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.

182 comments on “Become a Monk

  1. Sarthak (@SGTweetz)
    May 3, 2014

    Respected Swamiji,

    I am 30 years old and I have a masters degree. Can I be considered eligible for being a monk. I have studied Sri Ramakrishna’s and 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
      May 3, 2014

      Dear Sarthak,

      Glad to receive your mail.

      Since you are 30, it is advisable that you contact the Head Quarters on mail@belurmath.org

      With prayers to Sri Ramakrishna to guide and bless you,

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

  2. Shekhar Ramesh
    May 13, 2014

    Poojyaniya Swami Ji
    Sadar Pranam
    Iam 29 years old mba qualified with 5 years of work experience i hve no interest in personal life as iam much more interested in dharma rakshana serving dharma and in spiritual things i want to give up everything and become a monk iam still bachelor and i hve no interest in marriage am i the right person for ur math ? can i join ur math if it is so than iam ready to give up everything my family job friends my special interests being a youngster ! i just want to be the celebate and my main concern is dharma rakshana ! kindly reply and clear my queries

    Regards
    Raaj

  3. Vinay Kr
    May 15, 2014

    Pranam swamiji,
    I am 22 years old and I was pursuing an engineering degree in bangalore. I have completed 6 semesters and I dropped it and decided to dedicate my life to studying the vedanta. I have given all my time to reading Swami Vivekananda’s works, learning sanskrit grammar and also studying the Gita and The Upanishads. What really surprised me here is the prerequisite of having “at least” a degree. I have been educated in the best school and also one of asia’s best pre-university college. My decision to drop my degree course was out of complete lack of interest in worldly knowledge and disdain for the applied sciences. I shifted my pattern of education to what I consider “real education”. Now when ramakrishna mission states that we should have “at least” a degree to become a monk, it really pains me to see this. I am educated enough and capable of earning a very comfortable living also even without this degree, do I really need it to become a monk and study spirituality? Now that my life’s decision has been made, should I go back to my college and finish my degree so that I can be allowed to become a monk? I am very perplexed. Please reply to me, I am eagerly waiting.

    Dhanyawaad Swamiji.

    • rkma
      May 18, 2014

      Dear Vinay Kumar,

      You need not be perplexed. Very technically speaking, there are different age limits for different educational qualifications. Cases like yours i.e. drop outs by choice, are rare. Generally most of them are on account of lack of application or capabilities. If such persons approach us, we advise them to complete the degree. Anyways, it has been taken off from out blog, thanks to you, since, as mentioned earlier, officially, there are different age limits for different qualifications.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda (Secretary)

  4. Moumita Chatterjee
    May 16, 2014

    I m a graduate and a vocalist. I want to join Ramakrishna Order to serve People & work for Thakur. I only have faith on god & want blessings from Maa to help People.I feel i can only reach god by helping people in need.

    Will you pls help me…inform me in bubanmoumita@gmail.com

  5. Amit Raghuwanshi
    May 20, 2014

    Pujniy Swamiji, i am 25 year old graduate i dont have any interest in marrige and all about the material stuff have a verry painful divotional relation with god while meditation i felt cry i dont know what is hapening with me want to know about this situation please give me some advice and take my pain away from me i want to see the supream personality and have no goal in life i dont want to be engaged in material world please take me out of it please reply fast.

  6. Amit Raghuwanshi
    May 20, 2014

    Swamiji i am not getting any help from anywhere want to know address or contact the Head Quarters. If possible please share Akola or Washim Math address.

  7. lokeshreddy1427
    May 22, 2014

    Respected Swamiji,

    I fed up with married life as not in good path and we my wife daily fight. It’s been more than 4 years I am bearing. I lost my patience to continue with the problems and decided to go some where else without touch to anybody as I don’t have dare to die. While searching for ashramam’s I found this interesting post. I stay in Chennai. Kindly guide me how and whom to approach to be part of mission. I am 29.6 yrs old working in a private company. Please respond to my post or contact me @9884903119

    • rkma
      May 23, 2014

      Dear Lokesh Reddy,

      You need to talk to some monk. I would advise you to talk to Swami Paramasukhanandaji of Ramakrishna Math, Chennai. It is in Mylapore. I do not have his cell no. You may call the land line and find your way to him.

      Ramakrishna Math, Chennai land line numbers are : 044-2462-1110 (4 lines)

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

      • Respected Swamiji
        I am Uday sankar Das age 33, mother langauge Bengali ,from WestBengal(India) and married ,Educational qulification 10+2,
        I want a job any catagory , in any Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama would you help me.
        and …inform me in my e-mail: das.uday.sankar@gmail.com

      • rkma
        May 29, 2014

        Dear Uday,

        We do not have any job opportunities. We advise you to contact Ramakrishna Mission centers that are near to where you live.

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

  8. Pranam Maharaj ,
    I am Nilanjan, Presently living in Mumbai for job . I am 30 years old . I am single . Is it possible for me to join RKM order . I work to earn , But I am really fed-up with the lie & Politics day in and day out . Please reply .

    • rkma
      May 29, 2014

      Dear Nilanjan,

      One need not become a monk for being fed up with life and politics. To become a monk, one should have a positive goal. Please read life and teaching of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. These readings will guide you as to what is the highest goal of life and how to attain it. So far as joining Ramakrishna Mission is concerned, since you are nearing the limit for the age criterion, please contact our Head Quarters at mail@belurmath.org

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

      • Pranam Maharaj ,
        Please suggest some bengali book , which I can read & come to know the highest goal of Life .

      • rkma
        May 30, 2014

        Dear Nilanjan,

        As suggested in earlier mail, suggested books for reading (with some additions): 1. Life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda 2. Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna 3. Letters of Swami Vivekananda 4. Lectures from Colombo to Almora

        Please check with Udbodhan Office, Kolkata for Bengali versions of these books. They are the publishers of Bengali Books. Ramakrishna Math, 1 Udbodhan Lane, Baghbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700003 Phone : 033-2533 9292, 2554 2248, 033-2554 2403 & 2554 1986 Email : ashrama@udbodhan.org; info@udbodhan.org Website: http://www.udbodhan.org

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

  9. experiencedharma
    June 15, 2014

    sir i want to become a monk and want to come out of the mundane of day to day life and experience self realization and serve people through dharma. im 28 years old i want to join in a year i read the above mentioned conditions. im an engineering graduate and quite good at academics

    • rkma
      June 16, 2014

      Please write about your association with the centres of Ramakrishna Math/Mission if any, whether you have read any books of Swami Vivekananda as also where you are from.

