Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission
Spread the idea of the potential divinity of every being and how to manifest it through every action and thought; spread the idea of harmony of religions based on Sri Ramakrishna's experience that all religions lead to the realisation of the same Reality known by different names in different religions; honour and revere the founders of all world religions such as Buddha, Christ, and Mohammed; treat all work as worship, and service to man as service to God; make all possible attempts to alleviate human suffering by spreading education, rendering medical services, extending help to villagers through rural development centres, etc.; work for the all-round welfare of humanity, especially for the uplift of the poor and the downtrodden; develop harmonious personalities by the combined practise of Jnana, Bhakti, Yoga, and Karma.
Brought into existence by Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), a 19th century saint from Bengal and his chief disciple, Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902). The Math and Mission together comprises the Ramakrishna Movement which is also referred to as the Vedanta Movement. Registered in 1901.
- Spiritual and Cultural Services
Both the Math and the Mission centres lay emphasis on the dissemination of the spiritual and cultural ideals of India. Through various types of activities, they try to give a practical shape to the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, especially that all religions are true. The centres establish real points of contact among people of different faiths through a large number of libraries, lectures, seminars, symposiums, youth camps, Balak Sanghas, regular classes, public celebrations, occasional exhibitions, screening films on religious and cultural values, etc.
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