RAMAKRISHNA MISSION ASHRAMA, BELGAUM

Activities of the Ashrama along the lines laid down by Swami Vivekananda – "Atmano Mokshartham Jagadhitaya cha" or "for the liberation of self & welfare of the world."

Become a Monk

What is Monasticm?

Monasticism is living life in preparation for or under religious vows. The goal of life in the view of Vedanta is to realize our true nature as one with God. Each person must decide what lifestyle will best enable him or her to work efficiently and sincerely toward this goal. The path of the lay person usually involves married life. The individuals within the family strive to serve God in each other. Lay people serve society by raising children with sound values and by contributing through their work life. They must juggle the priorities of job, family, and spiritual life and incorporate their spiritual practice into their jobs and family lives.The path of the monastic involves renouncing the pleasures of family life and adopting vows of celibacy.
In order to be able to give more focus directly to spiritual practices. Many spiritual traditions have monastics, including Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian. In the tradition of the Ramakrishna Order the purpose of monastic life is to work out one’s own liberation and to train oneself to do good to the world, along the lines laid down by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.

Requisites for joining the Ramakrishna Order

One aspiring to be a formal member of the Ramakrishna Order of Monks must be a male within certain age which depends on one’s educational qualification, maximum age being 30.  Absolute celibacy, burning renunciation, obedience to seniors and readiness to practise all the 4 yogas as depicted by Swami Vivekananda either singly or totally according to the circumstances he is placed in, are required. Those who are desirous of joining may contact any of the Ramakrishna Centres either in India or abroad.

Only bachelors are eligible. The married can associate as part-time/full time volunteers. One can find a list of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Centres here. Women may please contact Sri Sarada Math.

Life in the Ramakrishna Order

To satisfy that curiosity, the following passages, with some minor modifications, are quoted from a booklet (For Enquirers About Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. Second revised edition, pp. 46-50. Publishers: Sri Ramakrishna Math, Madras, India) by Swami Tapasyananda, one of the Ramakrishna Orders past Vice-Presidents.

In monastic life, as in community life, the individual is participating in the general group consciousness and is therefore propped up or pulled down by that consciousness as the case may be, according to the standard of excellence prevailing in the group. The new self-consciousness of being the member of a group of elite, together with a host of inhibitions like vows, traditions, dress, association and so on, raises a solid barrier of protection behind which even one comparatively weak can operate with sure chances of success, provided one is sincere.

Bhakti-yoga, Jnana-yoga, Raja-yoga and Karma-yoga (in other words, the path of devotion, the path of philosophical inquiry, the path of meditation, and the path of right action), all form the recognized Sadhanas of the Order. But work has special importance, because according to the rules laid down by Swami Vivekananda, every member, whatever his predilections, must do some work in the service of Sri Ramakrishna. Work cannot therefore be avoided in the name of a pseudo-spirituality, and those who are of that mentality will find themselves misfits in the Order.

An organization, like a State, however, requires not only geniuses but also ordinary folks, not only leaders but also followers. In the Order of Sri Ramakrishna all are therefore welcome, talented and highly qualified persons as also those who are not extraordinary, provided that they are attracted by the idea of living a life of renunciation and service. Renunciation implies the eschewal of personal ambitions, family relations, possessions, luxury and sex. An individual can practice renunciation only if the urges mentioned before find fulfillment in the higher satisfaction which devotional life offers.

Service implies the dedication of one’s energies and capacities to the works of the Order conceiving it as a symbol of Sri Ramakrishna. Spiritual talents are therefore more important than worldly abilities, but by the very nature and object of the Order a harmonious combination of both is the ideal.

Monastic life, therefore, offers to persons having the required temperament, the best opportunity of developing their capacities and of living their lives in a way that will be of maximum benefit to themselves and the world at large. The conditions of life in the Order are such that any one with the right temperament can easily adjust himself to them.

In the matter of food, clothing and housing, no doubt, simplicity is the rule, but conditions are not prohibitively austere. Middle class standards obtaining in the country are generally observed in these matters in the Math (monastery). Though the monks have no salaries or any other kind of personal income, all their legitimate needs are met by the institution (Order). The monastic vow of poverty therefore does not mean penury and indigence. So also obedience and discipline, while being fundamental in the monastic code of conduct, are not allowed to degenerate into servility and abjectness. While personal ambition has no place, scope for great achievements is open to persons of ability and courage.

Swami Vivekananda lived and preached at a time when India was yet in political bondage. Young men were, therefore, naturally engaged in the struggle for political freedom in the belief that it would solve all our problems. After political independence was attained, we have now come to understand that it has no meaning without economic independence, and the country is, therefore, struggling for that through planning and industrialization. But sooner or later it will be realized that without moral, religious and spiritual freedom—freedom from the animal in man—even economic freedom can offer no solace to the people. It is desirable that at least the more thoughtful sections in the country are prepared to face this disillusionment sufficiently early.

For the attainment of this spiritual freedom the country requires a huge army of workers cast in the mold that Swami Vivekananda has prepared through the harmonious combination of Jnana-yoga, Bhakti-yoga, Raja-yoga, and Karma-yoga. The monastic Order is the great legacy he has left to posterity for accomplishing this purpose. Now that the country is independent, there are no patriotic inhibitions standing in the way of the youth taking to a life of spiritual life and service. It is up to them to respond to the call of Swami Vivekananda, join the Order in large numbers and get their lives molded for special service in India and abroad.

84 comments on “Become a Monk

  1. Subho Pal (@Subho99)
    March 28, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,

    Thank you for clearing my doubts and blessing me. I have one last query, I have heard that , one needs his/her mother’s permission before he can become a monk/sanyasi.. Is this true?

    • rkma
      March 31, 2015

      Dear Subho Pal,

      It is good if one can receive the blessings of one’s parents and become a monk. But, many times, that is not practically possible.

      My considered opinion on this matter would be: One can go against the wishes of one’s parents if and only if one is going to tread the path of unselfishness. Path of God realization, is the path of unselfishness at its highest. In all other matters, one should abide by parents’ wishes.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda __________________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: (0831) 2432789/2430789 Email: rkmissionashrama@gmail.com Web: http://www.rkmissionashrama.org

  2. Srinath Gupta
    March 28, 2015

    i am srinath 24 years old, completed my bachelor’s degree. working as a marketing job [u can think its a useless job]. i have seen worse in this world. majority of the people aren’t following ethics values. when i see those people i feel embarrassed. even my parents doesn’t follow ethics sometimes. I never want to double cross in my life. people forgot love, faith. all are eager to make the money. my heart is broken in all aspects. pls sir I want to take up a sanyasa. please help me. let me live peacefully

    • rkma
      April 1, 2015

      Dear Srinath,

      The world is what it is. We need to find a way to lead a pure and purposeful life in the midst of this. Complaining is not going to help. To be able to lead such a life in the midst of such a world, we need good ideas to guide us. We get these from our scriptures and teaching of saints. I do not think, taking Sannyasa is a solution to your problem. If you let us know your postal address, we will send you a complimentary book. We can also guide you to a nearest Ramakrishna Math/Mission center, where you can discuss with Swamijis.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda __________________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: (0831) 2432789/2430789 Email: rkmissionashrama@gmail.com Web: http://www.rkmissionashrama.org

  3. hemantpasbola
    March 31, 2015

    Dear sir,
    I have been reading several books on yoga and spiritualism past 6-7 years. I always had desire to know the real truth, but their was always lack in feel or experience of truth. Reading and actual realization of truth is always different like we know that liquor is harmful for health but still people drink as they experience joy or fun in it. Same way I know that meditation and serving the god is the real truth of every human but realization of that bliss has not reached to my heart fully yet. I do meditation and mantra jaap regularly but now after looking so many times the worldly delusions I feel as if we are just all alone in the hands of god. No one belongs to us..no wife,parents, friends as all are looking for some kind of security of happiness in each other and if they don’t find it they or we all get upset. This has lead me towards vairagya more and more. I am 30 years old married marine engineer and firmly believe that I am going on the path of sanyasa very soon since I have disclosed this at home, their is serious havoc and I can’t make everyone understand that the path I want to choose is not wrong but full with bliss and love. How can they even tell if its wrong when they haven’t even tasted a pinch of bliss through meditation and prayers. Please guide me the ways towards renunciation, i will be really thankful to you. I stay in Mumbai but now these days sailing on ship in Europe.
    Regards
    Hemant pasbola
    Hemantpasbola@yahoo.in

  4. saif482
    April 2, 2015

    I am saif 26 yearsfrom Vijayawada andhra Pradesh btech did continuous don’t have interest to study. I want to a peace full life with out tent ions. Don’t have interest to marriage life. I want to become monk will u plz help me.

  5. saif482
    April 3, 2015

    Respected swamiji
    I am saif 26 years from Vijayawada. Btech discontinuous. I am from middle class family. I am Muslim is it correct that I join in ur ashramum. I believe that serve the people or save the people takes me towards the god. I don’t drink and don’t smoke now ready to reject marriage life and non veg. I want to spend my hole life to ur ashramum will u plz guide me…

    • rkma
      April 12, 2015

      Dear Saif,

      There is no restriction of religion in joining Ramakrishna Order. Since you are from Vijayawada, suggest you to get in touch with Swamiji over there. The address is: Ramakrishna Mission Ramakrishna Mission Road Sitanagaram Tadepalli Mandal, Dt. Krishna, Andhra Pradesh 522501 Phone : (08645) 272248 & 272656, (0866) 2570799 Email : rkmvijay(at)gmail.com

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda __________________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: (0831) 2432789/2430789 Email: rkmissionashrama@gmail.com Web: http://www.rkmissionashrama.org

  6. hemantpasbola
    April 16, 2015

    Respected swamiji,

    I have been waiting for your reply. If its not possible for me to join your ashram, please help me so I can at least meet some of the renuciates from your ashram who can guide me. I have read books by swami vivekanandji, he is my inspiration and even I read books of shri guru Ramakrishna paramhansa. I am not able to bear the pain of delusion of worldly relationships. If I fall again, it will be the biggest sin. I don’t want to fall swamiji. Please help me.

    • rkma
      April 16, 2015

      Dear Hemant,

      Sorry for the inordinate delay. Being married you will not be able to join Ramakrishna Math/Mission. But that does not stop you from becoming a monk.

      Please get in touch with the Head Swamiji at Ramakrishna Math, Mumbai. He should be able to guide you further.

      Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Ramakrishna Mission Marg 12th Road, Khar(West) Mumbai 400052 Phone : 022-2649 4760 & 2646 4363

      Best wishes, Swami Atmapranananda __________________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: (0831) 2432789/2430789 Email: rkmissionashrama@gmail.com Web: http://www.rkmissionashrama.org

  7. hemantpasbola
    April 16, 2015

    Respected swamiji,

    I am really thankful for your guidance. As soon as I sign off from ship I will definitely meet head swamiji. Thanx alot swamiji for your kind support.

    Regards
    Hemant

  8. gabhik
    April 19, 2015

    …………sree Ramakrishna pranamastu:….

    pronam moharaj ji,
    i am abhik gupta aged 20 from kolkata. after going through a lot of works by swamiji and other monks of Ramakrishna order,my view about life changed completely. previously i viewed life in terms of material gain but now my only aim is to earn something etarnal. following thakurs words, that every individuals original aim should be seeking almighty. i now want to purify my soul by dedicating my mortal body and etarnal soul to the benifit of mankind. i want to spend the rest of my days as a monk in the holy feet of thakur serving humanity.it is not that i want to leave the life social because i am frusted with my life, but the deep craving in me to serve the humanity and atmasuddhi makes me think that i should live as a monk avoiding social life.presently am persuing by bachalor degree in geography from calcutta university (1st yr).
    moharaj will u plz help me by guiding me through this way and providing me with the nescessery details and steps to be taken in this context.
    with pronam
    abhik gupta

    • rkma
      April 20, 2015

      Dear Abhik Gupta,

      Glad to receive your mail.

      My first suggestion would be to complete your education and get the degree.

      Meanwhile, in order to keep the spirit of renunciation intact, you should keep reading books of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Also, I would suggest you to get in touch with any Ramakrishna Math/Mission center in Kolkata and associate yourself with the activities of that center as a volunteer. You should also interact with the Swamijis over there. All this will help you.

      If you feel like spending some time in an Ashrama during your vacation, you are welcome to come to Belgaum for few days and stay with us.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda __________________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: (0831) 2432789/2430789 Email: rkmissionashrama@gmail.com Web: http://www.rkmissionashrama.org

      • gabhik
        April 29, 2015

        ………..om sri bhagaban Ramakrishnaya namah….

        pranam maharaj ji,
        u will be glad to khow that i hve got myself initiated from Sreemat Swami Smaranananda ji, vice president ramkrishna math & mission on 26th of this month. This you can say is a step to keep my spirit of renunciation intact.
        Bless me so that i can complete my education and can start serving humanity by devorting my soul to the feet of thakur and sree sree ma.
        …. pronam
        abhik gupta

      • rkma
        April 30, 2015

        Dear Abhik,

        Very glad to learn that you have been blessed with initiation. Please follow the instructions and progress on the spiritual path. Keep praying to the Holy Trio. Also, please get in touch with any Ramakrishna Math/Mission center and keep contact with Swamijis. This will help you a lot.

        Regards, Swami Atmapranananda __________________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: (0831) 2432789/2430789 Email: rkmissionashrama@gmail.com Web: http://www.rkmissionashrama.org

  9. Surajit Singha Mahapatra
    April 20, 2015

    Pranam Swamiji..

    How can any person be a volunteer in RKM?

    • rkma
      April 22, 2015

      Dear Surajit,

      No special qualification is required to be a volunteer of Ramakrishna Math/Mission. If you believe in doing good to others, you can be a volunteer. Please get in touch with any branch nearest to you and offer your services – http://www.belurmath.org/centres/branchcentres.htm Depending on your skills and time available, you will be allotted some area of service.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda __________________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: (0831) 2432789/2430789 Email: rkmissionashrama@gmail.com Web: http://www.rkmissionashrama.org

  10. Abhijeet Patki
    April 30, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,

    I have completed my B.Tech and working in a company and want to leave everything. I would like to join in your ashram permanently. If you can tell me the procedure I will join it as early as possible.
    I am always ready to help others and I need people around who are spiritual and can understand the importance of God.
    My age is 24
    My email ID is abhijeetpatki2@gmail.com
    Mobile number: 8019705659

    • rkma
      April 30, 2015

      Dear Abhijeet,

      By your age and qualification, you are eligible. Hope you are unmarried.

      In my opinion, you need exposure to the ideas and ideals of Ramakrishna Math & Mission. If you let us know your postal address, we will send you some complimentary books and also guide you to the nearest Ramakrishna Math/Mission center. You can interact with Swamijis over there and get further guidance.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda __________________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: (0831) 2432789/2430789 Email: rkmissionashrama@gmail.com Web: http://www.rkmissionashrama.org

  11. Pranam Swami ji,

    I am BSc(IT) graduate .My age 28 years.I am from Bihar. I have inherited the spirituality from my father but he is no more now. I have distraction to free myself from this materialistic society.I am very much impressed from the life of SWAMI VIVEKANANDA.I have been in touch of spirituality since the childhood days and experienced the positive way of life.But,due to this materialistic society, I retreat on the same materialistic track after some days and I also grasped in some bad habit. I want to spend my rest of the life in disciplined,meditated and spiritual way and want to serve the humanity.I am in seek of ashram where I can practice spirituality and Swami Vivekananda teachings and render the service to society.Kindly,help me.

    • rkma
      May 3, 2015

      Dear Rajesh,

      Please let us know your postal address. We will send you a few complimentary books and also guide you to the nearest Ramakrishna Mission Center.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda __________________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: (0831) 2432789/2430789 Email: rkmissionashrama@gmail.com Web: http://www.rkmissionashrama.org

  12. Ankit Singh
    May 9, 2015

    Dear Swami ji,
    I, Ankit Kumar Singh, currently Pursuing Ph.D in Electrical Engg. from IIT Roorkee. In my life did not have any spiritual background. I am completely fed up with materialistic life and realized that no one can achieved complete bliss in materialistic life what ever he or she has post or possession. Like other ordinary people i have also some bad habit. I always believe helping needy people who comes into my contacts. i always try to burn my all bad habit. I really want to realized this universe. I am looking for a place where i can practice spirituality. please help me out.
    My age-30 and unmarried.

    • rkma
      May 18, 2015

      Dear Ankit,

      Glad to know that you have got noble intentions of freeing from bad habits and serving others. You are also developing dispassion. In my opinion, you need some guidance. Is there any Vivekananda Study Circle in your college? (Some of the IITs have it). Else, please go through life and works of Swami Vivekananda, especially ‘Lectures from Colombo to Almora’. During your holidays, please visit any Ramakrishna Math/Mission Center and interact with Swamijis over there. That will help you clear your ideas and choose a path for you to realize your goal.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Fort, Belgaum 590 016 Ph: (0831) 2432789, 2430789 Email: mail@rkmissionashrama.org Website: http://rkmissionashrama.org

  13. Respected Swamiji,

    The writer here is Shyamtanu Datta. He is presently pursuing his PhD studies in Germany. He is of late here in Kolkata for few months. He had come across and listened very carefully many of Swami Sarvapriyananda Ji’s lectures, which were life changing to him in many ways. He is eager to meet Swamiji to clarify some doubts. Could this be possible to meet Swamiji, in person for a brief period of time? Shyamtanu will highly appreciate if an appointment could be fixed.

    With best regards

    Shyamtanu

    • rkma
      May 18, 2015

      Dear Shyamtanu,

      In order to meet Swami Sarvapriyanandaji, please write to mail(at)belurmath.org since he is at Belur Math.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Fort, Belgaum 590 016 Ph: (0831) 2432789, 2430789 Email: mail@rkmissionashrama.org Website: http://rkmissionashrama.org

  14. Ambrish Narain Singh
    May 11, 2015

    Adarniya Swami ji,
    Main varanasi ka rehne wala 1 aam admi hun.Maine apna graduation hotel management mein kiya hai.Aur abhi main Bahrain naam ke 1 desh mein rehta hun.Par mera kisi bhi kaam mein mann nahi lagta hai.Adhyatm mujhe apni or akarshit karta hai,main apne aap ko pehchanna chahta hun ye janna chahta hun ki main is duniya mein kis maksad se aaya hun.main kisi bhi cheez mein kabhi awwal nahi raha.hamesha se 1 jan sadharan ke tarah hi jiya hun.meri maa meri kundli hamesha pandit ji ko dikhati hai aur sab yahi kehte hain ki ye 1 bada admi banega.Par main paise mein bada admi nahi banna chahta main adhyatm ki or jana chahta hun.Main apne ander ki atma ko janna chahta hun.Ishwar se 1 baar vartalap karna chahta hun.Maine Swami Vivekananda Ji Maharaj ke bare mein padha hai.Aur unki jivan shaili mujhe bahut prabhavit karti hai.Par mujhe sirf 1 cheez ki chinta khayi jati hai ki main apne ghar mein eklauta kamane wala hun.Jiski wajah se main apne dil ki nahi sun pata hun.Mera apse vinamra nivedan hai ki aap mujhe sahi marg dikha ke mera path pradarshit karein.