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

  10. Harish Singh
    June 26, 2014

    pranam swamiji ,

    my name is harish, i am an engineering graduate and 30 years old. All is i do in this world does not give happiness i am searching for inner happiness so that i can understand the true meaning of life. All is see is sorrow everywhere i want to learn and understand life so that this sorrow can be minimized and can particiapte to make this world a happy place. Family life does not attract me. please help me ion this regard. i want to be a monk

  11. Shanmukha Viswanath
    July 20, 2014

    pranams swamiji, i am viswanath 21yrs old completed my graduation in B.sc(agriculture)with firstclass grade from rajahmundry(A.P).During this period of 4yrs i used to visit rkmath and read books related to swamivivekanandas life and teachings.i am introvert by nature and doesnt like much contacts and i possess just 2or 3 bestfriends in general.i was greatly inspired by swamis teachings and i used to get inner joy by thinking on swamis life and particularly on renunciation(monkhood)and i dreamt myself on ocrerobes during those days and clearly understood the aim of real life. though lust is very troublesome and rooted in me i can discriminate the spiritual joy and sensual joy.atlast i found that with holycompany and renunciation alone one can get real happiness.i also read vairagya and brahmacharya book written by swami sivananda and got inspired on renunciation.now i want to join in rkmath and told about this to my parents and they were shocked on hearing this and throwing tantrums against me and negatively speaking that i am spoiling my life by will and no one can help me and everyone will laugh at me by this decision and on my career like this way.Acc to me my parents were financially good and my elder brother was trying for a job and he is talented in one or other field,so iam safe to take this decision.But now i am in great turmoil swami and my parents are telling that life at math is not easy and making fun and i dont want to lead my life like them getting involved in earning money so on..whether i was thinking right or not i dont know swami and they are telling that i am a coward & running away from this world.so please swami i request u to tell me how to approach rkmath and is it feasible for me for spiritual development and am i fit to join in math swami …….
    thanking you and my pranams to you swamiji

  12. Ajay Chaurasia
    July 23, 2014

    Dear sir,
    i want to spend my lifetime in your ashram. please guide me how to possible it? please replay this e-mail id

    ajaydchaurasia@gmail.com.

    • rkma
      July 25, 2014

      Dear Ajay Chaurasia,

      Please write to us with following information:

      Your age, marital status, educational qualification, any earlier contact with Ramakrishna Mission, books that you have read, your present geographical location etc.

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

      • Ajay Chaurasia
        August 3, 2014

        Dear Sir,

        I am Ajay Chaurasia. I am 32 year old unmarried boy. My educational qualification is 12th(HSC) from Mumbai. I am a business person. My business & present geographical location is Goregaon, Mumbai, Maharastra. I know the languages are Hindi, Marathi & Bhojpuri.

        No, I am not any earlier contact with Ramakrishna Mission and I have not read any books.

        i want to become a RAMAKRISHNA MISSION ASHRAMA please tell me the procedure,i am very mently disturb ,i want peace in my life plz plz help me i want to spend rest of my life in ashram i will be waiting for your answer thank u
        from Mumbai.
        Ajay Chaurasia.
        Cont. 9890 333 015.

      • rkma
        August 4, 2014

        Dear Ajay,

        You might have known from our website that to join Ramakrishna Mission, the maximum age limit is 30. But there is no age limit to lead a noble life devoted to a higher purpose. Such a life alone can bestow peace and fulfillment.

        I would suggest you to read some of the books like, Life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Also, interaction and company of Sadhus will help you. Please get in touch with Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Ramakrishna Mission Marg, 12th Road, Khar(West) Mumbai 400052 Phone : 022-2649 4760 & 2646 4363

        You will get books there as also you can meet Swamijis and seek personal counsel from them.

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

  13. Avinash Nair
    August 12, 2014

    Dear Swamiji,

    I am Avinash, hailing from Calicut, Kerala. I am as Bsc IT Graduate with 11 years of work experience in IT firm and at present, based at Bangalore, I am turning 33 this year. I am interested in joining the Ramakrishna Mission. Is it mandate that only a male below 30 years can join the Ashram and take up Sanyasa, After listening some of the sessions by Swami Sarvapriyananda, especially the “Who am I? according to Mandukya upanishad, I developed a much stronger urge to learn and think like a sanyasi.. Its is my humble request if you can give me an opportunity to awaken my inner self.

    Book read: Journey of Self realization, by Swami Pramhansa Yogananda.

    • rkma
      August 13, 2014

      Dear Avinash,

      Since you are above 30, such requests are handled by our Head Quarters at Belur Math. Kindly get in touch with them on this emial id: mail@belurmath.org

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda _____________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: 0831-2432789, 2430789 Email: rkmissionashram@gmail.com Web: blog.rkmissionashrama.org

      • Avinash Nair
        August 13, 2014

        Thank you for providing me with the details, Swamiji. Have a great evening.

  14. Surya Venkata Kumar
    August 26, 2014

    iam 30 years…iam very much intrested to become a monk..it means i want to rest of my life as monk..please guide mee what is the process…pzzzz

    • rkma
      August 28, 2014

      Dear Surya Venkata Kumar,

      Since you are already 30, it is better you contact the Ramakrishna Mission Headquarters at this mail id: mail@belurmath.org

      Please write your educational qualification as well.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda _____________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: 0831-2432789, 2430789 Email: rkmissionashram@gmail.com Web: blog.rkmissionashrama.org

  15. harekrsnaa
    August 31, 2014

    swamiji,i hail from adibad(telangana) i have been in touch with local RK seva samithi since 3 years as a volunteer and i want lead a renounced life.

    qualification: BA
    Age:24
    books read: bhagavat gita, kathopanishat, ishavyasopanishat,viveka chudamani(not fully) and few other ..

    will i be accepted in RK order
    swamiji please do answer my post.

    thank you.

    • rkma
      September 5, 2014

      Dear Friend,

      So far as your qualification and age goes, you are eligible to join the Ramakrishna Order.

      We would suggest you to get in touch with Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad at following address. Ramakrishna Math Domalguda Hyderabad 500029 Phone : 040-2763 3937 & 2763 5545

      You may send them a mail to this address: rkmath_hyd@yahoo.com _*or*_ mathoffice@rkmath.org

      In case you wish to join some other center than Hyderabad, please let us know. We will suggest some other center.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda _____________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: 0831-2432789, 2430789 Email: rkmissionashram@gmail.com Web: blog.rkmissionashrama.org

      • harekrsnaa
        September 8, 2014

        swamiji,as i’m a follower of lord krishna and i cant change my ist god to ramakrishna prabhu.can i be given mantra of lord krishna.?

  16. harekrsnaa
    August 31, 2014

    adilabad (telangana)*

  17. Arpan Chakraborty
    September 1, 2014

    Respected ‘Swamiji’

    I have read somewhere that when you are getting irritation about this samsara life you are becoming more and more spritual. My life is about to cahnge. Currently I am doing M.Tech in computer science and engineering. but at this time I feel that this is not the right way for realising the TRUTH. I want to become a Monk and for that I can leave everything. I have a friend and she also wants to become a prbrajika at Sarada Math. But the fact is , I belong to a higher-middle class family and my family does not expect much from me. But in case of this girl , economic condition is not well. They are somehow dependent on her. She is also doing M.Tech.

