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अक्टूबर 17, 2013

Happy Mahrishi Valmiki Jayati -2013

Filed under: Mahrishi Valmiki — Milestone Education Society (Regd.) Pehowa @ 6:30 अपराह्न

Happy Mahrishi Valmiki Jayanti -2013

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Dear Friends,
Mahrishi Valmiki was a great Sanskrit poet and wrote the famous Hindu epic – the Ramayana. Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birthday of the poet who is considered the Adi Kavi or the first poet and contributed a lot in the social life of India through his social philosophy. The festival falls on the day of the full moon in the month of Ashwina, between September and October. This year it is celebrated on 18th October, 2013. On this occasion we are releasing the IIIrd online lecture of our Lecture -Series.
The 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda (12 January, 2013) was celebrated all over India and in different countries of the world. Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports of India decided to observe 2013 as the year of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Year-long events and programs were organised by different branches of Ramakrishna Math, Ramakrishna Mission, central government and different state governments of India, education institutions, youth groups etc. In this continuation several initiatives were taken by the Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS) Pehowa (Kurushetra). First we published a book “Philosophy of Swami Vivekananda” in 2012 and then created its online version in January, 2013. One part of our book “Contemporary Indian Philosophy” published in 2013 was dedicated on Swami Vivekananda. A special issue of Value-Education of Milestone Education Review released this year. This lecture adds another volume in CPPIS’s contributed to this great occasion.

“Swami Vivekananda and Value-Education” delivered by Swami Vivekanandaji (Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Chandigarh) is the third lecture in our online lecture series. This lecture delivered at Celebration 150th Birth Anniveersary of Swami Vivekananda by the Department of Philosophy, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh held on 11th October, 2013.This is a very important and useful lecture delivered by Swamiji to motivate the students particularly and inspire Indian youth generally. You can download this lecture from the following link:

Hope this initiative of the Centre welcome by our scholars and a kind response we will hear from them. We are thankful to our teachers and scholars who are continually motivating us for this kind of initiatives. We seek their blessings all time to do CPPIS’s work better.

Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal

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अक्टूबर 12, 2013

Short Report on the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Swami Vivekanandaji

Filed under: Swami Vivekananda — Milestone Education Society (Regd.) Pehowa @ 2:54 अपराह्न

The Departments of Hindi and Philosophy, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh organized a lecture on “Life and Teachings of Swami Vivekananda”on 11th October, 2013. Swami Anupamananda ji (Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Chandigarh) was the chief-guest of this program. The details of the progrmme is given below:
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Dr. Anita Khosla (Head, Department of Hindi) first introduced Chief-Guest and gave a detail account of his activities. She mentioned in her speech that Swami Anupamanandaji served as the Director of Vivekananda Institute of Languages, which offers Indian and Foreign language courses to 7,000 students. He used to regularly interact and motivate the students. In June 2012 Swami Anupamanandaji took Charge as the Head of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Chandigarh. Since then he has been visiting and conduction programmes. He directs the activities of the Ashrama, which include service activities in medical field, educational field, cultural and spiritual programmes. Dr. Beenu Dogra (Vice-Principal, PGGCG-11, Chandigarh) presented in the programme with her kind and motivational presence.

