Monday, December 26, 2005

Holy Mother's Birthday Celebrations - Mysore

153rd Birthday Celebrations of "Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi" at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore was celebrated with Arati, Bhajans and a discourse in Kannada by Swami Nithyasthanandaji Maharaj, President of Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore on 23rd December 2005 at the Ashrama premises.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Holy Mother: Sri Sarada Devi

Birth … December 22, 1853
Marriage and first visit to Kamarpukur … May 1859
Second, visit to Kamarpukur … December 1860
Third visit to Kamarpukur … May (?), 1866
Fourth, visit to Kamarpukur … December 1866 – January 1867
Fifth visit to Kamarpukur
(With the Master there) … May – November 1867
First visit to Dakshineswar … March (?), 1872
Shodasi-puja … June 5, 1872
At Jayarambati … Middle of 1873
Sever Attack of Dysentery and
Awakening of Simhavahini … 1875
Commencement of Jagaddhatri Worship … November 1875
Death of her Mother-in-law … February 27, 1876
Shambhu Babu’s donation of a house … April 11, 1876
Third visit to Dakshineswar
(Meeting with robbers at Telo-Bhelo) … January 1877
Fourth, visit to Dakshineswar … February or March 1881
Hridaya left Dakshineswar … June 1881
Fifth visit to Dakshineswar … February 1882
Sixth visit to Dakshineswar … 1884
Seventh visit to Dakshineswar … March 1885
With the Master at Shyampukur … October 1885
With the Master at Cossipore … December 11, 1885
Vow of fast at Tarakeswar … During this period
Passing away of the Master … August 16, 1886
First pilgrimage to North India
(Mainly Vrindaban) … August 30, 1886
At Kamarpukur (for about nine months) … from September 1887
At Nilambar Mukherji’s garden (Belur) … up to October 1888
At Puri … from November 1888
At Kamarpukur … from February 1889
Pilgrimage to Gaya … March 25, 1890
At Ghushuri (Belur) … May – September 1890
At Jayarambati … October 1890
At Nilambar Babu’s garden (Panchatapa) … 1893
At Kailwar (two months) … 1894
Second pilgrimage to Vrindaban … 1895
To Kamarpukur and Jayarambati … May 13, 1895
At Sharat Sarkar’s house, Calcutta … April 1896
At Bosepara Lane, Calcutta … 1898 – 99
Opening of the Nivedita School … November 12, 1898
Passing away of Swami Yogananda … March 28, 1899
At Bosepara Lane, Calcutta … 1901 – 02
Durga worship at Belur … 18th – 22nd October 1901
In Baghbazar street … 1904 – 05
Second pilgrimage to Puri … 1904 – 05
Death of Shyamasundari Devi … end of January 1906
Durga worship at Girish’s house … October 1907
First, visit to the Udbodhan … May 23, 1909
At Kothar … December 1910
In the South … February – March 1911
Marriage of Radhu … June 10, 1911
Durga worship at Belur … 16th – 21st October, 1912
At Banaras … November 9, 1912 – Jan. 15, 1913
At Koalpara … August – September 1915
In the New House at Jayarambati … May 15, 1916
Durga worship at Belur … 3rd – 6th October, 1916
At Koalpara (fever) … March – April 1918
In Calcutta … May 7, 1918
At the Nivedita School … December 31, 1918
At Koalpara with Radhu … January 30 – July 23, 1919
At the Udbodhan … February 27, 1919
Mahasamadhi … July 21, 1920

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi/ by Swami Gambhirananda._ Chennai, Sri Ramakrishna Math, 2004.

ISBN 81-7823-186-7 Rs. 90/-

Saturday, December 10, 2005

153rd Birthday of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi

Yadavagiri, Mysore - 570020
Ph: 0821-2417444, 2412424

Dear Friend,
153rd Birthday Celebrations of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi will be celebrated in the Ashrama as per programme given below. You are cordially invited to participate in the celebrations along with your family and friends.
Yours in the Lord

Swami Nityasthananda,

153rd Birthday of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi
Friday 23 December 2005


5.30 am.
Arati, Bhajans

9.00 am.

9.45 am.

10.35 am.

