Definition - What does Vivekananda Kendra mean?
Vivekananda Kendra is a Hindu service and spiritual organization established in Kanyakumari, India, in 1972. It was founded on the principles of Swami Vivekananda, who played a key role in introducing the Western world to Vedanta and yoga in the late 19th and early 20th centuries C.E.
Vivekananda Kendra operates in 21 states in India through 225 branch centers and service projects. The mission organization conducts seminars, yoga classes and activities aimed at rural development, and spreads its message through a number of magazines and other publications.
Yogapedia explains Vivekananda Kendra
Vivekananda Kendra describes their objective as “man making and nation building” and its mission as “service with spiritual orientation.” The mission is based on the belief that each individual soul has the potential to be divine and that faith in God is, in fact, faith in oneself.Through the teachings of the Upanishads, they seeks to transform people spiritually and direct this spiritual transformation into service that results in works and projects of national reconstruction.
Yoga is a core component of Vivekananda Kendra's philosophy and they believe it is the best medium for accomplishing its mission. It describes yoga as a way of life that integrates the mind and body with the samashti, or universal. Yoga becomes more than a physical exercise or spiritual salvation of the yogi, uniting spiritual forces for the benefit of the nation and, ultimately, the universe. It is referred to as samagra (complete) yoga.