Thursday, December 13, 2007

Unsolicited Grace: Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi

Found this beautiful promotional video on Youtube, regarding 'Unsolicited Grace: Accounts of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi', posted by Thakurma...

Jai Sri Guru Maharaj ji ki Jai
Jai Sri Mahamayee ki Jai
Jai Sri Swamiji Maharaj ji ki Jai

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Swami Gokulananda: a short Biography, 1929-2007

Recently, I had been to Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi and I came across this beautiful offering at the feet of the Holy Trio
"Swami Gokulananda: a short biography, 1929-2007", dedicated at the loving memory of Swami Gokulanandaji Maharaj by a few Delhi devotees.


To the Youth, Swami Gokulanandaji used to exhort the following quote from Swami Vivekananda:
"Be Possessed of Shraddha, of strength, attain to the knowledge of the atman, and sacrifice your life for the good of others - this is my wish and blessings"
Swami Vivekananda
. p.4

Swami Gokulanandaji delivered his first lecture at Delhi the title aptly called "Meditation with eyes open"
Swami Gokulanandaji has often been exhorting the devotees to practise this attitude to work i.e, work is meditation with eyes open by the following five-fold spiritual disciplines in daily routine, which he had himself found as very efficacious:
  1. Early morning and when alone, reminding ourselves of our divinity
  2. During work and interaction, reminding ourselves of the divinity of the people and situations that we deal with.
  3. Frequently reminding ourselves of our divinity and that of others.
  4. Frequently reminding ourselves that to love others is the highest discipline.
  5. Frequently remembering that all women are the manifestation of the Divine Mother. p.44
Let us Meditate on the above words.........

Monday, November 05, 2007

Swami Gahanandaji Maharaj: a tribute

Swami Gahanandaji Maharaj, 14th President of Sri Ramakrishna Math and Mission attained Maha-Samadhi on November 4th, 2007 at 5.35 pm. He was 91 and had been admitted to RK Mission Seva Pratishthan hospital, Kolkata for old age related problems. The cremation (Photos / Video) took place today (November 5th, 2007) at about 12.30 pm. in Belur Math. People from all walks of life paid their tributes to Maharaj was a soldier of humanity. His life was one of service to the sick and needy. He also travelled extensively to different branches of the Ramakrishna Order and to various countries around the world to spread the message of Vedanta and the Holy Trio.

Swami Gahanandaji Maharaj: a chronology
October 1916 - Born in Paharpur village Sylhet district, Bangladesh
January 1939 - Joined the Ramakrishna order in Bhubaneshwar
1949 - Sanyasa from Swami Virajanandaji Maharaj (past president)
1942 - 1952 -
served at Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata
1953 - 1958 -
served at Shillong center
1958 - Asst. Secretary & Head of RK Mission Seva Prathishthan hospital
1965 - Trustee and Member of the Governing body of Math & Mission
1989 -
General Secretary of Ramakrishna Math and Mission
1992 -
Vice - President of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission
1993 - represented the Ramakrishna Order at the centenary of Swami Vivekananda's appearence at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago commemorative function
May 2005 - Elected President of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission
November 2007 - Maha - Samadhi.

News from the Web:
ExpressIndia, The Telegraph, WebIndia, The Hindu, Pushpanjali, BelurMath News, Maha-Samadhi Photos, Maha-Samadhi Video clip.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Sri Ramakrishna Math and Mission Custom Search...

Search Sri Ramakrishna Math and Mission websites through a Custom Search...

Do let me have your comments on improving the custom search.....

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Shri Ganesha Chaturthi 2007.....

Shri Ganesha Chaturthi was celebrated at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore on 15th September 2007.....
Click on the Album to get a glimpse of the Lord.....

Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore

Sunday, July 15, 2007

the Master's Grace....

Anyone who takes shelter in the Master with all sincerity and with his whole being, anyone who loves the Master, will surely attain liberation. There is a story about a sweeper named Rasik who lived at Dakshineswar. He used to call the Master “Father”. One day the Master was returning from the direction of the Panchavati, absorbed in a spiritual mood. At that time Rasik knelt down before him and prayed with folded hands: “Father, why don’t you bless me? What will happen to me?” The Master assured him: “You have no need to fear. You will have your wish fulfilled. You will see me at the time of death”. And that is exactly what happened. Shortly before his death, Rasik was carried to a holy spot near the tulsi plant (Its leaves are used for worshipping Vishnu). As the moment of death approached, Rasik cried out: “You are here! You have come to me, Father! You have really come, Father!” And thus he breathed his last.”

Ch. 8. Swami Shivananda. ‘Days in Dakshineswar’. p.127.
Ramakrishna as we saw him/ edited and translated by
Swami Chetananda._ Calcutta; Advaita Ashrama, 1999.
ISBN: 81-85301-03-4. Rs. 100/-

Saturday, June 09, 2007

the Master's Photograph......

Disciple: Mother, that photograph of Sri Ramakrishna which you have is a very good one... Is it a good likeness of him?

Sri Sarada Devi: Yes, that picture is very, very good.....I kept it with the pictures of other gods and goddesses and worshipped it. At that time I lived on the ground floor of the nahabat. One day the Master (Sri Ramakrishna) came there and seeing the picture said, 'What is all this?' Then I saw him take the bel leaves and flowers kept there for worship and offer them to the photograph. He himself worshipped that picture.

Samvit (Semi Annual English Journal). September 2006
published by Sri Sarada Math, Dakshineswar, Kolkata

Monday, May 21, 2007

Sri Ramakrishna: an image of transcendence.....

The Master's photograph reveals an image of transcendence of all the six chakras (centres of consciousness)... I see many things in it and so I talk about them.

Invoke the Master mentally with all your heart. Surrender yourself completely to him. And that is all what is needed. He will do what he thinks is good for us. p.43

To invoke the Master means imbibing some of his virtues. When a man thinks intently about someone else, he comes to acquire some of the virtues of the latter.

The Master himself said, 'You should meditate on this picture of mine and that will do.' By invoking the Master one can have so many visions of light. But he must be invoked heart and soul. He is the light of the world - self-revealing and all-pervading. His manifestations are everywhere.

The purer a person is, the more will the Master reveal himself to him.

excerpts from
'Swami Vijnanananda: life and teachings'

written by Swami Vishwashrayananda,
translated by Devabrata Basu Ray
published by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai.

ISBN: 81-7120-722-1. Rs.12/-

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Work for Others....

Swami Vivekananda: ....Praise and censure have no value in this world of ours. They only rock a man as if in a swing. Praise I have had enough of; showers of censure I have also had to bear; but what avails thinking of them! Let everyone go on doing his own duty, unconcerned. When the last moment arrives, praise and blame will be the same to you, to me, and to others. We are here to work, and will have to leave all when the call comes.

................Think of this infinite universe with its millions and millions of solar systems, and think with what an infinite, incomprehensible power they are impelled, running as if to touch the Feet of the One Unknown - and how little we are! Where then is room here to allow ourselves to indulge in vileness and mean-mindedness? What should we gain here by fostering mutual enmity and party-spirit? Take my advice: Set yourselves wholly to the service of others, when you come from your colleges. Believe me, far greater happiness would then be yours than if you had had a whole treasury full of money and other valuables at your command. As you go on your way serving others you will, on a parallel line, advance in the path of knowledge.
(excerpts from 'Talks with Swami Vivekananda'. Chapter IV. Surendra Nath Das Gupta, Work for Others. p.498)