Amrita Bindu Upanishad Camp
Swamini Gayananda and Brni Snehal from Nagpur centre, and Swamini Chitprabhananda from Jalgaon centre came with 45 delegates from Maharashtra and held a camp at Adi Sankara Nilayam from 2nd Feb 2012 to 8th Feb 2012. In the inaugural session on 2nd February Swamini Niranjanananda gave a very inspiring talk. Swni Gayananda took Amrita Bindu Upanishad in Marathi while Swni. Chitprabhananda took Dhanyashtakam in Marathi. Brni Snehal took Life of Adi Sankaracharya. During this period they offered a Chuttuvilakku (Traditional offering of 1008 lamps to the Lord )in our Swayambhoo Ayyappa temple.They also visited Kaladi,and after the valedictory session held on 7th evening they departed on 8th afternoon.
Yoga Therapy Camp
Acharya Saji from 'Vasishta Yoga Centre' based in Calicut Kerala, conducted a month long yoga camp starting Feb 10th to March 10th, 2012 at Adi Sankara Nilayam. The purpose of this camp was to teach therapy techniques in yoga and train delegates from different countries like Russia, South Africa,France,Italy etc to become Yoga teachers. 12 delegates participated. The camp started with a Pooja. Along with yoga sessions they were taught Meditation andYoga asana Kriyas (Cleansing vital systems). Swamini Niranjanananda conducted sessions for campers on Hinduism and Indian Philosophy. During this period they visited nearby temples and went sight seeing.
State Conference of Youth Wing of Kerala Brahmana Samaj
The Yuvajana Vibhagam of Kerala Brahmana Sabha organised a two-day orientation camp at Chinmaya International Foundation, Veliyanad on 11th and 12th of February 2012. The two-day camp was named 'Nirvaha 2012' which was attended by the state committee members of Yuvajana Vibhagam. Dr. P. S. Raman, State Vice President inaugurated Nirvaha 2012 on 11th of February at 4.30 p.m. Niravaha 2012 was an initiative to understand the organisation more precisely, said C. G. Kiran, State President of Yuvajana Vibhagam. N. R. Parameswaran, R. Suresh, Mohandas S. (State Joint Secretaries), G. Mony (District President, Alapuzha), H. Ramanathan (District President, Kottayam), D. Murthy (District Secretary, Thrissur) and T. S. Viswanatha Iyer (State Committee Member) held sessions on various topics. 35 participants from all districts of Kerala attended the camp.
Ashtavakra Gita Camp
Swamini Niranjanananda conducted a month-long camp on "Ashtavakra Gita" in English from 1st march to 31st March, 2012. Around 28 people from all over India stayed at CIF as Chinmaya family and attended the talks. The Camp began with the auspicious Guru Paduka Puja by Br. Kutastha Chaitanyaji. In the evening, the campers received Swamini Amma with Poorna Kumbham in the Satsang Hall. This was the culmination of the Gita and Upanishad series which started in the year 2005. Swamini amma explained the concepts of Ashtavakra Gita in a simple and lucid manner which the campers enjoyed. As the "Sanskrit in 21st Century" seminar was also conducted during the camp days, campers were exposed to the lectures by distinguished eminent Sanskrit scholars. The campers celebrated Swamini amma's 80th birthday by performing Mrityunjaya homa and offering Chuttu Vilakku.
Painting workshop by Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy
Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy conducted a 3-day residential Art workshop from March 20, 2012 until March 22, 2012 for college students from various parts of Kerala at Chinmaya International Foundation. On 20th evening the programme was inaugurated by the renowned Malayalam writer, Sri. Sethu. The Chairman and the Secretary of the Academy were also present. There were around 25 participants and their paintings were amazingingly beautiful. The works of the students were reviewed by the main resource person for the workshop, Sri Zakhir Hussain,a famous artist himself. The members of the Academy and the students enjoyed the calm and serene ambience and felt it was perfect for a programme like this.
Two-day programme by Indian Institute of Transactional Analysis
The TA BASIC Course was conducted by IITA (Indian Institute of Transactional Analysis) with 14 Participants. The participants were teachers, trainers, software professionals and HR executives. All the participants enjoyed the course and the camp venue. The course was led by Mr. Anil Eeswaramangalam, CSTA, a trainer and psychotherapist.
