Friday 13 February 2015

From Successful To Meaningful Life

12th January, birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is celebrated as Yuva Din or Youth Day.  A program to mark this day was organized by Vivekananda Kendra, Nashik Branch  on 18th January 2015 and Shri. Vishwas Lapalkar (Maharashtra and Goa state coordinator of Vivekananda Kendra Kanya Kumari) delivered a lecture on topic " From Successful to Meaningful life".  Highlights from the talk.

 Shri Lapalkar addressing the audience
A] Who is a Youth?
Many times we refer individuals between 18 to 40 years of age group as youth. However youth is the one who does not beg, does not crib or worry but the one who works with enthusiasm, zeal and devotion.

B] The 5 - 4 - 3-  2 - 1 Rule:
What is success? Most of the time we define it by 5 4 3 2 1 rule. Vishwasji explained today's youth defines success by this rule meaning, 5 digit salary, 4 wheeler, 3BHK house, 2 children and 1 wife( at least in present Indian context). If we have a similar dream then we can be successful in achieving it but our life will not be meaningful neither fulfilled.
The audience

C] Four Stages of Man:
The prime objective of man is to ascend from being an ANIMAL MAN (selfish who lives and cares for himelf / herself) to MAN MAN (who lives and cares for family and society) to SUPER MAN (who lives and cares for the nation) and finally DIVINE MAN who lives and cares for every living being (including plants, animals, insects etc.) on earth.

D] The Five Yajnas 
 Right from  the time  we  are born  , we  are taken care of by nature, our parents  and  by society. Scriptures tell  us  that  it  is  time  to  give  back  to  all  when  we are  mature  enough to  understand the  value  of  paying  back  . The  pancha  maha  yajnas  are  a  daily  ritual  performed  to  repay  our debt  to   nature,  all  living  creatures,  to  fellow  human  beings, to  our  fore fathers   and  the  great rishis. A man in his effort for self development as mentioned above has to perform 5 Yajnas namely 1. DEV YAJNA ( For the deities who give us energy eg: sun, wind,rain etc ) 2. PITRU YAJNA (For the forefathers because of whom we are here )3. BHOOT YAJNA (For all living creatures who help us live and support our life eg: honeybees, birds, animals, plants etc) 4. MANAV YAJNA (For people or society) 5. RISHI YAJNA(To the great Rishis or sages who have given us this rich heritage and science of living)

E] Serving The Two Mothers 
It is essential to serve our mother who gives us birth but it is more important to serve the mother who has provided us with nourishment and opportunities to grow - mother India!

Books from Vivekananda Kendra

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