Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai is the first branch center of the Ramakrishna Order in Southern India. It was started in the year 1897 by Swami Ramakrishnananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. Besides Swami Ramakrishnananda, the Math was visited by Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Brahmananda and Swami Shivananda. The motto of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission is: For one’s own salvation, and for the welfare of the world.
The premises of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, is pervaded with an atmosphere of palpable holiness. A feeling of calmness and soothing serenity can be felt inside the temple and the premises. With its green surroundings, the Math is a suitable place for practice of contemplation and meditation in the heart of the city. The Math stands as a bright symbol of religious harmony—a place where all are welcome, irrespective of caste, race, nationality or religion. Timings. Contact us.
Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, has a long history of more than hundred years of service to society. All the activities of the Math—whether it be educating students at a school, nursing patients in a medical facility or serving in the temple or kitchen or garden—are considered different forms of a single act of worship. Public can also participate in any of these activities which help to purify the mind and to progress in spiritual life. All the work done here at the Math is ‘For One’s Liberation and for the Welfare of the World.’
Swami Vivekananda wanted the worship of Sri Ramakrishna as the hub of all the activities carried on by any centre of the Ramakrishna Order. He wrote, ‘The easiest way is to take a hut—make it a temple of Guru Maharaj (Sri Ramakrishna)! ... Let those that go to relief-work first select a central spot in each district and start such a hut-temple, from which all our little work is to proceed.’ This is followed in Chennai Math also, where Sri Ramakrishna is worshiped in the temple following the mantras and procedures systematized by Swami Ramakrishnananda, the founder of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai.
The birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Ramakrishnananda and Kalpataru Day (Jan 1) are celebrated with great fervor on a grand scale. More than 4000 devotees participate in these celebrations which go on for one full day from 4.30 AM to 9.00 PM. Other prominent Hindu Festivals like Durga Puja, Krishna Janmashtami, Kali Puja, Shivaratri, etc. are also celebrated with equal fervor.
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Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, is starting a unique Cultural Centre in the name of Swami Vivekananda who is the icon of youth on his 150th Birth Anniversary (2013-14).
The Centre shall promote study, research and practice of Indian cultural values in the light of Swami Vivekananda and provide training in achieving excellence in every sphere of Indian life. The Centre shall function as an 'Academy for Human Excellence' to train the participants, through its multidimensional programmes, in achieving excellence through value assimilation and in adopting a healthy, holistic and culturally enriched lifestyle.
The Centre is coming up in the Vivekananda House (Vivekanandar Illam) Campus on Marina Beach Road, Triplicane, Chennai, and will be opened around the middle of 2014. Click here for details.
ON 15th April 2014, Vivekananda Sanskrit Course commenced a new batch for it’s one year course. In a small function, prayers were offered to the Holy Trio for an auspicious beginning and a welcome address was given to the new batch. Students who completed the course this year addressed the gathering and shared their experiences about the course. Later, Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj awarded certificates to the out-going students and gave a benedictory address.
On 14th of April 2014, the auspicious day of Tamil New Year, a small get together was organized at the Math to felicitate the devotees and well wishers who have contributed towards the various endowment funds. About 100 donors participated in the get together and few of them shared their experience as being part of various activities of the Math. As a part of the programme, a video presentation was shown detailing the various activities of the Math. Revered Gautamanandaji Maharaj delivered the benedictory address appreciating their valuable contribution and recollecting a few incidents about how the donations were used diligently and for the intended purpose. The programme concluded with dinner prasad to all the participants.
This day in pictures:
Video of Swami Gautamanandaji’s bendiction address:
Love in its varied aspects is the motive force behind all the actions of living beings. But love takes its highest form when directed towards the God. Among the different paths leading man towards the attainment of the Supreme Truth is the one of love, devotion, and complete surrender. In this book Swami Vivekananda expounds how this path of Bhakti leads man to God. Being an exposition by one of the pioneers in the religious and spiritual realm of the modern times, the value of this work need not be emphasized. Lucid, simple, and to the point, the words of the Swami touch the hearts of the readers and puts them on to the divine path of love supreme.
Swami Buddhidananda, a monk of the Ramakrishna Order will deliver the weekly lecture in Tamil on Swami Vivekanandarin Bhakti Yogam, every Thursday at the Math Auditorium. The lecture will begin at 5.30 pm. All are welcome. Please refer to the monthly calendar for more information http://www.chennaimath.org/category/events/monthly-calendar
Chapter 1: Bhaktiyin Ilakkanam (Defenition of Bhakti)
All Upanishads are written in Sanskrit, and the commentary by Acharya Shankara is taken as the most authentic. Upanishads are based on the dialogue between a realized soul acting as the Teacher, Rishi, and a sincere seeker of Truth who approaches Him as a disciple. In Katha Upanishad the teacher is Yama – Death Himself – and the student is a young Nachiketa in his teens. This Upanishad is one of the most popular Upanishads for its simplicity and clarity in making the subject matter regarding the highest truth easily comprehensible. It consists altogether of 120 verses.
