Back To Vivekananda – A Mission to Achieve.
~ Upananda Brahmachari.
In my face book page I wanted to know that: Year long celebration (12-01-2012 ~to~ 12-01-2013) will start on tomorrow timeline for the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the Greatest Humanist and the Hindu Monk of Modern Times. How do you think to pay homage to this Great son of Mother India?
One of my friend, Raja Nambiar from Bangalore replied without delay that: “Best wishes on Celebrations of Gurudev’s 150th Birth Anniversary ….!! OM !!”
Holding the truth that Nambiar considers Swamiji as his Gurudev and certainly will arrange candles, aroma sticks, fruits, sweets, flowers (may not Cigar and chocolate as offered in Belur Math in Swamiji’s birthday with other items) for a homely grandeur, I reacted :
”@ Raja Nambiar : Om ! Namastee !! You are senior than me. Your DOB is January 20, 1961. Correct. Me January 20, 1965. Your span of life is chanced to observe the 100 the anniversary (1963), 125 th anniversary (1988), 150 th anniversary (2013) and I shall observe two more : 175 th anniversary (2038) and 200 th anniversary (2063)…. What do you feel that change Swamiji hoped and sacrificed His life for our MOTHERLAND? Don’t take it otherwise for the maximum it is a item for a program, subject for a lecture or to use a good mask for hiding many things. Please raise only one slogan: BACK TO VIVEKANANDA. “
After that I seriously tried to find out the book Back to Vivekananda written by Swami Nityaswarupananda. But found nowhere.
In the web searching I got a thread in a book, Swami Vivekananda in India: A corrective biography (page-332) by Rajagopal Chattopadhyaya. In its chapter titled as ~ Review of ‘Back to Vivekananda’
“This 114 page book was written by Swami Nityaswarupananda (N), who founded the Ramakrishna Mission Institute o Culture, Calcutta, in 1938. It was written when N was nearing his end (1991), had become disgusted with the Belur Math authorities but did not care about the consequences o writing this book. It is about the state of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission as viewed by one of its senior monks, a self-appraisal and a note of warning.
The three documents having to do with the operation of the organization are reproduced in full in the appendix (page 77-114) : 1. Rules and Regulations of the Ramakrishna Math, Belur, framed by Swamiji in 1898. 2. Debuttar Deed and Declaration of Trust, dated January 30, 1901 and 3. Rules and Regulations of the Ramakrishna Math revised in 1970. Of these first has been published in the Complete Works. The second was meant to serve and fulfil a legal requirement, to effect the legal transfer o property by Swamiji to the Trustees of the Math. The rules and regulation of 1970 claim to Swami Vivekananda’s trust deed.
More interesting than the rules themselves are N’s comments and analyses. He shows that the quality and fraternity among the monastic members enshrined in the 1898 rules have been reduced by the 1970 rules which gave undue powers to the trustees who govern the fellow monks. N wrote that according to Swami Vivekananda, ‘Truth and Truth alone preserves an organization, and it follows that adherence to truth alone can sustain it, keep it ever living and fresh …’ (page 15). N also writes ‘The problems of vain self deception, complacent self-satisfaction, and a diminished spiritual intensity are undermining the essential function of the Organization and its capacity for spiritual leadership and teaching.’ (page 23). N writes there are innumerable instances of loss of devotion to truth and of “shopkeeping” for worldly expediency. He gives two examples, of which the first is the trust of the Yogodyan Math (page 24). ‘.. The Ramakrishna Yogodyan Math was transferred by its Trustees to the Trustees of Ramakrishna Math, Belur, and incorporated into it as its branch for its future maintenance on certain definite, specific and fully accepted conditions. The first and foremost condition was that, within the Math or anywhere within its precincts, indulging in eating fish, meat or any kind of intoxicant substance will remain strictly, religiously and absolutely prohibited… The Trustees of Ramakrishna Math proved themselves to be veritable traitors to the Yogodyan Math Trust and, ipso facto, to the Ramakrishna Math, Belur, by their most utterly senseless, unscrupulous and passionate indulgence in eating fish, egg etc., within in the Yogodyan Math and its precincts. It must be remembered that the Yogodyan Math is the first Ramkrishna Math… ‘. The second instance has to do with the Upendranath Deb Trust property at 5, Dehi Entally Road, Calcutta. The Trust stipulated that the property will be designated as “Ramakrishna Sevashram”, whereas in violation of this condition it has been designated as “Advaita Ashram”.
N further writes that the Trustees from the coteries of persons of their choice, arrogate to themselves special arrangements for sitting together in the first row of seats in the dining hall, with special dishes to be served. N describes it as a vicious scene. He also writes that the Trustees claim a special status and declare their sole authority to conduct the organization. N is infuriated that the Trustees declare that they can “hold any member by the ear and remove him from one place to another as and when they think necessary”. ……….
