Swami Vivekananda’s ‘Plague Manifesto’
How can it help us fight the Coronavirus outbreak?
When the Plague first made its appearance in Calcutta in May 1898, Swamiji, along with other sannyasis including Swami Sadananda and Bhagini Nivedita wanted to start relief operations immediately to help the afflicted.
The plague epidemic that seized Calcutta created mass hysteria. Relief involved nursing the afflicted in segregation camps and improving public sanitation. When Calcutta was again in the grip of a plague epidemic the following year, a relief programme was instituted on 31 March 1899. Sister Nivedita and Swami Sadananda spearheaded the relief operation.
Ramakrishna Mission High School
Drawing inspiration from the prophetic teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Mission, Vijayawada is running a rural based Ramakrishna Mission High School offering classes from LKG to 10th standard at Sitanagaram Village, Tadepalli Mandal, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh meeting the educational needs of the children from Sitanagaram and surrounding 18 villages who are mostly from poor, under-privileged, backward and SC/ST communities.
Viveka Vahini - A Mobile Unit
A mobile unit carrying audio–visual equipment, pictorial exhibits and literature of Swami Vivekananda to spread the life-giving message of Swamiji to the young students and rural-folk. Monks of Ramakrishna Mission travel to remote villages and expose the students of different schools and colleges to the man-making and character building ideas of Swami Vivekananda. “Viveka Vahini Values Education Program (VVEP)” was started to achieve sustained effect on student community.
Vivekananda Balala Sangham
A special programme for children imparting moral values from the rich Indian cultural tradition in the light of teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.
Welfare Activities for Poor and Needy
Distribution of Ration kits containing wheat flour, daal, rava etc. every month to the elderly destitute. School uniforms, notebooks and schoolbags are distributed to the needy students.
Spiritual and Cultural
Daily Worship, Japa Yajnam, Spiritual Retreats, special programmes on birth days of Holy Trio, cultural competitions and annual conventions for the students, teachers and parents are conducted at our Ashram.
Ramakrishna Mission, Sitanagaram/Vijayawada started COVID -19 relief activity from 27th March 2020 and distributed 700 masks to Municipal sanitary staff. Another 200 hand gloves were distributed to the sanitary staff of Tadepalli Municipality. Ration kits were distributed to 264 stranded migration construction workers. Further, the Mission is also planning to distribute food items daily in the area / areas of Tadepalli municipality to the poor and needy people during the lockdown period.
When the Plague first made its appearance in Calcutta in May 1898, the first thing Swamiji did was draft a plague manifesto in Bengali and Hindi. Due to the hard work of Sadananda and Nivedita, the manifesto reached the greater part of the population and considerably reassured them.
In connection with National Youth Day, ‘Vivekananda Shobha Yatra was conducted on 31st December 2019 and second Shobha Yatra followed by Bhajans and a meeting was conducted on 12th January 2020. 500 winners in various competitions were invited for the program, handed over the mementos and certificates.
A ‘Motivational Program’was organized on 29th November 2019 from 11:45 am to 04:45 pm to the Employees of Andhra Pradesh as part of their 12-day Induction Training Program under the aegis of A.P. Human Resource Development Institute (HRDI) at Ramakrishna Mission, Sitanagaram.
A Science exhibition was organized on 16th December 2019 from 01:40 – 04:40 pmby VI-IX class studentsat Ramakrishna Mission High school, Sitanagaram. Nearly 200 students participated enthusiastically with more than 100 models and exhibits.
As part of 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Historical Chicago Addresses, Students’ Convention, Youth Convention & Teachers’ Convention were held from 6th December 2019 to 8th December 2019 at Ramakrishna Mission, Sitanagaram, Guntur District.
On the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, Inter school and collegiate competitions in Drawing, Elocution, Essay writing, Singing and Quiz were conducted on 29th September 2019 by Hindu College of Engineering and Technology, Guntur at their premises.
Students of Ramakrishna Mission High School, Sitanagaram participated in the Taekwondo, Judo and Boxing competitions held in Tenali, Guntur and Perecherla in Guntur District for district level competitions on 22nd, 26th and 29th September, 2019 respectively.
Ramakrishna Mission, Sitanagaram is involved in various educational, spiritual, cultural and service activities in Andhra Pradesh. We earnestly appeal to the generous public to contribute their mite towards any of the schemes or towards the day-to-day running of various service activities of the Mission, either as endowment fund or as general donation.
Insist for Receipt whenever you donate to the Mission or its authorized agent. Donations to Ramakrishna Mission are exempt from Income Tax under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.