    My question is, for this girl , if she becomes a ‘MONK’ at the math, is there any scope for this girl for sending help to her family ?

    • rkma
      September 5, 2014

      Dear Arpan,

      I understand your concern. But as you might be aware, she will have to join Sarada Math which is an entity entirely independent of Ramakrishna Math with its own set of rules. So best way to get the answer to this particular question would be to contact Sarada Math.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda _____________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: 0831-2432789, 2430789 Email: rkmissionashram@gmail.com Web: blog.rkmissionashrama.org

      • Arpan Chakraborty
        September 5, 2014

        Respected Swamiji,

        A single letter from you fills my life with fragrance of happiness…please take my pranam.

  18. Spirituality Aadhyatma
    September 5, 2014

    Dear Swamiji,

    I am fond of Swamiji’s sayings, one of those is ” You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul” – Swami Vivekananda.
    His written works take me to completely different experience. Recently read few of Swamiji’s viewpoints on the Buddha and Upanishads.
    I am keenly interested to read(or meditate) on this more and more to understand or arrive at point of intersection of Buddha’s teachings and Upanishadic teachings.
    Please shed some light upon the path and suggest some books or sections of books I should work upon.

    Aum Namaha Shivaya:

    – tarun

  19. Amit Dwivedi
    September 7, 2014

    Respected SWAMI JI,
    SADAR PRANAM

    I am a student of Master Degree first year PHYSICS in BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY.
    I am truly 21 year old as my birth date is 12-06-1993 while it is written in matriculation certificate as 04-07-1995 showing me 19 year old .
    I want to be a LIFETIME MONK in SHRI RAMAKRISHNA ORDER but my parents are in the retiring age of work .
    I also want to serve my parents as they are becoming old and want to live a LIFETIME CELIBATE AND SPIRITUAL LIFE as an monk. I have no brother .
    Should I pursue my MASTER DEGREE first before being a monk?
    Is it possible to be a monk and to serve parents at the same time?

    please answer my query as early as possible.

    email: amitssbair@gmail.com
    mob. 8574958248
    address : room no. 139 BHABHA HOSTEL faculty of science BHU campus VARANASI 221005 u.p.

    • rkma
      September 9, 2014

      Dear Amit,

      Your questions: 1. Should I continue studying – Since you have started it, it is better to complete it. 2. Can I become a monk and serve my parents- I do not know about other Orders, but in Ramakrishna Math/Mission it is not possible.

      My suggestion: You may lead a God centered life of a celibate without becoming a monk and serve your parents. You may also engage yourself in social service activities. Please contact Ramakrishna Mission Home of Service, Varanasi and get in touch with Swami Neelakanthanandaji. Discussions with him will also help you.

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

  20. Amit Dwivedi
    September 11, 2014

    thank-you SWAMIJI for your suggestion .
    I am living and will live a spiritual life with service devoted to people.
    PRANAM
    AMIT

  21. kapurannirudh
    September 12, 2014

    Dear swamiji

    My name is anirudh kapur , I am 26yrs old, unmarried,  regarding my education background I hv done my schooling frm a reputed school there after dne my aero. engineering nd also a graduate n BSc phy. I am born and brought up in delhi and having a work exp of 2.6yrs. but had to leave my lst job as the company shut downed. I had struggle alot to find my last job and now again struggling to find a new one.

    I believe I am not focus nd my mind is always diverting so I stay tensed regarding my carrer and never stay satisfied in life.

    I always have negative approach in everything I do inspite of getting motivation pills from my parents especially from my dad, I tried doing meditation but it was of no use.

    So nw decided to become a monk as this will give me eternal peace and happiness.

    So please guide me how to  proceed as I fulfill all your requirements to become a monk.

    Regards
    Anirudh

  22. Swanit Saha
    September 23, 2014

    Respected Swamiji,

    I am Swanit Saha, I am 23 year old, unmarried, Completed my Graduation in 2012, Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calcutta. and now doing a job since February’2014. But I would like to serve the people as a Monk by following the footprints of Swamiji (Swami Vivekananda). He is being my Idol for a long time.
    I want to be a LIFETIME MONK and serve the people.
    If you guide me to do so. I have been greatly thankful to you.

    Thanks & regards.

    Swanit Saha

    Ph.: 9804368105 / e-mail: mailmeiamswanit@gmail.com
    Address: 126, Swami Vivekananda Road, Birati, Kolkata – 700051

  23. Prateek Bansal
    October 1, 2014

    maharaj ji i am 27 years of age and a commerce graduate doing job currently .I have keen interest in spirituality and have studied deeply swami vivekananda literature and shantikunj literature also. and practiced spiriutuality also as much as i could do in normal society conditions. but at some state of spirituality i found it difficult to deal with daily worldly affairs .i want to join ramakrishna order as a full time monk . please guide me regarding this . i have been in contact with ramakrishna math lucknow and impressed with the service to the humanity and spiritual services of the monks. please guoide regarding this.

    • Prateek Bansal
      October 6, 2014

      maharaj ji you didnt reply my

    • rkma
      October 9, 2014

      Dear Prateek,

      If you please let us know your postal address, we will send you some complimentary books. Please go through these.

      So far as joining is concerned, I would suggest you to join at Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad. Their contact info is here:

      Ramakrishna Math Domalguda Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500029 Phone : 040-2763 3937 & 2763 5545 Email : rkmath_hyd@yahoo.com,mathoffice@rkmath.org Website: http://www.rkmath.org

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

  24. roushankm
    October 1, 2014

    Sir,
    Kindly provide me the same book.
    For this I shall always oblige to you.
    My address is as below:-
    Roushan Kumar Mishra
    D-155, gali-D-5 A,ganeshnagar pandavnagar complex,
    Newdelhi-110092
    Landmark-Near kalibari mandir
    Mob-9716691403

    Thanking you
    Yours faithfully
    Roushan Kumar Mishra

    • rkma
      October 9, 2014

      Dear Roushan,

      We have sent you a complimentary copy of the book ‘Mind and its control’. Pl go through it. You may also keep in touch with Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi. Address is below. They even have a youth forum which you may join.

      Ramakrishna Mission Ramakrishna Ashrama Marg, Panchkuiya Road, Paharganj New Delhi, Delhi 110055 Phone : 011-2358 7110 & 2358 3023 Email : ashram@rkmdelhi.org,rkmissiondelhi@gmail.com

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

  25. Krishna Sahu
    October 4, 2014

    Respected Swamji,
    My name is Krushna, i am 27 years of age and a commerce graduate.I have an interest to be a monk.I don’t want the life which right now i live. i want to worship the god without desire and want to study study deeply swami Vivekananda literature and the gita and Vedanta also and practice this in my life.I don’t want to stay any more in this society.i want to join ramakrishna math as a full time monk . please guide me regarding this . i don’t have any contact with ramakrishna math. please guide regarding this through mail /mobile no..

