Introduction of Vedanta Mission
Vedanta Mission is an organization dedicated to the cause of propagation of the vision of Vedanta the world over. It was established in 1992 in Bombay by H.H. Swami Atmananda Saraswati after his Gita Gyana Yagna at the Patwardhan Gardens in Bandra at that time. Since then the organizations has grown in a big way & its activities have spread to different parts of the country and the world.
What is Vedanta ?
Vedanta is the philosophy of life as given by the Vedas. Vedanta is the philosophy of Sanatan Dharma or that which is commonly known as the Hindu religion. Sanatan means that which is relevant at all times and places – thus Vedanta is a compendium of knowledge regarding those truths & tenets of life which are relevant at all times & places. The word Vedanta literally means that which is revealed in the end of Vedas, it is a synonym for Upanishads. It also implies that which is the culmination of all knowledge. Upanishads are the means of knowledge to know the truth of one's Self & realise its oneness with God - which is indeed the culmination of all knowledge & possibilities.
Vedanta has been the divine elixir drunk by the innumerable Rishi's, saints & sages of India, and in the modern times by some of the greatest thinkers and philosophers of the world. Vedanta was lived & taught by Lord Sri Ram and Sri Krishna. The glory of Sanatan Dharma was re-established in the soil of India by one of the greatest philosopher, teacher of the world - Sri Adi Sankaracharya by his works & commentaries on Vedanta. The message of Vedanta alone was thundered by Swami Vivekananda to the world a century back. Vedanta alone was dynamically propogated all over the world by Swami Chinmayananda - the founder of Viswa Hindu Parishad & Chinmaya Mission. Continuing the great tradition now Poojya Guruji Swami Atmananda Saraswatiji brings the divine message of Vedanta to the world through his dynamic organization appropriately called the Vedanta Mission. Vedanta is in fact the best & ultimate which India can give to the world, not only to facilitate opening of the floodgates of joy in man but also to make the world a better place to live in as per the spirit of the famous quote Vasudhaeva Kutumbakam i.e. the entire world is our family.
What is the objective of Vedanta Mission?
All religions are defined as a way of life, and any way of life whether it is religious or so called secular has to have some philosophy behind its precepts. Any way of life without a philosophy is an ideal recipe for superstition and any philosophy without a religion to facilitate living its tenets is more of an idealism. Existence of some logic, reason or lets say philosophy is an integral part of everyone's life. Everyone, knowingly or unknowingly, has some philosophy of life, in as much as that everyone has some conviction as to what is this life all about, and things of that kind which all the philosophers the world over strive to address. Very few people care to see whether their basis of life holds any water or not. If the very basis of life is erroneous then however much we strive we alone will be the real losers at the end of the game. Therefore it is extremely necessary to have ones philosophical basis right, based on facts & truths of life. The thoughtless one's say that 'I am doing this because everyone is doing'. A life based on thoughtlessness, delusions and erroneous conclusions is bound to lead to sorrow, misery and futility. Thus it is extremely necessary to see that the philosophical basis of everyone's life is based on facts and not imaginations. It will indeed be one of the greatest service to the mankind if someone sees to it that the philosophical basis of everyone's life is based on facts. That alone is the humble goal of Vedanta Mission.
What is the organizational structure of Mission ?
Basically Vedanta Mission was established for regularly organizing the discourses other programmes of Poojya Swami Atmanandaji and his disciples, therefore Vedanta Ashram at Indore is the hub around which all the activities of Mission revolve. Organizationally however, all the centers of VM are independent. Every Vedanta Mission center has an independent body of devotees under whose auspices the Mission work is carried out. In Mumbai the activities are managed by a registered charitable Public Trust called the Indian Cultural Foundation, while at Indore there is the Vedanta Parmarthic Sewa Trust. The Formation of Trust at Ahmedabad is in the pipeline. Poojya Guruji is the Chairman of both these Trusts, and is the guiding light for all other centers & their activities.
The thrust of the objectives is to provide right spiritual knowledge which will facilitate blossoming up of potential of every man and finally take him or her to the heights of spiritual unfoldment, thus working to create a better world by creating good, enlightened individuals. The Board of Trustees periodically nominates a Vedanta Mission committee in their area which comprises of dedicated people sharing a common goal & vision. These people along with the Trustees collect the necessary funds either amongst themselves or from the various philanthropists in the society and go about organizing the various programmes of the Poojya Guruji Swami Atmananda Saraswati and his disciple Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji.