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The Order on the March

News & Notes from Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission

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The Vedanta Kesari
March 2021

Reminiscences of Sargachhi

(Continued from previous issue. . .) Swami Premeshananda (1884 – 1967) was a disciple of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi. For over two decades he lived at Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sargachhi, West Bengal. Under his inspiration countless people led a life of spirituality and service, and many young men and women entered into monastic life. His conversations – translated from Bengali and presented below – were noted by his attendant who is now Srimat Swami Suhitananda Ji, one of the Vice-Presidents of the Ramakrishna Order.

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The Vedanta Kesari
March 2021

The Three Gunas

Under the spell of God’s maya man forgets his true nature. He forgets that he is heir to the infinite glories of his Father. This divine maya is made up of three gunas.

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The Vedanta Kesari
March 2021

Roles Reversed

The Story of Periaazhvaar

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The Vedanta Kesari
March 2021

Pariprasna

Srimat Swami Tapasyananda Ji (1904 – 1991) was one of the Vice-Presidents of the Ramakrishna Order. His deeply convincing answers to devotees’ questions raised in spiritual retreats and in personal letters have been published in book form as Spiritual Quest: Questions & Answers. Pariprasna is a selection from this book.

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The Vedanta Kesari
March 2021

Prankrishna Mukhopadhyay

This is the ninth story in the series on devotees who had a role in the divine play of Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna.

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The Vedanta Kesari
March 2021

Naren Worships Mother Ganga

A fictional narrative based on incidents from the childhood of Swami Vivekananda.

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The Vedanta Kesari
March 2021

Arise! Awake!

The Katha Upanishad states, “Arise, awake, and learn by approaching the excellent ones. The wise ones describe that path to be as impassable as a razor’s edge, which when sharpened, is difficult to tread.”1

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The Vedanta Kesari
March 2021

Swami Shivananda: A Living Light

(Continued from the previous issue...) In this article, Swami Shraddhanandaji reminiscences about his interaction with Swami Shivananda, one of the direct-disciples of Sri Ramakrishna and the 2nd President of the Ramakrishna Order. From 1957, Shraddhanandaji served in the American centres of San Francisco and Sacramento until his mahasamadhi in July 1996. This article was sent to The Vedanta Kesari by Lali Maly, a devotee of Vedanta Society of Sacramento, USA.

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The Vedanta Kesari
March 2021

Shiva: Interval Between Enjoyment And Its Negation

Swami Nityabodhanandaji was a disciple of Swami Shivanandaji, the second President of the Ramakrishna Order. He was editor of The Vedanta Kesari, from 1942-1948 and later for three decades he was the head of Geneva centre of the Ramakrishna Order in Switzerland. This article is reproduced from the March 1968 issue of Prabuddha Bharata.

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The Vedanta Kesari
March 2021

Never a Dull Moment

A fictional narrative based on incidents from the childhood of Swami Vivekananda.

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The Vedanta Kesari
January 2021

The Order on the March

In response to a call from the NITI Aayog, Government of India, to observe Rashtriya Poshan Maah (National Nutrition Month), 55 of our ashrama centres spread over 21 states/ union territories conducted several programmes in the months of Septemper and October 2020.

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The Vedanta Kesari
January 2021

Mother Compassionate and Divine

“Do you want to drag me down into Maya?” Sri Ramakrishna questioned his young wife Sarada Devi, soon after her arrival at Dakshineswar from Jayarambati in March 1872.

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The Vedanta Kesari
January 2021

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi

Mother is the incarnation of Bagala in the guise of Saraswati.

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The Vedanta Kesari
January 2021

What is Worth Pursuing?

We pursue so many things in life — money, entertainment, health, job, house, car, companion, children, pets, education, skills, knowledge, etc.

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The Vedanta Kesari
November 2020

Worshipping the Universal Consciousness

With reference to the religion of the Hindus, two criticisms are usually levelled: that it is idolatry, and that it advocates. Swami Vivekananda said that he too believed that Hindus were idolaters, and to pay the penalty for that he had to learn his lesson sitting at the feet of one who realised everything through idols. We address these two issues in this article.