Sanskrit in 21st Century
A two-day national seminar on Sanskrit in the 21st century was held at Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan on 27th and 28th March 2012. The participants were welcomed by Dr. Dilip Kumar Rana, Director of the Shodha Sansthan in the inaugural session which was chaired by the chairman of the Shodha Sansthan's managing committee Prof. K. G. Paulose who invited the attention of the participants about the invaluable contributions of Western and European scholars to Sanskrit despite the fact that our country was colonised by foreigners for pretty some time. Swami Ramakrishnananda, the present president of the Chinmaya International Foundation inaugurated the seminar. While delivering the keynote address, eminent scholar Dr. N. P. Unni pointed out the ways to sustain Sanskrit among the masses by providing open and earmarked job opportunities for Sanskrit scholars. Another important attraction of this session was the releasing of three books by Prof. Unni, Kreedaneeyakam of Dr. N. K. Geetha, Vedic Etymology and Semantics of Dr. Parvathy K. P. and the Kavyakanthacaritam composed by young scholar and poet Penna Madhusudana. Around 50 participants and 20 resource persons from across the country presented several papers that invited a healthy and prolonged academic discourse on present situation of Sanskrit, different research aspects, research methodology, Sanskrit and society, methods of protecting Sanskrit Shastras, Sanskrit in abroad, etc. The two-day seminar concluded with a valedictory message by Prof. Neelakanthan, University of Sanskrit University, Kalady.
Students Empowerment Programme, 2012
With the vision to transform the students into committed individuals and professionals, a Students Empowerment Programmme for the First Semester MCA students was conducted at Adisankara Nilayam, Veliyanad. This being the birth place of great saint and philosopher Shree Sankaracharya, is a perfect spiritual retreat. The programme aimed at strengthening the perspectives and enhancing the aptitude and attitude of the students to face life. The formal inauguration was done by Mr.S. R. Nair, Head, Team Frontline Technologies . Dr. N. Krishnakumar, Director, Chinmaya Institute of Technology presided over the function. The programme had a tight schedule starting with Yoga followed by various sessions that briefed on the technological trends in IT, Business side of IT and Open Source Computing. Also the doors to future careers were opened before the students. Soft skill sessions for the personality development of the students were conducted. Highly enriched, talented and exemplary speakers like Mr.Raju Antony, IT Head, Muthoot Group of Institutions; Mr. Keshav, CEO, Management Mantras; Dr. Jiju.A.Mathew, HOD, Dept of IT, St.Thomas college, Thrissur; Mr.A.Balakrishnan, MD, Geojit Technologies; contributed their best to the programme. The programme empowered the students emotionally and intellectually.
The age old traditional annual festival in the Swayambhoo Ayyappa Temple in Adi Sankara Nilayam, Veliyanad on Uthram in the Malayalam month Meenam(March- April),which is the Janma Nakshatra of Lord Ayyappa was being celebrated, but discontinued some forty years back, was revived last year. This year Uthram Nakshatra fell on 5th of April.
The day began with special Pujas like Ganapathy Homa, Kalasa Puja etc. In the Chinmaya Shrine, Ayyappa Sahasranama Archana by devotees of Lord Ayyappa led by Br. Yogesh Chaitanya was performed. Swami Ramakrishnanandaji and other Acharyas of CIF were also present. The morning Pujas and Archana were followed by Prasada oottu(feast) in the Annakshetra in which more than 150 persons participated.
In the evening the Traditional Thalapoli, a procession by girls and women holding Thalas (plaque with flowers, deepas in the broken coconut, rice etc) started from the nearby Devi Temple en route the Chinmaya Veedhi. In the front was a beautifully decorated float carrying the picture of Lord Ayyappa accompanied by Nadaswaram, behind a large crowd thrilled with joy and full of enthusiasm. On either side of the road the houses irrespective of cast and religion welcomed the procession with lighted traditional lamps.
When the procession reached the Temple where 1008 Chuttuvilakku had been lit and hundreds of Chirats in the premises, the deepas opened eyes and twinkled like stars. Amidst Sharana Mantras Deeparadhana in the Sanctum Sanctoram was performed. The fireworks were an added attraction.
Dance performance in the beautifully arranged stage in front of the Temple by young talents of the local was so impressive which everyone enjoyed very much.
When the programs came to an end late in the night, still hundreds of lights around the Temple were glimmering along with the stars in the sky.