10.45 am.

11.00 am.

12.00 pm.
Prasad distribution
5.00 pm.

6.00 pm.
Discourse in Kannada:

'Sri Sarada Devi'

7.00 pm.
Arati, Bhajans

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

RÂMAKRISHNA: His Life & Sayings

Prof. Max Muller was one of the eminent Orientalists of all times. He has written many books on Oriental Philosophy, one such book is Ramakrishna: Life and Sayings published in 1898. The full text of the book is available on Sacred-Texts.

Friday, November 25, 2005

You Will be a Paramahamsa

Today I read a great book on the Life and Reminisences of Swami Kalyanandaji Maharaj, a disciple of Swami Vivekananda who dedicated his Life for Unselfish, Loving Service.
Title: You Will be a Paramahamsa
Author: Swami Sarvagatananda
Publisher: Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata
ISBN: 81-7505-271-6
Price: Rs. 25/-
The Preface of the book reads thus:
Impressed by the spiritual mettle of a young monastic disciple named Swami Kalyananda, Swami Vivekananda once said to him, 'Kalyan, one day you will be a Paramahamsa.'
These inspiring reminiscences of Swami Kalyananda revel how he wonderfully exemplified Swamiji's great ideal of service by showing in his own life the immeasureable love, care, sympathy and self-sacrifice that are required of one who wants to truly serve others.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Biography in Pictures: Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

SRI RAMAKRISHNA : a Biography in Pictures published by Advaita Ashrama, 5 Delhi Entally road, Kolkata. ISBN: 81-7505-131-0. Rs. 130/-
"In a Narrow society there is depth & intensity of spirituality. The Narrow stream is very rapid. In a catholic society, along with the breadth of vision we find a proportionate loss in depth & intensity. But the life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa upsets all records of history. It is a remarkable phenomenon that in Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa there has been an assemblage of ideas deeper than the sea & vaster than the skies.
Such a unique personality, such a synthesis of the utmost of Jnana, Yoga, Bhakti & Karma, has never before appeared among mankind. The Life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa proves that the greatest breadth, the highest catholicity & the utmost intensity can exist side by side in the same individual, & that society also can be contructed like that for society is nothing but an aggregate of individual. The formation of such a perfect character is the ideal of this age." - Swami Vivekananda (about Sri Ramakrishna)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Photographs of Swami Vivekananda

The Vivekananda Vedanta network a project sponsored by Ramakrishna Vedanta Society, Boston has provided a Photogallery of 106 photos & a brief Biography of Swami Vivekananda to make Swami Vivekananda’s ideas and insights easily accessible online. It also has got an Egreeting & a Build a Calendar section.
Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai has published the following books of Photographs of Swami Vivekananda which is available for online shopping.

PHOTOGRAPHS OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA(English) compiled & researched by members of the Vedanta Society of Northern California. pages 286+xvii.
ISBN 81-7823-00-3. Rs. 200.00
This is a work to be treasured; it is an invaluable testament to the fact that the incomparable mind & heart of Swami Vivekananda were embodied in a uniquely beautiful human form. That such a person walked among us & loved us was one of the rare events in the history of humanity that assures us of our worth & of our potential greatness. one wants to gaze endlessly at every page of this carefully & thoroughly researched book & know that, afterall, we, the human race, cannot be nearly so bad as we seem. - Sister Gargi (Marie Louise Burke) from the blurb of the book.

The story of the Swamiji's life, as told through these pictures and their accompanying quotations or narative, has been divided into seven chapters, and each chapter is introduced by an account of the Swamiji's life during that period.
pages 120. ISBN: 81-7505-080-2. Rs. 130.00

"The Truths he preaches would have been as true, had he never been born. Nay more, they would have been equally authentic. The difference would have lain in their difficulty of access, in their want of modern clearness & incisiveness of statement & in their loss of mental coherence & unity. Had he not lived, texts that today will carry the bread of life to thousands might have remained the obscure disputes of scholars. He taught with authority & not as one of the pundits. For he himself had plunged to the depths of the realization which he preached & he came back like Ramanuja, only to tell its secrets to the pariah, the outcast & the foreigner." - Sister Nivedita from the dust jacket of the book.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Vedanta Literature

