Dear friend,

    We are happy to announce the launch of 'Green Pilgrimage to Rameshwaram' project which aims to create a clean green Rameshwaram offering a holistic pilgrimage experience and make them participatory eco-pilgrims. This is the logical extension of the teertham renovation project we are taking up from last year onward to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Please find attached the invitation as pdf file.

    With best wishes

    G.Vasudeo

    [Secretary]

    Dear friend,

    This month is the month when Swami Vivekananda proclaimed his message of universal brotherhood at the World Parliament of Religions at Chicago. Underlying this message of universal human brotherhood is the larger message of solidarity with all existence - not just humans. This month we present an excerpt from Swami Vivekananda's lecture at Jaffna. Here Swamiji says among other things:

    This month newsletter brings an excerpt from a famous lecture of Swami Vivekananda. Here Swami Vivekananda speaks about how mind and nature form a continuum. This is part of a series of excerpts from the various works of Swami Vivekananda which VK-nardep has been publishing - the common theme in all of these excerpts published through all the newsletters in his 150th birth anniversary is the Vedantic basis to the ecological thought and action, like the oneness of all life, Vedantic basis of treating all existence as one's own self and inseparable connectivity to nature. Here Swami Vivekananda points out that one cannot differentiate oneself from nature thinking we have the mind and that it is different from the rest of nature. In his words: "Mind is changed into matter, matter is changed into mind. Thought force becomes nerve force, muscular force; muscular and nerve force become thought force. Nature is all this force, whether expressed as matter or mind." All difference we see in nature between ourselves and the so-called lower animal life is only that of degree. Swami Vivekananda in his own characteristic forceful way puts it : "I and the lowest pig differ only in degree. It is less manifested, I am more. Sometimes I am worse, the pig is better." A really powerful message to venerate all life - even the forms which we usually are conditioned to despise.

    This is the first month of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. VK-nardep has planned to create a series on how ecological thoughts are integral and implicit in Swami Vivekananda's worldview. So this month we present how Swami Vivekananda views the entire existence as one grand organic whole. His concepts of 'Akasha' and 'Prana' are vital to his idea of cosmic inter-connectivity. It is this which connects the individual organically and vitally with every other human being at the social level and every other organism at the ecological level. So we do hope you will enjoy reading these aspects of Swami Vivekananda's views.

    DATE: JAN 22,23 TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.2013

    ONLY 75 PEOPLE ALLOWED

    .APPLICATION FORM AVAILABLE. AT THE VK-NARDEP OFFICE

    LAST DATE DEC 31 2012

    STUDENTS/INTERESTED PEOPLE CAN CONTACT

    PHONE: 04652-246296,OR 09443133080.

    DR.GANAPATHI

    VK-NARDEP, VIVEKANANDA KENDRA

    KANYAKUMARI -629602

    A very warm Deepavali Greetings to all of you.

    On the day of the festival of light, we bring you this newsletter that speaks of life as  'One Grand Organic Whole'. The article explains how science of unity of life as it gradually evolved started describing Gaia in a language of consilience that both scientists, poets, artists and religious thinkers can understand. It is science nevertheless it is poetry and mysticism. It is also an odyssey of the evolution of systems thinking in bio-sciences from Wallace to Lynn Margulis & James Lovelock.We are sure you will enjoy this special excerpt that explains how the science of Gaia changes the way we look at ourselves and our environment.

    We also bring you the happening at VK-nardep where the training camps on Azolla technology and Bio-methanation plant technology are held. We provide you a glimpse of work that is happening at the green health home of VK-nardep.

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