    Seva mein,
    Ambrish

    • rkma
      May 18, 2015

      Dear Ambrish,

      Since you are the only earning member, it is better you serve your parents and lead a pure life. Try to serve the society in whatever way you can. This will give you peace and a sense of fulfillment. Also, pray to God to guide you in spiritual life.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  15. Ambrish Narain Singh
    May 11, 2015

    Adarniya Swami ji,
    Adhoori jankari ke liye mafi chahta hun.Darasal meri umar 25 varsh hai.Aur 1 nivedan aur karna chahta hun ki yadi agar aap hamare liye kuch Swami ji ki likhi pustika bhej sakenge to bahut meharbani hogi.Hamara pata hai
    c7/59k
    Senpura,chetganj
    varanasi,Uttar Pradesh.INDIA 221001

    Seva Mein,
    Ambrish

  16. frenz2006
    May 20, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,

    I am 29 years old girl with a pleasant job. But I am not interested in these material possessions but want to take care of my parents. They want me to get married but I have no interest in marriage and inclined to spiritual side. I am inclined to God and want to pursue spiritual guidance and server people. But my family does not support the same and suggest serving spiritually can be achieved after marriage as well. I visit Belur Math/ Dakhineshwar regularly and also took pranam of Pujaniya President Maharajji. I want to join the spiritual service for Mission. Please guide me.

    Thank You
    MRoy

    • rkma
      May 21, 2015

      Dear Ms. Roy, As you might be aware, Ramakrishna Mission only admits boys. Girls interested to take up the life of renunciation need to contact Sri Sarada Math. I would advise you to get in touch with Matajis of Dakshineshwar. They will surely guide you. Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  17. Deboo_X_Xavier
    May 20, 2015

    Respected Swami Atmapranananaji,

    I’m a 30 year old Engineer with an MBA from a top B-School.
    After 4 years of working in the unforgiving corporate world, my mind is constantly seeking inner peace but am unable to do so.
    The only things that used to give me some calm was when I was reading the works of Swami Vivekananda and the Life of Vivekananda (by western and eastern disciples).
    My search for the true meaning of my existence led me to Belur Math where I felt at peace within its tranquil surroundings.

    I interacted with the Monk who curated the Vivekananda museum and he told me that one day I would come back to the mission.

    For the past few days, I’ve been getting a calling. From whom, I am unable to comprehend.

    And then I stumbled upon this post and your kind replies.

    Would I be a suitable candidate to join the Ramakrishna mission.
    Would you take a well educated but world weary person as your ‘shishya’ at Belgaum math ?

    Please do reply Swamiji. Even if in the negative. It would mean a lot to me.

    Dibyaroop

    • rkma
      May 21, 2015

      Dear Dibyaroop,

      Glad to receive your mail. As you might be aware, only bachelors up to the age of 30 are allowed to join any branch of the Ramakrishna Math/Mission. Since you are 30, I advise you to get in touch with our Headquarters at mail(at)belurmath.org. They will guide you further. I pray to God that you get a positive response.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  18. Srinivas Bg
    May 24, 2015

    dear swamiji ,im srinivas and im 22 years old i want to become a monk so that i know my real identity ,coz what i talk is really not what I’m when i meditate i really enjoy it i can do it for days ,there are somethings that are hided from human perceptions ,i once got to really lose my egos and i was in real ultimate joy that was divine the ultimate aim for every human being is DIVINITY,now im suffering that my egos are hurting me ,day by day ,its really painful , my world itself changed ,the reality is a lie,please help me I really want to become a monk please dont care about my age ,coz my experiences is very very different from my experience

    • rkma
      May 26, 2015

      Dear Srinivas,

      Please let us know what you do, which city you live in and your postal address if possible. We will send you some complimentary books that will guide you. If one reaches the ultimate joy, the goal of human life, one never suffers after that. But it is possible that one mistakes certain mental states as ultimate.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • Srinivas Bg
        May 26, 2015

        but it was not A mental state,it was pure love state,no believes me except the persons who witnessed it.
        my address is #30 basavanapura main road ,K.R.puram,bangalore
        please let me join your ashrama i know how the heart and mind works , i just want to make that state stable

  19. ansshumandutta
    May 26, 2015

    Jai Sri Ramkrishna,

    Pujya Swamiji,

    I seek your advice on the following:

    I am 33 years old (Male) and married and also have a daughter. My parents were initiated by (Late) Swami Ranganathanandji Maharaj from Belur Math, but I waited because I thought I wasn’t yet ready and decided to take “Diksha” later with my wife.

    I have for long been reading various Vedanta and spiritual books by Swamijis from the RK Mission. At this point in time I feel I am ready for initiation and have already read a lot of books (including but not limited to Kathaamrita, Life of Swami Vivekananda, Life of Maa, Life of Thakur and many more books). I will be initiated shortly from The Holy Mother’s House in Bagbazaar (Kolkata).

    I have taken the vow of celibacy and have been strictly following that for some time now after taking inspiration from Swami Vivekanada’s teachings and also from the Master’s teachings. I am trying very hard to live the life of a Brahmyachari and have ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST IN WORDLY AFFAIRS.
    Please note I’m not trying to run away from life – I am a writer by profession and I support my family well financially.

    It’s just that I am no longer interested in worldly affairs.

    The problem is my wife won’t support me in this. She thinks I’m cheating on her and my kid by not living the life of a regular married person and wants to pull me down into regular married life. She thinks not everyone who takes a diksha follows the life of a Brahmachari and I should also just continue with “normal” life after Diksha. However hard I try to make her understand she won’t and wants me to carry on with the life I had before my mind changed.

    I know I can’t become a monk at the RK mission because of age and marital status, but I don’t want to continue with worldly affairs and indulge in worldly affairs especially now that I know the “Atma” has no sex and living the life of a hog is not why we get a human life.

    I want to know the ultimate truth and will sacrifice anything for it.

    My question to you is how should I handle my family problems? When I think of it I feel I am cheating on her and being selfish….but again I tell myself that any path that leads to self realization is fair. I am confused and need advice.

    Should I just leave my home and find a suitable place to practice Brahmachrya or should I go back to “normal married” life and just do “Japa” like many others who get initiated?

