Born on September 19, 1927 in Sirkazhi, Nagapattinam district, Rama Gopalan, founder - organiser of Hindu Munnani, first got introduced to Sangh through a colleague while studying at Chengalvaraya vocational training institute in Purusaiwalkam, Chennai. He started attending Shakha from 1944. A visit to the Sindh refugee camp for victims of partition in Avadi agitated him very much; it made a very deep impact on the youth. It created an unending urge in him to serve Hindu society and that, in turn, led him to become part of Sangh activities. In 1947 he decided to become a Pracharak, leaving his job in an electrical company in Gudiyatham town near Vellore.
During the years as Pracharak he brought hundreds of youngsters into the Sangh work by his informal but insightful motivation (as outlined at the outset); he organised them into lifelong and dedicated workers in every corner of the state. Most prominent leaders of Sangh organisations today including BJP, ABVP, VHP, Vidya Bharati, etc., were either introduced to Sangh or mentored by him.
So far, Gopalji is a name practically unknown outside the Sangh circle, neither to other social / political outfits nor to the media. That was the unobtrusive way of functioning by a typical RSS pracharak. Gopalji was one. He constantly travelled throughout the state spreading Sangh work. His travels were essentially his study hours. He read a lot – and wrote a lot.
The over 100 motivational articles that he wrote in the early 70’s were serialised in THYAGABHOOMI weekly (a previous version of today’s VIJAYABHARATHAM) under the head GNANA MALAR. The series was a treasure of anecdotes. He wrote them for Youth in the plus two class level. The voluminous BUNCH OF THOUGHTS by M.S. Golwalkar was rendered into Tamil (Gnana Gangai) by Gopalji.
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SWAMI VIVEKANANDA'S HISTORIC MEDITATION ON THE SREEPADA SHILA IN KANYAKUMARI
Have you ever heard of a young unknown Wandering Monk doing Dhyana to know the root cause of the downfall of a great nation from its pinnacle of spiritual glory to the depth of degradation?
Swami Vivekananda was born on the 12th January 1863. Along with him was Hinduism reborn to be comprehensive. Along with him was reborn religion to be rational. Along with him was reborn Indian culture for a renaissance.
Swami Vivekananda the fountain head of Inspiration
Speech delivered by Mananeeya Nivedita Raghunath Bhide, Vice President, Vivekananda Kendra, on the eve of Installation of the Statue of Swamiji at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 11 November 2020
PRACTICING HINDU AND PROFESSING HINDU
In one of the tours in North East, we were passing through Assam to go to Arunachal.
National Education Policy in the light of Vivekananda's ideas on Education
“Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man”1 to me and for that matter to many others these electrifying words of the vedantic and visionary monk Swami Vivekananda capture most comprehensively the meaning and purpose of education.
CREATIVITY; A GRAND FINALE
SERIES OF CREATIVITY
Swami Vivekananda – The Fire, The Flame And Sparks
On the auspicious Makarasankaranti Day, 12th of January, 1863, was born Narendranath Datta, a veritable fire-ball of knowledge and renunciation from his childhood, who, later, under the benign influence of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, got metamorphosed into the great Swami Vivekananda – fore most among India’s Patriots, Saints and Philosophers—a true Master, Mentor and Moulder and Maker of India’s destiny. More than eight years have passed, since this flame, which drew people to him like a magnet, extinguished itself. Yet, the sparks therefore continue to set aflame the hearts of thousands with fiery ideals of renunciation, dedication and love for Motherland, spreading blazing trails of idealism.
Have the courage to swim against the tide...
I had dreamt of working in the interior areas of our country since class eight.
SWAMIJI AND MOTHER LAND
Whenever Swami Vivekananda’s admirers asked him in what way they can serve him, he simply told them ‘Love India’.
Expectation versus Reality
This phrase “Expectation versus Reality” is a famous catchphrase amongst the youth today.
Opening of New Office Complex of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya Sangha Sabha
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The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s tribulations over caste
Customisation is the key to success
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MY SPACE: IDRIS KHAN and ANNIE MORRIS
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Personality On The Move
A car should be as unique as its owner
Civil Liberties In Peril
Numerous developments since the return of the Modi-led government illustrate the steady erosion of civil liberties and the unfettered march of the Sangh Parivar against the spirit of the Constitution.
Decoding The Love-Hate
Why there is controversy within the RSS—and outside it—about its relationship with the Mahatma.
A Vision Of Hindistan
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Don't Let Change Take You By Surprise
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Manohar Parrikar Steps In
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