomplishing anything in life.
  22. Money does not pay, nor name; fame does not pay, nor learning. It is character that cleaves its way through adamantine walls of difficulties.
  23. Be moral, be brave, be a heart-whole man,strictly moral, brave unto desperation. Don’t bother your head with religious theories; cowards only sin, brave men never. Try to love anybody and everybody.
  24. Get up, and set your shoulder to the wheel, how long is this life for? As you have come into this world, leave some mark behind. Otherwise where is the difference between you and the tree and stones?they too come into existence, decay and die.
  25. Be bold! My children should be brave, above all. Not the least compromise on any account. Preach the highest truths broadcast. Do not fear of losing your respect or of causing unhappy friction. Rest assured that if you serve truth in spite of temptations to forsake it, you will attain a heavenly strength, in the face of which men will quail to speak before you things which you do not believe to be true. People would be convinced of what you would say to them, if you can strictly serve truth for fourteen years continually, without swerving from it.
  26. It is only our scriptures that this adjective is given to the Lord Abhih, Abhih. We have to become Abhih fearless and our task will be done.
  27. Faith, sympathy, fiery faith and fiery sympathy! Faith, faith, faith in ourselves, faith, faith in God, this is the secret of greatness.
  28. To preach the doctrine of Sraddha or genuine faith is the mission of my life. Let me repeat to you that this faith is one of the potent factors of humanity, and of all religions. First, have faith in yourselves.
  29. This faith in themselves was in the hearts of our ancestors, this faith in themselves was the motive power that pushed them forward and forward in the march of civilisation; and if there has been degeneration,and if there has been defect, mark my words, you will find degradation to have started on the day our people lost this faith in themselves. Losing faith in one’s self means losing faith in God.
  30. Don’t care for doctrines, do not care for dogmas, or sects, or churches or temples; they count for little compared with the essence of existence in each man which is spirituality and the more this is developed in a man, the more powerful is he for good. Earn that first, acquire that and criticise no one. Show by your lives that religion does not mean words or names, or sects, but that it means spiritual realisation.
  31. Sincerity of conviction and purity of motive will surely gain the day, and even a small minority, armed with these is surely destined to prevail against all odds.
  32. Truth, purity and unselfishness, whether these are present, there is no power below or above the sun to crush the processor thereof. Equipped with these, one individual is able to face the whole universe in opposition.
  33. Arise! Awake! And stop not till the goal is reached.

His clarion call to India:

  1. Life is nothing, death is nothing, hunger nothing, cold nothing. Glory unto the Lord, march on, the Lord is our General. Do not look back to see who falls, forward and onward! Thus and thus we shall go on, brethren. One falls, and another takes up the work.
  2. Have a tremendous faith in yourselves.... Have that faith, each one of you, in yourself, that eternal power is lodged in every soul, and you will revive the whole of India... We must enter into the life of every race in India and abroad..... This is the time to decide your future while you possess the energy of youth... Work; this is the time, for the freshest, the untouched, and un-smelled flowers alone are to be laid at the feet of the Lord.
  3. My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation, out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem, like lions.
  4. A hundred thousand men and women, fired with the zeal of holiness, fortified with eternal faith in the Lord, and nerved to a lion’s courage by their sympathy for the poor and the fallen and the downtrodden, will go over the length and breadth of the land, preaching the gospel of salvation, the gospel of help, the gospel of social raising up the gospel of equality.
  5. Arise, awake, for the time is propitious. Already everything is opening out before us. Be bold and fear not. It is only in our scriptures that this objective is given unto the Lord Abhih, Abhih. We have to become Abhih, fearless, and our task will be done, Arise, awake, for your country needs this tremendous sacrifice.
  6. Rouse yourselves, therefore, for life is short. There are greater works to be done than aspiring to become lawyers, and picking quarrels, and such things. A far greater work is this sacrifice of yourselves for the benefit of your race, for the welfare of humanity.
  7. Lay down your comforts, your pleasures, your names, fame or position, nay even your lives, and make a bridge of human chains over which millions will cross this ocean of life. Bring all the forces of good together. Do not care what banner you march. Do not care what be your colour, green, blue or red but mix all the colours up and produce that intense glow of white, the colour of love. Ours is to work.
  8. Inspiration is not filtered out to the world through one channel, however great. Each generation should be inspired afresh.
  9. Oh India! this is your terrible danger. The spell of imitating the West is getting such a hold upon you, that what is good or what is bad, is no longer decided by reason, judgement, discrimination or reference to the Sastras. With this base imitation of others, with this dependence on others, this slavish weakness would thou with these provisions only scale the highest pinnacle of civilisation of greatness? Would thou attain by means of thy disgraceful cowardice, that freedom deserved by the brave and heroic?
  10. Oh India! forget not that the ideal of thy womanhood is Sita, Savithri, Damayanthi; forget not that the God thou worshipest is the great ascetic of ascetics, the all renouncing, Shankara, the Lord of Uma. Forget not that thy marriage, thy wealth, thy life are not for sense pleasure, are not for thy individual personal happiness.
  11. Forget not that thou art born as a sacrifice to the Mother’s alter; forget not that thy social order is but the reflex of the Infinite Universal motherhood; forget not the lower classes, the ignorant, the poor, the illiterate, the cobbler, the sweeper are thy flesh and blood, thy brothers.