Swami Anupamananda ji delivered his lecture concentrating on Swami Vivekananda and Value Education. He added that remembering Swami Vivekananda’s unique contribution for the regeneration of modern India, the nation is celebrating his 150th birth anniversary. He has left an indelible mark on great thinkers of modern world. ‘Man’ was central to his philosophy. Since education plays major role in developing human personality, he has propounded a philosophy of education which has found universal acceptance. An important message of Swami Vivekananda, which was very relevant to the Indian condition, was that man is the maker of his own future. Man has the power to make him-self what he wishes to be. Man has immense possibilities. In spite of this if someone remains an ordinary person, he alone is to be blamed for this. Once a person decides the goal of his life he needs to labour under correct knowledge. This will take him to the goal. Swamiji’s this message brought change in the attitude of Indian people who had lost the capacity to take initiative. The ultimate goal of education is to acquire knowledge of one’s own real nature. “Each soul is potentially divine.” said Swami Vivekananda. We have forgotten our real nature. Hence we think ourselves weak and helpless. If we realise our nature we develop faith in ourselves. Swamiji wanted personality development through moral and spiritual education. “The very essence of education is concentration of mind.”, said Swamiji. The training of the mind is very important for Swamijis scheme of education. Comprehension and retention play an important role in education, which is not possible with an untrained mind. With a trained mind alone it is possible. So concentration becomes paramount to education. There are three dimensions to our personality, i.e. physical, mental and spiritual. A harmonious development of these three dimensions is essential for balanced development of personality. Swami Vivekananda repeatedly stressed the immediate need of mass education. He wanted education to reach backward, downtrodden rural Indians. Swami Vivekananda pointed out that spirit of service must be part of our life. Swami Vivekananda’s life and message have the power to empower our thought process, which will help us to inculcate self-respect, moral courage, social responsibility, creativity and patriotism. Thus Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy of education can help the younger generation to overcome the deficiency in the system of education and produce men and women of character, which is the need of the hour.

On this occasion a special issue on Value-Education of Milestone Education Review released in CD-ROM by Swamiji. This issue edited by Prof Nandita ( Chairperson, Deptt. of Education, P.U, Chandigarh & Coordinator, Centre for Swami Vivekananda Studies), Dr. Latika Sharma (Deptt. of Education, P.U. Chandigarh), Dr. Sudhir Baweja (Coordinator , Philosophy, Vivekananda Studies, USOL, P.U Chandigarh). Dr. Sudhir Baweja gave an overview of content included in this volume. He also emphasized on the importance of value-education in present times and contribution of Swami Vivekananda through his philosophy of education. Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal gave a report of events organised by the philosophy department to celebrate the Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and other student activities.

In the end of the programme, Dr. Madhu Gosain (Department of Hindi) presented a thanking note. She beautifully presented her words of wisdom. Several faculty members from various departments of the college and students participated in this event and enjoyed the programme peacefully and thoughtfully.

Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal
11th October,2013

अक्टूबर 2, 2013

Jyotiba Phule : A Modern Indian Philosopher

Filed under: Jyotiba Phule — Milestone Education Society (Regd.) Pehowa @ 4:16 पूर्वाह्न

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JOTIRAO GOVINDRAO PHULE occupies a unique position among the social reformers of Maharashtra in the nineteenth century. While other reformers concentrated more on reforming the social institutions of family and marriage with special emphasis on the status and right of women, Jotirao Phule revolted against the unjust caste system under which millions of people had suffered for centuries and developed a critique of Indian social order and Hinduism. During this period, number of social and political thinkers started movement against such systems and methods. These thinkers aimed at upliftment of the status of women socially, economically, educationally and politically. Of these socio-political thinkers Mahatma Phule, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, and such other have organized movement for striving equality for dalits, backward classes and women. As such, Mahatma Phule was an earliest leader, who strongly opposed gender inequality. He was in the real sense a great thinker finder of truth. He was of the view that every individual should search for the truth and mould accordingly, only then the human society can remain happy. He said that British rule provided an opportunity for the masses to get themselves liberated from the slavery of the Brahmins. But at the same time, he also criticized the British bureaucracy for its policy of supporting higher education and for its tendency to rely upon Brahmin subordinates. Interestingly, Mahatma Phule nurtured a favourable perspective of the British Rule in India because he thought it at least introduced the modern notions of justice and equality into the Indian society. He also criticized the economic policy of the British rule in many respects it was unfavorable to the poor peasants. He suggested a number of solutions to improve the conditions of the agriculture sector. In place of exploitative Indian social order, Phule wanted to establish a society founded on principles of individual liberty and equality and in place of Hinduism he would have liked to put universal religion. In this paper my attempt is to give an analysis of ideas of Mahatma Phule with his core philosophical outlook.

Contact:
Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal, Assistant Professor (Philosophy), P. G. Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh & Co-ordinator, Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS), Pehowa (Kurukshetra)

Note: Paper to be presented at two-day National Seminar on “Mahatma Jyotiba Phule: Life, Works and Vision” on 14-15 October 2013.
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