Swami Suparnananda Maharaj, the esteemed Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, graced the 18th Annual Meeting of Talented Student Sponsorship as the Chief Guest, imparting invaluable wisdom to the students through his illuminating discourse. Commencing his speech with a reverential bow to Sri Sri Ramakrishna and Sarada Maa, he urged the students to embody the virtues of sacrifice and service in their lives, transcending the boundaries of religion and embracing the universal ethos of benevolence.
He passionately emphasized that true happiness resides in selflessly living for others, underscoring the significance of gratitude towards those who offer support, often unseen and unacknowledged, like the unsung hero Sankar Halder. Swami Suparnananda underscored the importance of embracing a life devoted not to the pursuit of personal pleasure but to the pursuit of truth, quoting Rabindranath Tagore’s poignant verse:
“What I have been told is mine
When I bestow unto you at an august moment
They will truly become mine”
Swami Suparnananda’s teachings drew from the essence of the Bhagavad Gita, emphasizing the principle of ‘yajna’ or sacrifice, affirming that genuine fulfillment stems from service to others. He urged the students to infuse their future professions with a fusion of the divine and the human, viewing those seeking their help as embodiments of divinity, deserving reverence and assistance akin to worship.
Highlighting the pressing need to address fundamental human necessities like food, clothing, shelter, education, and health for all, he urged everyone to emulate the altruistic efforts of Sankar Halder and create a network of support within their communities. Stressing that government or institutional aid alone might fall short, he advocated for a grassroots approach, encouraging each individual to extend their support to their immediate circles, fostering a sense of communal responsibility.
In a heartfelt plea to the benefactors present, Swami Suparnananda urged them to return to their roots, to their villages, to witness firsthand the challenges faced and extend their aid accordingly. His impassioned words echoed a universal call for selflessness, sacrifice, and collective action, inspiring all to partake in a noble cause that transcends personal gains for the betterment of humanity.