Yes, all these are written in the book Swami Vivekananda in India: A corrective biography (page-332) by Rajagopal Chattopadhyaya in its chapter titled as Review of ‘Back to Vivekananda’.
As a matter of fact I searched this book again and again and found nowhere in the market and not even in any libraries. But how it is now vanished from everywhere?
As far I am reported that the Great Ramakrishna Mission operators lifted all the available copies from every corners as they had nothing to say or write for combating the force of truth in the book ‘Back to Vivekananda’ by none other than Swami Nityaswarupananda MaharajJi, the founder Secretary of the world famous Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, Calcutta and the champion Vedantist of Ramkrishna order. Actually getting no place to hide their violation, simply some saffron clad monks tactfully hided all the copies of this book ‘Back to Vivekananda’.
The motivation was very clear while Ramakrishna Mission went up to the Supreme Court of India to have its minority status negating HINDU ORDER by holding a ridiculous Ramkrisnaite sect and even a Ramakrisnalok in the heaven somewhere beside Brahmalok, Golok, Shibalok, etc. However, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India saved the situation by giving one type stricture to the propagator of such minority status that Swami Vivekananda was the Champion of Hinduism, world famous as “The Cyclonic Hindu Monk of India” and Mother Kali, Bhagaban Ramakrishna, Vedanta everything was included in Hinduism and the cynicism in the satiated minority sense was a very sign of weakness and contraction opposed both to Vedanta and Vivekananda by the R K Mission monks.
As a seer Swami NityaswarupanandaJi apprehended these things and tried to save the Mission in spirituality and ideals as propounded by Swami Vivekananda but the contemporary administrators in R K Math and Mission virtually thrown out the suggestion of this seer setting its ultimate goal ‘Back to Vivekananda’.
The autocrat monks in the power in R K Math and Mission rampantly censored the writing and speeches of Swami Vivekananda (just see the differences between the complete works of Swamiji time to time), secularization of sacredness of Ideals of Thakur, Maa and Swamiji, suppressing all the revolutionary spirit against vilification of Hindutva, corruption, morbidity of mass in cultural crisis and growing menace of Islam and Christianity in India. Swamiji established Ramakrishna Math and Mission to resist and rectify this entire problem before us and now that Math and Mission have rejected all these from its present agenda .
Amount of more than 100 crores are coming to Mission to celebrate year long (12-01-2012 to 12-01-2013) 150th Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. It will be spent. Spent as earlier in the 100 th anniversary (1963), 125 th anniversary (1988). And will be spent in 150 th anniversary (2013), 175 th anniversary (2038) and 200 th anniversary (2063). But the situation will remain unchanged or may be worst further. And if really want to change this situation we must ‘Back to Vivekananda’.
Holding the final faith on Swamiji we can recite and act accordingly with the hymns of Swadesh Mantra :
SWADESH MANTRA ~ Swami Vivekananda
O India ! With this mere echoing of others, with this base imitation of others, with this dependence on others, this slavish weakness, this vile detestable cruelty — wouldst thou, with these provisions only, scale the highest pinnacle of civilisation and greatness? Wouldst thou attain, by means of thy disgraceful cowardice, that freedom deserved only by the brave and the heroic?
O India ! Forget not that the ideal of thy womanhood is Sita, Savitri, Damayanti;
forget not that the God thou worshippest is the great Ascetic of ascetics, the all-renouncing Shankara, the Lord of Uma;
forget not that thy marriage, thy wealth, thy life are not for sense-pleasure, are not for thy individual personal happiness;
forget not that thou art born as a sacrifice to the Mother’s altar;
forget not that thy social order is but the reflex of the Infinite Universal Motherhood;
forget not that the lower classes, the ignorant, the poor, the illiterate, the cobbler, the sweeper, are thy flesh and blood, thy brothers.
Thou brave one, be bold, take courage, be proud that thou art an Indian, and proudly proclaim, “I am an Indian, every Indian is my brother.” Say, “The ignorant Indian, the poor and destitute Indian, the Brahmin Indian, the Pariah Indian, is my brother.”
Thou, too, clad with but a rag round thy loins proudly proclaim at the top of thy voice: “The Indian is my brother, the Indian is my life, India ’s gods and goddesses are my God. India ’s society is the cradle of my infancy, the pleasure-garden of my youth, the sacred heaven, the Varanasi of my old age.”
Say, brother; “The soil of India is my highest heaven, the good of India is my good,” and repeat and pray day and night.. “O Thou Lord of Gauri, O Thou Mother of the Universe, vouchsafe manliness unto me! O Thou Mother of Strength, take away my weakness, take away my unmanliness, and make me a Man!”
N.B. Original Constitution (in book form) of Ramakrishna Math, Belur, written by Swami Vivekananda in 1898 is available with us. But no copy of Back To Vivekananda by Swami Nityaswarupananda is now available with us. Aspirants can contact : firstname.lastname@example.org .