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From its inception the Mahamandal received the blessings of the senior monks of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, including Swami Vireswarananda (the 10th President of the Order), Swami Abhayananda (Bharat Maharaj), Swami Gambhirananda (the 11th President of the Order), Swami Bhuteshananda (the 12th President of the Order), Swami Chidatmananda, Swami Ranganathananda (the 13th President of the Order), Swami Gahanananda (the 14th President of the Order), and Swami Atmasthananda (the 15th President of the Order).


Swami Vireswarananda wanted the Mahamandal to spread to every corner of the country. He had high expectations from this organization, of which he spoke at an All-India Youth Training Camp and a Youth Rally of the Mahamandal.

Swami Abhayananda said to a dedicated organizer of the Mahamandal, ‘I read Vivek-Jivan. You are doing the right thing: you are placing Swami Vivekananda before the youths.’

Of the senior monks of the Order, Swami Bhuteshananda graced various programmes of the Mahamandal the maximum number of times. One morning someone from the Mahamandal went to pay respect to him. He was the last person to enter the room and the door was closed behind him. The Sevak Maharaj said, ‘There will be no more discussion now!’ And the devotees stood up to go out by the exit door. Seeing the last person Maharaj turned to the devotees, who again sat down, and he said, ‘Swamiji said, with the advent of Sri Ramakrishna Satya Yuga has started. But where are its signs? What is going on all around?’ The last visitor said, ‘The current of Satya Yuga is flowing underneath. On the surface everything is going down.’ With a kind smile Maharaj said, ‘Yes’, and looking to the devotees he added, ‘This, the work of the Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal – is it not a sign of Satya Yuga?’

Swami Ranganathananda addressed the Youth Training Camps of the Mahamandal on several occasions, and, later on, conveyed his blessings through letters. Very kindly he accepted the Mahamandal’s invitation year after year to address public meetings in different towns and villages in Orissa. On such occasions he addressed even seven or eight meetings every day, at distances between 30 to 100 kilometer, where thousands were overwhelmed to meet and honour him in the traditional way. The Orissa State Branch of the Mahamandal organized these programmes. The public meeting organized by the Mahamandal at the foot of Shahid Minar, kolkata Maidan till 2007 (now it is held at Hedua Park, Calcutta) in commemoration of Swamiji’s birthday started at his suggestion: ‘Bring Swamiji to the Maidan.’


Swami Vireswarananda

Swami Bhuteshananda


A group of young people, inspired by Swami Vivekananda, not only belonging to our own State in Bengal, but also in neighbouring States, are slowly gathering together and trying to work his ideas in our society. That is purpose of Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal. Behind this Mahamandal are men of sterling virtues, patriotism, dedication, keen intelligence, and understanding. I have been very much attracted to their personalities, to their character; and when they are there behind this organization, we can expect that this Yuva Mahamandal will slowly gather strength, drawing more and more young people into it and slowly try to give to the society what Swamiji has left as a great treasure to all of us…. This Yuva Mahamandal is meant to be the real force to bring this awareness gently to the people of Calcutta, to the people of Bengal, and later on to the entire nation. It bears Swami Vivekananda’s name, so that it inspires us with the great ideas of Swami Vivekananda – so progressive, so free. What beautiful ideas are there in Swami Vivekananda – ideas which can transform a human character, make him big in a big way! ... This kind of mind can change India. India must have a group of young people, inspired like this, full of energy, full of vitality. This is a great need … all over India. That is the genesis of this Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal…. Work hard to create that kind of strong, stable India, with character, with efficiency, with public spirit. This inspiration is the most progressive inspiration you will get today, the whole nation will get today from this Yuva Mahamandal.

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