Sri Ramakrishna Sharadashrama, Ponnampet
Sri Ramakrishna Sharadashrama, Ponnampet
A branch centre of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, Dist Howrah, Howrah, West Bengal 711202

Vasantha Vihara (Summer Camp)

The Vasantha Vihara Summer Camp, organized by Sri Ramakrishna Sharadashrama, is a week-long program held during April and May for high school children. The camp offers a wide range of activities aimed at fostering physical, mental, moral, and spiritual development. Participants engage in various activities such as yogasanas, physical exercises, games, personality development sessions, prayers, Vedic chanting, stotras, meditation, and exciting excursions.

The curriculum of the camp is designed to instill in children the timeless values of our cultural and spiritual heritage. Through activities like music, yogasanas, drawing, painting, Vedic and Bhagavad Gita chanting, and recitation of hymns and verses, participants are encouraged to explore their latent talents and express themselves creatively. The Vasanta Vihara Summer Camp is a practical embodiment of the immortal values and virtues taught by Swami Vivekananda, serving as a guiding principle for its operations.

The core principles of the Vasanta Vihara Summer Camp focus on the holistic development of individuals. It emphasizes the cultivation of a harmonious character that encompasses physical, mental, moral, and spiritual aspects. The camp also promotes the recognition of the inherent dignity of every individual and the spiritual unity and equality of all human beings. Participants are encouraged to realize that their own well-being is intricately linked to the welfare of others, fostering a spirit of sharing and loving service. The camp also emphasizes the importance of personal effort and responsibility, emphasizing that we are the creators of our own destiny. It underscores the idea that individual and social well-being can only be achieved through consistent and dedicated effort.

The Vasantha Vihara Summer Camp provides a nurturing environment where high school children can engage in transformative experiences, learn valuable life skills, and deepen their understanding of their cultural and spiritual heritage. By embracing the principles taught at the camp, participants are empowered to lead meaningful lives and contribute positively to society.

The directive principles of the Vasanta Vihara are:
  1. Development of a harmonious character based on all-rounded growth—physical, mental, moral, and spiritual.
  2. Recognition of the dignity of the individual and the spiritual unity and equality of all human beings.
  3. Realization of the fact that one’s true welfare and progress is inseparably linked to that of others, and that sharing and loving service must become an integral part of one’s life.
  4. Stress on the truth that we are the makers of our own destiny, and
  5. Individual and social well-being can be achieved only through steady and sustained effort.