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December 27, 2014

Swami Saradananda Tithi Puja

Swami Saradananda
Premonastic name: Sharat Chandra Chakravarty
Date of Birth: 23 December 1865
Place of Birth: Kolkata

Born in an affluent family, Sharat was always calm and quiet and pious in his boyhood. He joined the medical college with the idea of becoming a doctor, but discontinued his studies in order to serve Sri Ramakrishna. Along with his cousin Shashi (who stayed with Sharat’s family) he joined the Brahmo Samaj, and in 1883 they went together to Dakshineswar. Sri Ramakrishna drew them to him like a powerful magnet. During the Master’s last illness Sharat also, like Shashi, dedicated himself to serving the Master day and night.After the Master’s passing, Sharat joined the Baranagar monastery and took the vows of sannyasa assuming the name Swami Saradananda. After spending a few years in pilgrimage and tapasya along with his brother monks, he returned to Baranagar Math in 1891. When Swami Vivekananda started extensive preaching work in the West, and felt the need for another brother monk to assist him, Swami Saradananda was brought to the United States in 1896. His calm and gentle disposition, courteous and loving manners and able exposition of Vedanta won him many friends and admirers in America.

But Swami Vivekananda, who founded the Ramakrishna Mission soon after his return to India in 1897, saw that a highly capable person like Saradananda was necessary to manage the affairs of the Math and the Mission. So Saradananda was called back to Kolkata and made the General Secretary of Ramakrishna Math and the Mission, a post which he held for nearly three decades till the end of his life. By his mature wisdom, clear thinking, strength of mind and devotion to Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother, he guided the course of the twin organizations in those formative years when political agitation against the British rule was gaining momentum in India.
 
Apart from his important work as General Secretary, Swami Saradananda is remembered for several other types of great service that he rendered. The first one was his taking over the Udbodhan, the Bengali journal of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, as its editor and publisher in 1902 when Swami Trigunatitananda left for America. The second one was taking upon himself the full responsibility of looking after the needs of the Holy Mother whether she stayed in Jayrambati or Kolkata. His third work was writing the monumental biography of Sri Ramakrishna known as Sri Ramakrishna Lila Prasanga in Bengali (translated later into English under the title Sri Ramakrishna the Great Master). His last great work was the construction of the temple dedicated to Holy Mother in 1921 on the spot where her sacred body was cremated in Belur Math, and another temple at Mother’s birthplace in Jayrambati in 1923.He was loved and respected by hundreds of people. He was a great support especially to women. In the first week of August 1927 he suffered a stroke. Two weeks later on 19 August 1927, he breathed his last.

For further reading:

Glimpses of a Great Soul by Swami Asheshananda

God Lived with Them by Swami Chetanananda.

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

 

Date: December 27, 2014

December 28, 2014

Bhagavad Gita classes (in English) by Swami Sarvalokananda

Start: December 28, 2014 6:00 pm
End: December 28, 2014 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

January 1, 2015

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: January 1, 2015 5:30 pm
End: January 1, 2015 7:00 pm

January 4, 2015

Swami Turiyananda Tithi Puja

Swami Turiyananda
Pre-Monastic Name: Harinath Chattopadhya

Swami Turiyananda was born on 3rd January 1863 to Chandranath Chattopadhya an orthodox Brahmin who worked for a British firm in Kolkata, and had the power to foretell the future.

He met Sri Ramakrishna for the first time some time in 1876-77, at the age of 13 or 14 at Dinanath Basu’s house in Kolkata.

Around 1880, he went to Dakshineswar and visited the Master again, and gradually became familiar with Sri Ramakrishna.

In January 1887, he took final monastic vows with other brother disciples by performing the traditional viraja homa in front of the Master’s picture.

A few years later, he left the Baranagore Monastery and went to Rishikesh, Gangotri, and other places in the Himalayas, and settled in Rajpur on the Mussoorie hills to practise Sadhana. He also travelled with his brother disciples to various places in the country.

In June 1899, he left for England and America with Swami Vivekananda and Sister Nivedita. He gave lectures on Vedanta on Swamiji’s command. He was a living example of Vedanta to all. In July 1900, on the train from New York to California, just before Swamiji got off the train at Detroit, he asked Swamiji about his future work, and was told “Go and establish the ashrama in California. Hoist the flag of Vedanta there. From this moment, destroy even the memory of India. Mother will do the rest”. He then established the “Shanti Ashrama”

At the ‘Shanti Ashrama’, he freely distributed the greatest spiritual treasures of Vedanta to the American students. He lived a life and trained enabled others to live the life as well.

In late 1901, due to ill health, left for India in May 1902 (after a period of 2 years 9 months stay in the US). He handed the Ashrama to one of his disciples – Gurudas. His only desire at this time was to see Swamiji (Swami Vivekananda). During his voyage, he learnt from a passenger’s newspaper that Swamiji had passed away, and changed all plans for work. Now he wanted to immerse his life in meditation and austerity.
The then went to live at Vrindavan like a traditional monk. He travelled to many place, and practised severe austerities neglecting his body completely, and thus also suffering tremendous ill health.

In February 1919, he went to Varanasi and lived there till the end of his life for 3½ years. He passed away at 6.45 pm on 21 July 1922, at Varanasi.

Swami Turiyananda was indeed an awakener of souls. His fiery words to his students were: “Clench your fists and say: I will conquer! Now or never – make this your motto, even in this life I must see God. That is the only way. Never postpone.”

Date: January 4, 2015

Bhagavad Gita classes (in English) by Swami Sarvalokananda

Start: January 4, 2015 6:00 pm
End: January 4, 2015 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

January 11, 2015

Bhagavad Gita classes (in English) by Swami Sarvalokananda

Start: January 11, 2015 6:00 pm
End: January 11, 2015 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

January 12, 2015

Swami Vivekananda Tithi Puja

Programme details will be uploaded soon.

Date: January 12, 2015

January 16, 2015

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: January 16, 2015 5:30 pm
End: January 16, 2015 7:00 pm

January 18, 2015

Bhagavad Gita classes (in English) by Swami Sarvalokananda

Start: January 18, 2015 6:00 pm
End: January 18, 2015 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
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