Thursday, July 06, 2006

National seminar on swami vivekananda held


Mysore, July 4 (KCU)- The Concept of an ideal India visualised by Swami Vivekananda has been shattered with none respecting the thoughts of that great Saint, regretted noted critic Prof. G. Mallepuram Venkatesh.

Speaking at the National Seminar on Swami Vivekanandara Chintanegalu mathu Vivida Jnanashakhegalu organised by Swami vivekananda Chair of the Philosophy Department, Manasagangotri at its EMMRC auditorium here yesterday, Venkatesh said that today's situation in the country is alarming with fragmentation at every level. Humanity can survive only if people tread with wisdom and religious harmony as conceptualised by Swami Vivekananda. Behind the various contributions from India to other countries, there lies the co-ordinated effort of the Swami, who always believed in harmony and joint effort, he said.

Speaking after Inaugurating the seminar, Mysore University Vice-Chancellor Prof. J. Shashidharaprasad said that after World Trade Organisation (WTO) came into existence, foreign participation in trade in India has increased. There are no model personalities to react to such changes and looking back, there is none to equal Swami Vivekananda, he opined.

"About half the total number of employees in NASA are Indians. However, we bow with inferiority complex in front of a western. Comprehensive personality development is possible only if people come out of such complex", he said.

President of Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Swamy Nithyasthanandaji presided. Dr. H.N. Muralidhar, Visiting Professor rendered keynote address.

Dr. S. Venkatesh, Dr. H.L. Chandrashekar and Dr. V.N. Sheshagiri Rao spoke.

Participating in the seminar Dr. A.V. Narasimhamurthy said that Swami Vivekananda held the Indian civilisation and culture in high esteem, recalled that he ridiculed aping other culture saying, a donkey is a donkey even if it is wrapped in a lion's skin.

Speaking with a science background, G.T. Narayana Rao said that the thoughts of Swami Vivekananda and Scientist Einstein had many points in common, which is evident from the former's several works. That was the opinion of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan too, he said.



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