Swami. Ramakrishnanandaji thanked and congratulated one and all for their involvement and co-operation for the successful celebration of the Uthram Utsavam. He gave away mementoes to the participants of the cultural programme.
State Level Study camp of Bharathiya Vichara Kendram, Trivandrum
As a part of the organizational development programme , 3 day annual study camp was conducted during 5-7 April 2012at Adi Sankara Nilayam, Veliyanad. Poojaneeya Swami Viviktananda Saraswathi who inaugurated the camp called for unified efforts from the likeminded groups to get united to give a new direction to the state which is going through tough testing times. Prof. C Radha Krishnan handled a session on Swami Vivekananda and his influence on moulding of the social history of Kerala. Mananeeya R Hari, a senior member of Rashtreeya Swayam Sevak Sangh and a think tank on Bharatheeya Vichar took two enlightening session on the basic principles of Ekatma Manava Darshanam. Mananeeya P Parameswaran , Director of Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram addressed the gathering in the valedictory session and gave an all important call for the youth to get active participation in the proposed 150th Jayanathi celebrations of Swami Vivekananda. His stressed upon the need of a building a new Kerala model based on the visions and mission of Swami Vivekananda. As a part of the camp various organizational matters were discussed and future programmes related to strengthening of Gita Swadhyaya Samithi and Vivekananda Study Circle was charted out. R Sanjayan, Dr. M Mohandas, Dr. K Jayaprasad, Sri Unnikrishnan and Sri Parameswaran also spoke in various sessions. The organizing committee also arranged a family get together on the final day evening of the camp enabling the nearby families to interact with the members of Adi Sankara Nilayam and Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram.
"Mind Rocks" – Residential Camp for Teenagers
Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, Adi Sankara Nilayam organized a four-day Residential Camp for Teenagers from 9th to 12th April 2012 at Chinmaya International Foundation, Veliyanad. The Camp started on 9th evening at 4 pm with registrations and the Inaugural Function started off by 5.00 pm. The Camp was inaugurated by Sri Hindujaji, Trustee of Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Mumbai. Shri. K. Anandanji, Manager, CIF and Sri Sujith, AICHYK Kerala Wing Council Member also graced the occasion. Br. Dhruva Chaitanya, Acharya Chinmaya Mission, Alappuzha was the resident Acharya for the Camp. The Camp was designed to empower the teenagers for core issues that they are facing in their present stage of growth. The main session was taken by Br. Dhruva Chaitanyaji and Sri C. K. Sureshji, Faculty, ATMA Foundation, Thrissur. He is also a member of Chinmaya Yuva Kendra Advisory board. Sri Sudheeshji, founder of School Of Veda Bindhu, also interacted with the group. Yuvaveers Sujith, Manisha, Arun and present batch Yuvaveers Rajeev and Anand also addressed the various sessions in the camp.
The Teenagers came from various schools in and around Ernakulam, viz., Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Public School, Bhavans Vidya Mandir and others. Around 55 teenagers and teachers joined the camp. Camp highlights were yoga, bhajans, games, workshops and group discussions etc….. On the 10th, our young Minister Anoop Jacob addressed the campers. During their stay, they visited Pazhoor temple and enjoyed bathing in the river. They also celebrated Vishu. Later in the evening, they enjoyed a camp fire. On the 12th, the campers conducted a special Gayatri Homam in the Illam in Adi Sankara Nilayam. They also paid their obeisance to the Guru with a Guru Paduka Puja in Gurudev's Shrine. The camp ended with a sweet note on the 12th with the Valedictory function and feedback, with the campers looking forward to come back soon.
Vedic Mathrix – Origins
'Chinmaya International Foundation' and 'School of Vedic Maths' jointly organized a 5-day residential camp 'Vedic Mathrix – Origins' for anyone above 13 years of age from 16th – 20th April, 2012 at CIF. There were 35 participants from different parts of India, including 5 elders and a participant from Australia. The two faculties of the camp were Shri Vinay Nair, Head of School of Vedic Maths, and Shri Venugopal Heroor, a renowned scholar in Ancient Indian Mathematics.
