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July 30, 2016

Ekadasi / Ram Naam Sankirtanam

Ekadashi is one of the regular festivals celebrated in all centres of the Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission across the world and Ramnama Sankirtanam is sung by the congregation on this day.

The singing of this Sankirtanam was started by Srimat Swami Brahmanandaji Maharaj who was the spiritual son of Sri Ramakrishna. He was also the first President of the Ramakrishna Sangha.

Once during the singing of the Sankirtanam in the Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama at Varanasi, Swami Brahmanandaji Maharaj had the Darshan of Sri Hanuman

The 108 slokas of the Ramnama Sankirtanam, contain a brief and succinct description of the Divine Play of Maryada Purshottam Sri Rama – as if the ocean has been filled into a small pot! (The cassette/ CD for the Ramnama Sankirtanam is also available at the bookshop.)

Join the congregation in singing hymns to Lord Rama and partake of the Ekadasi Prasada (before the Arati)

Start: July 30, 2016 5:30 pm
End: July 30, 2016 7:00 pm

July 31, 2016

Bhagavad Gita classes (in English) by Swami Sarvalokananda

Start: July 31, 2016 6:00 pm
End: July 31, 2016 7:00 pm
Venue: Ramkrishna Math and Mission, Khar
Phone: 022 – 6181 8000
Address:
Ramakrishna Math & Mission, 12th Road, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400052, India

Swami Ramakrishnananda Tithi Puja

Pre-monastic name : Shashi Bhushan Chakravarty
Date of Birth : 13 July 1863
Place of Birth : Ichapur in Hooghly district, West Bengal

Shashi’s father Ishwara Chandra Chakravarty was an expert in ritualistic worship, and Shashi imbibed from him love for ritualistic worship. After passing out of the village school, he went to Kolkata and lived with his cousin Sharat (later, Swami Saradananda) for higher education. A brilliant student, he chose mathematics for the B.A. course which, however, he could not complete owing to the terminal illness of Sri Ramakrishna at Cossipore.

While studying in college Shashi and Sharat joined the Brahmo Samaj, and heard about Sri Ramakrishna from Keshab Chandra Sen himself. In October 1883 they visited Dakshineswar and were deeply attracted to Sri Ramakrishna. The Master used to say that Shashi and Sharat had been the followers of Jesus Christ in their previous birth.

Shashi distinguished himself most by the self-sacrificing spirit and devotion with which he served Sri Ramakrishna during his last illness at Shyampukur and Cossipore. After the Master’s passing he joined the Baranagar Math and underwent sannyasa ordination, assuming the name Ramakrishnananda. He took charge of the worship of the Atmaramer kauta, the urn containing the relics of Sri Ramakrishna in the Math’s shrine. He felt the living presence of the Master, and so his worship was not a mere ritual but loving service to a living God. It was Swami Ramakrishnananda who formulated and introduced the system of daily ritualistic worship to Sri Ramakrishna that is followed in the Ramakrishna Movement.

He seldom went out on pilgrimage, and devoted himself to daily worship at the Math. But when Swami Vivekananda, after his return from the West, asked him to go to Chennai and open a branch centre of Ramakrishna Math there, he obeyed without any hesitation. The saga of sacrifice and hardship that he underwent in preaching the message of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda for 14 years under unfavourable conditions has been recorded in letters of gold in the annals of the Ramakrishna Movement. In the South he travelled extensively. The starting of centres in Trivandrum, Mysore, Bangalore and Mumbai owed much to his pioneering efforts.

Incessant work, however, told upon his health, and he contracted tuberculosis. He breathed his last in a state of ecstasy on 21 August 1911.

Source: http://www.belurmath.org/ramakrishnananda.htm

Start: July 31, 2016 7:00 pm
End: July 31, 2016 9:00 pm

August 6, 2016

Principals’ Workshop on Value Education

As you are aware, one of the major problems confronting us today is that our children seem to be growing up stressed and confused because they are not armed with the right tools to face real-life problems and make the right choices. To address this need, Ramakrishna Mission, Ramakrishna Ashrama Marg, Panchkuiya Road, Paharganj, New Delhi-110055 (Phone : 011-2358 7110 & 2358 3023, Email : rkmissiondelhi@gmail.com) has developed a unique three-year graded value education programme titled “The Awakened Citizen Programme” for students of classes VII, VIII & IX. The programme was launched nationwide by Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani on 14th February 2015.

