The birthday (janma-tithi) of the Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi was celebrated at Belur Math on Tuesday, 5 January. Swami Bodhasarananda chaired the religious meeting held in the afternoon. As Belur Math was closed to devotees on account of the Covid pandemic, devotees watched the programmes online.
The newly set-up Vivekananda Education Centre at Vadodara Ashrama was inaugurated on 5 January, the sacred birthday of the Holy Mother. Swami Suviranandaji, the General Secretary of the Ramakrishna Order addressed the audience through a recorded video message. In this new wing of the Ashrama, computer training, free coaching, youth counselling and some other activities will be conducted.
On the occasion of the Gangasagar Mela, Manasadwip ashrama provided board and lodging to pilgrims at its unit on the Mela grounds from 12 to 15 January. Further, Seva Pratishthan hospital extended round-the-clock medical service and treated about 2000 visiting devotees.
The 50-year old prayer hall of the Batticaloa sub-centre of Ramakrishna Mission, Colombo, Sri Lanka has been renovated with a new imposing architectural frontage and an increased seating capacity of 500 persons.It was consecrated on 01 February 2021 by Swami Aksharatmananda, the Swami-in-Charge of the Ashrama.
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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.
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.
The Story of Periaazhvaar
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.
This is the ninth story in the series on devotees who had a role in the divine play of Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna.
Naren Worships Mother Ganga
A fictional narrative based on incidents from the childhood of Swami Vivekananda.
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
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.
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.