I was on a work break in Kolkata, to attend three Board meetings of CTRAN, our energy and environment services company, www.ctranconsulting.com ; of IGS, our action research company www.igsindia.org.in ; and of The Livelihood School, meant for training livelihood promotion practitioners and policymakers www.thelivelihoodschool.in
But I decided to spend some time on my Yatra agenda. So on the morning of the first day, before the first Board meeting was to start at 10.30 am, Naveen and I went to Dakhshineswar, the samadhi of Vivekananda’s guru, Sri Ramakrishna Pramahans and then to Belur Math, the monastery complex established by Ramakrishna’s first and foremost disciple, Swami Vivekananda.
In the poster above, which I had seen at the Digvijay College in Rajnanadgaon, Chhattisgarh, Vivekananda asks ” Are you a youth? ” and then goes on to define a youth as someone who: 1. Fights against injustice ; 2. Stays away from bad habits ; 3. Is able to change inherited tradition; 4. Who has sense as well as enthusiasm; 5. One who is ready to sacrifice for the nation.; 6. One who solves problems; 7. One who makes inspiring history; 8. One who does rather than talks.
A quote from Swami Vivekananda, His Call to the Nation. p.30
The West had tried to conquer external nature, and the East had tried to conquer internal nature. Now East and West must work hand in hand for the good of each other, without destroying the special characteristics of each. The West has much to learn from the East and the East has much to learn from the West; in fact, the future has to be shaped by a proper fusion of the two ideals. Then there will be neither East nor West, but one humanity.
Then, on the second day, after the third Board meeting got over at 5 pm, along with Prof Vidya Rao of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences who is on the Board of The Livelihood School, ; and my colleague Ram Sundar Roy, based in Kolkata, I went to see Mother Teresa’s home.
Could this be the answer?