We reached RK Math, around 7:30 PM on 7th August, 2014. After registration we moved to Venketeshwar hall at Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence. Around 8:00 PM swami Bodhamayananda welcomed all and define the internal and external structure of the National Youth Convention. The internal structure included the daily routines for delegates. For e.g. 4:30 AM wake up call, 5:00 AM Mangal Aarti, 6:00 AM Yoga Class, etc. The external structure included all the sessions of the Youth Convention i.e. it was consisted of 4 sessions – morning session, forenoon session, afternoon session and evening session. He described the major problems in our country and motivated us to ask why rather than how the problems are increasing. For e.g. a boy murdered his mother only for ₹ 60,000. A boy was murdered at public place in Delhi and none act against the murderers.
DAY 1 – 8th Aug 2014
1. Vedic Chanting by monastic members of the Math and opening song by Swami Kalyaneshananda
2. Welcome Address: By Swami Bodhamayananda
5. Chief Guest Address: Sri K.T. Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister for Panchayat Raj & IT, Govt. of Telengana
Theme: Swami Vivekananda’s Education Vision
1. Swami Atmapriyananda, Vice Chancellor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Belur Math
‘Call from Math’, I call it call from heaven to share my experiences. My mother and father used to work as coolies. I wanted to come in education field. After 18 years of police service, mother called me to ancestor home. I found my sister-in-laws cutting stones there for ₹ 125/day. I founded Ambition Zone (a small library), for those who want to study and started providing education to victims (physically handicapped, etc….). I found problems in schools – 5th class students couldn’t do basic Maths operations, lack of hope in children. In 2 years I visited 200 schools, I started eating with children, telling them the story of my mother, my sister. 2 children(Purna and S.Anand) climbed Mt. Everest and proved that ‘Given an opportunity, a poor man can reach the highest level in this world.’
Still there are failures in Telangana –
Total children – 6175000
We are providing education to 100000 only
What we require is deflection of the young generation from immortality.
By 2030 – 47% jobs will be in computer
By 2030 – biggest disease will be depression
What we need are disciplined, synthesized, creative, respectful and ethical minds which can make India a global power.
Ask these questions daily to yourself:
1. If I am only for myself, then what am I?
2. If I am not for me, then who?
3. If not me, who?
4. If not now, when?
THEME: ROLE OF YOUTH IN REBUILDING INDIA
Talk by Sri Babar Ali, World’s Youngest Headmaster, Murshidabad Dt. West Bengal At the age of 5, started teaching to poor boys and girls. He started it as a game but, it became his passion. No. of students increased and his home became a school.
Talk by Col. Mukherjee Niyogi, Kargil war Veteran and Veer Chakra Awardee
Indian Army is the third largest army in the world. The army academic centers are located at Pune, Dehradun, Chennai and Gaya. Indian Army won Cambrian Patrol Competition, England in 2011. It is 67 years old.
India faced four major wars (3 with Pakistan and 1 with China):
1. 22 Oct 1947 with Pakistan (Pakistan Attacked Kashmir), the king of Kashmir was Hari Singh.
2. 20 Oct 1962 with China
3. 05 Aug 1965 – 23 Sept 1965 with Pakistan (Rajasthan)
4. 03 Dec 1971 – 16 Dec 1971 with Pakistan - India liberated Bangladesh
Army offers you professional advancement, job security, economic stability, social status, adventures, sports, Army Educational Institutions, medical facilities, and clubs.
Indian Army – A profession of arms, an Ocean of adventure, a way of life
If you want to join the army you can check the details at – www.joinindianarm.nic.in, www.bharatrakshak.com.
SECOND DAY (09-Aug-2014) - Morning Session
Address by Justice Santosh Hegde, Former Lokayukta, Govt. of Karnataka, Bengaluru
My Moto is – If everything is alright with me, if everything is alright with world then nothing is wrong. I joined Anna Hazare anti-corruption movement for Lokpal Bill. I want to pay back to societies, what I got. Democracy in 1946 was of the people, by the people, and for the people. Now it is by some people, of some people and for some people. In 1946 the population of India was 40 crores and 80% were illiterates. So, educational qualification was not required to become a politician. Now days it take 15-20 years to solve a case. Why human failures in every phase of administration? The disease is ‘Greed over Need’.
