“Call to the Youth” seminar was organized by the prestigious Swami Vivekananda Kendra, at Vivekananda Education Society’s Institute of Technology on the 12th January, 2019, Saturday for the VESIT students and faculty. The guest speaker Shri Vishwas Ramchandra Lapalkar, Prant Sanghatak of Maharashtra Prant, was introduced to the congregation by Ms. Yamini Agrawal, a 1st year MCA student of our college, who briefly recounted his achievements before inviting him to the Dias.
The seminar was opened by offering the flowers to the Swami Vivekananda by Mr. Vishwasji.
Mr. Vishwasji took the stage
He started with informing the audience, that a museum dedicated to Swami Vivekananda was inaugurated 1 year ago, by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rameshwaram, at a place very close to the residence of the ex-president Abdul Kalam. He said that the intended topic of the day was originally “Born to Succeed” which he prudently changed to “Born to Blossom” which is also the name of a book written by Dr. Abdul Kalam.
He recounted fondly of how his journey had begun with this same institution many many years ago, when he along with his 15 friends were addressed by Mr. Hashu Adwani who inspired him to know more about Swami Vivekananda and his mission. He enlightened the life of Swami Vivekananda and also shared to the students how he wanted the youth to lead the life ahead.
He also talked about the role Swami Vivekananda played for making India free to inspire the students to do something for their motherland. He shared about his duties and responsibilities which he is performing in the Vivekananda Kendra. He suggested a person to become successful is very important that he is ambitious, responsible, and punctual to complete his duties with this one should also be energetic towards the goal he want to achieve with a positive mindset.
He shared many examples of his life with the students in which one was an incident in his life when he was 6years old and he had an altercation with his brother and slapped him. When the elders of the house came to know, he admitted to slapping his brother. When his father asked him what the main use for the hand was, he replied that it was for eating. Upon this his father said that although it was correct but just using it or feeding oneself would make you just like any other animal. Using to serve others in distress and feed hungry souls is the true use of the hand.
The reason Vivekananda went to America was to share the wisdom of India with the world, the essence of which is “The Power Lies Within you.”
The session was concluded by Mrs. Meenakshi Tyagi by giving the token of appreciation to Mr. Vishwasji.
The seminar was officially ended when Ms. Yamini Agrawal delivered the vote of thanks.