News: January 2023
14th January, 2023, Srimat Swami Vivekananda's Birthday was celebrated with special puja, homa, chandipath, devotional songs, discourses etc. Cooked prasad was distributed to devotees who had come throughout the day. In the afternoon, there was a ladies' meeting presided over by Pravrajika Amalaprana, General Secretary. Pravrajika Vivekaprana, Prvrajika Akhilatmaprana and Sm. Chirashree Bandyopadhyay spoke on life and teachings of Swami Vivekananada. The programme was live streamed on the YouTube channel.
12th January – the National Youth Day, was observed at the Headquarters as every year, with a procession around Dakshineswar and a meeting at the Math premises. About 1300 students and teachers from local schools and others participated. All of them received prasad in packets.
Pravrajika Vaikunthaprana (Roma)
With deep sorrow we record the passing away of Pravrajika Vaikunthaprana (Roma), age 88 at Sri Sarada Math, Valsad on Friday,30th December, 2022 at around 8 am due to cardiorespiratory failure. The end was peaceful.
Since many years she was suffering from high blood pressure, chronic bronchitis and dysentery, which later was diagnosed as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with infection. Recently, she was admitted to ICU on two occasions and put on Bipap. On 23 rd December she was discharged and kept at the Math with constant oxygen support. On the 30 th at 8 am she breathed two-three times heavily and became silent.
A disciple of Swami Madhavananda, she joined Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Sister Nivedita Girls’ School in 1965, where she remained till 1975. She was initiated into Brahmacharya in 1978 by Pravrajika Mokshaprana and received sannyasa on 29.1.1989, Swamiji’s Birthday. At different times she served in Sri Sarada Math centres in Chennai, Varanasi and Headquarters, where she spent long periods of time at intervals. Everywhere she was mostly engaged in Thakur Seva. She also served in centres at Pune and Bhubaneswar from where she was sent to Sri Sarada Math, Valsad where she remained till the end.
Simple, contented and straightforward, she was known to be scrupulousin her duties. May her soul rest in peace!
If you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather learn to see your own faults. Make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; this is your own.