In 1950 one major jeep scandal was of 52 lakhs. The scams which come in public domain are very few. Some of them are:
2010 Commonwealth games – 70,000 crore
2G spectrum- 176000 crore
Colgate – 186000 crore
The current scenario is nobody gets punished for whatever he did, others get motivated. Contentment comes when you never acquire anything illegal. Become what you want to become in life but first become a human being.
YOUTHFUL HEROES OF INDIA
1. Sri Babar Ali, youngest headmaster in the world
2. Manish Pandey (physically handicapped –one artificial leg) - bagged two medals for India in his maiden appearance on the international circuit at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Tunisia (South Africa).
Silver medal – 200 m
Bronze medal – 100 m
3. Malavath Purna became youngest girl(13 years) to climb Mt. Everest.
4. S. Anand Kumar became youngest boy to climb Mt. Everest(22nd march 2014).
5. Mr. Arun Kumar(Physically handicapped, lost his hands at the age of 10) – MSc (Chemistry), Med, PhD. He can use phone, computer with his feet, can write with his feet.
THEME: Deeper understanding of Indian Heritage
Talk by Prof. Sumita Roy, Director, Osmania University, Hyderabad
She started with three questions:
1. What is Indian Heritage?
2. Why do we need ancient Indian heritage in the days of technology?
3. How will it help us?
Ancient Indian heritage is where humanity has attained highest spiritual individuality. If you want to get individuality, then you should know the ancient Indian heritage (Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, etc.). The problem is that instead of appropriating our heritage, we are choosing the western culture. We should read Bhagwad Gita as stress management not as a religious book. Research is being done that Indian heritage is not only 5000 years old, but around 8000 years old.
Our heritage is our character. The mission of ancient India was to preserve, conserve and accumulate the spiritual energy. What are values? They are gentleness, generosity, purity, tolerance, sympathy, calmness, introspection, peace, etc. Can we measure these values in ourselves?
Talk by Swami Vimohananda, Advaita Ashram, Kolkata
Samskara means to clean, improve and make beautiful. Every samskara is a part of our culture. Dharma (anything done for the welfare of others) taught us to improve ourselves. If we remove Dharma from our life, we become animals. If we leave our religion, in three generations we will be extinct. Our culture is not based on any personality, it is based on principles.
How youth can be benefited by these principles?
1. Know what Dharma really is.
2. Apply tolerance and acceptance (start it from home).
3. Renunciation and service – we can renunciate in any field of life. Renunciation means moving from lower level to higher level and service to mankind.
4. Every family will be happy, if we start serving our family members.
THEME: Challenges faced by Indian Women
Introduction to the theme by Prof. Sumita Roy
If you educate a man you educate a person, if you educate a woman you educate a family. These days problem solving is taught in soft skill programs, not problem finding. Sri Ramakrishna and Swamiji said, ‘Gender is only biological, there is no intellectual gender, the spirit has no gender.’ Even as a woman I hate reservation for women. Reservation proves us inferior. ‘Man and woman are two wheels of a chariot’, said Swamiji. If we have challenges we become great. If we are relaxed, we lack.
Talk by Smt. D. Usha Reddy, CEO of meridian Group of Schools, Hyderabad
When I close my eyes, I wish to see the divine spark. The psychology of parents is discrimination between boys and girls. For e.g. a topper (girl) of a class, was not sent to school from next year. What a women can’t do, if she wants. Women are like tea-bags, you can’t know their strength until you drop them into hot water. Let’s start at our home, let’s start discussing over it (women safety and security).
THIRD DAY (10-Aug-2014) – MORNING SESSION
Talk by Dr. R. Kavita Prasad, Director, Dept. of Culture, Andhra Pradesh
If you do any mistake, at that moment you die. Do your Karma perfectly, realize the mistakes you do. Follow the leaders, but, don’t follow blindly. Learn new technologies and use them in learning and spreading the noble ideas. No technology will teach you to love people, books will teach. So start reading books of Swami Vivekananda and other motivational books. Change your vision, don’t ask others to change. Change the society with your character.