In 5 days' classroom sessions the topics covered were, faster computation techniques in Vedic Mathematics, Multiplication & Squaring techniques in 'Lilavati' of Bhaskaracharya, derivation of various algebraic formulae, cyclic quadrilaterals, derivation of linear and cubic formulae using models, concept of area, Trigonometry, etc. The participants reciprocated well to the explanations using powerpoint presentations and live models. They were also fascinated to learn the relation between Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry. Apart from classroom sessions, there were outdoor & indoor games, debates, group discussions and bhajans. A debate organized on Pi and Irrational numbers gave an intense clarity on the topics. After group discussions, every group had to present a topic to the others where others would get a chance to counter-question and win points if they were able to knock the presenters down with their attack of questions. This again forced the participants to get 100% clarity on their topics. The campers were enthralled when they learnt the birth and process of development of Trigonometry in India.
The camp achieved CIF's objective of bridging the gap between East and the West when Ancient Indian Mathematics was connected to the Modern Mathematics. The young aspiring mathematicians went home with a bundle of knowledge on Ancient Indian Mathematics which will be beneficial for them in the years to come.
Easy Sanskrit Camp @ Chinmaya Vibhooti Kolwan
From 21st to 30th April 2012, Swami Ramakrishnananda conducted an Easy Sanskrit Camp at Chinmaya Vibhooti. There were 13 registered delegates as well as some Vibhooti residents who attended the classes. For many it was their first introduction to Chinmaya Mission. It was most interesting to observe that the youngest camper was 9 years old and the most senior camper was 75 years old! It goes to show the knowledge contained in our shastras is applicable to all, no matter what the age or background.
Swamiji's patient, innovative and imaginative teaching style made even difficult concepts enjoyable, hence the title "Easy Sanskrit" which has been given to Swamiji's courses and camps. During the camp, Swamiji covered alphabets, indeclinables, verbs, tenses, person, number, simple sentences, nouns, case, prefixes, suffixes, numerals and much more. And just as the publicity material promised, the students were able to reach from alphabets to scriptures in just 10 days! Swami taught much more than just the Sanskrit language to the campers; he also covered shlokas and topics from Bhagavad Gita and Valmiki Ramayana to illustrate what had been taught as well as the greatness of our cultural and scriptural heritage.
One of the campers commented that she didn't want the camp to come to an end! Another one said that it was one of the most enjoyable and beneficial learning experiences of his life.
Vedic Maths Camp at Chinmaya International Residential School
Chinmaya International Residential School (CIRS), Coimbatore organized a 6-day course on 'Vedic Mathematics' under the joint collaboration of Chinmaya International Foundation and School Of Vedic Maths for their students of classes 5th – 9th from 24th – 29th April, 2012. All the 305 students and Mathematics teachers enjoyed the classes taken by the faculty, Shri Vinay Nair, head of School of Vedic Maths. Different techniques of Subtraction, Multiplication, Squaring and Cubing were covered during the course. There was an exclusive session after dinner every evening for the students of classes 9th & 10th who were passionate about Maths. In these evening special-classes, topics like birth of Trigonometry in India, derivation of different Base Systems, Ancient Indian Number systems like Katapayadi, Aryabhatta's number system, etc were discussed. There was a debate session during one of the sessions which the students participated in and enjoyed very much. Overall, the course was a great success and achieved its objective of creating a great love towards Mathematics through Vedic Mathematics.
Upanishad Camp on Kaivalya Upanishad
Chinmaya Mission Trichy, organized a one week spiritual Sadhana Camp at Sri Adi Sankara Nilayam, Veliyanadu from the 26th of April '12 to the 1st of May '12.
Acharya Vibhuti Shah conducted classes on Meditation and Kaivalya Upanishad. Br. Kutashta Chaitanya took classes on the Essence of Bhagawad Gita Chapters 7 to 12 and Important Aspects of the Kamba Ramayanam.
56 sadhakas participated in the camp. It was a wonderful mixture of people from 8yrs to 80 years of age from various cities in India like Chennai, Trichy, Salem, Madurai, Bengaluru and Mumbai.
The campers were fortunate to celebrate Sri Sankara Jayanti on the 26th of April at the birth place of Sri Adi Sankara.
The campers were also fortunate to celebrate the birthday of Param Pujya Gurudev. On the 29th of April Param Pujya Gurudev's Janma Nakshatram was celebrated with Kalasa Pooja, Annadanam and Chuttu Vilakku.
The campers rejoiced throughout the camp and felt enlightened by the talks of the Acharyas.