    Regards,
    Krushna

    mail id-krishnasahu1987@gmail.com
    cont no-9583347842

    • rkma
      October 5, 2014

      Dear Krishna Sahu,

      Glad to receive your mail.

      By your age and qualification, you are eligible to join. Have you read any books on/by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi or Swami Vivekananda? You need to read some books to have an idea of the ideals and philosophy of Ramakrishna Mission. Also personal contact with some Swamiji of Ramakrishna Order will help.

      Please let us know what you have read and also your address. We will send you some complimentary books as also a center nearest to you which you can approach.

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

  26. Krishna Sahu
    October 5, 2014

    Respected Dear Swamji,

    Thanks for your suggestion, I have an interest to read some books. Till now i won’t read any books but i watch some spiritual videos like…Swami Sarvapriyananda at IITK – Who Am I_ according to Mandukya Upanishads-Part 1,Swami Sarvapriyananda at IITK – Who Am I_ according to Mandukya Upanishads-Part 2,PSYCHOLOGY OF THE GITA_ Swami Narasimhananda,Swami Atmashraddhananda on Mind & Its Control ,Swamini Vimalananda – Mastering the Mind,Facing Real Life Challenges- Swami Narasimhananda and some videos by Radhanath swami etc from utube and i really appricate personally to watch those videos.That’s why i want to join Ramakrishna Mission officially to read some spritual books and apply to my life.

    Please send me some books to read, and give me the address nearest contact center. Help me for my better future with your ashram.

    My postal address- Krushna Chandra Sahu,At/Po-Kanheipur,PS-Khallikote ,Dist-Ganjam,Odisha,Pin-761029

    Regards,
    Krushna

    mail id-krishnasahu1987@gmail.com
    cont no-9583347842

    • rkma
      October 9, 2014

      Dear Krushna,

      We have sent few books to you. Pl go through these.

      I am not able to make out which center is near your place. I am giving here a link of Ramakrishna Math and Mission centers. Please find out which center is nearest to you and approach it. You may write an email to the ashrama you wish to approach and start your contact with them.

      http://belurmath.org/centres/branchcentres.htm

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

  27. kapurannirudh
    October 7, 2014

    Dear swamiji

    I had messaged you on 12th September 2014 above but since then waiting for your reply.

    so I request you to reply to my earlier post, waiting to hear from you eagerly.

    Thanks & Regards
    Anirudh Kapur

  28. Preetham Rohit
    October 10, 2014

    Hi Swami ji,

    I am 25 years old and i want to join and serve god with my soul and purity with heart .

    I am fed up with life ,i know this not the right age to think maybe life shows u different pictures ,in a difficult situations but .

    I am not happy my mother passed away,when i was 7 yrs old and my life is like a miserable .ups and downs comes ,we need to fight but i feel like why r we born ,what are we doing ,to what to get .

    I always think about Yogi ,sadhu, monk …..I have a dreams too.

    Swami ji suggest me what to do ,is it right to think about to be monk at this age i am confused.

    Please mail me.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Preetham
    preetam.r7@gmail.com

    • rkma
      October 13, 2014

      Dear Preetham,

      Becoming a monk is a very important decision in life and should be most thoughtful one. As of now, I would suggest you to read some of the books of Swami Vivekananda and others.

      If you let us know your postal address, we will send you some complimentary copies as also guide you to the nearest center of our Institution.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda _____________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: 0831-2432789, 2430789 Email: rkmissionashram@gmail.com Web: blog.rkmissionashrama.org

    • rkma
      October 13, 2014

      Dear Preetham,

      Becoming a monk is a very important decision in life and should be most thoughtful one. As of now, I would suggest you to read some of the books of Swami Vivekananda and others.

      If you let us know your postal address, we will send you some complimentary copies as also guide you to the nearest center of our Institution.

      Best wishes, Swami Atmapranananda _____________________________________ Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Fort, Belgaum – 590016 Ph: 0831-2432789, 2430789 Email: rkmissionashram@gmail.com Web: blog.rkmissionashrama.org

  29. siddharth0565
    October 14, 2014

    By reading most of the posts above it seems most of the people think that solution of the many problems being faced by them is to become a Monk. This is the same what I also used to think earlier. I also thought that I will get peace and solace by escaping from these problems and living the peaceful life of a monk. But I also knew at the bottom of my heart that I didn’t have desire for that type of life but may be it seemed the only way out. This I know now was due to my Weakness. Just because I was failing badly in the worldly life so I thought I can lead a peaceful life by escaping from these problems. But what I feel its much more difficlut to become a Monk as compared to a worldly person. It was my inability to meet life’s challenges due to internal weakness which created the escapist mindset. Thus I realized over a period of time that it was a misconception to think that way instead we first need to be strong to meet life’s challenges as is said by Swamiji.

    Talking about problems faced by me I would say many times it felt hopeless that nothing will change in my life and I will live with these problems and die with it too. I felt low and energyless most of the time and didn’t feel like doing anything be it working, worshipping, enjoying or meeting people. I was constantly comparing myself with others and feeling low. So by concentrating only on my negatives I had developed very low self esteem. If somebody said something bad to me then it went on in my mind like a tape recorder for days and brought down my self esteem furthur. I didn’t have confidence to argue with people. I couldn’t express myself clearly while speaking. I always feared if some new problem arises how would I manage it as it would add to already unmanageable pool of problems. Due to hopelessness sometimes suicidal thoughts also came. I didn’t find any meaning in the way life was going on.

    Right from begining I went to many temples and Guru’s expecting that with their blessings some magic will occur and my life will change forever. But the peace and solace I felt by visiting holy places and people was short-term. I even visited many psychologists and psychiatrists but they only gave expensive counselling and harmful anti-depressents which didn’t help except short-term. The psychologists main thrust was that think positive but I wonder how they say this when a person has developed totally negative frame of mind. I would call it as mental impressions which you can’t just change by repeating positive words. I read many self help books like “The power of subconscious mind”, “The magic of thinking big”, “The secret”, “You can win”, “You can heal your life” etc. and followed the techniques given therein like affirmation, visualisation, repitition, etc. hoping that life would change but these didnt help. I tried to leave everything on my guru and just accept things way they are but after a while i couldn’t keep my faith intact. I took some vow to go to temple everyday and chanting everyday these did help for sometime but again I was back to square one in few days. I tried everything I could but nothing seemed to help me transform my life.

