10th SAMANVAYA FREEDOM LECTURE The 150 th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated earlier this year with much fanfare and several organizations and institutions have made it a year long celebration 2013-14 in commemorating the works and inspiration of Swami Vivekananda. This year the SAMANVAYA Freedom Lecture too will be celebrating the spirit and work of Swami Vivekananda and its application today. The 10 th Samanvaya Freedom Lecture will be delivered by Rev. Swami Vimurtanandaji , a monk of the Ramakrishna Order, Chennai and the Editor of Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam, the Tamizh cultural magazine of the Order. Swamiji is also a long time well wisher of SAMANVAYA. The Swamiji who took over as the youngest editor of Ramakrishna Vijayam, has shaped it into a social – cultural magazine that reaches to a large Tamil speaking youth population with a printed circulation of 1.5 lakhs every month. He has several publications to his credit and is a well sought publi
Team Samanvaya got involved with organizing relief material collection as a response to disaster yet again. This time after the disaster in Uttaranchal flash floods and landslide. The major disaster that struck Uttarakhand in the Hindu pilgrim centres of the Himalayas, particularly Kedarnath, Badrinath and Haridwar between the 15th and 18th of July. On 22nd July, we set up CHENNAI CARES a citizen's initiative on disaster related relief material collection in collaboration with several wonderful people and groups all over the city and state. For us with our earlier experience of BHUJ relief work and TSUNAMI relief work, this was only a reiteration of the fact that in the moments of disaster a careful organization of information and communication does get enough interest from people all over. In the next two weeks, thanks to free air lifting of the relief materials by Air India, about 7.7 tonnes of material was sent to GOONJ , a voluntary organization based out of Delhi.