Kenjaru Maidan, Bajpe, Mangalore February 03, 2013: In a milestone event which set a new record for RSS Karnataka, nearly 1 lakh swayamsevaks attending the mammoth RSS gathering, the VIBHAG MAHASANGHIK.
RSS Mangalore Vibhag had organized the mega event Vibhag Maha Sanghik to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth year. The nearly 2 hour event began with the ‘purnaganavesh’(complete uniform) wearing Swayamsevaks performing several attractive exercise routines in standing and sitting postures.
This was followed by a group song in Kannada, ‘Sadvichaara dhaareyinda chimmali spoorthi (Let great thoughts enable the rise of love and affection).The RSS band, which played throughout the event, was the cynosure of the evening.
Welcome speech was delivered by Mangalore Vibhag Karyavaaha Shri PS Prakash. He elaborated on the purpose of the Sanghik and welcomed all to the event. He informed the audience that from Shirur to Somvarpet and Kasargod to Karkala was part of Mangalore Vibhag. The Mangalore Vibhag included the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Upudi and Kasargod. He also appraised that Swayamsevaks from 1150 villages are part of this mega Sanghik today. This is the culmination of the mammoth effort of 10 months, he said. Nearly 15,000 Swayamsevaks have visited each house in the Vibhag to personally invite them to this event. He also stressed on the fact that even in today’s fast paced communications, invitation in person has remained the specialty of RSS. He informed that Parama Pujya Shri Mohan jiBhagwat has graced the occasion. He introduced the Sarsangchalak to the audience.
Shri. Suresh Joshi (Bhayyaji Joshi), Sarkaryavaaha of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was present on the occasion. Shri.Suresh Joshi has been a Pracharak of the RSS since 1971. Shri M Venkataraam, Pranth Sangachaalak and Shri Dr P VamanShenoy, Vibhag Sangachalak were also present on the dais.
Shri.Prakash then extended welcome to all the men, women and the media. He thanked Shri.A J Shetty, his friends and family for providing the huge land for the occasion. Mahadeshwara Builders, who prepared the beautiful stage were also thanked. He also thanked the neighbors of the venue for extending great support for the event.
The welcome speech was followed by a wonderful personal geeth (song), ‘Yuva Manadolindu, Seemonlanganadatavaka’ (Today’s youth want to lunge across the mighty ocean)
This was followed by Shri.Mohan Bhagwatji’s address at the ‘Vibhag Sanghik’. Following is an excerpt of his speech on the occasion.
SPEECH BY RSS Sarssanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat
“Today’s event was planned as ‘bhauddik’ for Swayamsevaks. But the purpose of such huge Sanghik is to involve many thousands together as our work has also increased manifold. Today is the Birthday of Swami Vivekananda as per the Hindu calendar. There are lot many similarities between the vision of Swami Vivekananda and the mission of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. People watch and see the work of Swayamsevaks and understand the work of the Sangh.This is not a ‘shaktipradarshan’ (Power display) as was reported in few newspapers. This Sanghik is for ‘atmachintan’/introspection of the Swayamsevaks. This is as per the guidance of Swami Vivekananda who impressed upon the need to introspect upon oneself and see how we can move forward as per his words and the direction he has provided.
Swami Vivekananda toured the nation on barefoot and understood the wealth our nation had. He also witnessed the travails of the citizens in person. He toured the world and understood other countries and hence understood as to how India can contribute to bring back the balance that was lost in the world. One of the most important teachings of Swami Vivekananda was never to think of oneself as inferior. It was true that westerners used to look down upon India and Indians.But it was only India which had showed the world the importance of peace and prosperity to all. It is because of this that we should feel proud that we are Bharateeyas and proudly proclaim that we are Hindus. We should act as per his words ‘Utthishta Bharata’ and wake up the entire nation. Swami Vivekananda won the hearts and minds of the people in the west due to his address at Chicago. Indians the world over held their heads high due to this achievement of Swami Vivekananda. Through his travels and speeches, Swami Vivekananda showed that, we Indians too have many things that we can offer to the world. He taught us not to be afraid of the problems and conditions we find ourselves in. Solutions to the problems are not found by running away from them. But face the problems and find a solution, he told.
