We have been subscribing to this magazine for a long time now. Just thought to share it here since many of you may not have heard about it and would find it interesting.
Published by Ramakrishna Vivekananda Ashram, Raipur, this magazine comes as a Hindi monthly. At preset it is in its 46th year of publication.
It has many regular columns, starting from one which is from the pen of Swami Vivekananda himself on contemporary issues in India; then there is one running discussion on one character at a time from epics like Ramayana or Mahabharata, and it also includes one very interesting column called “Ma ke sanidhya me” as I remember, where people recall their experiences in meeting Ma Sharada Devi, the holy mother and wife of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. It regularly features the letters and communication by Swami Vivekananda as well as people recalling their experiences in meeting or communicating with him, both in India and from abroad. There have run columns and articles from great men and women like Sister Nivedita also. Another very interesting column is where sadhus share their personal experiences while travelling across India. Some of these experiences shared are very touching and come with divine messages.
Every time I go to home, I search for the shelf where mother keeps last issues of the Vivek Jyoti. Experiences are beyond ex-pression. You can take the annual subscription for convenience. This may be a perfect gift to your friends also, since when it came to Vivekananda, even the world bent down to respect him. No young Indian could remain but be influenced by the seer intellect and charisma of Swami Vivekananda. A proud Hindu and a true nationalist we wish every Indian could become like him one day.
In the times when our media bombards us with some corrupt communication aping from other cultures, such readings are becoming rarer day by day. Also, in the time when we see a lot of us Indians being ignorant of our own religion Hinduism, such magazines are torches which show us the way.
Subscription details are as follows:
India: Rs 60 yearly, Rs 8 single copy, for institutions: Rs 90 yearly, Rs 400 for 5 years, and Rs 1200 for 25 years.
Abroad: 15 USD annual, 200 USD for 25 years (airmail) and 100 USD (sea mail)
Demand Draft: ‘Ramakrishna Mission’, payable at Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Address: Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Ashram, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, 492001
Phone: 09827197535, 0771-2225269, 2224119 (8.30-11.30 am, 3-6 pm)
The picture shown here is a snap from one of the pages, written by Swami Vivekananda. At places, the language Hindi may be difficult for those who are not very comfortable with it, but there is something that comes from purity too. I hope some of you would find it really interesting and life changing.
In critical times, each of our values is tested. And what can be a time better spent than talking to some of the greatest men and women our mother India has produced.