Tuesday, 6 November 2012

VALLABH NIKETAN

वल्लभ निकेतन 
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In the heart of Bangalore, lies a serene place surrounded by nature and greenery. This oasis is the Gandhi Bhavan campus housing various constructive organizations, one of which is Vallabh Niketan, one of the Six Ashrams of Acharya Vinoba Bhave, the spiritual heir of Mahatma Gandhi. It is  run by Vishwaneedam Trust(R).. Read on.........

President Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan inaugurating the Ashram 8th Dec 1965






Prime Minister Nehru Ji & Vinobaji during Mysore State Bhoodan Yatra
Ashramite Saket greeting Anna Hazare
on behalf of Ashram 17.11.2011
Anna in Tai Kuti

Anna putting his signatures on Ashram visitor's book


IaC, Team Anna's Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, Manish Sisodiya, 
Prithvi Reddy etc.during visit to Ashram 17.12.2011

IaC Team Anna's Arvind Kejriwal with
Gautam Bhai, EP Menon, Anil Pandit during ashram visit 11.02.2012
for video footage of 28-6-2012 visit, click below
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sT0h4GrtVc&feature=player_detailpage
Fmr Lokayukta, Team Anna member
Justice  Santosh Hegde
celebrating his birthday at ashram with
 fmr NASA scientist, IIT,IIMB faculty
Aswin Mahesh on 17.6.2012



Activist, Socialist, Psephologist Prof Yogendra Yadav @ Ashram 27 sep 2012






Vinoba Literature
Verbatim translation  Vol 14 pp 221,223,231,232,233,238,243
       


I have walked all over India for 13 years. In the backdrop of enuring perpetuity of my life’s work, I have established 6 Ashrams. Although I have accomplished a lot, one of the achievements “Baba” would like to be remembered, is for establishing these Ashrams. Hence, 6 geographical sites were chosen. 3 in the three corners of India and three in the middle, on the lines of Adi Shankaracharya.



1)    Samanvay Ashram           Bodhgaya               Bihar
2)    Bramh Vidya Mandir         Paunar                   Sewagram,Maharashtra
3)    Prasthan Ashram             Pathankot               Punjab
4)    Visarjan Ashram              Indore                    Madhya Pradesh
5)    Maitri Ashram                 Sino-India border      Assam
6)    Vallabh Niketan               Bangalore                Karnataka




Vallabh Niketan, Bangalore

        In 1965 Vallabh Niketan was established in reminiscence of Vallabh Swamy. I Have seen many a people with sharp intellect, but none with the purity of Vallabh Swamy. Hence, to commemorate his unique temperament, this Ashram shall be his memorial. It shall be so managed that people may indulge in self study, a bit of meditation, contemplation and resultantly- attain serenity. There shall prevail an environment of pious friendship.

        Four Points to be taken care there –

1)                The environment there shall be peaceful
2)                Unopposed service work (Seva Karya) to go on.. with
3)                A spiritual point of view
4)                Peace, devotion and affection be prevelant there

With these expectations, Vallabh Niketan has been instituted.





Bhoomi Pooja 1964
our founder Vallabh Swamy
Tai, SS Sharma, Savita Bhat & Sumitramma 
at the feet of Acharya Vinoba Bhave

Ashram being constructed 1964




Gaovernor Govind Narain, Pejavar Sri & Shivaji Bhave inaugurating old-age home 1979
Mass Charkha Spinning at Vinoba Dham





Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Awardee Gautam Bhai with Dr Ho Srinivasaiah, 
Harnhalli Ramswamy & Shakuntala Hegde

Vishwaneedam Trust ® Vallabh Niketan
Gandhi Bhavan Campus
# 19 Kumara Park East,
Bangalore 560001
Karnataka India
vishwaneedamtrust@gmail.com