    One day I came accross some quotes of Swami Vivekananda one of them which startled me was “You cannot have faith in God unless you have faith in yourself”. This was in contrast to what we hear everyday that have faith in God have faith in Guru but nobody ever said to have faith in self. After reading many such wonderful marvellous quotes I felt like on cloud 9. I felt strong and also meditated. In that state I felt very nice life seemed to move smoothly despite problems. Though this state was also temporary but the words of Swami Vivekananda had great positive vibrations and most importantly it gave hope to me by reading what Swamiji had written that “Soul is the source of infinite strength”. I felt his words were appealing to me and very truthful and seemed as if this was what I was looking for all these years. I never read something like this. I now became very clear that source of all my problems were weakness which I felt from inside and the only remedy was becoming Strong. The mind still was confusing and taking me in all directions but I knew that my soul was the best guide in this world so I asked myself for answer to questions whatever I wished to ask. I kept on reading as much as I could and asking myself and at last got answer that meditation is the key to becoming strong. Though initially when I started meditation I was confused as to how to do it and also my body kept vibrating and I just didnt feel like waking up in the morning but after initial tough days meditation slowly started becoming normal. It was not regular and it took few months to start practising it regularly. It involves constant improvement.

    I slowly started feeling change in all spheres of my life. More confidence, activeness, energy, clarity in speech, meeting challenges better, positiveness have started coming in life. I feel like working, enjoying, interacting with people etc. I feel I have more faith in the self with feeling “I can do it”. I can work better in office. I have started taking problems as challenges instead of roadblock. I feel my faith in my Guru has risen. I feel i can explain myself better and interact more freely. I feel more activeness in mind. My life has improved from the point where I started for sure. I narrated this as Swami Vivekananda says share your experience, may be it can be of help to others. In case you wish to discuss something mail me at siddharth0565@gmail.com

  30. its2dev
    October 16, 2014

    Pranams Maharaj

    I am Debmalya. I always had spiritual inclination since my tender age and was fortunate to had sadhu – sanga in a nimbarka ashrama near my home. Then in when I was in school I came to know about Amma – Bhagavn, spiritual guides from south india and was devoted to them. I decided to become a dasa ( monk ) in their order though my parents were dead against of the idea. Finally after my graduation I joned the order and spent 2 years then my parents forcefully drag me back. I was also disappointed with the politics I saw there.

    At present I am 30 + working in Bangalore. I have been meditating since my school days and also had some mystical experiences during my stay at the ashrams. I have read many of Ramakrisha publication books, Kathamrita, Lila prosongo, Bhoktomalika and few other vedanta based books like ashtavakra samhita. I continuing my meditation but I am really thirsty for sadhu sanga. Working in an IT tough in the sense I never thought of leading this life. I feel terribly disconnected. Few days back I went to Ramakrishna math in Bull temple road and meditated for a while. I experienced joy and bliss. Since then whenever I get time I visit Ramakrishna Math and meditate. Yesterday I spoke briefly with Prashant Maharaj and took public blessing from the president Maharaj. I seek sadhu sanga like I use to have as a boy in nimbarka ashram but in big organisation to get into touch with monks and spend time is very difficult , Prashant maharaj suggested me to take appointment. I want to know if it is possible to reside at the ashram on weekends devoting myself in meditation and prayers, I can contribute if it is chargeable. Now every evening I feel like visiting the math though most of the time I end up working till late evening and unable to visit. I without fail visit the math on weekends. I wake up early around 4:30 am and meditate and do japa. But at 30 all sorts of desires become strong and collective consciousness influence one in a bad way. At times I am torn – apart between my spiritual quest and sensual desires.

    Please help me. Pranams

  31. Amit Kumar Singh
    October 20, 2014

    Hello Sir,

    I am 26 years old and i am well qualified(b.tech and MBA) and I am already working in very well reputed MNC. However, I am looking to gain wisdom in my life and spend my some years as a monk. I need your guidance to proceed ahead from here. As far as books are concerned I have’t read any except Bhagwat Gita. Am I eligible to join.

    Also you can contact me on my email – amit800@live.com.

    I will look forward to hear back from you.

    – Amit

  32. Poulomi Divine Power
    October 23, 2014

    hello sir,
    I am an androgynous soul ( the feminine),age 20(18,feb,1994).I have found out my counterpart ( the masculine),age 20(12,sept,1994) but our relationship is undergoing turbulence because of his egotism and stubborn nature and perhaps my low self asteem is also adding to the reason.
    I am extremely at pains to undergo sufferings and therefore I seek liberation.
    Which meditation should I be doing? Also,give me suggestions regardings books I am to read.
    Please help!
    you may kindly reply at my gmail _
    pitterpatter59@gmail.com

    thank you

  33. Karan Cool
    October 25, 2014

    sir ,
    my name is karan ..i live in hyderabad.My problem is about my chachi ..She is in big problem .she is married but she leaved her husband .and she is having two childrens hence she is not happy in her life now and having alot of problem .she want to live her life alone she is 36 years old .her childrens are also giving her problem ..she is very upset with her life and she want to die ..Pls kindly help her .she want to live in ashram by staying alone ..and she asked me to do this favour ..pllsssss help her its my humble request ..
    my email address is
    KARANASH786@GMAIL.COM
    MY NUMBER IS +919703021830

    PLSS IF THERE IS GOD THEN PLS HELP HER OTHERWISE SHE WILL KILL HER SELF ….

  34. Pranam Swamiji,

    With my humble respect it is to inform you that I am very much interested in the life Ramakrishna missions and have practiced over the years in my life. I am done B.Tech in 2009 form West Bengal and have worked in companies for 05 yrs.
    I am 27 years old and bachelor and belong from West Bengal. I would like to do teaching in your ashramas.
    Kindly guide me to be like of yours,
    Dhanyavaada,

    Debaditya Kha (Hindu)

    Email id: debaditya.hit32@gmail.com
    Mobile no: 09909004199
    Alternate no: 09732486909

    • rkma
      November 7, 2014

      Dear Debaditya,

      It is not clear whether you want to teach in Ramakrishna Mission against remuneration or as a volunteer or you want to join Ramakrishna Mission as a monk.

      If you want to teach, you will have to approach any of our educational institutions like Rahara, Narendrapur etc.

      You may get the details on Belur Math website.

      If you want to become a monk, then it is a different story.

      Please clarify.

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

  35. Prithvi Raj
    November 5, 2014

    pranam maharaj i am prithvi from hydrabad i frequently visit rk math hydrabad and i have read maa and guru maharaj and swamiji books my question is i want to become monk to know the ultimate truth now i am 24 i want to work and earn some money for my parents later i want to become monk but i am confused that i should be below 30 if i want to join math ,maharaj i need atleast 8 to 10 years time so that i can fulfil my parents wish i want to become monk by 35 years i planned schedule for it .could you please give me suggestion?

    • rkma
      November 7, 2014

      Dear Prithvi,

      The maximum age limit depends on educational qualification. Since you have not stated your qualification, I do not know what is maximum age limit for you.