I remember an event in Kashi that was narrated by Swami Vivekananda. He was chased by a group of monkeys when he was at Kashi. He ran for a long distance till it got dark. A Sadhu coming in the opposite direction asked Swami Vivekananda to stop and turn around and face the monkeys. He did as told and turned around and faces the monkeys. The monkeys too turned around. He came a few steps forward; they too ran a few steps away. He chased the monkeys the monkeys ran away. We Hindus too should face the problems boldly and the problems will similarly run away. First we should remove the fear, differences and selfishness amongst us.To accomplish this we need to offer ourselves completely to unite this vast nation and help it achieve the pinnacle of glory. Swami Vivekananda said that everyone of the crores of Bharateeyas, be it a Brahmin, a Dalit or a Chandal, everyone is our brother and sister. We should put all our efforts to unite our nation. We should see Lord Shiva in all our brethren. We should achieve this through Seva and hard work. Through this we can see a developed India and a peaceful world too.
We should consider every being, every object in this nation as ours. If only we are powerful we can face the world. No work is possible without power. Even Swami Vivekananda has said this several times. Swami Vivekananda repeatedly said that strong, willing and unselfish youth are required to build this nation. But along with power, there also needs to be value based society. Swami Vivekananda dreamt of starting an organization that will impart selfless and service-oriented education to the youth and thus create youngsters who will serve the society without any differences. Though Swami Ji did not live long to realize this dream of his but it seems that he was talking about the work of RSS. When a Swayamsevak goes to a shakha he goes to serve his motherland. At a shakha we take the vow of collective effort to serve our motherland. Swami Vivekananda had said worship your motherland for thousand years keeping aside all other gods. Don’t we at RSS laud our Motherland by singing ‘Namaste sadaa vatsale maathrubhoome’ every day? We are a Hindu nation and RSS is a part of it. As we say in our prarthana ’Hindu Rashtrangabhoota’ – we are part of this Hindu nation and hence we have given ourselves for the sake of the glory of this Hindu nation. What we have is the knowledge gained over thousands of years and we have to strive to protect this. Work of RSS is in the form of Swami Vivekananda’s wishes and words. We ask those qualities in ourselves to serve this Hindu nation which Swami Ji wanted the youth to inculcate. Power and inherent values are two important things due to which the world will respect us. The power we aspire is not for detrimental or destructive causes but to assert ourselves to protect our culture and Dharma but without opposing anyone or excluding anyone in the process. RSS is walking on the path which Swami Vivekananda has shown through his wisdom.
It is because of this we have to follow Swami Vivekananda’s words. Just by attending such events our work will not be over. But we have to act on the words we hear at such events. We also have to engage the entire society in our work. We should not buckle down under unfavorable circumstances but strive forward towards our goal. We should work for the unification of the entire Hindu society. We need to decide the best tool to create such a society. For the last 87 years Sangh is involved in this process. We have made small progress towards our goal. We need to give our entire lives for the cause of safeguarding our Hindu culture, Dharma and wisdom gained over thousands of years. We also need to unify every section of the Hindu society without any differences. What started as a small stream 87 years ago has today become a large river. But now it is the responsibility of each one of us to take people on either of the banks along with us and strive to reach the goal of a attaining a glorious Bharat. We need to move forward with the hope that we will unite the entire society in this process.
If we do this, we may become the most glorious nation in the world in the next 20-25 years itself and provide the right direction for the whole world and become a ‘Vishwa Guru’ to enable the creation of a harmonious world. To realize the dream of Swami Vivekananda, I hope each of us realize our responsibility and start working towards it. I end my few words with these observations.”
Shri.Sudhir, SahaPranth Pracharak translated the speech of Shri Bhagwat into Kannada on the occasion.
Nearly 1.10 lakh swayamsevaks from 3 revenue revenue districts of Mangalore Vibhag, namely Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kodagu and the Kannada spoken areas of Kerala’s northernmost Kasaragod district which included in Mangalore Vibhag of RSS.
As per Hindu Calender, today, Pushya Bahula saptami, happens to be 150th Jayanti of Swami Vivekananda. RSS Mangalore Vibhag has organised the mega event Vibhag Maha Sanghik to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth year in a different way.
Begun in 1925 at Nagpur, the RSS had its first Shakha in Mangalore in 1940. In last 7 decades, the growth and acceptance of Sangh in Mangalore is notable, has reached for almost 80% of the villages.
Through various social service projects run by RSS and Sangh inspired organisations, Mangalore Vibhag shows an exemplary model of Graam Vikas, (the schemes on rural development) especially noted villages like Idkidu, Palthaje etc. Swayamsevaks are running social projects ranging from education to health and agriculture to cooperative sector in Mangalore Vibhag.