Vivekananda Youth Association for Spiritual and Social Awareness
Swami Vivekananda

Program Overview

Swami VivekanandaSwami Vivekananda placed forth the twin ideals of ‘Realization of the Self and Service of the World’ (आत्मनोमोक्षार्थं जगद्धिताय च). In accordance with these twin ideals, we have formed a program called VYASSA, to help you, the youth, become enlightened and worthy citizens by providing healthy and wholesome food for your intellect, infused with moral and spiritual values and virtues.

It was Swamiji’s desire that the youth should have life-building, man-making, character-building education, and that they should stand up on their own feet and take up the responsibility. He has reposed great faith in the coming generations.

With the aim to impart Swamiji’s ideas of Human Excellence, however a small measure it be, a course under VYASSA has been designed especially for the youth.

"My hope of the future lies in the youths of character - intelligent, renouncing all for the service of others, and obedient - who can sacrifice their lives in working out my ideas and thereby do good to themselves and the country at large."
-Swami Vivekananda

Course Details

Eligibility Age 18 to 30 years
Time 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm on Sundays
Location Swami Shivananda Hall,
Ramakrishna Math, Pune
Composition Prayer – guided meditation – reading from inspiring and motivational passage – discourse or activity– Q and A – prayer. See the syllabus outline for topics covered in the course.
Fees Rs. 150 per quarter (3 months), to be paid on a quarterly basis.
Registration At Swami Vivekananda office. Registration is mandatory.

Course Syllabus

VYASSA course includes lectures and activities on topics such as the following. The actual course content may vary.

  • Spiritual Awareness (basics)
    • Values and virtues such as Truth, Purity, Unselfishness, Continence and Character, Renunciation and Service, Discrimination and so on
    • Concentration, Control of the Mind, Meditation
    • Divinity of Man
    • The need for Spiritual Growth
    • Spirituality: The science of Inner Life
  • Ideology in Practice
    • Life, work and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and other disciples
  • Learning from Scriptures such as the Upanishads and the Gita
  • Learning from our rich Heritage
    • Learnings from epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata
    • Life, work and teachings of great Saints and Seers
  • Social Awareness and Enlightened Citizenship
    • Patriotism
    • Rural Development– Serve Man as God
    • Work to bring a change in areas of health, hygiene and education to transform India
    • Entrepreneurship, ethical work-culture, work as worship, inter-personal skills
  • Activities
    • Group discussions, elocution competitions, and Q&A sessions
    • Project work on topics discussed

The course is conducted under the blessed guidance of revered monks of the Ramakrishna Order. You will also benefit from interacting with eminent figures from industry, education and other such fields.

Youth Convention

We periodically arrange youth retreats and youth conventions for the benefit of youth. Youth from local colleges are invited to attend these camps, which are conducted by monks of the Ramakrishna Order and key personalities from the education field. Topics such as personality development, positive thinking etc. are discussed in these camps. Each camp is differently set up so that the participants have a different focus in each particular camp. For example, a particular camp may focus on leadership skills and how to tackle problems with a team. We put them through group-discussions which force participation from the participants as well as test their abilities to frame ideas into words as quickly as possible.

Inspirational movies, case studies from industry, etc. are also used in these sessions. A typical workshop is a 2 day affair with us providing the participants with breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day. There is a small fee for the workshop and the participants are requested to call in advance or come at the Math Office and register their names. Since the program is very popular, you will do well to contact early, to avoid disappointment later. Please do check out the Forthcoming Events for the next Youth Convention.

Yuva Vedh

Through this program, lectures on Swami Vivekananda's Life and Message are organized in different schools and colleges in Pune city and nearby rural areas, and books at affordable prices are also exhibited for students. The main objectives of this program are:

  • To create an awareness among the school and college students about our Indian culture and traditions through lectures.

  • To introduce them to ethics and morality, lives and teachings of our Saints etc.


The personality of the man is two - thirds, and his intellect, his words, are but one - third. It is the real man, the personality of the man, that runs through us.

~Swami Vivekananda

Today in this fiercely competitive world, every youth is seeking after achieving a success in their life and is putting hard work to achieve it, but few are aware about the fact, that it is the real personality which plays an important role in achieving a true success. As such our personality consists of different factors like mind, thinking, emotions, attitude, will power and so on. Often today's youth due to lack of proper guidance are not able to attune these factors of personality in their life which requires a great will power, an inner strength i.e. perseverance coupled with hard work and meditation are the essential things in order to achieve success in any field of work. To guide youth in cultivating the right values to shape their personality, in the light of Bhagavad Gita & Upanishadic values as explained by Swami Vivekananda, we have published various lectures in the form of audio & video, on Personality Development held during Youth Convention, conducted by the monks of our Order and other eminent personalities. Anyone interested in discovering his or her potential inner strength would definitely get benefited by these lectures.
To purchase CDs / DVDs, contact at our bookshop between office hours.