Chronology of Events

1)  1963 Vishwaneedam trust constituted by  Vallabh Swamy & Mahadevi Tai
2)  1964 Vinoba ji deputes Sitasharan Sharma to help set up Ashram in Memory of Late Vallabh Swamy
3)  1965 President of India Dr S Radhakrishnan inaugurates Ashram on 8th Dec
4)  1965 Sarvoday Sahitya Kendra inaugurated
5)  1965 International Sarvodaya Centre Starts
6)  1965 Shanti Sena Camp Held
7)  1967 Childrens home started in memory of Rukmini Devi, mother of Vinobaji , who hailed from Karnataka
8)  1969 Renowned Saint Acharya Tulsi Chaturmas under Anuvrat aegis headed by Dr Nagappa Alva
9)  1970 Go-Shala started
10)1972 Ladies home for the spiritually inclined women
11)1975 Book binding training centre for women
12)1975 During Emergency, Ashram was hub of activities. Jyaprakash Narayan, Karpuri Thakur, Bahuguna, Chandrashekhar,PGR Sindhia etc., organized anti-emergency activities from here. JP stayed a few times. Ashramites SS Sharma, Satyavrat, Garud Sharma & Sardar Venkatramaiah, secretary of Gandhi Smarak Nidhi were incarcerated under the dreaded MISA law.
13) 1977 Condensed course for rural school dropout women.
14) 1977 Tailoring classes for economically backward women.
15) 1977 Nursery school for nearby children. 
16) 1978 Householder training course for ladies. 
17) 1979 on Vinoba ji’s endorsement, in association with Jamnalal Bajaj Seva Trust, land at 13th KM Magadi Road started functioning. It is named Vinoba Dham
18) 1979 Mahadevi Tai went on Month long Kerala padyatra for Go-Raksha
19) 1979 5th July Vridhashram oldage home inaugurated by Governor Sri Govind Narain, Pejavar Sri & Shivaji Bhave, Vinobaji’s brother
20) 1979 Library constructed in memory of philanthropist Dhanraj Sethia
21) 1980 Bhasha Kaksh inaugurated by Union Minister Kamlapati Tripathi
22) 1980 Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha Karnataka branch started functioning
23) 1981 Electronics training centre for women in collaboration with SamajaVani
24) 1981 Socialist & Young Turk,Sri Chandrashekhar (Prime Minister of India 1991) on All India Padyatra
25) 1984 Magsaysay awardee Baba Amte & his entourage of 100 cyclists on Bharat Jodo Yatra
26) 1986 Smt Lalita Shastri &  Sri Anil Shastri wife & son of Late PM Lalbahadur Shastri stayed in Ashram for 6 months
27) 2006 Mahadevi Tai Centenary organized in her presence
28) Dec 2011, Team Anna's Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, Manish Sisodia, Prithvi Reddy etc.,visit ashram and interact with ashramites and volunteers of 'India against Corruption' on the issue of JanLokpal, Gramsabhas, decentralization.
29) Jan 2012, HH Sri Sri Shivakumar Swamiji, the Centenarian Seer of Siddaganga mutt, Tumkur, visits Vinoba Dham Ashram.
30) Feb/Jun 2012, Arvind Kejriwal, Team Anna member visits Vallabh Niketan.