 

  • The programme emphasizes that each child is unique and has infinite potential; education is the unfolding of this potential which can be manifested as excellence in every walk of life.
  • The programme is designed in a discussion-oriented manner where the students analyze various explorations, real life situations and role models. The students think about, discuss and discover the consequences of various choices and hence get armed with a decision-making framework for life.
  • The programme does not impose any do’s and don’ts, but enables the children to develop faith in themselves, discover values and make responsible choices.
  • The programme consists of 48 modules of 40 minutes each – 16 modules for each class. 16 modules means, 16 sessions (40 minutes each), can be held once a week or once in 15 days to complete the course in 4 or 8 months respectively. This can be decided by each school as suitable to them.
  • Sessions will start for Seventh Standard Students this year.
  •  For detailed information one can refer to the following links:

 1) Two Links for Informative PPT & Video :

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6LR8DByWmLAQzE2NEtWTENhc00/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6LR8DByWmLAMWJqNW5SWHI4U3M/view?usp=sharing

2)  Overview of Awakened Citizen Programme:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1Y6b1bqVl_bMzJwMG5lRkFvZjQ/view?usp=sharing 

 

It is currently running in nearly 800 schools across Delhi NCR, Bhopal, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, where nearly 2,400 teachers have been trained to conduct the programme. Students, teachers and parents alike have given extremely positive feedback about the transformational qualities of the programme. The CBSE has approved and recommended this programme for their schools. The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has already approved this programme for 8 regions i.e. in the places where we are already running it.

 

Principals of Schools play an important role in inculcating values in students and setting the vision for schools. Hence, we propose to organize a workshop for the principals in Mumbai on Saturday, 6th of August 2016 from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. followed by lunch at Vivekananda Auditorium, Ramakrishna Mission, 12th Road, Khar (W), Mumbai – 400 052. The workshop aims at giving an overview of the Awakened Citizen Programme, its scope and vision. We request you to participate in this workshop to see for yourself the powerful impact that the programme can have on students and teachers.

 

We would be privileged and happy if you attend in person. If for some unavoidable reason, you are unable to attend, kindly nominate or depute one of your teachers to represent your school.

 

Please confirm your participation by emailing us at mumbairkm@gmail.com latest by 31st July 2016. For further information about the programme please visit www.theawakenedcitizen.org. For any queries, please contact Dr. Anuradha Balaram (New Delhi) – +91-9811164667, Smt. Sheila Chowdhury – +91-9820801473, Smt. Meera Verma +91-9870063372, Ms. Chhaya Sawant +91-9321539379 and Mr. Anish Marfatia – +91-9769546687

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MINUTE TO MINUTE PROGRAMME

Start: August 6, 2016 8:00 am
End: August 6, 2016 1:00 pm

August 7, 2016

Bhagavad Gita classes (in English) by Swami Sarvalokananda

Start: August 7, 2016 6:00 pm
End: August 7, 2016 7:00 pm
Venue: Ramkrishna Math and Mission, Khar
Phone: 022 – 6181 8000
Address:
Ramakrishna Math & Mission, 12th Road, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400052, India

August 14, 2016

Ekadasi / Ram Naam Sankirtanam

Ekadashi is one of the regular festivals celebrated in all centres of the Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission across the world and Ramnama Sankirtanam is sung by the congregation on this day.

The singing of this Sankirtanam was started by Srimat Swami Brahmanandaji Maharaj who was the spiritual son of Sri Ramakrishna. He was also the first President of the Ramakrishna Sangha.

Once during the singing of the Sankirtanam in the Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama at Varanasi, Swami Brahmanandaji Maharaj had the Darshan of Sri Hanuman

The 108 slokas of the Ramnama Sankirtanam, contain a brief and succinct description of the Divine Play of Maryada Purshottam Sri Rama – as if the ocean has been filled into a small pot! (The cassette/ CD for the Ramnama Sankirtanam is also available at the bookshop.)

Join the congregation in singing hymns to Lord Rama and partake of the Ekadasi Prasada (before the Arati)

Start: August 14, 2016 5:30 pm
End: August 14, 2016 7:00 pm

Bhagavad Gita classes (in English) by Swami Sarvalokananda

Start: August 14, 2016 6:00 pm
End: August 14, 2016 7:00 pm
Venue: Ramkrishna Math and Mission, Khar
Phone: 022 – 6181 8000
Address:
Ramakrishna Math & Mission, 12th Road, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400052, India

August 18, 2016

Swami Niranjanananda Tithi Puja

SWAMI NIRANJANANANDA

Pre-monastic Name : Nityaniranjan Ghosh

Date of Birth : Some day in 1862

Place of Birth : Rajarhat-Vishnupur, W.B.

