BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
Swami Nirbhayananda Saraswathi, the president of Ramakishna Vivekananda Ashrams in Bijapur and Gadag in Karnataka, India has been touring USA and other parts of the world spreading the message of Swami Vivekananda and will be in Atlanta between Nov 3rd and Dec 1st 2008. He is the also the leading force behind ashrams in Dharwar, Hubli, Ranebennur, Gulbarga, Bidar, Shimoga and Chitradurga in Karnataka.
Universal Peace Federation (www.upf.org), an organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations has conferred the “Ambassador of Peace” title upon Swamiji. Swamiji was invited to the UPF Assembly in New York Sept 10-23, 2007 to present a prayer on behalf of Hinduism for the departed souls in the tragedy of Sept 11, 2001. In July 2007, he was in Seoul to act as religious advisor from Hinduism for Inter-religious cultural festival. Swamiji participated in the 4th World Parliament of Religions in Barcelona and spoke on the subject ‘India’s Educational Initiatives’. He has addressed crowds in Genoa & Turin Universities of Italy. In 2008, Swamiji was invited to participate in WAVES(World Association for Vedic Studies)2008-7th International Conference(Jun27-29)at University of Central Florida in Olando,FL. Swamiji, as a guest speaker has talked about the Indian Education System on FM radio under Indira Gandhi National Open University.
He is a regular speaker in Chandana and eTV channels. To learn more about Swamiji you may log on to http://www.humanglory.org.
Human Glory is an unusual concept and almost never thought of, especially in the world we live today. Here is an excerpt of Swamiji’s view of human glory. “Man is so glorious that one would be tempted to treat the words glory and man synonymous to each other. Vedanta philosophy has put the manifestation of this glory as one aim in life. Vivekananda said it not for no reason that any science, religion or book would failed to give a full description of how much glory is coiled in man as he was sure that the power, greatness, purity, social standing, etc., which man has been seeking through all his endeavors in life would just be the obvious consequences of the progressive enfoldment of this glory, once man is set on this task, but how to unfold it. This constitutes the theme of all lectures and writings of Swami Vivekananda. The first step in this task are to dispassionately probe in to the nature of the man as Vedanta guides us and to know the nature of the constituent are elemental substance of which man is made. It is astounding to note that modern science as put forth by Einstein and Heisenberg remarkably uphold the view held by Vedanta in this regard. Einstein says that elemental substance of the world must be unchanging and Heisenberg hints at this as 'not matter' but consciousness. Vivekananda substantiates on this and says that man being Brahman in reality is as though under if not expel and behaves otherwise. He is a lion behaving as a sheep. This is due to the veil of the ignorance covering him hence it was said earlier there is necessity to probe into the 'real nature' of man and at every step of this process he uncovers his immeasurable treasure inside and after all (the word EDUCO in Latin language - the word education in English language is a derivative of this - means bring out) it is this inner strength that ever counts for what is modern terminology call competence.”
Swamiji’s main focus of discourses during his stay in Atlanta will be on Power of Positive thinking, Glory that was India and Karmayoga. He will also hold bhajans and lectures regularly. Those interested are welcome to call for details. Please contact Bala or Nagu Inamdar at 770.795.0801 for any further information.