    I know Thakur will take care of my family should I leave them. It’s just that I don’t want to bear the burden of “running away” from responsibilities.

    Please Help Me.
    Pranam,
    Pinaki

  20. Saurav Dubey
    June 7, 2015

    pranam guruji

    I am 20 years old and had given the final examination of my course of diploma in computer engineering. I want to join ramakrishna mission as a monk. I am fully aware of the life a monk has to live ,but enlightenment is what more important to me. I’d appreciate your guidance

    • rkma
      June 12, 2015

      Dear Saurav,

      Sorry for the delayed reply. Do you have any exposure to the ideas and ideals of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda? It is necessary and beneficial in order to become a monk in Ramakrishna Math & Mission. If you let us know your postal address, we will send you few complimentary books as also guide you to a nearest Ramakrishna Math/Mission Center.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  21. Himmat Rayana
    June 13, 2015

    sir,
    my name is himmat singh. i am an MBA and did my graduation in literature. i have been always interested in scripture .i love to go ramleela and rasleela and listen and reading stories,bhagwatgita,ramayan from my childhood. but some time ago suddenly i stopped doing prayers because i realized the feel (i dont know what was there when i do prayers i feel free from all the worries an miseries of world) that stopped.i dont know for what i am wandering.i am puzzled that i have tried all things to know myself but the result is nothing. can you help me or guide my path. there is so many things which are wandering in mind but sharing just what at this time. plz help me to get rid of this materialistic world.i am not that erudite and have no words to express my disturbance. why this is happening to me.

    • rkma
      June 23, 2015

      Dear Himmat,

      In my opinion, you need to have a clear idea of what you want out of life. There is no better guide than Swami Vivekananda. Please read life and works of Swami Vivekananda. Particularly a book ‘Lectures from Colombo to Almora’ is recommended for the youth. I am sure that will clear many of your doubts.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  22. Srinivas Bg
    June 18, 2015

    pranam guruji,
    my name is srinivas i completed my engineering course i had this experience that happiness is in my heart
    i no longer believe in science i lost my complete hope on science im no longer getting happiness from the outside
    world happiness is truely in me,please accept me as ur follower guruji

  23. sandeepkashi
    June 18, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,
    I am 28 year old unmarried and a btech graduate from iitbhu varanasi.I worked in the software industry for sometime.During my school days once I participated in an essay competition by adwait ashram mayawati and won a prize as well.The prize had books about Swami Vivekananda’s life.I read those books and many others published by adwait ashram during school and college days. Please guide me as to how can I join adwait ashram mayawati.I want to do service there as a writer or in any other manner.

  24. smartrahul1982
    June 27, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,

    I’m 32 years old married man. I have lost complete interest in this wordly life because of the household fights. I know my age is beyond your age criteria but i would really want to leave this life. I live in Gurgaon, Haryana. Please suggest me what should I do.

    Rahul Jain

    • rkma
      July 1, 2015

      Dear Rahul Jain,

      Quarrels do happen where more than one human being reside together. One should not lose interest in life for that. One should have goals and values in life to live by. Then the fights and quarrels can be handled in a better way. I would suggest you to read a book ‘Learn to Live’ published by Ramakrishna Math & Mission. If you cannot get it, please let us know your postal address. We will send the same to you.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Fort, Belgaum 590 016 Ph: (0831) 2432789, 2430789 Email: mail@rkmissionashrama.org Website: http://rkmissionashrama.org

  25. Sir,
    I am Boibhab Chatterjee of Odisha, I want to join Ram Krishna Mission as a Monk. If possible kindly suggest me some contact no. so that I can contact about the details before joining. I am an Engineering Graduate and aged 25 years of age. Also communicate me the branch of Ramakrishna mission where to contact.

  26. phanicherukuri
    July 8, 2015

    Hi Swamiji,
    My Name is Phanikumar and I am from Hyderabad. I am 38 years old and single. For the endless thoughts that I get, I could only find solace reading and following books having spiritual content.I have no interest in getting married. I have been doing worship, reading scriptures such as Vishnu Sahasranama etc:-. These I have been doing to have moderation or balance in my interactions with external world, say others, for example: I would not like to cross my limits while talking with others, Occasionally when I go overboard, I try to introspect. I would not like to get too emotional and hurt myself in the process of interaction with others. Though it appears doing worship mechanically on some days, I have been continuing. I have been going through spiritual books, discourses, attending Ramakrishna Math at Hyderabad on Saturdays and Sundays for Bhajans and for some pujas on special days in the Ashram. Though I have been working, going further I would limit myself up to certain level and stop worrying. This was possible to me after attending Yoga classes / meditation classes at RKMath, I would like to be consistent in this approach as just to play the role as an employee rather than getting immersed in my job activities to the level that I get worried. Recently I attended Spiritual retreat at Mysore for 5 days. I would like to do service or some activities in form of teaching or volunteering apart from doing regular job. I would like to be consistent in pursuing spiritual growth. If there can be any opportunity, that I can get in any of RK math based institutions or organizations, it would be really useful to me. Please suggest me . My basic qualification is MCA, and I did MBA further and have an Advanced Diploma in German language.
    Regards,
    Phani

    • rkma
      July 27, 2015

      Dear Phanikumar,

      At the outset, very sorry for delay in replying. By God’s grace, you have a noble desire to serve society. Very few have it. You are also very qualified. Since you are already a frequent visitor to Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad, please get in touch with Adhyaksha Swamiji and offer your services as a volunteer. Please keep reading works of Swami Vivekananda. You will get proper guidance in these. To start with. I would suggest Karma Yoga.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  27. Moitreya Adhikary
    July 25, 2015

    Maharaj,

    I am very much inclined to becoming a monk of the Sri Ramakrishna order. I am a doctoral student and 25 years old. Please suggest me if I can be one of you. I am eager to lead a spiritual life and one in the service of the society. Or if not please suggest me the way I can remain close to your spiritual fraternity and serve in my own way to the society. My regards… Moitreya

    • rkma
      July 27, 2015

      Dear Moitreya,

      Glad to receive your mail. Hope you are unmarried. In that case, you are very much eligible to join Ramakrishna Order. What is your interaction with Ramakrishna Math/Mission? Have you read any of the literature, i.e. Life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda? What is your present location?

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • Moitreya Adhikary
        July 31, 2015

        Maharaj,

        I am unmarried and have maintained absolute celibacy as demanded by the monastic order. Maharaj, I have read only Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita and a few articles and books of Swami Vivekananda. But I find true bliss in reading them and I like to discuss things related to spirituality the way it was pointed out by the Paramahamsa Himself. I find absolute peace merely by looking at the images of the trio, Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ma Sarada and Swami Vivekananda. And for your information, I am a student of Electrical Engineering at IIT Kanpur at present.

      • rkma
        August 2, 2015

        Dear Moitreya,

        You can very much join Ramakrishna Order. Once you complete your studies, you may join any center of Ramakrishna Math/Mission. Meanwhile, keep reading books on/by Holy Trio and keep praying to God. If you get time, please be in touch with Ramakrishna Math, Kanpur. Amongst other books, try and read this: Glory of monastic life. If you do not get it, pl send us your postal address, we will send you a complimentary copy.

        Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • Moitreya Adhikary
        July 31, 2015

        Maharaj,

        I am unmarried and have maintained absolute celibacy as demanded by the monastic order. I am from a place where basically the movement started. I stay very near to Belur Math , Belur Howrah. Maharaj, I have read only Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita and a few articles and books of Swami Vivekananda. But I find true bliss in reading them and I like to discuss things related to spirituality the way it was pointed out by the Paramahamsa Himself. I find absolute peace merely by looking at the images of the trio, Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ma Sarada and Swami Vivekananda. And for your information, I am a student of Electrical Engineering at IIT Kanpur at present.

  28. pujniye swami ji. my name is ravi agarwal i am 22 years old. i want to became a sanyaasi. is my thinking and age is right or wrong for this. i m not happy with my life because of many more reasons. i am graduated in commerce and have two computer certificates. please give me your bless with ans. i am waiting.

    • rkma
      August 10, 2015

      Dear Ravi Agarwal,

      Becoming a Sannyasi is a step towards achieving something, not only towards getting away from something. What is the goal of one’s life and how to achieve it – these are the questions you need to have fairly clear understanding about. I would advise you to read Swami Vivekananda’s life and teachings. Especially Swamiji’s ‘Lectures from Colombo to Almora’. This will clear many of your ideas.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  29. thomasserrao
    July 27, 2015

    Pranam,

    My name is Thomas, turned 28 years old this July. I am raised up as a Catholic Christian but when I was a little boy in my fourth standard, I used get dreams of Devi Kali, but never knew who she was but years past by I finished my scholastic life and started my college life, I used to visit my college friends homes and once I visited a friends house during Navratri that’s when I saw the image of Devi. I started to study more about her and wanted to know as to why I used to see her in my dreams but never knew why?. I have always wanted to enter the monastic life for which I did join to be a priest in the Christian faith but got rejected when I spoke about my dreams; every since I came back I got more closer to Devi, I worked for a BPO in Mumbai, completed my graduation in arts. I would like to know if I am eligible to join to be a monk? If yes, what are the necessary steps I should take. I am eager to serve Devi with all my heart.

    Yours Humbly
    Thomas

    • rkma
      August 10, 2015

      Dear Thomas,

      We are sorry for the delay in our response. Please write to our headquarters at Belur Math – mail(at)belurmath.org explaining to them about your intention to join the Ramakrishna Order. Your age is also close to the upper limit stipulated by the Order. Hence they will be able to guide you suitably.

      Best wishes, Swami Atmapranananda

  30. Partha Som
    July 28, 2015

    Pranam Maharaj,

    I am 32 yrs old and married also. I am Graduate in B.Com with Microsoft global certificate achiever, also having 10 yrs working experience in IT field .I am very much inspair of culture & helping scenario of Ramakrishna & Vivekananda Mission . Every yrs I spend Kali Pujo & others festival in Mission. But now I want to join physically & permanently as monk in Ramakrishna Mission. How I will join the same ,advise please. I have no interest normal people life or Sansar. I want to spent my life to server poor or needy people who are suffering from every side of social system. Please help me.

    Thanks
    Partha

    • rkma
      July 30, 2015

      Dear Partha Som,

      Sorry to write this, but as you would have read on our website, Ramakrishna Order admits only bachelors as monks, that too within the age of 30. This does not prevent you from becoming a monk in other spiritual traditions though. But the Ramakrishna Order has developed these guidelines based on its experience of over 100 years.

      An unsought advice: Since you are married, you have moral and legal responsibilities towards your family. Whatever you wish to do, should be within the framework of fulfilling those responsibilities. It is very much possible for householders to lead a spiritual life based on Swami Vivekanada’s concept of service.

      I would suggest that you get in touch with any center of Ramakrishna Math/Mission near you and interact with Swamijis over there. Also read the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. Another suggested reading/listening would be Bhagavad Gita explained by Swami Ranganathanandjai. You will find answers to many of your questions and guidance for your life.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  31. Narendra Nath
    July 28, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,
    i am Narendranath. Boda. I am Single, I am 27 years old
    I am from Mahaboobnagar, Telangana
    Presently I am working in Muscat as Clinical Audiologist
    I have 3 years work experience as Audiologist
    I have pursued my Honors Degree and Diploma in All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore.
    Initially during my student life in Mysore, I used to visit Rama Krishna Ashram every weekend, I was hoping to be a very active part in ashram. But due to education and some responsibilities I couldn’t join in ashram.
    With god grace I have finished my education and earning reasonable amount. But life is not all about money, girls, relations and job. Life is beyond all these. I am waiting for this moment to mail you.
    I am finished with the responsibilities which I had drawn into my life, I dont have interest in money or i dont have interest in lust. These all i built when I started visiting ashram in Mysore. The fresh healthy empty feelings in ashram, it is very very impressive. All i want to get in life is peaceful life by living in ashram.
    I want to work for ashram, I want to become a very active member in ashram activities without expecting money and status. If you think I am genuine and I am eligible to become a monk in in our prestigious and lovable ashram please kindly do the needful swamiji.
    Yours Sincerely
    Narendranath Boda
    narendranathmandya@gmail.com
    00 968 91913219