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The Vedanta Kesari
November 2020

The Royal Devotee

The Story of Kulashekhara Aazhvaar

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The Vedanta Kesari
November 2020

Pariprasna

Srimat Swami Tapasyananda Ji (1904 – 1991) was one of the Vice-Presidents of the Ramakrishna Order. His deeply convincing answers to devotees’ questions raised in spiritual retreats and in personal letters have been published in book form as Spiritual Quest: Questions & Answers. Pariprasna is a selection from this book.

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The Vedanta Kesari
November 2020

Swami Vivekananda's Contributions to Hinduism

Swami Vivekananda was a prince among sannyasis.

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The Vedanta Kesari
November 2020

Reminiscences of Sargachhi

Swami Premeshananda (1884 – 1967) was a disciple of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi. For over two decades he lived at Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sargachhi, West Bengal. Under his inspiration countless people led a life of spirituality and service, and many young men and women entered into monastic life. His conversations – translated from Bengali and presented below – were noted by his attendant who is now Srimat Swami Suhitananda Ji, one of the VicePresidents of the Ramakrishna Order.

5 mins read
The Vedanta Kesari
November 2020

Kedarnath Chattopadhyay

This is the sixth story in the series on devotees who had a role in the divine play of Sri Ramakrishna.

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The Vedanta Kesari
November 2020

Faith

A man in the world should practise discrimination and pray to God, ‘Give me faith and devotion.’ Once a person has faith he has achieved everything. There is nothing greater than faith.

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The Vedanta Kesari
November 2020

Akka Mahadevi: Bhakta's Bhakti to Aikya Bhakti

Spiritual life is a graded journey towards realising the Truth. In Lingayatism, this graded path is referred to as Shatsthala, or the six stages of spiritual progression. This article attempts to understand this spiritual movement as revealed in Akka Mahadevi’s vacanas. The life and message of Akka Mahadevi were presented by the author in our July and August 2020 issues.

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The Vedanta Kesari
November 2020

A Friend in Need

A fictional narrative based on incidents from the childhood of Swami Vivekananda.

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The Vedanta Kesari
November 2020

The Durga Puja

This article is from Studies from an Eastern Home, a posthumous publication carrying a collection of Sister Nivedita’s writings. Here, Sister Nivedita, one of the foremost disciples of Swami Vivekananda, outlines the different dimensions of Durga Puja and the coupling of the Divine Mother’s worship with the worship of the Motherland.

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The Vedanta Kesari
October 2020

The Royal Devotee

The Story of Kulashekhara Aazhvaar

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The Vedanta Kesari
October 2020

Sattvika Shraddha

Shraddha is a complex term which signifiesगुरु्दिष्वेिान्वाक्ेषुयवश्वासः, ‘faith in the words of the guru and scriptures’1 and सयभि््ह्ा वस्ू्लभ््े, ‘by which the Truth is comprehended’.2 It is simply translated into English as ‘faith’ for want of a better word.

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The Vedanta Kesari
October 2020

Pariprasna

Srimat Swami Tapasyananda Ji (1904 – 1991) was one of the Vice-Presidents of the Ramakrishna Order. His deeply convincing answers to devotees’ questions raised in spiritual retreats and in personal letters have been published in book form as Spiritual Quest: Questions & Answers. Pariprasna is a selection from this book.

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The Vedanta Kesari
October 2020

First Durga Puja at Belur Math

The Durga Puja, and the associated Kumari Puja of Belur Math and also of the other ashrams of the Ramakrishna Order have become a great cultural and spiritual heritage of our country. Every year lakhs of people come to the Math to witness the worship, pray to the Mother and fill their lives with Her Grace, which gets specially manifested in this worship. This article describes how the first Durga Puja in image was celebrated under the guidance of Swami Vivekananda. Originally published in the Oct 1989 issue of The Vedanta Kesari, the article is reproduced here with a little editing and abridgment.

6 mins read
The Vedanta Kesari
October 2020

Reminiscences of Sargachhi

Swami Premeshananda (1884 – 1967) was a disciple of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi. For over two decades he lived at Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sargachhi, West Bengal. Under his inspiration countless people led a life of spirituality and service, and many young men and women entered into monastic life. His conversations – translated from Bengali and presented below – were noted by his attendant who is now Srimat Swami Suhitananda Ji, one of the VicePresidents of the Ramakrishna Order.

5 mins read
The Vedanta Kesari
October 2020

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