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The celebration of 1st January as a D-day (New Years Day) under Christian calendar is nothing but a sign of cultural slavery. The Christians through its English and Portuguese regime over 200 years put havoc upon our religion, culture, economy, self-respect and society as a whole. But still we celebrate 1st January in a very un-meaningful way which gives us only cultural pollution. Nothing more than that. But it can be observed in the way celebrating Kalpataru Diwas, which has a greater and un-doubtful significance upon us
Kalpataru Day also called Kalpataru Diwas or Kalpataru Utsav is an annual religious festival observed by monks of the Ramakrishna Math monastic order of Hinduism and lay followers of the associated Ramakrishna Mission, as well as the worldwide Vedanta Societies. These organizations follow the teachings of Ramakrishna, the 19th century Indian mystic and figure in the Hindu Renaissance.
The event commemorates the day on January 1, 1886 when his followers believe that Ramakrishna revealed himself to be an Avatar, or God incarnate on earth in the Cossipur Uddyan Vati where Bhagavan Ramakrishna was sheltered for a peaceful and better arrangements in His last phase of the treatment of his throat cancer. On this very day a unique miracle was happened in front of some of His fortunate disciples for the ultimate affirmation of His Good-hood.
One disciple, Ramachandra Dutta, explained that Ramakrishna had, in effect become Kalpataru (also called Kalpavriksha), the “wish-fulfilling tree” of Sanskrit literature and Hindu mythology. Dutta named the commemoration of this mystical event “Kalpataru Day” as a result. This event “carried meanings and memories of cosmic import for the disciples” and also prepared them for Ramakrishna’s death”,which occurred only a few months later, on August 16, 1886.
JANUARY 1st: THE DAY OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA’S SELF-REVELATION.
“‘I shall make the whole thing public before I go,’ the Master has said some time before. On January 1, 1886, he felt better and came down to the garden for a little stroll. It was about three o’clock in the afternoon. Some thirty lay disciples were in the hall or sitting about under the trees. Sri Ramakrishna said to Girish (Ghosh), ‘Well Girish, what have you seen in me, that you proclaim me before everybody as an Incarnation of God?’ Girish was not the man to be taken by surprise. He knelt before the Master and said with folded hands, ‘What can an insignificant person like myself say about the One whose glory even sages like Vyasa and Valmiki could not adequately measure?’ The Master was profoundly moved. He said: ‘What more shall I say? I bless you all. Be illumined!’* He fell into a spiritual mood. Hearing these words the devotees, one and all, became overwhelmed with emotion. They rushed to him and fell at his feet. He touched them all, and each received an appropriate benediction. Each of them, at the touch of the Master, experienced ineffable bliss. Some laughed, some wept, some sat down to meditate, some began to pray. Some saw light, some had visions of their Chosen Ideals, and some felt within their bodies the rush of spiritual power.”
[*Tomader ki ar boli ? Ami tomader sakalke ashirvad kori. Tomader sakaler Chaitanya hok !]
From the Introduction to THE GOSPEL OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA,
by Swami Nikhilananda
“Those words of profound blessing, untouched by the slightest tinge of selfishness, directly entered the devotees’ hearts where they raised high billows of bliss. They forgot time and space, forgot the disease of the Master and forgot their previous determination not to touch him till he recovered, and had the immediate feeling that sympathizing with their misery, and heart overflowing with compassion, had come down to them from heaven and called them affectionately to Him for protection, like a mother sheltering her children against all ills.”
From SRI RAMAKRISHNA, THE GREAT MASTER
by Swami Saradananda
Actually Swami Vivekananda believed that Bhagaban Ramakrishna Parmhansh came to this world to save Hindu Dharma, when Hindus had already faced drastically an ethnic cleansing from 60 crore to a meager figure of 20 crore by the onslaught of barbaric Islam from the beginning of Islamic invasion in India and 2 crore of Hindus were converted to Christianity as accounted by Swamiji at the time of writing the Constitution of Belur Sri Ramakrishna Math in 1897.
Swami Vivekananda actually founded Ramakrishna Math and Mission with a missionary zeal to protect Hindu Society through freedom and revolution. Swamiji wanted to convert Muslims and Christians as patriot and the followers of Bharat Samskriti (Culture). He wanted a Social Change on the basis of Bharatiya concept of emancipation. Swamiji perfectly believed that Bhagaban Ramakrishna was incarnated as a savior of Hindu people from the onslaught of Islamic barbarism and Christian Conspiracy of Conversion. Obviously, Bhagaban Ramakrishna was his Master in all respect. And hence, we should observe 1st January as Kalpataru Day to protect our Dharma and Samskriti and must not celebrate 1st January as our Happy New Year !!
Courtesy: Wiki, Belur Math Site & Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Literatures.
Very interesting article. A hindi version should be started of this blog.
Hindi post on Kalpataru divas is available on http://www.uttarapath.wordpress.com
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I have been telling since very long that there are many New Year Days in a year like Financial New Year on April First, Acedemic New Year on July 15 and we do not celebrate those days and greet each other but observe for our convenience. The New Year that begins on Januray First is actually according to the Christian calendar approved by the pope Gregory and that it is called Gregorian Calendar. We can use this calendar for our convenience beacuse it is followed generally everywhere but need not greet each other. We have our own lunar and solar new year days to ceelbrate and greet each other. This is what I say whoever greet me on January First. They think it is English calendar and I tell them it is Christian calendar. Now you have reminded me of the significance of this day for us. Yes, though I am an ardent lover of Sri Ramakrishna, it did NOT occur to me to observe it as Kalpadaru Diwas. This is a very good idea and I will try my best to popularise it.
English-Tamil bilingual columnist and Tamil author
A great teaching I have got through this text..Thank you for the information… Tomorrow I will celebrate this day as kalpaturu dibos