Vivekanand Seva Mandal is an apolitical youth organization inspired by the "Seva" (service) philosophy propagated by the great warrior monk Swami Vivekanand (1863-1902). We are primarily engaged in the areas of youth education and empowerment and development of underprivileged sections of the population.
As a corollary to the principle of "service to poor is service to god," we at Mandal engage students in welfare activities of tribal -- the most neglected section of our society. The service to poor and to their fellow students develops character and personality in youth and is harnessed for personal, social and the spiritual welfare of the society.
Mandal has its own functional premises in Dombivli, but it caters to students living in other northern suburbs of Mumbai-Thane region through a 7,000-book-strong library that has been serving professional students of engineering, management and other streams since 1991. We also serve students community with a spacious study center accommodating up to 95 students at a time. The functioning of the library as well as the study center is managed and overseen by a team of student-karyakarte (volunteers) who get hands on training in management of social institutions.
As an earnest effort to abide by the principle of service, we embarked upon a rural development support initiative at Village Vihigaon, Taluk Shahapur, Maharashtra in 1995. We successfully managed to bring in some social change in the lives of inhabitants of this village by engaging them in the areas of education, agriculture development, thrift, women issues, health and hygiene. We have also been working to improve quality of life of villagers in Khodade,Taluk Wada. Through our annual outreach programs to tribal villages such as Runamochan Bhet (Thanksgiving Visit) and Diwali Faral Snehabhoj (Diwali Feast), we have been extensively building bridges between city dwellers and villagers. However, the most important achievement through these initiatives is sensitization of city-based students to the issues and problems of the tribal societies.
We ensure overall development of -- individual, professional, social and spiritual -- personality of students by exposing them to real life problem solving, guiding them in studies, in career moves, in entrepreneurial endeavours, initiating them in to great Indian art, culture and philosophy. Elder karyakarte (volunteers), who had received such training from the founder members, are friend, philosopher and guides to many young students who are trying to further the same cause and work of Vivekanand Seva Mandal.
"The remedy of weakness is not to brood over the weakness, but, to think of strength. Teach men the strength which is there within themselves."
"Really, what is impossible for us, when we ourselves are the source of unending strength ? What is required is the strong desire and then everything else follows."
With this confidence and inspiration of Swami Vivekananda, a group of spirited and altruist youths joined to form Vivekanand Seva Mandal to work for the greater cause of national interest including social awareness, spiritual consciousness and environmental concern.
"A hundred thousand men and women fired with zeal of holiness, fortified with eternal faith in the Lord, and nerved to lion’s courage, by their sympathy for the poor and the fallen and the down-trodden will go over the length and breadth of the land, preaching the gospel of salvation, the gospel of help, the gospel of social rising up, the gospel of equality."
It was the dream of Swamiji which is an inspiration to all of us, an inspiration to come out of self centered circle of life, an inspiration to practice the principles of Tyaga (Renunciation)and Seva (Service) and an inspiration to work for the betterment of humanity.
His first exhortation to man in general and to Indians, in particular, was to....
"Wake up from the tamasic slumber of ages, to realize the strength and divinity within us which is our rightful heritage; and out of this profound knowledge and experience, to evolve a philosophy of life which combines intense mental activity meant for self enfoldment and realization with incessant physical activity, totally de-linked from one's own self motivations, resulting in the benefit and welfare of the Society."
This message of Swami Vivekananda is an inspiration for the Vivekanand Seva Mandal.
" We work towards EMPOWERING
young minds; helping them achieve
LEADERSHIP roles across various walks
of life, establish NETWORKS of like-
minded individuals and organizations,
channelize collective strength to
develop SUSTAINABLE solutions that
will help the socially underpreviledged
regain lost ground. We work towards
developing India as a GLOBAL
We are Vivekanand Seva Mandal "
My experience with volunteers of Vivekanand Seva Mandal was excellent. I have not seen many youngsters so enthusiastic, professional and socially oriented. Wish them all, the very Best their personal and social lives." -- Mr. V.T. Datar (Director) Multiquadrant ind. controls (i) pvt. ltd.
