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Advaita Vedanta (Advaita Vedānta; Sanskrit अद्वैत वेदान्त ) is considered as the most influential sub-school of the Vedānta (literally, end or the goal of the Vedas, Sanskrit) school of Hindu philosophy. Other sub-schools of Vedānta are Dvaita and Viśishṭādvaita. Advaita (literally, non-duality) is a monistic system of thought. „Advaita“ refers to the identity of the Self (Atman) and the Whole (Brahman).

The key source texts for all schools of Vedānta are the Prasthanatrayi—the canonical texts consisting of the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Brahma Sutras. The first person to explicitly consolidate the principles of Advaita Vedanta was Adi Shankara, while the first historical proponent was Gaudapada, the guru of Shankara’s guru Govinda Bhagavatpada. Read More: > Here <

Belūr Maṭh is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is located on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, West Bengal, India and is one of the significant institutions in Calcutta. The temple is notable for its architecture that fuses Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs as a symbol of unity of all religions. Read More: > HERE <

The essence of Vedanta is that there is but one Being and that every soul is that Being in full, not a part of that Being. All the sun is reflected in each dew-drop. Appearing in time, space and causality, this Being is man, as we know him, but behind all appearance is the one Reality. Unselfishness is the denial of the lower or apparent self. We have to free ourselves from this miserable dream that we are these bodies. We must know the truth, „I am He“. We are not drops to fall into the ocean and be lost; each one is the whole, infinite ocean, and will know it when released from the fetters of illusion. Infinity cannot be divided, the „One without a second“ can have no second, all is that One. The Vedanta says that the Soul is in its nature Existence absolute, Knowledge absolute, Bliss absolute.

The ideology of Ramakrishna Math and Mission consists of the eternal principles of Vedanta as lived and experienced by Sri Ramakrishna and expounded by Swami Vivekananda. This ideology has three characteristics: it is modern in the sense that the ancient principles of Vedanta have been expressed in the modern idiom; it is universal, that is, it is meant for the whole humanity; it is practical in the sense that its principles can be applied in day-to-day life to solve the problems of life. The basic principles of this ideology are given here: http://belurmath.org/Ideology.htm


http://belurmath.org/what_new.htm Releasing shortly… A Documentary on BELUR MATH The heart of Ramakrishna Movement .  Bhakti Yoga does not say ‚give up‘; it only says ‚Love; love the Highest‘; and everything low naturally falls off from him, the object of whose love is this Highest. — Swami Vivekananda / 12th January is celebrated as National Youth Day but do we know the relevance of this day? What is one supposed to do on this day, how does one celebrate? Is it a holiday?

AN APPEAL – Situated in one of the most picturesque spots of the Himalayas at a height of about 7000 ft., Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati, was started by Swami Vivekananda in 1899. It is a branch of Ramakrishna Math, Belur. The special object of the Ashrama, as its name implies, is to study, practise, and preach Advaita or the eternal truth of the Oneness of all existence. This centre has been entrusted with the publication and propagation of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda and Vedanta literature. It is also publishing Prabuddha Bharata, the oldest English monthly magazine in India, since the last 115 years.

Apart from being a monastery, this Ashrama runs a hospital called the Mayavati Charitable Hospital. It came into being in response to the pressing needs of the neighbouring villages, where live some of the poorest people of the country. Patients come here from distant places across hills and dales, sometimes trudging a distance of nearly 50 km. Their helplessness in sickness would touch any heart if only it were known. We run a 25 bed indoor hospital and an outdoor patients department in this out-of-the way place since 1903. All treatment is done free of charges. Moreover, Surgical Camps, Dental Camps, Urological Camps, Eye Camps etc. are held throughout the year to provide special care to the poor villagers of Kumaon region. We bring qualified doctors from different cities to conduct such medical camps.

In order to accommodate these doctors we are building a Doctors‘ Quarters cum guest house. The new doctors’ quarters will have 8 rooms with attached baths for the doctors on the first floor and 6 rooms for guests and a meditation hall on the second floor. We request you to contribute liberally for this cause

The expected cost of construction, as submitted by the architects, will be Rs. 60 lakhs. Transportation cost is very high here because the materials have to be procured from 150 to 450 km away. The uplift of the backward and downtrodden has always been one of the key objectives of Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, of which this Ashrama is a branch. It is needless to mention here that if this institution has attained to its present stature, it is because of love, sympathy, and benevolence of charitably inclined people like you. The donation has to be made in favour of Advaita Ashrama and can be sent to the address given below.

May the Lord help us work in a true spirit of worship.

Birth Anniversary Vivekananda

Activities of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission

From April 2006 to March 2007


REGENERATE RURAL INDIA – Swami Vireswarananda 

(Tenth President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission)

“If we want to regenerate India, we must work for the masses. No amount of politics would be of any avail until the masses in India are once more well educated, well fed and well cared for”, so said Swami Vivekananda.

The vast majority of these people live in villages and very little has been done so far for improving their condition. The masses have to be raised by integrated development of the villages.

The poverty of the backward classes is appalling. They perhaps take some food today, a morsel of food not sufficient to fill their stomach, but they are not sure that tomorrow they will get anther morsel. That is their condition. And there are many other problems connected with this that should concern us like hygiene, health, drinking water, economic development. All these and so many other pressing problems are there to be solved.

Try to improve the living conditions of the poor, their environment, to begin with. Of course, they may not be very clean; they may be dirty. Try to improve their lot. I sincerely believe it can be done. Try to teach them how to improve themselves and be clean and neat. You can do that by means of movie pictures. You can show them movie pictures on culture, hygiene and health, so that they can imbibe all these ideas. It is quite possible.

There are various shortcomings in our society which has to be cleansed – ethically, morally and in every other way—if we are to become a great nation again. In this field I think ladies can probably do much better than men. They can organize against all these social evils and problems, such as the practice of untouchability, the dowry system, care of orphans and so on. Remove all these various meaningless handicaps retarding the progress of our society, particularly untouchability. It is meaningless.

We talk of Vedanta and then say, ‘Don’t enter into my house; I won’t drink water from your hand.’ What is all this? Sheer madness. Nonsense.

I appeal to all to take up this work for the poor and downtrodden which will benefit them and the country. In this connection, I would like to remind all of the words of the Lord Himself in the Gita,

“Na hi kalyankritakshchid durgati tat gachhati”, The doer of good, my child, never comes by evil.”

This is the promise the Lord has held out to us and so we can be sure of it. May He inspire and guide us all in this urgent work for the people of rural India is my prayer to Him.

(Ref : “Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission Convention 1980 Report”, pages 298-300, “Pallimangal” (Brochure), Belur Math, 1981, page 2)

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