      There cannot be an age limit to become a monk per se, but to become a monk of Ramakrishna Order, we have these restrictions, which you will have to follow. Otherwise, after fulfilling your obligations, you can lead a celibate’s life serving through any branch of Ramakrishna Mission as a volunteer. Not an option I suggest, but available.

      You may also discuss with Swami Bodhamayanandaji of Institute of Excellence at Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad.

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

  36. sudhirdubey
    November 13, 2014

    Pranam swamiji,
    My name sudhir dubey [Ghaziabad(Delhi-NCR)]

    I am 23yr. old B.com(H) graduate and presently pursuing Chartered accountant course and have cleared my inter. I am dropping CA by self. I also did computer hardware and networking diploma course.

    I have read Ramayana, Gita(in Hindi&English), numerous booklets of gita press gorakhpur and presently reading raaj yoga (From ..Wikipedia text hard copy).

    Sir although I am able to live my life on my own but there is something which keep telling me that this is not you path. I find myself in great dilemma. People oftenly used to say me that I am different from them.

    • rkma
      November 15, 2014

      Dear Sudhir,

      As I understand from your mail, you are in the process of getting a clearer idea of the purpose of your life. I recommend three disciplines to achieve this:

      1. Leading a pure life 2. Reading life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda 3. Holy company-please get in touch with any RKM center near you and start interacting with Swamijis over there. Also participate in service activities of that center.

      This will slowly give clarity to you.

      I am not sure whether it is a good idea to stop pursuing what you have already started- prepararing for CA exams. Better try and complete it.

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

  37. sudhirdubey
    November 13, 2014

    Pranam swami ji,
    I am 23yr. old b.com(H) graduate. I also did computer hardware and networking. Presently pursuing CA inter II group.

    Presently I am living in Ghaziabad(Delhi-NCR).

    I have read Ramayana, Gita(in Hindi & English), numerous booklets of gitapress gorakhpur and presently reading Raaj yoga(Vedanta philosophy) by Swami Vivekananda.

    I want to be a monk for religion, nation, efforts of great ancients , for humanity and divine soul which is getting malicious because of wrong experiences, wrong teachings, unnecessary desire and search of fake happiness.

    Your’s truly
    Sudhir kumar dubey

  38. Ayush Kumar
    November 14, 2014

    Pranam Swamiji

    I am B.E. I am going to complete 30 years of age on 28th nov 2014 so right now i am below 30 years of age. I am currently residing in bangalore. I want to become a monk and devote my life in serving as a spiritual being and want to attain peace of mind. Please reply that can i be considered to become monk. I have fully decided for this.

  39. ramki12387
    November 16, 2014

    Respected Swamiji,,

    My name is Ramakrishnan N. I am 27 years old employed with a bank in Chennai. I have no interest in personal life having grown with books on Indian philosophy and Sri Ramakrishna’s teachings. I have bought many of the books on spirituality and Vivekananda’s lectures from the math;s stalls in mylapore and have visited the universal temple whenever possible. I am afraid of leaving my old parents alone for monkhood . Please advise me properly on what needs to be done as I have a burning feeling to renounce material life for the spiritual. If I cannot be a monk, Please tell me how I can serve as volunteer for the math

    • rkma
      November 17, 2014

      Dear Ramakrishnan,

      Please contact Swami Paramasukhanandaji of Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai. He will surely guide you.

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

  40. avisekc
    November 16, 2014

    Respected Swamiji,

    I am Abhishek Chakraborty. I am 34 years old and single living in Mumbai. I have found that striving for success in this world have been futile for me. As, I see myself at this age, that even after working for various companies for several years, I am not able to adjust or achieve any degree of success. Social life has been non – existent therefore loneliness has gripped me. An intense hatred of this form of life thus takes me to the steps of a spiritual life in hope of finding peace which my soul needs.

    Swamiji, my suffering has been great and leaving with my abusive father is affecting my health. I need to leave home and renounce this life forever. Hope, I can find peace in spiritual life. Please any advice would be a blessing for me.

    Pranam Swamiji,
    Abhishek Chakraborty.

    • rkma
      November 19, 2014

      Dear Abhishek,

      As mentioned on our website, to join Ramakrishna Mission as a monk, one needs to be below the age of 30.

      In my opinion, your situation really does not make you a candidate for sannyasa (sorry for saying this). What you really need is some soul searching to find out how best you can change yourself to change your situation. To do that, you need guidance which you can get from books and holy company.

      I would suggest you to visit Ramakrishna Math, Khar, Mumbai. You may buy/borrow from library some books and also interact with Swamijis over there. This will help you.

      The books I would suggest you to read are: 1. Short biographies of Holy Trio (Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda) 2. Mind and its control – by Swami Budhananda 3. Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna 4. Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda 5. Talks with Holy Mother

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

  41. Chanti Charm
    November 19, 2014

    Respected Swamiji,

    I fed up with married life as not in good path. It’s been more than 6 years I am bearing. I lost my patience to continue with the problems and decided to go some where else where,i don’t want to be in touch with anybody as I don’t have dare to die. While searching for ashramam’s I found this interesting post. I stay in Hyderabad and ready to move any where in the world. Kindly guide me how and whom to approach to be part of mission. I am 35.6 yrs old Please respond to my post or contact me @9908243355

    Thanks and Regards,
    Vinay.

    • rkma
      November 20, 2014

      Dear Vinay,

      Difficulties come in our life to make us strong. There is always a solution.

      I would suggest you to seek personal counsel from Swami Bodhamayanandaji of Institute of Human Excellence, Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad. You may get the exact contact details on the net.

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

  42. Subhajit Bhowmik
    November 20, 2014

    Respected Maharaj,

    My name is Subhajit Bhowmik. I am 28 years old and unmarried. Currently I am working as a Senior Research Fellow in Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore Centre. I feel the need of a spiritual guru in my life. The guru who will show me the path of enlightenment. I believe in the teachings of Thakur and Maa. But still I feel I cannot progress. I think I need diksha. So, swamiji please en-light me with your kind opinion about this.

    • rkma
      November 21, 2014

      Dear Subhajit Bhowmik,

      There are two Ramakrishna Mission centers in Bangalore. Please contact any of these.

      Ramakrishna Math Bull Temple Road Bangalore, Karnataka 560019 Phone : 080-2661 3149, 2667 1010 Email : rkmfive@gmail.com

      Ramakrishna Math Swami Vivekananda Road, Ulsoor Bangalore, Karnataka 560008 Phone : 080-2536 7878, 080-2557 8900, 0-99022 44822 Email : rkmathulsoor@gmail.com,ulsoormath@gmail.com

      Please revert back in the unlikely event of things not working out.