  12. Thou brave one, be bold, take courage, be proud that thou art an Indian and proudly proclaim : I am an Indian, every Indian is my brother, say the ignorant Indian, the poor and destitute Indian, the Brahmin Indian, the Paraih Indian is my brother. Thou too clad with but a rag round the loins proudly proclaim at the top of thy voice :- The Indian is my brother, the Indian is my life, India’s gods and goddesses are my God, India’s society is the cradle of my infancy, the pleasure garden of my youth, the sacred heaven, the Varanasi of my old age.Say brother, The soil of India is my highest heaven, the good of India is my good.
  13.  Every one must be ready for it, the conquest of the whole world by India nothing less than that, and we must all get ready for it, strain every nerve for it....... Up, India, and conquer the world with your spirituality! Ay, as has been declared on this soil first, love must conquer hatred, hatred cannot conquer itself.
  14. The eyes of the whole world are now turned towards this land of India for spiritual food; and India has to provide it for all the races. Here alone is the best ideal for mankind....
  15. .......The land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness, above all, the land of introspection and of spirituality, it is India.
  16. When the life blood is strong and pure, no disease germ can live in that body.  Our life-blood is spirituality. If it flows clear, if it flows strong and pure and vigorous, everything is right, political, social, any other material defects, even the poverty of the land, will all be cured if that blood is pure. India will be raised, not with the power of the flesh, but with the power of the spirit; not with the flag of destruction, but with the flag of peace and love;..... say not that you are weak. The spirit is omnipotent.
  17. To the women of this country, I would say exactly what I say to the men. Believe India and in our Indian faith, be strong and hopeful and unashamed, and remember that with something to take, Hindus have immeasurably more to give than any other people in the world.
  18. With five hundred men the conquest of India might take fifty years; with as many women, not more than a few weeks.
  19. There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on only one wing.
  20. Our women are not learned but they are more pure. To every woman every man, save her husband, should be her son. To every man every woman, save his own wife, should be as his mother.
  21. Along with other things, our women should acquire the spirit of valour and heroism. In the present day, it has become necessary for them also to learn self defence. See, how grand was the queen of Jhansi.
  22. Look upon every men, women and everyone as God. You cannot help anyone; you can only serve; serve the children of the Lord; serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege. If the Lord grants that you can help any one of His children, blessed you are; don’t think too much of yourselves. Blessed you are that privilege was given to you when others had it not. Do it only as a worship. The poor and the miserable are for our salvation, so that we may serve the Lord coming in the shape of the diseased, coming in the shape of lunatic, the leper and the sinner. The only God to worship is the human soul in the human body. Of course, all animals are temples too, but man is the highest, the Taj mahal of the temples. If I cannot worship in that, no other temple will be of any advantage. Vow then to devote your whole lives to the cause of the redemption of the 300 millions goings down and down everyday.
  23. Do you love your fellow men? Where should you go to seek for God? Are not all the poor, the miserable, the weak, Gods? Why not worship them first? Why go to dig a well on the shores of the Ganges? Believe in the omnipotent power of love. Who care for these tinsel puffs of name? Have you love? You are omnipotent. Are you perfectly unselfish? If so, you are irresistible. It is character that pays everywhere. Give up jealousy and conceit. Learn to work unitedly for others. That is the great need of our country. Have patience and be faithful unto death. Do not fight among yourself. Be perfectly pure in money dealings. So long as you have faith and honesty and devotion, everything will prosper. So long as there is no feeling of disunion amongst you, through the grace of the Lord, I assure, there is no danger for you. Do not open your mind, unless you feel it will be positively beneficial. Use agreeable and wholesome language towards the greatest enemy. Contraction is death. All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves, lives; he who is selfish, is dying. Therefore, love for love’s sake. Because, it is the only law of life.
  24. All the work you do, is done for your own salvation, is done for your own benefit. God has not fallen into a ditch for you and me to help Him out by building a hospital, or something of that sort! He allows you to work... not in order to help Him, but that you may help yourself. Do you think even a ant will die for wants of your help? Most arrant blasphemy! The world does not need you at all. Cut of the word help from your mind. You cannot help; it is blasphemy! You worship. When you give a morsel of food to a dog, you worship dog as God. He is all and is in all.
  25. Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world and thus, become pure and perfect. Be grateful to the man you help, think of his as God. It is not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellowmen?
  26. After so much austerity, I have understood this as the real truth; God is present in every Jiva, there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed.
  27. Calm and silent and steady work and no newspaper humbug, no name-making, you must always remember this.
  28. Go all of you, wherever there is an outbreak of plague or famine, or wherever the people are in distress, and mitigate their sufferings. At the most you may die in the attempt. What of that? How many like you are taking birth and dying like worms, every day? What difference does that make to the world at large? Die you must, but have a great ideal to die for, and it is better to die with a great ideal in life. Preach this ideal from door to door and you will yourselves be benefited and at the same time, be doing good to your country. On you lies the future hope of our country. I feel extremely pain to see you leading a life of inaction. Set yourselves to work, to work ! do not tarry, the time of death is approaching day by day! Do not sit idle, thinking that everything will be done in time, later. Mind, nothing will be done that way.
  29. Let us all work hard, my brethren; this is no time for sleep. On our work depends the coming of the India of the future. She is there ready, waiting. She is only sleeping. Arise and awake, and see her seated here, on her eternal throne, rejuvenated, more glorious than she ever was  this motherland of ours.
  30. Work unto death I am with you, and when I am gone, my spirit will work with you. This life comes and goes, wealth, fame, enjoyments are only for a few days. It is better, far better, to die on the field of duty, preaching the truth, than to die like a worldly worm. Advance!
Note : This Ashrama at Bailur, Karkala, Udupi, (Popularly known as BAILUR MATH) is not a branch of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Belur , but it works on the same principles and closely follows the same ideals and ideology.