Dear Reader,

A very happy and prosperous new year.

This is the first newsletter of 2014 and carries the activities of the last month of 2013. Here in continuation with the  150th year celebrations we present the views of Swami Vivekananda that form the philosophical basis of VK-nardep activities. Here Swami Vivekananda speaks about the organic unity of all life as fellow travellers in a cosmic odyssey. Swami Vivekananda says that  'the idea of a real universal love is only possible from this point of view.'  and elaborates the brotherhood of humanity to not just humans but also animals and plants: 'all are our fellow passengers, our fellow travellers — all life, plants, animals; not only my brother man, but my brother brute, my brother plant'.