Kalasa Puja Celebrations on Gurudev Jayanti on 2012-04-29
Vedic Maths Camp at Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kottayam
Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kottayam organized a 4-day course on 'Vedic Mathematics' under the joint collaboration of Chinmaya International Foundation and School Of Vedic Maths for their students of 6th – 10th standards from 3rd – 6th May, 2012. A total of 150 interested students participated in the workshop. Along with the simpler techniques of Subtraction, Multiplication and Squaring, discussions on conceptual clarity in few topics of Mathematics were discussed during the course. The students enjoyed the guided-discovery approach adopted by the faculty, Shri Vinay Nair, towards learning the techniques in Vedic Mathematics and also took delight in discussing questions in Mathematics which they had never thought over earlier. The course inspired many a minds to observe, think and discover new patterns in numbers on their own.
Chinmaya Sadhana Vikasana Shibhiram
Chinmaya Sadhana Vikasana Shibhir, a two day residential camp was organized by the Ernakulam Chinmaya Mission under the guidance of Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi in CIF on May 5th and 6th,2012. Sathyanandaji conducted discourses on Jeevan Muktananda Lahari. Around 40 delegates enjoyed the serene atmosphere of Adi Sankara Nilayam. Morning Vedic chanting and meditation sessions, group discussions and Chuttuvilakku in the Swayamboo Ayyappa Temple were the other attractions of the camp.
Meditation programme by 'Art of living', Ernakulam
Art Of Living Part II (Advance) course was organised at Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), Pepathy, Piravom from 10th to 13th May 2012. 40 participants, 2 teachers and 2 organizers/volunteers camped at the venue. The CIF premises had an ambiance of an 'ashram' and comfort of a hill resort with a calm and quiet green natural surrounding. The birth place of Sri Sankaracharya characterised by the presence of subtle-vibrant energies gave deep and unforgettable spiritual experiences to the participants. The eco-friendly, 'no plastic zone', green environment, in the CIF gave a better experience to the participants who were keen to establish a union with nature through 'nature walks' during the course. The temple complex and 'Melpazhur Mana' the maternal house of sankaracharya gave a 'feel at home' experience to the participants. Cleanliness and silent surroundings at accommodation was a gift to AOL family. The 'sathvic' food served at 'anna kshetra' was apt for the participants. The hospitality and helping mentality of CIF personnel brought joy, peace and smiles on the faces of AOL family members and we really enjoyed the Peace within.
Balavihar Sevaks Training Camp
28 delegates and 4 children participated in the camp (representing 7 Chinmaya Vidyalayas and 5 Chinmaya Mission Centres). The camp began with an ice breaking session through which the delegates came out of their shyness and mingled with others more freely like children. Delegates enjoyed a glimpse of the Science of chanting (phonetics) including pronunciation, rules of chanting accompanied with some real life examples showing the power of mantra. The evenings were soaked in devotion with bhajans, an insight into devotion and a bird's eye view of the life of Adi Shankaracharyaji. Other sessions included meditation, an overview of Chinmaya Mission activities through a quiz and of Chinmaya International Foundation activities, sample games, inspirational video highlighting the qualities of a role model Balavihar Sevak/Sevika, some basic concepts of Sanatana Dharma, joy through dancing and finally concluded with the chanting of Gurudev Astottara Shata Namavali as a gratitude to our Guru Parampara.
Vedic Maths Camp at B. C. M. Sr. Sec School, Ludhiana
Chinmaya International Foundation and School of Vedic Maths jointly organized a 5-day Course on Vedic Mathematics under the auspices of Chinmaya Mission Ludhiana at B.C.M. Sr. Sec School, Ludhiana, Punjab from 20th – 24th May 2012. The school was impressed with the Vedic Mathematics workshop conducted in Dec 2011 where 172 students had attended the class and had requested for this second course. Despite having their exams, 120 students attended the classes this time. The faculty, Shri Vinay Nair, taught topics like Easy Subtraction, Faster Multiplication, Squaring, Square Roots, a peep into Bhaskaracharya's treatise Lilavati and conceptual understanding of Area. The students were thrilled to see the easy techniques of computations in Vedic Maths and felt proud of Indian culture when they learnt about Indian Mathematics and Mathematicians. The school has requested to conduct more workshops on Vedic Maths in future.
