The Global Vision and Mission of Swami Vivekananda, and How It Inspired The Indian Spiritual Thrust World-wide.

THE GLOBAL DIRECTORY

An effort to gauge the extent to which the dream of

Swami Vivekananda is getting unfolded globally.

“India’s gift to the world is the light spiritual…The whole world requires light. It is expectant! India alone has the light of the highest spiritual truth… The mission given to us is to conserve, to preserve, to accumulate as it were into a dynamo, all the spiritual energy of the race and that concentrated energy is to pour forth in a deluge on the world whenever circumstances are propitious…”

“That I went to America was not my doing or your doing, but the God of India who is guiding her destiny sent me, and will send hundreds of such to all the nations of the world. No power on earth can resist it. You must go out and preach your religion, preach it to every nation under the sun, and preach it to every people.”

- SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

Mission Backed by Vision

Several activities connected with the thoughts and truths proclaimed by the seers and sages of Bharatavarsha are taking place around the world. We are trying to gather the available information from various parts of the world, in the form of an online Directory of brief profiles of the many organizations of dharma traditions functioning worldwide. The great minds who have taken the message of our ancient spiritual wisdom, through the multitude of organizations founded by them in different countries, call for a comprehensive documentation of the services of these organizations, following the path of their enlightened masters, who spread the light of dharma, far and wide. Despite the pervading influence of dharma through several spiritual masters and their organizations worldwide, comprehensive information is not available in the public domain about their global reach, in the service of humanity. In an era where information is power, the direct beneficiaries of this work are the organizations of dharma traditions worldwide, who can readily have a platform for mutual interaction, collaboration and cooperation. The Directory can help them create opportunities to serve all, in every possible way. Organizations of dharma traditions, regarding the world as one family, serve and contribute to the commonweal, dedicated as they are to ‘Universal Peace and Brotherhood’ ― the eternal message of dharma that resonated worldwide since the visit of Swami Vivekananda to the West. An effort is underway to compile an all-inclusive Directory of these organizations, seeking to create a reference point for all of them to know one another and work together for an all-round wellness of humanity.

The Directory

Seeking to mutually connect the dharma organizations world over, and bringing them closer, through the compilation of an online Directory ‒ an initial step towards networking all spiritual traditions, including the ‘Himalayan Tradition’, with their roots in Bharatavarsha, the Directory is a comprehensive documentation of the services of the dharma organizations. It is an important compilation to create an authentic record of the impact of the works of the great spiritual masters in the world who followed in the footsteps of Swami Vivekananda, universally spreading the light of dharma. Our endeavour is for the compilation of an all-inclusive Directory of various traditions originated in Bharat, and working all over the world ‒ particularly the organizations of dharma traditions, and others, who accept, respect and celebrate the diversity of traditions. Researchers, scholars, or anyone who wants to reach the dharma organizations, will also be greatly benefited by this effort.

Vivekananda’s Global Mission

Swami Vivekananda made the world aware of India’s spiritual wisdom that respected and accepted all traditions. His global vision and mission inspired India’s spiritual reach world-wide. As the initiator of the global spiritual awareness, Swamiji propagated the universal vision of dharma as India’s unique gift to the world. He saw his global mission as the expression of the Divine Will, reassuring that India would send hundreds like him overseas to continue the Indian spiritual reach into the world. “The world requires light”, Swamiji declared, “It is expectant! India alone has the light of the highest spiritual truth. India’s gift to the world is the light spiritual. The mission given to us is to conserve, to preserve, to accumulate, as it were, into a dynamo, all spiritual energy of the race and that concentrated energy is to pour forth in a deluge on the world whenever circumstances are propitious.” God, according to Swamiji, was guiding the destiny of India, and he wanted the Eternal Truths of dharma to be disseminated by the Indian masters who would go out in hundreds, to the world at large, and it became a reality in the last 100 years. “That I went to America”, Swamiji reminded “was not my doing or your doing, but the God of India, who is guiding her destiny, sent me, and will send hundreds of such to all the nations of the world. No power on earth can resist it. You must go out and preach the Eternal Truths of your dharma, preach it to every nation under the sun, and preach it to every people.” Swamiji’s vision is getting unfolded world over through many individuals and institutions inspired by his universal spiritual vision. He was indeed a great impetus for hundreds of others who continued his global mission. “Swami Vivekananda is looked upon by an informed Indian as a person who enshrined in himself all that is true and noble of the spiritual heritage of Bharat” pointed out Swami Dayananda Saraswati. “His vision to make everyone see the beauty of oneness, love and harmony, backed by his tireless efforts to actualize it, is getting unfolded all over the world, not only through the Mission and Order he founded but also through various other individuals and institutions who owe to Swamiji’s vision for their inspiration.” In the words of Swami Ramdev, “The universal message of dharma as disseminated by Swami Vivekananda is to realise our essential divine nature. Following in his footsteps, many spiritual masters from India have spread the spiritual truths far and wide. This Directory is a compilation recording the impact of the works of the great masters in the world. It is a very important step towards mutually connecting all spiritual traditions that have their roots in India. It will give new strength and vigour to the vision and mission of Swamiji.” As we reflect upon his global vision and mission and its impact in inspiring the various spiritual movements of India globally, it is an earnest effort to compile the data of such organizations and great men who have taken the Indian spiritual vision and mission far and wide, providing the life-transforming wisdom of India worldwide.

Scope of the Directory

A humble endeavour to study the unfoldment of the global vision and mission of Swamiji, the Directory is envisioned to encompass all the countries of the world, to culminate into an all-inclusive resource on the dharma organisations. It seeks to cover all organizations of the dharma traditions (the Hindu, Jain, Bauddha, Sikh, et al), including the ‘Himalayan Tradition’, and others who accept, respect and celebrate the diversity of traditions, regard the whole world as one family, and dedicate to ‘Universal Peace and Brotherhood’. Monasteries, Places of Worship, Yoga Centers, Academic Institutions, NGOs (Voluntary organizations, Foundations, Trusts, Associations, et al), and Individual mahatmas, are welcome to submit the required particulars for publication in the Directory.

Registration and Data Submission

FREE Registration enables the organizations to directly fill up the required particulars in the Directory, thus being a part of this unique endeavour. Particulars for submission, in brief: ● History, tradition, aims and ideals ● Present leadership ● Activities, and publications, if any ● Public participation in the activities ● Future plans, if any ● Other useful information, if any

Future Plan

A get-together of all the Heads of the organizations enrolled in the Directory.

Initiator of the Project

The Directory was conceived and initiated in 2014 by Ma. Sri K. Suryanarayana Rao, briefly ‘Sri Suruji’ (1924-2016), Akhil Bharatiya Seva Pramukh of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, who was also a Managing Committee Member of Vivekananda Kendra. As an ardent student of Vivekananda literature, and in tune with the great Swami’s global vision and mission, it was Sri Suruji’s wish that one day people around the world will recognize Spirituality (adhyatma vidya) as India’s gift to the world, live up to its ideals, and be blessed thereby. Sri Suruji launched this Project, in consultation with Sri S. Gurumurthy (also a Managing Committee Member of Vivekananda Kendra), with Sri P. Parameswaran (1927-2020), President, Vivekananda Kendra, as the Convener. Presently, Sri Gurumurthy is the Overseer of the Project.

NOTE:
An informatory booklet titled "The Global Vision and Mission of Swami Vivekananda, and how it inspired the Indian Spiritual Reach World-wide", describing the vision and the mission of the Project, is here for further details.