Media Tale





Udayvani Kannada Daily
























Police Commissioner, Tai, Hasan Khan, Basavraj with Children


Present Activities & Institutions

1)   Karnataka Sarvoday Mandal: nodal agency for all Sarvodaya workers in the state
2)   Sarvoday Sahitya Samiti: Comprehensive literature available on Sarvodaya
3)   Sarvoday Vahini: Monthly Newsletter on Sarvoday Activities
4)   International Sarvoday Centre: Under the Joint aegis of Jamnalal Bajaj Seva Trust at Vishwaneedam Magadi Road, Bangalore, and city centre at Kumara Park guided by Sri EP Menon, World Foot Traveller & World Citizen
5)   Raghavendra GoAshram: Runs Old-Age home with 35 inmates
6)   DBHP Sabha: Exam department run for maintaining confidentiality
7)   Vridhashram: 10-15 inmates living serenely without lifestyle coercion, but value addition to society. Convenors, Smt Girija Hegde & Smt Sharada Sharma
8)   Orphanage: Rukmini Mata Vidya Mandir for 35 destitute children. Convenor: Sri Hasan Khan
9)   Organic Farming: Vegetables, fruits, spices, rare flowers grown in Vallabh Niketan. Mango trees date back centuties ago to Tipu Sultan’s time as this area was his royal garden. All cultivated organically. 
10) Relief Centre: Ashram transforms into a relief Centre in times of Natural Calamity. Ex, Tsunami, earthquakes etc.,
11) Socio-Cultural & religious: Free space given to organize small congregations like Bhajans, & other secular  cultural activities to Sai Baba devotees, Yoga practitioners, Ayurveda Clinics and Camps, Art of Living etc.,  Famed institutions like Poets International Organization, Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangh, Dalit Sangharsh Samiti, Liquor Prohibition Institutions, Akhil Karnatak Pranidaya Sangh, Cow Protection Force, Peoples Front, Manav Mantapa, Azadi Bachao Andolan, Gyan Yagya Parivar, Pragatisheel Brahma Samaj, IaC, Citizens Forum Against Corruption, Lok Swaraj Manch etc., regularly use the premises for think tank congregations and brain storming sessions on complimentary basis.
12) Mitra-Milan: People to people contact on a regular basis.
13) Adhyatm Sadhana Kendra: Safety, Security and positive environment provided to women in pursuit of spiritual enhancement.
14) Prayer: Daily inter-faith prayer for the inclined inmates.
15) Self-Help: Shram-Daan, a concept of voluntary participation, be it in daily chores, maintenance, gardening, sewerage cleaning, masonry work, electric repair  - by interested ashramites.
16) Vinoba Dham, 13th KM, Magadi Road Bangalore: Mahadevi Tai's Samadhi situated. Organic farming of coconut, cereals, fruits etc., Pro-tem shelter for cattle, especially cow progeny in distress.  



Future Plans


1)      Make it a hub for Gram Swaraj & Lok Swaraj revolution (As envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi, Acharya Vinoba Bhave & Jayprakash Narayan) viz; Participatory Democracy Model in place of the present Representative Democracy, which is the root of all ills of India today.
2)      Increase capacity of Old-Age Home
3)      Augment ability of Childrens Home
4)      Set up a Khadi Demonstration unit in collaboration with Gandhi Smarak Nidhi & Khadi Federation in memory of Mahadevi Tai, SS Sharma & VT Magadi
5)      International Sarvodaya Centre at a larger scale


Resources

Neither federal aid solicited, nor foreign or Corporate aid accepted. Only individual and institutional helps alongwith participation as per Vinobaji’s wish of ‘Kanchan Mukti’ & ‘Shaasan Mukti’.

Benefactors

To understand civility, one must clearly discern between the terms – Sympathy & Empathy. Sympathy means compassion, commiseration, or in short, favorable attitude. Empathy on the other hand means the faculty & power of identifying oneself with another person. Almost all of us have an abundance of sympathy, -only rare ones have developed empathy. As a society, at every occurrence of natural calamity, courtesy saturation media coverage, a lot of aid gets generated –read surge of sympathy. But concurrently people tend to forget the millions who are struggling daily for basic sustainability, -read drought of empathy. Out of sight-out of mind syndrome? Maybe. Hence the Ashram funds are generated respecting the Sarvodaya ideals and our razor’s edge principle of managing this place solely with the help of people, but at the same time without solicitation of help.
We are privileged to have numerous individuals and social service organizations who are the Ashram’s well-wishing benefactors. 
Purely voluntary donations are accepted in the name of Vishwaneedam Trust and a receipt issued. 
We bank with Canara Bank, KP West Branch Bangalore 560020, India: SBa/c #0422101003660, IFSC Code #cnrb0000422.
Ashram is also certified under sec 12A of the Income Tax Department, Government of India, vide No.ACCTS/718/10A/Vol/B II/V-195: & Our PAN No is Vishwaneedam Trust AABTV5514H

Ashram Lifestyle

A self sustained social laboratory where people of diverse caste, creed, culture, relgion. Ethnicity, age, economic status live autonomously but interdependently in harmony with nature & active participation in an atmosphere of “Bhakti, Preeti & Shanti” as per Vinobaji’s Charter for Vallabh Niketan…





