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Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda

 
 
Men, men, these are wanted; everything else will be ready, but strong, vigorous, believing young men, sincere to the backbone, are wanted. A hundred such and the world becomes revolutionized.
Swami Vivekananda
 
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The Objective and the Task

  • The Mahamandal’s objective is the regeneration of India.
  • A large number of sincere, honest, hard working, patriotic, and courageous young men are everywhere in the country, who are eager to dedicate themselves for the regeneration of India. The Mahamandal intends to enthuse and unite them.
  • The Mahamandal wants the youth to be confident and face the problems of their life as well as of the country. The aim of the Mahamandal is to organize a nation-wide youth movement with the motto: ‘BE AND MAKE’ – To be proper men and simultaneously to help others in this regard, and work for the good of all.
  • The root of all problems of our country is that men are not proper men. The fundamental solution is, therefore, man-making. And this is the area of our work. Men of character are needed in large numbers in all fields of society. Only such men, even if a minority, can bring fundamental changes in society.
  • There are three components in the make up of man – the body, the mind, and the heart. Making of proper men, with balanced development of these three, is the fundamental work for nation building. The focus of the Mahamandal is this, which has all along been left out – with disastrous consequences for the nation.
 
The Organization and Its Approach

  • The youths are spontaneously coming forward to join the movement. Presently it has 310 centres in different States of India, including West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Tripura, Gujarat, Delhi, Uttaranchal, and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The Mahamandal goes wherever the youths are, speaks to them in a language they can understand, works on their mind, and provides them with simple, practical methods of self-development.
  • For the purpose of training the youths in this regard, it arranges study circles, seminars, and youth training camps at various levels – local to All India. The methodology of training is clearly defined and structured. It publishes many booklets on relevant subjects in English, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Telugu, and Assamese.
  • In order to join the Mahamandal the youths need not leave their normal avocation, family or duties. Rather all these areas soon get an elevating touch.
  • They devote their surplus time, energy, and, if possible, money to organize small projects of social service, including free coaching class, children’s wing, students’ home, adult education, charitable dispensary, relief work during natural calamities, etc. The spirit behind the work is seen as important, not merely the quantum of work.
  • The Mahamandal does not discriminate on the basis of religion, caste or creed and stands for religious harmony and national integration.


The Emblem

The emblem of the Mahamandal, which appears at the upper right corner of the webpage, shows Swami Vivekananda as an itinerant monk standing at Kanyakumari at the southernmost part of India, which is represented through the line map on the earth. On the top is written : Charaiveti Charaiveti (Onward! Onward!) and at the bottom: BE AND MAKE. The rest of the circle representing the earth is encapsulated with a series of small Vajras.

The Flag

The flag of the Mahamandal is rectangular in shape in 3:2 ratio; there is a Vajra symbol, printed or embroidered in the middle of a saffron cloth, symbolizing self-sacrifice and strength. The idea was borrowed from the first proposed Indian National Flag, which was envisaged by Sister Nivedita.

See Picture Gallery of 43rd Annual All India Youth Training Camp.

The Anthem

The anthem of the Mahamandal, Samgachchhadhvam, is taken from the oldest Indian literature: the Rigveda. It has been repeated in the Atharva-veda also. It is a song of UNITY, unity in thought, word, and deed, unity of heart.

 

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