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

      • Subhajit Bhowmik
        November 21, 2014

        Jai Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Jai Maa

        Thank you Swamiji, for your kind reply. I already sent email to Ramakrishna Math, Ulsoor about Diksha. I am from West Bengal, Now I am living in Bangalore for job. I have studied ‘Gospel of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa(Bengali)’ by Sri M, ‘Sri Maa Sarada Devi(Bengali)’ by Swami Gambhirananda, ‘Paramartha Prasanga(Bengali)’ by Swami Virajananda. I also watched some videos of Swamijis of Ramakrishna Order(Like Swami Sarvapriyananda, Swami Suhitananda, Swami Vishwatmananda, Swami Ishatmananda, Swami Tattwavidananda, Swami Atmarupananda, Swami Tattwasarananda, Swami Purnatmananda) in youtube. Swamiji, till now I meditate very few times in my life. And most of the time of meditation I only take the name of Thakur and Maa. Just as Thakur said ‘God and his Name is same’. And some time I get power and motivation from mother(Don’t forget you have a mother – Holy Mother). But I don’t have any idea of process of Japa. So swamiji, I think taking Diksha from a spiritually advanced Guru will help me to progress further. Everything is God’s wish. I can only try. I am waiting for right time. I bow down my head to the feet of all the Swamijis and Believers of Thakur and Maa. May God en-light me. May god fill my heart with love and Vivek. I hope I will get Diksha in this life time.

        Pranam Swamiji.

  43. Niranjan Lagamappagol
    November 21, 2014

    Respected Swamiji,

    My Question is quite different from others, Every body wants become a Monks for personal reason or other Reasons, Here my Question is Unique, I am from Belgaum, 29 years Old and Post Graduated sometimes i visit to Ramakrishna Mission and i am good follower of Swami Vivekanada. I have attended afternoon classes on Sunday, which made more interested to Study Sanskrit, to known Hinduism, Vishnu matras, Vishnu Solak, As swami ji said in class we can make and bring real power bow and arrow, where Ram was using in Ramayana.

    I am Looking for a Sanskrit Guru. Yadda Yadda hi Darmasay…….
    i want to make Loka Kaliya, or World peace.

    Concept is very clear… Suggest me , what you really understand this message.

    World is Out of control human beings, no animals, no birds , no Greenery (Trees) just crime crime crime. My Question is we all see just Crime in Guru ( Teacher) Crime in Saniyasi (saint) Crime in Children. Etc. No truthful.

    I am under the Meditation process and felt great unbelievable practical experience.so meditation i can only believe. I tried ask many question in Asharama because other swami ji am unable to ask many question.
    So Swamiji reply with right solution. I hope you best solution or suggestion.
    Please forgive me Swam ji, If message is Wrong.

    Your Faithful.
    Niranjan.

    • rkma
      November 22, 2014

      Dear Niranjan,

      If I understand you correctly

      1. You are looking for a ‘Sanskrit Guru’- Do you mean someone to teach you Sanskrit language? Our Sub-center in Belgaum runs classes for Sanskrit learning. Please contact. 2. The world is spinning out of control and you would like to contribute to world peace. It is an extremely noble idea. Everyone of us should contribute to it. I would advise you to pick up a specific area in which you feel you can make a contribution like environment, girls’ education, sanitation, etc and focus your energies on that area.

      May God bless your efforts.

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

      • Niranjan Lagamappagol
        November 28, 2014

        Namaste Swami Atmaprananada ji,

        Thank you for great suggestion and advice. Its really influence in my life. I cried my many times for my society and my people ( can’t explain details in mail) and one day i left home and went to other place for meditation for 3 days…but meditation was not in right way but with help of doctor i came back in normal man…

        So let me gain knowledge and want to work in proper, correct and right action to society to my country. Later i will try to get supernatural power by meditation.

        Thank you for Blessings and Best Wishes.

        Your Faithful.
        Niranjan.

  44. Manu Narayanan
    November 30, 2014

    Respected Swamiji,
    I am currently 20 years old and doing my engineering course in Kerala. It was three years ago that I came across the saying of Mahaprabhu SriRamakrishna Paramahansa “Aim of life is the attainment of God”. I was really moved by that. Since then I started reading The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Works of Swami Vivekananda and also started spending more time for prayers and contemplation. I can feel that there is an inexplainable change in my outlook and perceptions. Once I came across Bhajagovindam work of AdiSankaracharya while at Badrinath. Since then i have an intense passion to be a monk after I complete my degree. I havent studied the Sanskrit, the vedas or the upanishads systematically…rather a basic knowledge only. What will be the age limit? And what all are the general eligibility criterion?
    Kindly do reply
    Pranaams

    • rkma
      December 6, 2014

      Dear Manu,

      Glad to receive your mail. For an engineer with a BE degree, the age limit is 30. But with your background, I would suggest you to get in touch with any of the Ramakrishna Math/Mission centers near you and start interacting with the Swamijis there. You can also render some service as a volunteer, occasionally staying at the Ashrama for a few days. That way, you will have a reasonably good idea of the life in the monastery. If you let us know your location, we can suggest you some center.

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

  45. Manu Narayanan
    November 30, 2014

    Respected Swamiji,
    I admire the work of Ramakrishna mission in spreading awareness of God before the masses, and also in publishing commentaries on the Indian scriptures and that too profoundly. The gigantic work of Swami Vivekanand in the religious, spiritual and national realms has always left me spellbound. I sincerely wish to be a part of that divine legacy in service and realization. Kindly elaborate on the qualifications.
    Pranaams

  46. Yamala Kiran
    December 3, 2014

    Respected Swamiji,
    I am kiran. My qualification is B.tech. working as software engineer in mumbai. my age is 26. Iwant to live as fulltime member/volunteer in Ramakrishna mission till end of my life. and also be follower of any swamiji in any branch of Ramakrishna mission. my intention is i want to live my whole life in Ramakrishna mission by doing service and spending spiritual life . please suggest me, is it possible? waiting for your valuable reply

    • rkma
      December 6, 2014

      Dear Kiran,

      I assume you are unmarried. If you are married, the following does not apply to you. Pl revert back if you are married for different suggestions. We are all followers of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda. The Swamijis of Ramakrishna Math/Mission do not make individual followers of their own. You need to ask yourself this basic question: Am I prepared to sacrifice all ideas about worldly prosperity and devote my life to the ‘pursuit and service of God in man’? Please think over. I would also suggest you to get in touch with Ramakrishna Math, Mumbai and meed any Swamiji over there. Please keep contact with that center. You may serve there as a volunteer whenever you have time. Also start reading biographies and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. All these will give you a clearer idea of the state of your mind and your goal. I pray to God to guide you.

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

  47. Kalpesh Patel
    December 14, 2014

    Dear Swamiji,
    I have listned lecture of Swami sarvapriyananda for IIT Kanpur on you tube.I am quite impressed. My self doctor working at Dubai,United Arab Emirates.I want to gain knowledge of Vedanta as I am Hindu but don’t know too much about even religion. I want to read and understand all vedas.
    Do you have any publication in hindi or English which can guide deep to understand Hindu culture and Vedas.