    • rkma
      July 30, 2015

      Dear Narendranath,

      Glad to receive your mail. By your age and qualification, you are quite fit to join the Ramakrishna Order. You also seem to have contact with Ramakrishna Math/Mission. How much of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature have you read? Life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda? Also, have you studied deeply enough the ideas and ideals of the Ramakrishna Order? What is the goal of life? Why does one become a monk? These are the questions on which one should have reasonable clarity before making such momentous decisions in life as becoming a monk. Please think on these lines. I am sure you will get enough material on the net to help you in this effort. If not, please revert as to how we can reach some of the printed material to you that will help you.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  32. Raghav Arora
    July 28, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,
    I am a first year student pursuing pgpm(mba) at IIM Lucknow. I am a bachelor 23 years of age as of now. I was in my first year of graduation when I developed my interest in spirituality, especially because i was handed over with the responsibilty to bring my mother out of depression. I developed such an interest in sprituality that i was not interested in doing anything but meditation. Though I never had a formal training of doing meditation, I listened to intrepretation of Gita by shri adgadanand maharaj and other gurus. I developed more interest in sprituality that I decided to give up married life and worldly fulfillments. I was able to convince my parents for that. however, i got an admission into IIM-L as well as IIM-A(abm) and was not interested in joining. However, my parents asked me to join it. Just to satisfy my parents this need, I joined IIM-L where I am facing more philosophical conflicts then before. I wanted to learn the exact practice of meditation and perfect in it. I am not at all interested in joining any top MNC. Please guide and show me the the path of self actualisation.

    thanks

    • rkma
      July 30, 2015

      Dear Raghav,

      We need a positive goal in our life. We cannot live our life just based on what we ‘do not want’, we should have a clear ideas as to ‘what we want’. Serious spiritual life is for those who want something that the world cannot offer. I would suggest you to get in touch with Ramakrishna Math, Lucknow and interact with Swamijis over there. Also read books by Swami Vivekananda, especially his ‘Lectures from Colombo to Almora’. That should give you a start in your journey.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • ashutosh1526
        August 2, 2015

        Swamiji..
        I want to give up materialism want to join rk order .i have seen all the videos of swamisarvapriyananda and narshimhananda on advaita vedanta . i am in search of existence of life .u m very much troubled by the
        This question .i m deeply moved by lectures on vedanta . my credentials are below i want to join rk mission order
        Ashutosh shahi
        Age 28
        Btech biotechnology VIT Vellore
        currently central govt job

      • rkma
        August 10, 2015

        Dear Ashutosh,

        There are many ways to realize the truths of Vedanta. If you wish to join Ramakrishna Order as a monk, you need to have exposure to the following: Life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Ideas and ideals of Ramakrishna Math & Mission Uniqueness of Ramakrishna monasticism. I suggest that you read/listen on these lines. If you cannot procure the material, please let us know your postal address and we will send you some complimentary books. Also, if there is any Ramakrishna Math or Mission center near you, please get in touch. Personal interaction with Swamijis will clear many of your doubts.

        Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  33. dahake8888
    August 5, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,

    My name Shirish R Dahake

    I am 24 years old, unmarried and I have a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering. Can I be considered eligible for being a monk. I have studied Swami Vivekananda’s work and they have been my inspiration in life. I am deeply motivated to live a spiritual life. Kindly consider blessing me.

    Regards

    • rkma
      August 6, 2015

      Dear Shirish,

      Glad to receive your mail. You are quite eligible to join Ramakrishna Order. If you have some personal interaction with Ramakrishna Math/Mission, it will help you. You should also get a reasonable ideas about the ideas and ideals of the Ramakrishna Order. It will help you if you could spend some time in some center of Ramakrishna Math/Mission. Assuming you are working, you could spend weekends in a center nearer to you. You are always welcome to come to Belgaum. Please let us know your location and we will let you know a center nearest to you where you can stay and interact with Swamijis.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  34. Gangesh Matta (@gangesh1)
    August 10, 2015

    Hello Swami ji.
    I seek guidance to begin with to see what are my actual interests. I have been following Swami Sarvapriyananda from sometime and been interested in spiritual understanding from childhood. Now I feel is the time to choose a certain path. I am a freelancer web developer by profession and have a Bachelor degree.

    Would be very glad to hear from you.

    Regards

    Gangesh

    • Gangesh Matta (@gangesh1)
      August 12, 2015

      I am really looking forward to hear from you.

    • rkma
      August 18, 2015

      Dear Gangesh,

      There are various interests pursued by humans. Broadly these can be categorised as follows: Money, sense pleasures, name and fame, power. Science, arts, sports, social service. Pursuit of super-sensuous Truth Desires for all of the above are present in every human being in different proportions and strengths. Desire for money etc is very natural. Majority of the humanity takes this path without even thinking about it. But in some, desire for other pursuits is stronger, strong enough to shun all other pursuits. I think it is for the individual to find out what one really wants.

      Even in pursuit of the Truth, there are different paths represented by different spiritual traditions/personages.To name a few, apart from Ramakrishna Mission, Ramana Maharshi, Yogi Aurobindo and many more. To choose a certain tradition for yourself, you will need to know more about that particular tradition and see if its ideas, ideals and most importantly its practices suit your temperament. So far as Ramakrishna Mission is concerned, you will get a fairly clear idea by going through life and works of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Also suggested is ‘For enquirers about Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission’ by Swami Tapasyanandaji.

      Suggested link: http://www.belurmath.org/Ideology.htm, Suggested books: http://advaitaashrama.org/Book/Detail/98, http://advaitaashrama.org/Book/Detail/5257

      Please write if you need further clarification.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • Gangesh Matta (@gangesh1)
        August 21, 2015

        Respected Swamiji,

        Thank you for taking our your time and guiding me.
        I will certainly go through these links and find out.

        Regards

        Gangesh Matta

  35. Parthankar Choudhury
    August 12, 2015

    Hello Swami ji,
    I am an 18 year old student pursuing my graduation in engineering. I want to ask you some fundamental questions on godhood.
    Till date, as far as I have delved into religion, I have assumed that extreme stage of knowledge is god realisation. This was obvious, as intellect is the parameter, that separates man from animals. However in some lectures of swami Vivekananda, (Lectures from Colombo to Almora) he spoke of karma yoga, where one attains god hood without much stress on jnana, and he also spoke about its gross misuse in the present day. These thoughts have confused me a lot. Please draw a line of clarity.
    I am connecting through my father’s facebook account, since I don’t have one…
    Would be glad to hear from you,
    Regards,
    Parijat