Secret of Right Activity,
Joy of Living

Speaker : Swami Atmashraddhananda
Language : English
Published by: Ramakrishna Math, Pune
Media : MP3 CD
Price : Rs. 50.00

Secret of Concentration,
Man Making Education

Speaker : Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam,
Swami Bodhamayananda &
Prof. K. R. Rao
Language : English
Published by : Ramakrishna Math, Pune
Media : Video DVD (Set of 2 DVDs)
Price : Rs. 100.00

Fulfilling Our Dreams,
Nurturing Emotional Stability

Speaker : Sarath Babu,
Swami Bodhamayananda &
Prof. K. R. Rao

Language : English
Published by : Ramakrishna Math, Pune
Media : Video DVD (Set of 2 DVDs)
Price : Rs. 100.00

Human Excellence

Speaker : Swami Bodhamayananda & Prof. K. R. Rao
Language : English
Published by : Ramakrishna Math, Pune
Media : Video DVD (Set of 2 DVDs)
Price : Rs. 100.00

Ancient and Modern Leadership Lessons

Speaker : Swami Bodhamayananda &
Prof. K. R. Rao
Language : English
Published by : Ramakrishna Math, Pune
Media : Video DVD
Price : Rs. 50.00

Developing Inner Strength - The Vivekananda Way

Speaker : Swami Bodhamayananda
Language : English
Published by : Ramakrishna Math, Pune
Media : Video DVD
Price : Rs. 50.00

Mind, Attitude and Human Relationship

Speaker : Swami Bodhamayananda
Language : English
Published by : Ramakrishna Math, Pune
Media : Video DVD
Price : Rs. 50.00

Coffee ? - A lot can happen over a coffee!

A group of former students, highly established in their careers, got together to meet their old university professor. They reached the professor’s house and their conversations soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. The professor offered to serve coffee to them and went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and variety of cups, like porcelain, plastic, glass and crystal. Some were plain looking and some expensive and some exquisite. He told the guests to help themselves to the coffee.
After everyone had a cup of coffee in his hand, the professor said, ‘If you have noticed all the expensive cups have been taken up leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. It is normal for you to want the best for yourselves that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup adds no quality to the coffee. What all of you really wanted was coffee and not the cup. Now consider this: Life is the coffee. Jobs, position, security and money in the society are the cups. They are just tools to hold Life. The type of cup that we hold does not change nor define the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. The happiest people do not have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.’
The professor, of course, had driven home his point and set his old students to begin fresh ways of thinking!

Source: Culled from Vedanta Kesari



Will Power - Not so ambitious? But still you need to cultivate it!

We know it is good to use polite, decent and restrained language, in our daily dealings at home, on the street, in business, in politics, in society. But, in spite of ourselves, we use wrong language, from which arise many dissensions, small and big, at home, in society, in national and international affairs. Very often we do not remember the power of words, their capacity to break or make, wound or heal. More often, our will just fails to carry into practice what we know about the power of words. Through use of wrong language we are apt to make such wounds in other’s hearts as will not be easily healed; or we may anger people to such an extent that dire consequences may follow. And we ourselves shall have to reap them, however bitter they may be.

We know that it is beneficial to live a moral life, yet, in spite of ourselves, we commit sinful acts. And having committed them we have to take their painful consequences. We can give away our entire property but there is no way of giving away the fruits of our karma. We shall have to enjoy or suffer them ourselves. We know it is good to live according to the commandments of religion and obey the precepts of the Guru. We know it is good to get up early in the morning and practice spiritual disciplines. But when in the morning the alarm clock dutifully rings, we feel annoyed and silence it as though it had committed some crime, and then pull the blanket over the nose and sleep half an hour more, only to hurry and worry all day long. In the evening when we return home we are a mass of tension, and so highly inflammable that any little thing is apt to set things on fire.

We may observe, even in little things how little of what we know to be good for us, to be beneficial for us, we are able to put into practice. On the contrary, we continue to do harmful things. We know it is not good to neglect our studies, but somehow we cannot turn our ears or eyes from the radio or TV, specially when a cricket match, a circus show, a fashion show or a movie is going on. If our mind timidly protests, we just give it a thrashing: how can I miss such an exciting thing, for the boring bla-bla-bla of my classes? And the consequences of it are too obvious in the ever growing restlessness and dissatisfaction among the youngsters.

It is well-known that some of us can resist everything except temptations! There is a great fascination in the prohibited, great attraction in the destructive, great pull in the bizarre and wicked things in this world of maya. They pull us by the ear and make slaves of us. We do things in a hurry and then repent at leisure, and weep in the darkness of our own making.

Now, why do we behave this way knowingly? We do wrong things unknowingly too. But, that apart, why do we do wrong things and fail to do right things, knowingly? We must not commit the mistake of thinking that we do such things because we are essentially wicked or because of some kind of ‘original sin’ in us or because of our being forced by evil powers. Let us know it for certain that no one in this world is essentially wicked. Essentially everyone is divine, because the essence of every being is Atman, which is divine. The apparent wickedness of any person is only a fortuity, an outer mask, and hence it can be gotten rid of. No cow tells a lie. A tree does not steal or rob. A stone slab does not commit burglary. Only man does all these. But a cow, as far as we know, cannot think of God. A tree cannot practise spiritual disciplines. A stone slab cannot realize God. But man can.

To understand this concept of will-power from a practical point of view, we urge our readers to read a small booklet "Will-Power and Its Development" by Swami Budhananda. In this small but illuminating book the author brings out the importance of cultivating this faculty in man and also its means. The readers are sure to find this booklet not only interesting and informative, but also of extreme utility in helping them strengthen their will and thus veer the course of their lives towards success.

Source: Excerpts from 'Will-Power and Its Development', a book by Swami Budhananda.

Suggested Books
  • Will-Power and Its Development
  • Letters of Swami Vivekananda
  • A Short Life of Swami Vivekananda
  • How To Build Character
  • The Charm And Power of The Gita
  • Youth and Vitality
  • Channelling Youth Power
  • To The Youth of India
  • Effective Life Management
  • Learn to Live
  • Mind And Its Control
  • Student's Treasure
  • My India, the India Eternal
  • Overcoming Anger
  • Secret of Concentration
  • Concentration and Meditation
  • To The Youth
  • Faith Is Power
  • Personality Development
  • Self Mastery
  • Vivekananda Speaks To You
  • Vivekananda: His Call To The Nation
  • My Life And Mission
  • Lectures from Colombo to Almora