Swami Vivekananda, the epitome of the ideal for the Indian youth, gave a rousing and inspiring speech at the World’s Parliament of Religions in 1893 that is very relevant and appropriate to us even today. His speeches and writings capture within it, the universal Dharmic wisdom that most contemporary youth miss out.
The Indian youth today have their unique challenges in growing up into mature, productive, and responsible citizens. Many have shortage of relevant and usable skills. Given the widespread narcissistic entitlements mindset, nurtured through shortsighted public education policies over the years, they lack the entrepreneurial drive to solve their immediate problems. Additionally, significant numbers have had deep conflicts within their individual selves—a frustration with their contemporary world, values raised versus values paraded by politicians and cinema.
For many, these conflicts arise from their deep entrenched beliefs and hate-narratives, that are consumed unconsciously over a long period of time. These lead to impulsive behaviors, more so during their adolescence, triggering sporadic health and character risk behaviors as well as associated harm to oneself and others around.
Very few have dared to mold their lives in the enlightened world views of our sages, more so of Swami Vivekananda—in getting higher purposes of life, setting immediate and meaningful goals to achieve, in building up concentration and focus on work they embark on, to excel in the skills of stress management or in regulating their emotions and growing more mature or in resolving conflicts within oneself and around.
While there have been several dedicated and institutionalized efforts from across top universities in understanding and leveraging Dharma, Vedanta, and Yoga methods, techniques and principles in light of advances in Neurosciences and digesting them into Neurosciences, there has been inadequate progress within India in the past decades to explore and understand Vedanta, Yoga, Sadhana, and Indic mysticism—for enabling the honest empowerment of Indian youth to successfully and entrepreneurially face the challenges of the world.
This was very dear to Swami Vivekananda. Empowering youth, more so the young women, with the right values and aspirations has also been the visionary drive of Sister Nivedita, the foremost disciple of Swami Vivekananda. Multidisciplinary research efforts in the domains of Vedanta/Yoga and Neurosciences that specifically enriches both has been substantial but rare.
Indeed, there is great felt need to nurture and leverage an India based research ecosystem, spread across multiple institutions and experts. This workshop seeks to be a catalyst to bring together accomplished Vedanta/Yoga practitioners, experts, and researchers from the above various disciplines to enable them to engage in fruitful dialogs whose insights will enable the holistic development and empowerment of the youth of today.
This day long workshop will focus on several 20-minute keynotes touching on a variety of key topics including:
a) Understanding Sadhana and tapasya in the context of the maturation of humanness and for robust character development.
b) Vedantic and Yogic Meditations aiding in efficient neuroplasticity and therefore agile adaptivity and effectiveness in Life.
c) Higher Order Cognitive processes, Vedantic/Yogic practices, and Youth Wellness.
d) Jnana and Yogic Cognitive Therapies for key psychiatric and psychosomatic youth disorders including understanding the interactions between depression, anger, anxiety, aggression. and bullying amongst youth.
e) Understanding what motivates youth to aspire for higher purposes of life and enlightened society.
f) Balancing the transformative journey of the youth within, with that of overall developmental endeavors around.
The audience for the workshop include young professional college students and research scholars, neuroscientists, Vedanta/Yoga practitioners. In addition, key decision makers, policy advocacy leaders, educational professionals and philanthropists, trustees and enthusiasts will also be expected to actively participate.
The target audience includes a substantial participation from Indian youth. Networking for incubating interdisciplinary work is the core objective of this workshop with insights, experiences, best practices and case studies sharing. We hope to have a broad but a deeply interested and qualified audience that can potentially or is actively contributing to nurturing the India based ecosystem in Vedanta, Yoga and Neurosciences.
We expect to have about 200 active participants drawn from the various stakeholders to make this workshop a success. The proceedings of the workshop will be video-recorded, curated, and published in the VJT/RKM websites. In addition, a hard copy proceedings comprising the articles written by the speakers, based on their talks, will be published as a followup.
These proceedings are expected to be of long term value for the youth in India as well as the young India based multidisciplinary researchers/practitioners in the Vedanta/Yoga and Neurosciences research ecosystem, more so specifically in enabling the holistic development of Youth. It also helps to open up and bring a more holistic usage of advances in this area.
Vivekananda Janoththana Trust (VJT) is collaborating with Ramakrishna Math, Chennai for this program.
“Understanding Contemporary Youth Goals & Challenges – Leveraging our Heritage for success!” ,These workshops promote group discussions and team presentations on topics addressing top youth questions on professional and life success, aspirations, expectations, infuences, roles, models, career paths, challenges, conficts & pragmatic compromises etc.
“Understanding Vivekananda – the contemporary youth way!”
"Truly Empowering ourselves"
(a) a three-part month-long programme that has a 3 hour four-session introductory talks & group discussion – for a target audience of about 200 or so;In addition, we do come up with customized programmes that can meet the needs of host institutions and forms part of our broad charter. These programmes are delivered by experts from Industry & Academia apart from eminent traditional speakers.
Followed by a day long four session intensive deep-dive lifeskills workshop for a target audience of 60 or so and
Followed by three mentoring sessions spread over 10 days for select students, perhaps about 20 in number;
(b) a half-day four mini-session workshop for an audience of about 200;
(c) a general 2 hour three-part overview talk;
(d) an informal 2 hour long Q&A sessions for an audience of about 50.
Many times there are so many incidents in the Life of Swami Vivekananda that we can leverage & get inspired by. A nice fun way of knowing about it to attempt this quiz. Newer quizes will be added soon! Enjoy!
Vivekananda Janoththana is focused on reaching out to the Indian youth at large, with mechanisms and means inspired by Swami Vivekananda and the lofty Indian heritage- to enable them to bring out the best in themselves to face the world and serve the society. We believe that excellent professional skills and talent or the accompanying successes do not alone make for a holistic personality. There is more to developing one self than having typical softskills like articulate communication or a pleasant demeanour. We believe that having the grit to develop oneself on multiple dimensions, more so, leveraging our excellent heritage in these matters is vital for every Indian.
Vivekananda Janoththana Seva Activities are very focussed on three objectives:• Formulate, nurture & sustain Self-Help- GroupsVivekananda Janoththana Trust was established in Bangalore in 2007 & its varied programmes are run by inspired team of volunteers under the guidance of a committed Board of Trustees.
• Empower them to strengthen their character & personality through structured Vivekananda Lifeskills programmes.
• Build socio-economic bridges between such groups empowered thus with the economically successful.
We gladly welcome enquiries for the Vivekananda Lifeskills Workshop as well as those seeking to volunteer or support these activities. Kindly drop an email at: .