    • rkma
      August 21, 2015

      Dear Parijat,

      For your age, you are quite matured. Know it to be the grace of God. You are right when you say that “extreme stage of knowledge is god realisation.” That knowledge is not gained by our present intellect, but by a pure/higher intellect. Your next point “This was obvious, as intellect is the parameter, that separates man from animals” needs some investigation. Intellect is not the parameter that separates humans from animals. Animals also have our so-called intellect. The reactions of a cow when approached by two different persons, one carrying a stick and the other a bunch of green grass, are different. What separates us from animals is dharma or ethics and morality, which lead to purity of mind. “Extreme stage of knowledge” that you speak of is knowledge about the self and/or God that manifests itself in ‘pure’ mind. As Swamiji has pointed out in his teachings, this goal can be attained by different paths. Not only Karma Yoga, but by Bhakti Yoga and Raja Yoga same goal can be reached. If I may put it, ‘extreme stage of knowledge is god realisation. Also, ‘extreme stage of selflessness is god realisation’ and ‘extreme stage of love for God is god realisation’. Please read Swamiji’s Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. You will get clearer ideas.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  36. lashkarimitesh
    August 19, 2015

    Namaste Swamiji,
    I am 29 year old and working as HR professional in private sector. I get a feeling that the objective of our life can’t be just enjoying this materialistic world. There has to be a bigger reason why we are sent to this world.
    I am really inspired by the life of Swami Ramakrishna Ji and Swami Vivekananda ji and would like to walk on the path directed by them.
    I am planning to visit Belur math in next 1-2 days, could you please guide me how to become the monk and seek the purpose of this life.
    Thanks,
    Mitesh

    • rkma
      August 21, 2015

      Dear Mitesh,

      As human being evolves, his/her ideas about the goal of human life evolve too. We are not “sent” into the world. We are born on account of our unfulfilled desires. And this being born and dying has been going on from time immemorial. It will end when we know our real nature and that will lead to freedom/Mukti from this cycle of transmigration. Various religious traditions in Hinduism have this one goal. One should choose a tradition that suits ones temparament. Monasticism is for those who have accepted this goal and have it the only goal of their life. Also, their desires for worldly pleasures are not so strong as to pull them into the worldly life. I would suggest you to read life and works of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Further suggested reading: belurmath.org/Ideology.htm http://advaitaashrama.org/Book/Detail/98 http://advaitaashrama.org/Book/Detail/5257

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  37. PavanShettyN
    August 19, 2015

    Namaskar swamiji

    Thank you for your blessings
    How can one meet you in person?

    Thanks

  38. Amrendra Sinha
    August 23, 2015

    R/Swamiji,
    I am amrendra kumar sinha working in govt.sector as a officer. My height is 5’1” There are no marriage offer comes due to my length as well as My face is also not good. I have 37 year old..I think why i earn money and for which person.everytime I weep when I sit alone. I want to suicide or join a Ashram

    • rkma
      August 25, 2015

      Dear Amrendra,

      Sorry to hear about your condition. Birth, death and marriage are destined by God, not by man. There are more terrible things that happen to men than not getting married. There is so much misery in the world, many people do not have enough even to eat.

      Do not focus your attention on your marriage, it will happen if and when the time comes. Pay a bit of attention to others and how you can serve them, what you can do to make others happy, that will bring lot of peace to you. You are a government officer. There is so much you can do to alleviate the suffering of others. Also during your free time, associate with some voluntary organisation and render service to society.

      Please read Swami Vivekananda’s ‘Lectures from Colombo to Almora’ and other works. You will get guidance for your life in Swamiji’s life and works.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  39. Ubuntu Rattle
    August 26, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,

    I am currently pursuing my graduation(B.Tech in Computer Science&Technology) but i’m unsure whether to continue studies any more or not.I want to attain the state where is is stated that one can meet the God but i just cant set my mind whether to leave studies or not as my results hasn’t been good during graduation(i’m final year student) and as i read many a times that those who wants to meet God are essentially winners in every aspect of life-so i am confused.The reason why i want to leave studies is that after reading a few books on spirituality i understood that science does bypass the question of whether there’s a definite source of all the topics that it wants to and does discuss.I also want to ask whether a spiritual counselling is given by the any Ramakrishna Mission centre to the seekers and how is it done? I actually don’t know how to approach a centre on this account as i don’t know anyone who has some kind of attachment with a centre of Ramakrishna Mission.

    • rkma
      August 27, 2015

      Dear Friend,

      By all means, you should study well and complete your graduation successfully. Whether to study further or not is an altogether different question.

      You can meet Swamijis of Ramakrishna Math/Mission. The list of Ramakrishna Math/Mission centers is here: belurmath.org/centres/branchcentres.htm Please get in touch with the center nearest to you.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  40. Somasundaram Skc Karpagam
    August 27, 2015

    Namaskaram Swamiji,
    Iam 34 yrs old unmarried woman I studied Bsc.,Bed.,i worked as teacher. Nows a adays . I want to join permanently as monk in Ramakrishna Mission. How I will join the same , I have no interest normal people life or Sansar. I want to spent my life to server poor or needy people who are suffering from every side of social system. Please help me.I want to work for ashram, I want to become a very active member in ashram activities without expecting money and status. If you think I am genuine and I am eligible to become a monk in in our prestigious and lovable ashram please kindly do the needful swamiji.
    Yours Sincerely
    S.Karpagam.

  41. Raviraj Hegde
    September 1, 2015

    Hari Om,

    I am 27 year old from Kumta currently working in Bangalore.
    I am currently working in an stock advisory firm. All the life after my birth I had an aim to become a warrior.
    My parents not allowed me as well as I gave up in between @ my 20. I had two aims in life to die for the country serving people or to free my soul(moksha)
    Now as I was not able to go for 1st I would like to fulfil my destiny from the second. I have lost values for money, prosperity, relationship, greed. Buy
    still Kama and anger is present in me. I have spoken to my parents regarding this, they have told me to wait for the time.
    Everyday my inner soul is not allowing me to concentrate of work, it says me to find truth and don’t get carried by moha and maya.
    I want a true guru’s guidance.
    Regards,
    Raghuveera

    • rkma
      September 5, 2015

      Dear Raghuveera,

      I would suggest you to read life and works of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Also, please get in touch with any one of the two Ashrama in Bangalore and interact with Swamijis over there. They will guide you.

      _Bangalore-Bull Temple Road_ Ramakrishna Math Bull Temple Road Bangalore, Karnataka 560019 Phone : 080-2661 3149, 2667 1010 Email : rkmfive@gmail.com Website: http://www.rkmathbangalore.org

      _Bangalore-Ulsoor_ Ramakrishna Math Swami Vivekananda Road, Ulsoor Bangalore, Karnataka 560008 Phone : 080-2536 7878, 080-2557 8900, 0-99022 44822 Email : halasuru@rkmm.org, ulsoormath@gmail.com Website: http://www.ramakrishnamath.in

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

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