Upanishad Camp on Chandogya Upanishad
A five day spiritual camp was convened by Swami Madhavanand in a very serene and beautiful Ashram of Chinmaya International Foundation, Veliyanad, Ernakulam, Kerala in the vicinity of Adi Sankara Nilayam from 26.05.2012 to 30.05.2012. 37 delegates mostly from Ranchi, Rourkela, Allahabad and Mumbai participated in the camp. Camp Acharyas were Swami Madhavanand and Acharya Narain Bhatia. Swami Madhavanand conducted classes on Meditation & Pranayam in the morning. He also delivered discourses on Sanat Sujatiya & Venugeetam. Acharya Narain Bhatia conducted classes on Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi's Upadesh sara. All the delegates were spell bound with the presentation of these discourses and found them spiritually uplifting. The expository power of both the Acharyas made the philosophical and literary intricacies lucid and easily comprehensible. Delegates also experienced the powerful vibes of the birth place of most charismatic sage the world has ever seen. During the impression session delegates expressed their happiness about the excellent service of staff members of CIF, their hospitality and delicious food. Through this spiritual camp delegates discovered a new aspect of our glorious heritage that of a source of eternal knowledge and immense beauty. With the hope of attending other such camps delegates thanked the efforts of CIF and Swami Madhavanand for such a wonderful, memorable experience.
Vedic Maths Camp at CV Tirunelveli
After the successful completion and overwhelming response of Vedic Mathematics Course Module-1, A.U.P.E.T Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Tirunelveli organized the Vedic Mathematics Course Module-2 under the joint collaboration of Chinmaya International Foundation and School of Vedic Maths from 3rd July to 12th July 2012. 284 students from 6th – 8th standard, who had attended the Module-1 of Vedic Mathematics Course last year, enrolled for the second module of the course. Topics like Squaring 3 & 4 digit numbers, Division by 2-digit divisors, Square Root, topics from Algebra, were discussed. Throughout the course the faculty Shri Vinay Nair facilitated the students to discover hidden patterns in the techniques in Vedic Mathematics. Like last year, in the current academic year the teachers of Chinmaya Vidyalaya Tirunelveli would be revising the topics dealt in Module-2, and continuously assessing the students' knowledge through exams and projects. The course achieved its objective to improve observation and analytical thinking along with numerical ability and mental calculations.
Academic Camp - A Course in Navya Nyaya Language and Methodology (Level – I)
A 12 day National Workshop was organized on Navya Nyaya Language and Methodology (Level-I) from 2nd to 13th July 2012 at CIFSS. In all 38 participants from various parts of our country joined this course. The participants belonged to diverse systems of knowledge.
This course is an introductory course of the 3 level course designed and taught by Prof. V. N Jha, former Director, Centre of Advanced study in Sanskrit (CASS) University of Pune and Prof. Mrs. Ujjwala Jha, the present Director of the CASS, University of Pune.
This course aims at giving exposure to the Language developed by the new school of Indian Logic and Epistemology to facilitate meaningful discourse and dialogue among various systems of thought. Who-so-ever is in need of precise communication will find this course useful.
The infra-structure created by CIF proved to be an ideal environment for learning. The familiar behavior of all the inmates of this Ashrama moved the teachers and the taught emotionally. The participants could enrich their intellectual, emotional and spiritual life under one roof and would like to visit CIF again and again.
The programme of level-I was inaugurated by Prof. M.A Babu, Principal, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Guruvayur Campus. Prof. Mrs Jha introduced the content of the Course; Prof. Muraleemadhavan, Ex-Chairman, CIFSS chaired the session, Dr. Dilip Rana, Director of the CIFSS welcomed the participants and the guest; Dr. Sheeba did comparing and Dr. Manoj proposed vote of thanks.
Sanskrit Day Celebration 2012
Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan conducted a two day Sanskrit Day celebration on 30th and 31st July. The function was inaugurated on 30th by Dr. Baladevananda Sagar, News Reader, All India Radio, New Delhi and was presided by Prof. P. A. Sahasranaman, Retd. Sanskrit Professor, Head of the Department of Sanskrit, Maharajas College, Ernakulam. Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan Director, Dr. Dilip Kumar Rana welcomed the participants.
In the inaugural address Dr. Baladevananda Sagar brought out the importance of Sanskrit and how it is related to our culture. He stressed the need of learning the language that exhibits our hoary heritage. H. H. Swami Ramakrishnananda blessed the gathering. Smt. K. Usha, Principal, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Velloor was honoured at the occasion.
