Author: Swami RanganathanandaSeveral Contributors/Publisher: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of CultureYear: 2009Language: Bi-LingualPages: 243ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788187332619
In one of his letters Swami Vivekananda wrote : 'Three things are necessary to make every man great, every nation great : - Conviction of the power of goodness; - Absence of jealousy and suspicion; - Helping all who are trying to do good, and be good.' The first point needs special attention. Many of the so-called good people do not have faith in the power of goodness, virtue, dharma. They somehow manage to be good but do not have the dynamic faith that by the moral power of character they can overcome all opposition, that dharma will ultimately triumph: satyamevajayate. Wicked people have great faith in adharma; that is why they succeed. Many good people do not have that faith in dharma. Another point Swamiji has stressed is the positive aspect of morality. For many good people morality is a negative affair; it means merely refraining from doing anything bad. This is not enough. Morality also means doing something positively good.
Publisher's Note I. INAUGURAL SESSION : 1. Benediction/Srimat Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj 2. Welcome Address/Swami Sarvabhutananda 3. Inaugural Speech/Swami Prabhananda 4. Keynote Address/T.N. Chaturvedi 5. Presidential Address/Srimat Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj II. FIRST ACADEMIC SESSION : 1. Vedanta's Core Values/Swami Tyagananda 2. Ramakrishna-Vedanta and Neutralizing the Postmodern Imbalances/M. Sivaramkrishna III. SECOND ACADEMIC SESSION : 1. Vedanta and Human Enlightenment/Surya Green 2. Development of Character : Role of Children's Education/Kama la Jaya Rao 3. Role of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda-Vedanta Traditions-Educational Philosophies and Practice/Lakshmi Kumari 4. Building Bridges between Eastern and Western Cultures/Yvonne Malykke 5. Fostering Values through Media/Poonam Kohli 6. Healing in the Sri Ramakrishna Tradition/M.S. Valiathan IV. THIRD ACADEMIC SESSION : 1. Contribution of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda-Vedanta Tradition to the Philosophy of Religious Experience/Mathew Pugh 2. Postmodernism and Religion/Father Paul Dupuis 3. Is Science a Religion ?/Ram Murty 4. The Science of Human Possibilities/V. Kumar Murty V. SPECIAL SESSION : 1. Special Address/Karan Singh