विवेकानंद सेवा मंडळाच्या ‘राष्ट्रपूजन’ कार्यक्रमासाठी येता आले आणि त्या निमित्ताने सर्वांची भेट झाली. उत्साह, उपक्रमशीलता, सहज सहभाग आणि स्नेह या सर्व गुणांची दिंडीच भेटली ! ज्ञान अन सेवा याचा संगमही मनोज्ञ ! अभिनंदन ! शुभेच्छा !! " -- -- श्री.विवेक घळसासी
"स्वामी विवेकानंद संस्थेच्या या उपक्रमामुळे नवीन पिढीला नक्कीच दिशा मिळतील." -- --मा. श्री. रवींद्र चव्हाण (आमदार डोंबिवली मतदारसंघ)
It's a very nice initiative .Good Work. Please continue to do so. Also I suggest you go ahead with providing a support framework for Entrepreneurship. Any help I can give I'll be glad to." -- Mr. Sourabh Manohar (IT professional) Director - Simsoft Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd.
दिवाळीच्या पहाटे उटणे लावल्याशिवाय अभ्यंगस्नान होऊच शकत नाही. दिवाळी जवळ आली की सर्वत्र उटण्याची पाकिटे विक्रीसाठी दिसू लागतात. सर्वत्र अगदी स्वस्तात उपलब्ध असलेल्या या उटण्याने ठाणे जिल्ह्यातील खोडदे आणि विहीगाव या गावांतील ४५ आदिवासी महिलांच्या संसाराला हातभार लावला आहे. उटण्यातून मिळणाऱ्या उत्पनाने या गावांमध्ये बंद पडलेल्या बचतगटांना संजीवनी मिळाली आहे. यंदाच्या दिवाळीत या उटण्याची ५ लाखांची उलाढाल होणार आहे. डोंबिवलीतील विवेकानंद सेवा मंडळाने या उटण्याच्या विक्रीसाठी पुढाकार घेतला आहे. विवेकानंद सेवा मंडळाने जिल्ह्यातील खोडदे (वाडा) आणि विहिगाव (शहापूर) ही दोन गावे दत्तक घेतली आहेत. जून ते सप्टेंबरपर्यंत शेतीच्या कामात व्यस्त असणाऱ्या या गावातील महिलांना पुढील काही महिने रोजगार नसतो. त्यामुळे फावल्या वेळेत त्यांच्या हाताला काम मिळावे आणि त्यांच्या संसाराला हातभार लागावा या उद्देशाने मंडळाच्या वतीने अनघा सहस्त्रबुध्दे यांनी उटणे तयार करण्याचे प्रशिक्षण दिले.... Read More
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A zealous individual & a dreamer, analyst & thinker, communicator & writer, a strong social organizer & a social change agent, has been with the organization since 1992 and set up different projects, initiatives.
People's man, a strong leader and an out of box thinker, go getter with a positive attitude, committed to youth empowerment, has spearheaded library and event teams in the past.
A very systemic personalty with great clarity of thought, strong analytical mind coupled with excellent commuication skills, a committed social organizer, is associated with organisation since 1992 and spearheaded Sanghatan, Library and other projects.
Mr. dependable and a core member, is always happy to take any difficult task, a strong team player & motivator, spearheaded library team in the past.
An individual with razor-sharp memory and intellect, expert on trust issues and finances, first honorary full-time functionary for Vihigaon rural development, known in Shahapur taluka as a noble individual, was a secretary of the organisation in the past and is associated since 1994.
Meticulous planner and executor, loves to bring in his management expertise in social work, contributed to the development of NALANDA project
Strong leader of conviction, a well read analyst & strong communicator, has a long years of grass root experience specially in social projects, has worked in Vihigaon to expand our medical, educational work.
A man with a mission, believes in methodical approach to organisational work, has spearheaded IT team of the org in the past, involved in widening up the organisation base.
Passionate individual with strong commitment to social work, a great team player, loves to scale up social projects to a bigger scale, a great motivator for the teams, associated with Mandal since 1992.
Young leader with a commitment to use technology to solve people's problem, spearheads Mandal's IT team, involved in development of sparsh platform.
An active plan-man and a detail-oriented manager, hard worker & "heart" worker, man of people, a thoughful executor, has spearheaded i2I team of Mandal.
A pro-active yet calm and composed leader, likes to apply management principles, pioneered many projects in Mandal such as GOAL and Project i2i, associated since 1994.
A brilliant speaker with commitment towards social empowerment, spearheads NALANDA project with the aim to improve quality of education in neighbourhood schools.