The fifth day of Vivekananda Navaratri Celebrations began with Bhajans by the students of RKM Vivekananda Centenary Girls Higher Secondary School, Mint, followed by the reading from the extracts of Swami Vivekananda’s lecture by Sri Lokkumar.
Master J. A. Jayanth gave a wonderful flute recital. He is the grandson of flutist Mali. As a child prodigy, he had rendered flute recital at Thyagaraja Utsavam at the age of 7. He is a recipient of the M.S. Subbulakshmi Awards. He began his recital with Sri Thyagaraja’s Nadasudha Rasam in Arabic, followed by ‘Enna thavam seithanai’. The next 30 minutes’ air was filled with melodious soul stirring flute music. The recital ended with “Kooovi azhaithaal kural kodupaan”
Swami Paramasukhanandaji Maharaj delivered a lecture on “Katraar Kadai Therinaar”. “Wake up India!” – Swami began his lecture with this clarion call. Vivekananda Navaratri is an important event. Katraar Kadai Therinaar, the very title is filled with many questions.
To give regeneration to the Indian Spirituality, Sri Ramakrishna was born in India. Swami Vivekananda learned from him the secret of uprising India to regain its lost glory. Our Vedas call man as Amritasya Putra. The man is divine and he is that which is everywhere – Brahman. This was explained by Sri Ramakrishna through his life itself. He worshiped his wife as the almighty in Shodashi puja. He even accepted alms for the thread ceremony from the lowest caste lady, Dhani.
Maharaj gave many anecdotes from the lives of Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna. Swamiji learned and preached that service to mankind is the service to the Lord.
Sri A.Kaliyamurthy, IPS, Retd, participated as the chief guest of the program. His special address was on the topic: Ellorukkum Vivekanandar. He began his speech with a wonderful incident of Swamiji when everybody was admiring the full moon, Swamiji told them about the beauty of the creator behind the beautiful moon.
“Naren was transformed into Vivekananda by his mother. Mother is the creator of the generations. Mother is worshiped by all great men right from Adi Shankara to Kannadasan. She is the embodiment, representative of God herself”. He went on explaining Swamiji’s thoughts with various anecdotes from lives of great personalities. Thus, Sri A. Kaliyamurthy gave a vivid description of Mother’s greatness. Similarly, with many quotes and examples, he explained the importance of building the character of children. In short, the lecture was a grand feast of Tamil language and literature.
The Divine Book fair was visited by more than 600 school students in the evening. Monks of the order gave motivational lectures on the lines of Swamiji’s thought. Navaratri event in the evening was attended by more than 300 people.