Swami Suprajnananda, a monk of the Ramakrishna Order delivers a weekly lecture in Tamil on Kathopanishad, every Friday at the Math Auditorium. The lecture will begin at 5.30 pm. All are welcome. Please refer to the monthly calendar for more information http://www.chennaimath.org/category/events/monthly-calendar
The Srimad Bhagavata (or Srimad Bhagavatam) is one of the few main Puranas and a great Book on Bhakti (devotion). It consists of 18000 verses and is regarded as an encyclopedia of spiritual philosophy. Attributed to the sage Vyasa the Bhagavata (also Bhagavatam) illustrates religious truths with stories of ancient India’s saints, seers and kings. The book also deals in part with the life of Lord Krishna.
Swami Paramasukhananda, a monk of the Ramakrishna Order will deliver the weekly lecture in Tamil every Tuesday at the Math Auditorium. The lecture will begin at 5.30 pm. All are welcome. Please refer to the monthly calendar for more information http://www.chennaimath.org/category/events/monthly-calendar
Vedic Prayers Editorial 01. Waking Up Articles 02. Holy Mother’s Panchatapa—the Austerity of Five-fires : A Mythological Perspective Swami Sunirmalananda 03. What Do the Upanishads Teach Us? Dan A. Chekki 04. The Value of Brahmacharya Swami Tathagatananda 05. The Spiritual Universe of Sri Ramacharitamanas : As Seen through Its Two Invocatory Verses A.P.N. Pankaj 06. ‘It Fills My Heart with Joy Unspeakable’ B. Hrudayakumari Compilation 07. ‘This is Business Integrity’ Swami Vivekananda New Find 08. Unpublished Letters of Swami Saradananda Special Report 09. Restoration and Renovation of Vivekananda Illam The Order on the March Book Review Feature 10. Simhâvalokanam (Renaissance of the Spirit)
ஆசிரியர்களுக்கு… 1. ஆசிரியரின் விளையாட்டும் மாணவரின் விளையாட்டும் – ஒரு சுவாரசியமான கதை கரு உண்மை; உரு கற்பனை 2. மனித குலத்தை நேசித்த விஞ்ஞான ரிஷிகள் – பாமதிமைந்தன் பக்தர்கள் / அன்பர்களுக்கு… 3. அம்பிகை காப்பாற்றினாள்! - சுவாமி ஆசுதோஷானந்தர் 4. கல்லணை ஆஞ்சநேயர் 5. பாரதத்தின் பலம் - சுவாமி கௌதமானந்தர் 6. ஸ்ரீராமநாம மகிமை - சுவாமி கமலாத்மானந்தர் 7. புதுத் தகவல்கள் : நமது முன்னோர்களின் விமான ஆராய்ச்சி 8. ஓர் அபூர்வ ஆன்மிகப் புருஷர் - நொச்சூர் ஸ்ரீவெங்கடராமன் 9. விஷ்ணு சகஸ்ரநாமம் கூறும் ராமகீர்த்தி – சி.வே.ராதாகிருஷ்ண சாஸ்திரிகள் 10. புகைப்படப்புதிர்: வாமனர் பூஜித்த தலம் – தஞ்சை ஜெயபாலன் 11. தியாகராஜ ஸ்வாமிகளின் தசாவதாரக் கீர்த்தனை – நஜன் 12. ஸ்ரீராமநாம சங்கீர்த்தனமும் ஸ்ரீராமகிருஷ்ண மடங்களும் – சுவாமி ஆசுதோஷானந்தர் 13. வண்ணப் படக்கதை: வாலாஜாபேட்டை ஸ்ரீவேங்கடரமண பாகவதர் இளைஞர்கள் / மாணவர்களுக்கு… 14. தவறுகளைப் பெரியோர்கள் கண்டிக்காவிட்டால்… – ரைட் ஹானரபிள் வி.எஸ். சீனிவாச சாஸ்திரி 15. சுவாமி விவேகானந்தரின் தலைமைப் பண்புகள் – சுவாமி சர்வபிரியானந்தர் 16. உலகிலேயே மிகப் பெரிய பள்ளி நம் நாட்டில்தான்! – காம்கேர் புவனேஸ்வரி 17. புதியதைக் கண்டுபிடி! – ஒரு கதை 18. நவீன இந்தியாவின் நாயகன் - சத்தீஷ்கர் ஆளுநர் மேதகு சேகர் தத் 19. ஹாஸ்ய யோகம் : போதனையும் வேதனையும் – தென்கச்சி சுவாமிநாதன்