VK-NARDEP is an integral project of Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari.
It was started in 1986 inspired by Indic vision of the seers:
Isavasyam idam Sarvam - All Existence is permeated by Divine
Swami Vivekananda's clarion call to uplift the downtrodden masses.
Inner sustainability is one of the core activities of VK-nardep that has received high accolades and recognition from various quarters. We regularly conduct motivation workshops,personality development workshops for various sections of the society including government agencies, Panchayat presidents, social workers, NGOs, self-help groups, students etc. With VK-nardep these workshops have their own uniqueness and effectiveness.
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The field experience in technology dissemination in the field of sustainable technology along with successful innovation of green-technologies for more than a quarter of a century has made VK-nardep an important institution for green technologies. The following modules are the best VK-nardep has to offer in the field of green construction technology, Water management, Sustainable Agriculture, Indigenous Health and Renewable Energy.
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This month’s newsletter brings you the beautiful signage which we have erected on the highway as part of ‘Green Rameshwaram’ project. The signage conveys the core principle of the ‘Green Rameshwaram’ project such as Development with a human face, planting and caring of trees etc.
In our happenings section, we have various training programmes on Farming practices, Cost effective construction technologies, Holistic health, Renewable energy sources etc. In the ‘Green Rameshwaram’ project, we have highlighted different aspects such as appreciation of our work by the Dist. Administration, New garbage bins welcoming the pilgrims, Rangoli competition for creating the awareness and a new initiative of giving a facelift to the Ratha veethis by colouring the old houses.
In the wisdom section, we have Shri.Makarand Paranjape ridicules the so-called scientists and their Ostrich type mentality. Winin Pereira, journalist with Jeremy Seabrook, Nuclear physicist explains beautifully the difference between Wisdom and Science while Ilya Prigogine, Physical chemist and Nobel Laureate with Philosopher Isabelle Stengers brings out the Adwait of “Man and Nature”.
Wishing you a very happy New year filled with Divine Grace!
This month’s newsletter brings you excerpts from our book “Renewable Energy: An Introduction”. Green Rameshwaram project envisions a multi-dimensional approach to the cleaning and greening of this ancient island. Today renewable energy sources and technologies for energy production from renewable sources have become important. The book explores and introduces renewable energy sources.
In our happenings section, we have training programmes on Farming practices, Holistic health, Renewable energy sources etc. In the ‘Green Rameshwaram’ project, we have highlighted Renovation of traditional water bodies and other programmes carried out.
In the wisdom section, we have Kanchi Parmachariya imploring for lowering the standard of living as it will help in practicing high values in life. Lewis Mumford, American Historian & Sociologist says that the watchwords of the new world enveloping culture will be cultivation, humanization, cooperation and symbiosis. While, Aurelio Peccei, Italian scholar & Industrialist appeals that we must encourage the rise of new value systems to redress our inner balance, and of new spiritual, ethical, philosophical, social, aesthetic and artistic motivations to fill the emptiness of our life.
Warm greetings from Vivekananda Kendra – nardep
We are sorry for the delay in sending this month’s newsletter. Newsletter brings you excerpts from our book “Local Ecological and Cultural Traditions”. Green Rameshwaram project envisions a multi-dimensional approach to the cleaning and greening of this ancient island. Water bodies to forest resources the local eco-traditions play a vital role in maintaining these resources, sustained and clean for healthy usage by both present and future generations.
In our happenings section, we have workshop on Capacity building for Adaption of technology, training programme on cost effective bio-manure as well as biogas plant. In the ‘Green Rameshwaram’ project, we have tree plantation at public places by the NSS students as well as by the community, social engineering at the remote place of Dhanushkodi and different works carried out for the Revival of traditional water bodies. You will be happy to see the different stakeholders including local panchayat joining hands in revitalizing the ancient teerthams.
In the wisdom section, we have Lynton K.Caldwell, Professor and expert in the area of politics and Environment emphasizes the need for a Man to become a Better Man. Karen Christensen, American entrepreneur & Environmentalist tells us the need for changing the life style for the survival of the planet and Indian poet & professor, Makarand Paranjpe with his forth right views tells us not to imitate the west as West is really a Waste.
A very Happy Deepavali Greetings to you and your dear ones.
This month newsletter we bring you two panels from Gramodaya Park that explain the importance of traditional water harvesting and water management systems which exist throughout South India. The Traditional water bodies (TWB) which we are renovating as part of the Green Rameshwaram projects are part of this larger systems. The principles behind these systems are explained in these panels. They should be understood to realize the context and importance of the renovation work that is being carried out by VK-nardep in Rameshwaram. It is both sacred and ecologically significant work. Today we have identified all the lost traditional water bodies in the island and have started renovating them. We have already successfully renovated 16 of these endangered water bodies.
In 'the happenings' section you can get a glimpse of our work in various fronts including sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and traditional medicine. We are happy to announce that we have conducted the national level seminar on Varma-Siddha therapy for joints and nerve problems. The function brought together more than 200 traditional Vaidyas and medical professionals and the event became an important step in conserving the traditional knowledge and disseminate it. Koodankulam Project Director Dr.Suresh and Kendra Vice-President Sri.Balakrishnanji graced the occasion. The regular training programmes on bio-methanation plant, extension activities in the form of study tour visits and construction of bio-methanation plants have been conducted.In Green Rameshwaram you can see the renovation works being carried out at the heritage building and also the phyto-treatment work through Vettiver and the newly discovered buried 'Parasuramar Teertham'.
In our publication section we introduce our 'manual for good hygienic practices' and a book on traditional medicines for daily use. Both are books published under the 'Green Rameshwaram' project with patronage from UNICEF. In our wisdom section we have Sri Aurobindo explain the importance of nature in evolution, the Japanese concept of equanimity of vision (banbutsu seidou) and we have a potter-Artist Rupert Spira explaining painter Paul Cézanne's saying that “A time is coming when a carrot, freshly observed, will trigger a revolution": "Cézanne meant that if we could see even a simple everyday object such as a carrot, as it truly is, our experience would be revolutionized."
Warm greetings from Vivekananda Kendra - nardep.
This month newsletter we bring you excerpts from our book on water harvesting with special reference to roof water harvesting in the urban areas. One of the aims of Green Rameshwaram is to make the ancient island again a water bowl that it once was. Though situated in a relatively arid district, the island has been made a repository of water harvesting structures. Today we are reviving these structures and it is also necessary that the residents also continue this legacy of traditional water harvesting by making their own homes a potential water harvesting structure. We hope the book will inspire people to achieve this target.
In our happenings section we have training programs on enriched bio-manure; camp on the documentation of Siddha medicine and also bio-methanation plant training workshops. In the 'Green Rameshwaram' project the search for the lost traditional water harvesting structures has been going on relentlessly. Equipped with survey maps and local oral traditions as well as ancient literature. The recently discovered Parasuramar Teertham is a classic example of the Traditional Water Body associated with a lot of pan-Indian cultural linkages – in the form of ‘Namakkatti’. This is a major achievement for the 'Green Rameshwaram' team and is a veritable story of investigation of lost and found. Learn more about this in our newsletter.
In the publication section we have excerpt from our energy book which also aims to make Rameshwaram an energy abundant /self-reliant island In the wisdom section we have a modern Sufi saint speak about Indian tradition of nature veneration. A spiritual ecologist speaks of the need to to participate with a greater awareness in the process of transformation and makes seed a metaphor for that. A Zen Buddhist speaks on the need to care for all life as 'even as a mother protects with her life her child, her only child' as we have this only planet.
So we wish you a happy Puja-festival time and you can download and read our newsletter here.