Various competitions like gitaparayanam, recitation, kathakathanam elocution, essay writing, versification, and quiz were conducted on 30th and 31st July 2012. Around 250 students from different schools and colleges of Kerala participated in the programme. Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Tripunithura and Bharatirya Vidya Bhavan, News Print Nagar, Velloor stood first and second respectively.
On the 31st, in the valedictory session, the chief guest Dr. N. P. Unni, former Vice-chancellor, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, pointed out the necessity of learning Sanskrit language. Dr. Baladevananda Sagar, News Reader, All India Radio, New Delhi gave the presidential address and presented his ideas in a poetic way. Certificates and mementos were distributed to all the winners.
Two Day Seminar on Unpublished Manuscripts of Kerala 1st and 2nd August 2012
A two day seminar was organized at Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan (CIFSS) on "Unpublished Manuscripts of Kerala" on 1st and 2nd of August 2012. The inaugural session began on 1st August in the morning. Followed by the invocation CIFSS Director, Dr. Dilip Kumar Rana welcomed the august gathering. Prof. P. C. Muraleemadhavan, Founder chairman CIFSS presided over the function. He also presented a paper on "Unpublished Manuscript of Kutallur Family". H. H. Swami Ramakrishnananda blessed the delegates. CIF Chief Sevak Sri. K. K. Rajan parent body nominee also attended the function. Dr. N. P. Unni Former Vice chancellor of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady was the chief guest of the function. Dr. Baladevananda Sagar, News Reader, All India Radio, Delhi delivered a speech on the relevance and applicability of this kind of workshop. He opined that manuscripts are the treasure house of our culture and heritage. So many hidden manuscripts can be unearthed and can be published through this type of workshop. In the present scenario scholars should make aware that each one should hunt for the manuscripts and publish so that it may pave another way to the modern researchers.
The programme was scheduled for four sessions, two sessions in each day. Dr. P. V. Ramankutty, Principal (Retd.), Former Professor and Head, Department of Sanskrit, Govt. College, Pattambi, Dr. C. N. Neelakanthan, Director, Books and Publication Division, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Dr.N.P.Unni, Former Vice Chancellor of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Dr. T. P. Sankaran Kutty Nair, Director, Institute of Kerala Studies, Trivandrum were the eminent scholars who chaired the sessions. Each one presented papers on different topics, highlighting various aspects and concepts of manuscripts in general and particularly the repositories of manuscripts in Kerala. There were paper presentations on different topics by various scholars as follows:
Unpublished Manuscripts in Kutalloor family – Muraleemadhavan
Sanskrit Tradition in Kerala – Dr. P. V. Ramankutty
Kerala Manuscripts on Sanskrit Literary Criticism - Neelakanthan
Keralite Manuscripts on Ganita – Dr. P. V. Narayanan
Manuscripts Collections in Kerala – Dr. N. P. Unni
Visacandrika an Unpublished Manuscripts on Toxicology – Visalakshi
Unpublished Manuscripts on Keralology – T. P. Sankarankutty Nair.
Aksharaprasna - An Edition - Ashok Kumar N. K.
Krsnapadi – A commentary on Sreemad Bhagavatam – P. N. Sudarsanan.
Pandulipiprasthanam Keralesu - Dr. Rajan E. M.
Students and researchers from different colleges and universities took part in the workshop. All of them pinpointed the importance of Sanskrit manuscripts but many of them remain to be studied in detail with different aspects. All the sessions were enlightening and fruitful.
Vedic Maths Camp at Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kannamally
Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kannamally (Ernakulam) organized a 4-day course on 'Vedic Mathematics' under the joint collaboration of Chinmaya International Foundation and School of Vedic Maths from 5th – 8th Sept, 2012. A total of 96 students from 6th to 12th standards participated in the workshop. Along with the simpler techniques in Vedic Mathematics on Subtraction, Multiplication and Squaring, topics like Cubing, Algebraic multiplication, etc. were discussed for the students of 11th & 12th standards. The participants enjoyed the easy techniques in Vedic Maths and interacted very well with the faculty, Shri Vinay Nair. On the last day of the workshop, an orientation for parents and students was organized where Shri Vinay Nair discussed on the ways in which the fear for Maths can be removed and on the art of problem-solving in Maths. The students have requested to have more sessions like this one in near future.
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