Dr. M. Lakshmi Kumari

The author of the book, Dr. M. Lakshmi Kumari, has served as President of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari from 1984 to 1995, hails from a renowned family in Trichur, Kerala. Her father, the Late Shri Puthezhath Rama Menon, was a much respected High Court Judge, a versatile writer, orator and a leader of various Hindu movements in Kerala.

A Post-Graduate and a Doctorate in Botany, Dr. Lakshmi Kumari served as Professor of Botany in Sri Padmavathi Women's College, Tirupathi. Later, she specialised in Microbiology at the Ukranian Academy of Sciences, KIEV, USSR, before joining as Agricultural Microbiologist at the IARI, New Delhi.

Devoted from childhood to Swami Vivekananda and nurturing an innate urge for a totally service-oriented life, in 1975 she came close to Vivekananda Kendra and became actively associated with its Branch at New Delhi, as its Vice-Chairman. Later, under the persuasion of the Late Maananeeya Eknathji Ranade, she took over first as the Kendra's Joint General Secretary and then as its Working President. Subsequently, after the passing away of Shri Eknathji, she was unanimously elected in 1984 as the President of the organisation.

Dr. Lakshmi Kumari effectively employs her twin art of writing and public speaking for spreading the man-making and nation-building message of Swami Vivekananda. She wields a facile pen for bringing out very impressively the loftiest ideas contained in the Life and Works of Swami Vivekananda. Her Editorials in the Kendra’s monthly, ‘Yuva Bharati’, have won her much appreciation from the readers.

Dr. Lakshmiji is widely travelled. She visited South Africa and Mauritius in 1986. In 1992, she spearheaded the Vivekananda Bharat Parikrama, marking the centenary of Swami Vivekananda’s wanderings in India as a Parivrajaka and was a part of the Vivekananda Bharat Parikrama for all the 347 days. In 1993, she represented Vivekananda Kendra at the three major Parliaments of World Religions at Washington, Chicago and Calcutta.

She is currently serving as Chairman of Vivekananda Kendra Vedic Vision Foundation, presently she is engaged in encouraging Vedic studies in different ways through promoting Sanskrit, publishing Vedic literature, conducting seminars, study classes and so on.

Currently a new experiment in value based education, Sandeepani Gurukulam, has been taken up at Kodungallur. A nursery school, SandeepaniSishuvihar, functions at Kodungallur where tiny tots get acquainted with Sanskrit from the nursery level onwards.

Publications:

Dr. Lakshmi Kumari has been a prolific writer as the Editor of Vivekananda Kendra Patrika and Yuva Bharati from 1982-95 in addition to various other cultural and spiritual magazines in Malayalam and English. Some of her articles have been compiled as books – Snake and Ladder (based on Bhagavad Gita), Sita must live (devoted to women), VandeMataram (Patriotic ideas) and Swami Vivekananda and Bhagavad Gita, Vivekananda charanangalil (Malayalam).