The Ramakrishna Order has published a lot of information on Vedanta for spiritual aspirants. Ramkrishna Math, Hyderabad had made available some of the literature on their website for the benefit of spiritual aspirants.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Vivekananda -- The Guide

Swami Vivekananda -- The Guide a blog containing the words of Swami Vivekananda by RaviChandra.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Meditation Pose, Dakshineshwar, 1884
  • 1775 Birth of Khudiram
  • 1791 Birth of Chandra Devi
  • 1805 Birth of Ramkumar
  • 1814 Khudiram settles at Kamarpukur
  • 1826 Birth of Rameswar
  • 1835 Khudiram's pilgrimage to Gaya
  • 1836 Birth of Sri Ramakrishna, February 18, about 5: 15 A.M.
  • 1843 Death of Khudiram
  • 1845 Sri Ramakrishna's sacred thread ceremony
  • 1850 Ramkumar opens his school in Calcutta
  • 1852 Sri Ramakrishna comes to Calcutta
  • 1853 Birth of the Holy Mother, December 22
  • 1855 Dakshineswar Kali temple founded. Hriday at Dakshineswar. Sri Ramakrishna appointed priest of the Vishnu temple and then of the Kali temple
  • 1856 Death of Ramkumar. Realization of God and first God-intoxicated state of Sri Ramakrishna
  • 1857 Sri Ramakrishna's treatment under Gangaprasad
  • 1858 Haladhari as priest at Dakshineswar. Sri Ramakrishna goes to Kamarpukur
  • 1859 Sri Ramakrishna's marriage
  • 1860 Return to Dakshineswar. Mathur's vision
  • 1861 Death of Rani Rasmani. Meeting with the Brahmani. Tantra practice under the Brahmani. Second divine madness
  • 1863 Completion of Tantra practice. Meeting with Pundit Padmalochan. Chandra Devi comes to live at Dakshineswar
  • 1864 Sri Ramakrishna's practice of the vatsalya bhava under Jatadhari. Practice of the madhur bhava. Initiation into sannyas by Totapuri
  • 1865 Akshay replaces Haladhari. Totapuri leaves Dakshineswar
  • 1866 Sri Ramakrishna in the Advaita plane for six months. Illness. Practice of Mohammedanism
  • 1867 Sri Ramakrishna at Kamarpukur. Brahmani takes leave
  • 1868 Pilgrimage. Meeting with Gangama
  • 1870 Tour with Mathur. Sri Ramakrishna at the Colootola Harisabha. Visit to Kalna and Navadvip
  • 1871 Death of Mathur
  • 1872 The Holy Mother's first visit to Dakshineswar. The Shoraši Puja
  • 1873 Death of Rameswar
  • 1874 The Holy Mother again at Dakshineswar
  • 1875 Sri Ramakrishna's first visit to Keshab Chandra Sen. Last visit to Kamarpukur
  • 1876 Death of Chandra Devi
  • 1877} Intimacy with Keshab. The Holy Mother's third visit to Dakshineswar
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  • 1879 Coming of disciples begins
  • 1880 Meeting with Rakhal and Narendranath
  • 1881 Dismissal of Hriday
  • 1882 Visit to Pundit Vidyasagar. The Holy Mother again at Dakshineswar.
  • 1884 Death of Keshab. Meeting with Pundit Shashadhar. Gopal Ma. The Holy Mother comes to live at Dakshineswar for the last time.
  • 1885 Last visit to Panihati. Illness and removal to Syampukur. Association with Dr. Sarkar. Removal to Cossipore
  • 1886 Treatment at Cossipore. Organization of disciples. Mahasamadhi, August 16, at two minutes past 1 a.m.

p. 1028 - 1029. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by Mahendranath Gupta (M) translated into English By Swami Nikhilananda. published by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Sri Ramakrishnarpanam

A devotee of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi & Swami Vivekananda Bows at the Lotus Feet of the Holy Trio. This blog is dedicated to All the Devotees of The Ramakrishna Order. More Info on the Ramakrishna Order is avaialable in Wikipedia on the Ramakrishna Mission.