Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama

T. Nagar, Chennai


Rain water never stands on high ground, but runs down to the lowest level. So also the mercy of God remains in the hearts of the lowly, but drains off from those of the vain and the proud.

-Sri Ramakrishna

I tell you the truth : there is nothing wrong in your being in the world. But you must direct your mind towards God.

-Sri Ramakrishna

All religions are true. God can be reached by different religions. Many rivers flow by many ways but they fall into the sea. There all are one.

-Sri Ramakrishna

The earth is enjoyed by heroes”—this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.

-Swami Vivekanada

A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss.

-Swami Vivekanada

Be brave! Be strong! Be fearless! Once you have taken up the spiritual life, fight as long as there is any life in you. Even though you know you are going to be killed, fight till you “are killed.” Don’t die of fright. Die fighting. Don’t go down till you are knocked down.

-Swami Vivekanada

I am the mother of the wicked, as I am the mother of the virtuous. Never fear. Whenever you are in distress, just say to yourself 'I have a mother.'

-Sri Sharada Devi

Ramakrishna Order

Sri Ramakrishna laid the foundation of a monastic Order at Cossipore, Calcutta in 1886 during his last days. Later after the passing away of the Master, the monastic disciples organized themselves and started a Math that was called "The Ramakrishna Math" in memory of their beloved master SriRamakrishna.In 1899 it was moved to Belur on the West Bank of the Ganges near Calcutta where it stands to this day.Swami Vivekananda started the Ramakrishna Mission in 1897 after his triumphal return from the West. The twin organisations,the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission has a common aim of disseminating the ancient spiritual truths, Sanatana Dharma,as propounded by Sri Ramakrishna,Holy Mother Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda and to serve the humanity by seeing God in man. Both Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission has its Headquarters at Belur Math, Dt. Howrah, West Bengal, India.

Ideal

For the liberation of one's own Self and for the good of the World.

Motto

Renunciation and Service; Harmony of religions.

Method

Work as worship.

Activities

  • Monastic training of young men who have decided to join the Ramakrishna Order and dedicate themselves to self-realisation and propagation of the universal principles of Vedanta

  • Service to mankind according to the needs of the Society, in conjunction with lay disciples and workers as mentioned below. The twin organization conducts Spiritual, Educational, Cultural, Medical and Rural Development activities. It has got 133 Centres in India and 38 Centres outside the Country. Of which 55 are Math Centres, 62 Mission Centres and 25 combined Centres.

Administration

The Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission are independent Organisations, but are interdependent for administration. For Example, Trustees of the Math also serve on the Governing Body of the Mission.