Ashram seen from time machine.............................
Kadidal Manjappa, Smt Lalita Shastri, Savita Bhat addressing ashramites at Vinoba Dham

a child's birthday 



a game of chess to sharpen the mind


Balgangadhar Sri, Dharmasthal Dharmadhikari Sri Virendra Heggade

Ganesh puja with Prof Dasegowda & Dr CD Pant


Dharam Singh being welcomed at Ashram 
with Dr BM Sharma

deepavali celebrations
Dr Parameshvara, Gandhians Sriyuts Venkob Rao 
& HS Doreswamy
Vice President Fakruddin Ali Ahmed & 
Chief Minister Devraj Urs 



Old Timers


Innocence is non- discriminate, Advaita seen in Vinoba Dham
Different Hues, Holi


Minister Jivraj Alva with Kantiswarup Sharma, 
Mithalal Mutha & Shivraj Bohra

world citizen EP Menon welcomes a 
new citizen to the world
patriotic songs


Socialist Sri Chandrashekhar camped during his 
Bharat Yatra, with CP Tripathi & RA Garg

Centenarian Radhakrishna Bajaj & 
Shantilal Jain of Madras
Runnn... for fun


Children teach us to be  happy

New India

Happiness transcends generations..

Police commissioner Sri Sangliana during a courtesy call

Shankaracharya of Puri in Go Raksha Sammelan, Vinoba Ji's soul.....
Rajendra Prasad addressing
productive gym, Shram Daan at Vinoba Dham


Dance for joy

Acharyakul,(fellowship of  teachers).. 
here a symposium of women professors

Ashramites with our founder Tai ji

generation gap... whats that?



Mahadevi Tai Centenary 2006

Tsunami Relief Centre

Foundation Day Record



 Rare signature of  Vinobaji giving future guidance

Sai Baba's visit

Ramayan Kirtan by Parmanand Sharma





Former Vice President Dr BD Jatti, Badriprasad






































































Kavi Sammelan & Mushaira, poets meet


Late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri's wife Smt Lalita Shastri with son Sri Anil Shastri & DR K Nagesh Hatwar

Childrens Home


Former Chief Minister Ramkrishna Hegde & Justice Nittoor Srinivas Rau 
during Mitr Milan at Vinoba Dham


Baba Amte at Vridhashram during his Bharat Jodo Yatra


Motilal Ranka at Acharya Tulsi's Anuvrat Chaturmas at Ashram 1969


what is animostity :-) :-)


Dr Nagappa Alva & Sri Balvijay, Kiranraj


George Fernandes & CK Karun


Goshala at Vinoba Dham


Golden Jubilee of Indian Independence


Bihar Chief Minister Karpuri Thakur, Subhash Agrwal, Anand Dadu, Dhirendra Kumar
Union Minister Krishna Shahi

Ayee, Mother of Ramkrishna Hegde dining
children with Annapurna Smt Asha







Go Raksha life worker BM Sharma
world citizen Menon with Acharya Tulsi
Union Minister Kamlapati Tripathi






George Fernandes with VS Krishnaiyer
Philosophy: Dada Dharmadhikari
Hindi Typing Class inauguration
Yoga Camp with Jain Saints
Gen Next: Fmr CJI Venkatachalaiah in rapt attention
Tribute: Kadidal Manjappa, PC Manav
CM Virappa Moily, Anil Shastri, Raki Gupta


Gandhian Sriyuts Doreswamy, Sampatkumaran & Satyavrat






Office Bearers
Smt Savita Bhat,Chairperson
  Dr Wooday P Krishna, Mg Trustee
Sriyuts Dr H. Srinivasaiah, Trustee
          N Krishnaswamy, Trustee
Siddharth Sharma, Hon. Secretary         
Jeerige Lokesh, Invitee
Prof Meena Deshpande, Invitee
Smt Sharada Sharma, Invitee
PGR Sindhia, Mg Cmtee Chair
Subhashchandra Agrwal
Sushri Girija Hegde, Vridhashram Admn
Hasan Khan, PRO
          
          

Contact:
Vallabh Niketan
Gandhi Bhavan Campus
# 19, Kumara Park East
Bangalore 560001
India
Tel: ++91 80 22269794
vishwaneedamtrust@gmail.com