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The Mahamandal has been working among the youth since 1967 with the 'man-making, character-building' ideas of Swami Vivekananda, with a view to nation building. It has spread to many States, having started in Calcutta, and now there are over 300 units of the organization. Several thousand young men from cities, towns, and especially villages, including very remote ones, are coming forward from all walks of life. They get training at the hundred-odd youth training camps of the Mahamandal round the year. They understand that the condition of the poorer sections of the country is extremely bad, that the nation as a whole needs to be built anew. And that it is the duty of the youths to accomplish this task, which begins with the building of their own life and character. On the strong foundation of character alone a nation can be built.    >> More

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25 – 30 December 2014

The 48th Annual All-India Youth Training Camp of the Mahamandal is going to be held at Fulia Balika Bidyalaya, Fulia Shiksha Niketan and Fulia Vidyamandir, Dist. Nadia, West Bengal from 25 to 30 December 2014. The aim of the camp is to infuse in the youths idea of self-development (i.e. character building) social concern and citizenship, service to nation, and national integration, generally drawn from the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.

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Question Corner

Q.        What was the first organized attempt to build the character of young people in general?

Ans.     In a sense the first organized attempt was taken by the Mahamandal. There had been many good attempts in this direction by well-meaning individuals. There had been huge organizations also, which assembled thousands of youths in many countries with the aim of their all round development. But, we do not know about any other organization anywhere, which had a complete scheme of character building of the youths with the aim of rebuilding India. The Mahamandal has a defined programme, which includes scientific, yet simple and practicable methods of life building to offer to the youth, which they can apply in daily life and see how their life changes. The Mahamandal has the vision of a new India that will come up when we are able to make men of character in large numbers. There is a structured training programme with proven efficacy. This scheme, to our knowledge, is unique.

The youths require a personal ideal to follow, an ideal which can be their role model, whose life sets for them an imitable example, who is full of youthful energy, full of love for them. The Mahamandal places Swami Vivekananda before the youth as the best ideal for the modern age. This gives the work an extra edge, which cannot be found in other organizations with only a dry constitution or philosophy. However nice the principles, however well prepared the policies and plans may be, nothing can succeed in rousing a huge number of people for a long period for the task of character building, unless the fire of a great life burns it way into their hearts. For the lamp of life can be lit with the fire of another lamp, not with dry wisdom. It is a living spirit that energizes the work of the Mahamandal. Swami Vivekananda embodied the leonine strength and the intense love for the oppressed and the downtrodden. He bequeathed on the youths the struggle and sacrifice and suffering for the people. He explained that none can really have a successful life or work for others, without building one’s character first. He himself possessed a selfless character, untouched by the weaknesses of the world. We have such a leader. So, it is not an exaggeration of facts to say this is the real work for character building of the youths.

There had never been a coordinated, united, sustained effort in this direction on a nation-wide scale. This vision itself was absent. But it was absolutely necessary to fill the void, to raise India from slumber. Any society which still has vitality gives rise to new forces to fill such voids. So, it may be said that the Mahamandal was born of this historical necessity. How far we shall succeed is yet to be seen. At least, for the last 43 years it is going on, and we are happy that it is spreading, gaining strength on its own, without any help from business houses, political parties or the media. People who had no connection with us in the past somehow hear about this work and come forward. Quite a good number of highly educated people have considered this work as the only way not only for themselves, but also for the nation at large. Over 1300 young men from different states have come to this camp (Dec 2010), and they will carry from here this message to the areas where they live. Thus, slowly but steadily, we are reaching out to so many people, to so many areas. Now there are about 280 centres (over 300 in 2011) of the Mahamandal in several states of India. This never happened in the past. So, you should be a little proud to think that we are making a serious attempt, at least, to accomplish this task. 

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The Mahamandal Flag
hoisted at a training camp

The 31st Annual Vivek Vahini Instructors’ Training Camp of the Mahamandal was held from 26 to 30 March 2013 at the students’ home of Balibhara Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal. Vivek Vahini is the children’s wing of the Mahamandal, run at its units for all round development of children. The camp was organized to train its instructors for better running of the wing. From 42 units of the Mahamandal 137 youths participated in the camp. On 26 March Sri Dipak Ranjan Mukhopadhyay of Azimgunj Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal inaugurated the camp by hoisting the Mahamandal flag. Classes were held on the aims and objects of the Mahamandal, the purpose and importance of its children’s wing, the methods of self-development, the role of environment in the development of children, child psychology, the role of instructors of Vivek Vahini, and the life of Swami Vivekananda. Sri Birendra Kumar Chakraborty, Secretary, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, and other senior members of the Mahamandal conducted the classes. Every day six hours were devoted to training on P.T., parade, games, and rhymes. Sri Dipak Ranjan Mukhopadhyay answered questions of the campers. Sri Nabaniharan Mukhopadhyay, President, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, addressed the campers on the last day of the camp.


Mahamandal Publications

The ideas and methods of the Mahamandal are available in the form of about 100 books, booklets, and audio cassettes in English, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, and Telugu.          >>More

Vivek-Jivan, the bilingual bulletin (in English and Bengali) of the Mahamandal, is brought out every month since 1968. Vivek-Anjan is published in Hindi as a quarterly.   >>More


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