Ma Durga in full regalia with Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati & Kartik at Sujon’s Puja

A Short Report

Navaratri was celebrated at the Eire Vedanta Society (EVS) in a solemn manner. Swami Madhurananda of Mayavati was the guest monk during Durga Puja period. He spoke on “Mother Worship” at the Centre on Mahashtami night (6th Oct) with good insights!

Swami Vimokshananda and Swami Purnananda spoke on Mahasashti Day (4th Oct) at Limerick function – the very first time Puja organised there, – by the Indian Cultural Association (ICA), Limerick.

At Dublin function, organised by Ireland Durgotsab Committee (IDC), all the three Swamis spoke on the Mahashtami evening (6th Oct). Swami Purnananda conducted a Guided Meditation at the Puja venue on the Mahanavami Day (7th Oct) at the IDC Durga Puja.

At the Centre of course the EVS hosted one evening of Mahasaptami (5th Oct), a Navaratri festival of Sanatana Ireland the members of which performed a devotional program. That included chanting of Lalitha Sahasranamam and a few bhajans. Krish, a young boy rendered a classical Carnatic Concert in a charming style on the same evening.

Earlier, on 28th Sept., Swami Vimokshananda attended a Durga Puja festival organised by Sujon Durgotsab Committee of Dublin. He addressed an audience of 350 devotees assembled there.

May the Divine Mother bestow Her blessings on all of you! Jai Ramakrishna!

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Why Sun, why Swan and why on earth a Snake?

Why Sun, why Swan and why on earth a Snake? And lotus and waters? Is there any significance for all these symbols? This is what every person who looks at our logo/emblem asks.

emblemfotofixer1.jpgThis emblem adopted by Ramakrishna Mission world-wide was actually conceived and sketched by Swami Vivekananda in 1901. Swamiji cryptically explained his creation with these words: “The wavy waters in the picture are symbolic of Karma; the lotus, of Bhakti; and the rising – sun, of Jnana. The encircling serpent is indicative of Yoga and the awakened Kundalini Shakti, while the sun in the picture stands for the Paramatman (Supreme Self). Therefore the idea of the picture is that by the union of Karma, Jnana, Bhakti, and Yoga, the vision of the Paramatman is obtained.”

This he expressed while he was in conversation with Ranada Babu, the Founder and Professor of Jubilee Art Academy, Calcutta in 1901. Read the conversation here.

An interesting explanation of what Swamiji succintly put is discussed in detail that can be read by clicking below “OPEN PUBLICATION”. 

This is an editorial appeared in the Vedanta Kesari , a monthly English Journal of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai. One of the oldest English religio-philosophic journals of India, it is devoted to spirituality and culture, and provides a feast of elevating and noble thoughts from all corners of the world. Thousands all over the world have discovered the secret of peace, joy and fulfilment through The Vedanta Kesari. It is a practical guide to successful living for the entire family and is read by an estimated 60,000 people from all over the world.