Talk by Ms. Arunima Sinha, Lucknow, First Women Amputee to climb Mt. Everest in 2012
She was travelling from Lucknow to Delhi on 11 April 2011. She was pushed out of a general coach of the train by thieves wanting to snatch her bag and gold chain. Immediately, as she fell on the railway track, another train on a parallel track crushed her leg below the knee. She was rushed to the hospital with serious leg and pelvic injuries, and lost her leg after doctors amputated it to save her life. While still being treated in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, she resolved to climb Mount Everest, She was inspired by cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who had successfully battled cancer, “to do something” with her life. She contacted Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest, in 2011 by telephone and signed up for training under her at the Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) 2012. On 21st March 2013 she climbed Mt. Everest at 10:55 AM. After that she decided to climb the level highest peaks of the world. On 11th May 2014 she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa and on 24th July 2014 she climbed Mt. Elbrus, highest peak of Europe.
THEME: Character Building among the Youth
Talk by Swami Guneshananda, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Vishakapatnam
What is meant by character? Emotions controlled and directed to work are called character. Education stands on 4 pillars- observation, discrimination, perseverance and manifestation.
We keep accusing, demanding and complaining. If we keep our eyes and ears open, we can learn from everyone. Start to love your own ideal. Why we still remember Ashoka the great, Chhatrapati Shivaji, etc? Because of their character. In 1938 british government invited Gandhiji on round table meeting. Queen Victoria invited him to Buckingham palace, but he refused. He differentiate the Indian and British culture. He said, ‘I take dinner at 6:00PM and you people at 9:00 PM. I wear only Indian dress and I would asked to wear your formal dress. I sing ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ bhajan before dinner.’ For him queen Victoria change the dinner time, allow him to come in dhoti and ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ was sang by all attending the meeting before dinner. That was the character of Gandhiji which forced Queen Victoria to change the rules of Buckingham palace. Where there are Krishna and Arjuna, there comes victory and then come dharma and righteousness.
Talk by Dr. K.S.Rathnakar, Director, Global Hospitals, Hyderabad
I went to Chicago a few years before and found a photograph of Swami Vivekananda in the room of my student. I asked why? She replied, ’Swamiji taught me to fight with myself, which has uplifted my level.’ We all are gold within but the world has covered our gold by plaster of paris.
Characters of man are – confidence, forgiveness, control of mind, honesty, cleanliness, no sin, intellect control over senses. Vidhya ( power of discrimination), truth and avoiding anger.
Good is one, after doing which happiness comes. Truth is eternal, fact is imaginary.
The problem is that we don’t proud to be Indian. Don’t allow anybody to criticize India. Live as human being, live as a true Indian and take pride of it.
THEME: Swami Vivekananda’s message for the youth of India.
Talk by Dr. K. Subramanyam, Former Principal, Vivekananda College, Tiruvedagam, Madurai Dt., Tamil Nadu
With whom ‘Sri’ word is used? Is it only used with seniors? No. It is used with a person, whoever is disciplined in place, time and procedure.
Fools miss opportunities, mediocre wait for opportunities and wise people create opportunities. Vivekananda wanted youths to change their problems into opportunities. We should never wait for an opportunity, we should create opportunities. Mind should be disciplined, Yogic mind is capable of solving problems. Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam said, ‘Dream, dream, dream. Take a dream which doesn’t allow you to sleep.’ Translate your dream into action. Swami Ranganathananda was 7th drop out. By reading Sami Vivekananda his English was so great. For every success there is tremendous practice. Use your skills for the welfare of the others. Swamiji said, ‘Him I call a mahatma whose heart bleed for poor, him I call a duratma who is self-centered, who do not think of others.’
EVENING SESSION: VELEDICTORY FUNCTION
Swami Jnanadanandaji, Adhyaksha, RK Math, Hyderabad, mentioned the steps to rebuild India:
1. Rebulid yourself
2. Become MAD- Make a difference
3. Practice what you have learnt here
Swami Bodhamayanandaji told three things to do daily:
1. Respect your body – do exercise daily.
2. Remove thoughtful poison (negative thoughts) from your mind – one thought attacks another thought.
3. Remove emotional poison, bring emotional purity by doing deep meditation and service.