 

Born in a middle class family, Niranjan came under the influence of a group of occultists when he was a teenager, and it was in their company that he first visited Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar. The Master took Niranjan aside, and cautioned him about the dangers of occult practices. Niranjan followed the Master’s advice and began to practise meditation under the direction of Sri Ramakrishna.

During the Master’s last illness Niranjan served the Master with unflinching devotion. After the Master’s passing, when the new monastic brotherhood was formed at Baranagar, Niranjan joined it and after sannyasa assumed the name Niranjanananda. After staying at the Math for three years, he went on pilgrimage to different places in India, and also visited Sri Lanka.

Swami Niranjanananda was very much devoted to Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi. Towards the end of his life he went to Hardwar for tapasya. There he had a severe attack of dysentery and passed away on 9 May 1904.

Sri Ramakrishna regarded Niranjan as an ishvarakoti, an ever-perfect soul endowed with special divine attributes.

Source: http://www.belurmath.org/niranjanananda.htm

Start: August 18, 2016 7:00 pm
End: August 18, 2016 9:00 pm

August 21, 2016

Bhagavad Gita classes (in English) by Swami Sarvalokananda

Start: August 21, 2016 6:00 pm
End: August 21, 2016 7:00 pm
Venue: Ramkrishna Math and Mission, Khar
Phone: 022 – 6181 8000
Address:
Ramakrishna Math & Mission, 12th Road, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400052, India

August 25, 2016

Krishna Janmashtami

PROGRAMME DETAILS WILL BE UPLOADED SOON

Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Shri Krishna, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who is believed to have been born about five thousand years ago in Mathura in ‘Dwapar Yuga’. Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami and sometimes simply as Janmashtami. It is essentially a Hindu festival. The festival is generally observed on Ashtami tithi, the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Bhadrapada in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini Nakshatra is ascendant. This is usually in the months of August and September in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigor by Hindus all over India and abroad. People observe fast the whole day, sing hymns and conduct prayers at midnight to rejoice the birth of Lord. Ras lila, dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna, are a special feature that is showcased in every part of the country, as it re-creates the flirtatious aspects of Krishna’s youthful days. Another interesting aspect of Krishna Janmashtami is the practice of Dahi-Handi. This game portrays the playful and mischievous side of Krishna, where teams of young men form human pyramids to reach a high-hanging pot of butter and break it.

History

According to the Puranas Krishna took birth on the 8th lunar day (Ashtami) of the waning moon of the month of Smvana at midnight, upon the moon’s entrance into Rohini asterism. This day is marked as Janmashtami. Krishna is one of the most worshiped Gods in India and belongs to the Hindu Trinity. He is believed to be one of the eight incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The story of birth of Krishna is an intriguing one. The story goes like this: One day Mother Earth was appalled by the number of sins that were being committed on her surface. She went to Brahma that God of the Gods and appealed to him for help. Brahma, after listening to her, appealed to Lord Vishnu who said that He would take birth on earth and His avatar will destroy every kind of sin that was being committed on earth then.

During that time, Mathura was in miserable state as Kansa, brother of Devki, had put his father, King Ugrasen in prison and declared himself the new king. To put an end to his evil rule, Lord Vishnu decided to take birth in the human form. As such, at the wedding ceremony of Devki and Vasudev, there was a divine prophecy which proclaimed that Vasudeva’s eighth son would kill Kansa. To protect himself, Kansa rushed to kill his sister but gave up the idea of killing after being assured by Vasudev that he will hand over all his children to Kansa. Kansa put his brother-in-law and sister in prison. Kansa killed all the six infants as soon as they were born. The seventh child (Balram) was saved due to divine intervention, when he was transferred from Devki’s womb to that of Rohini’s (other wife of Vasudev).

As Devki conceived the eighth child, everything around was imbued with benevolence and majestic beauty. Lord Krishna was born in the divine form with lotus like eyes, his palms bearing the signs of a lotus, while his sole has a swastika sign. He was adorned with jewels and was wearing a crown. Just as he was born at midnight, a chain of events astonished Vasudev, when he saw the gates of the cell flow open and all the guards fast asleep. He immediately thought of Nand, his close friend in Gokul and decided to hand over his child to him in order to save him from the clutch of Kansa. Crossing the River Yamuna, Vasudev reached Nand’s residence and exchanged his son with Nand’s daughter. Upon reaching the prison, the door got locked behind him and he was chained again as if nothing happened in between. The guards also woke up and after hearing the cry of the baby, informed Kansa about the birth of the eighth child. Just as Kansa rushed to kill the baby, it slipped out of his hand and flew towards the sky, proclaiming that the annihilator of Kansa was born and was safe.

Source: http://festivals.indobase.com/krishna-janmashtami/

Date: August 25, 2016
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