    Even I will like to arrange some series of lecture here if possible by Swami Sarvapriyananda.
    Is it possible when I am coming to India I can stay or pass life like monk for few days I mean to stay in ashram and gain some knowledge.
    I also want to know proper meditation which may be possible if I stay one of ashram with spiritual personalities.

    Please guide me.

    Thanking you,
    My email is kalpeshnita@gmail.com

    • rkma
      December 28, 2014

      Dear Kalpesh,

      Books on Hinduism: There are many. I would suggest you to begin with ‘Paper on Hinduism’ presented by Swami Vivekananda at the parliament of religions. Subsequently you may read: Hinduism at a glance by Swami Nirvedanandaji. There are many others published by Ramakrishna Mission which you may find on the website either of Advaita Ashrama or Ramakrishna Math, Chennai. (These two are prominent publishing centers of Ramakrishna Mission for books in English)

      Arranging talks of Swamiji at Dubai: Please get in touch with him – you can ask for his email id by writing to our headquarters at mail@belurmath.org

      Staying at an Ramakrishna Mission center and learning meditation: I am not sure of such a program being run by any Ramakrishna Mission center. Most of the centers allow devotees/seekers to come and stay in the Ashrama for a few days, but they do not have a formal course so far as the spiritual practice is concerned. Informal talks may be had with the head of the centre or senior swamijis of that centre. It is best to seek prior appointments from the head of the particular centre where you wish to visit so that they can spare time for you. Ashrama only provides a conducive atmosphere apart from simple boarding and lodging facilities. I would also suggest you to try ‘Institute of Human excellence’ run by Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad. That institute might be running courses on the lines you are looking for.

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

  48. patilvivek1
    December 20, 2014

    मी एक २८ वर्षीय पदवीधर असून आधी नोकरी करत होतो. समाजकार्याची आवड असल्याने सध्या स्पर्धा परीक्षांची तयारी करत आहे. माझा स्वभाव थोडासा तापट असल्याने मित्राच्या सल्ल्यावरून दोन वर्षापासून मी ध्यान करण्याचा अभ्यास करत आहे. या ध्यानाच्या नित्य अभ्यासामुळे या पाच-सहा महिन्यापासून मनात सतत अनासक्त होण्याचे विचार येत आहेत. इथून पुढे आयुष्यभर ध्यानयोगाचा अभ्यास करण्याचा प्रयत्न करून त्याचा इतरांना उपयोग होईल असे साधे जीवन जगण्याची इच्छा आहे. रामकृष्ण मिशन मध्ये असे आयुष्य जगता येईल असे मला वाटते आहे. सर्वकाही इथे सांगणे शक्य होणार नाही. आपण या बाबतीत मार्गदर्शन करू शकाल काय? आपले मार्गदर्शन मिळावे ही विनंती.
    आपला नम्र
    विवेक पाटील
    सांगली (महाराष्ट्र)

  49. mindSpace
    December 24, 2014

    Respected swamiji,

    I am 24 years old, staying in Kolkata. I have done Bachelors in Physics and Post BSc BTech in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Calcutta. Currently I am studying MTech. Swamiji, I am not ready to be a monk because I can’t leave my mother who has raised me alone since my father passed away when I was 5 years old. But I do not find much value in this world. I read vedantas and literary works of Swamiji. I am a regular member of Golpark Ramakrishna Mission, Kolkata, library and also try to attend the spiritual lectures delivered there.

    I meditate, if not regularly, but definitely not rarely. However, while meditating, I feel I am floating through darkness towards something, some gates seem to be opening. And after sometimes, I feel some pressure and am afraid to go beyond. Sometimes, while looking at trees and waterbodies, I feel so happy for nothing. I keep smiling and the air feels heavenly. And whenever I think of Lord Krishna, I seem to pass to a different world altogether and have difficulty bringing myself back. I can see everything, I hear people talk, but I can’t give attention. My attention seems to be somewhere else, where I can’t figure out. It is like I am thinking nothing, still I can’t comprehend what is happening before me or what others are saying.

    Despite reading vedantas, I still don’t seem to get answers for several questions. I feel desperate to have a Guru who can answer my question, whom I can approach whenever I want. Who will be with me forever. As for meditating, there comes phases when I can’t meditate at all, and then there comes phases when I must meditate even if I have exams next day.

    Please guide me swamiji. Pranam.

    – Ritajit Majumdar
    majumdar.ritajit@gmail.com

    • rkma
      December 26, 2014

      Dear Ritajit,

      Since you visit the Institute of Culture, Golpark, I would suggest you to talk to some Swamiji over there. Personal talks will help you. Also, if possible, associate yourself with some service activity.

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

      • mindSpace
        December 29, 2014

        Respected swamiji,

        If you will kindly allow me to disturb you once more. I do go to Golpark Mission, but I do not know the swamiji s there. Could you please tell me whom I should contact and how to approach them? Can I go and meet them at any time? Or do I somehow need to make prior appointments? If I am to talk to them, it won’t be a good time to talk when they are busy with official duties.

        Please tell me whom to meet and how to approach him.

        Pranam.

      • rkma
        January 6, 2015

        Dear Ritajit,

        You can meet Swami Yadavendranandaji Maharaj (Jagannath Maharaj) at Golpark. His no is 033-4030 1275. Or you can ask for him when you go there.

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

  50. Siddharth (@siddharth0565)
    December 26, 2014

    Dear Swamiji,
    I stay in Bangalore. I have keen interest in spirituality. I do meditation daily. I read books of Swami Vivekananda sometimes. I like to hold spiritual discussions. I am truly inspired by teachings to Swami Vivekananda which seem so practical and relevant even today.
    I want to make spirituality a core of my life. Thus whatever is required I will do to bring myself close to spirituality. Whenever I think about becoming a Monk I don’t feel very much inclined to it (I have to speak truth). I do enjoy company of my friends and having nice time but I am also not too much into worldly things. So, I am confused as to whether becoming a Monk is the right decision! I want to say two things which I understand:
    1. I have not seen/experienced the life of monks from close though I have just met few of them and that too for some discussion.
    2. Its also true that I cant keep one leg in worldly things and other in spirituality and still wanting to become a spiritual giant.
    So, what’s the way out Swamiji? How should I decide on whether becoming Monk is right for me?

    • rkma
      January 1, 2015

      Dear Siddharth,

      Please think as to ‘What is the goal of my life’ and ‘what I should do to achieve that goal’. You need to have a clear-cut and definitive answer for yourself. In order to arrive at such a clear perception, we need holy company and study of good books among other things. Life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda are a great place to begin with. When you have answers to these questions, you will know what to do.

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

  51. raghabendra
    January 6, 2015

    Respected swamiji,
    My name is Raghabendra Paul. I am 28 yrs. old and belonging to Agartala. I have completed B.com in 2010. I m facing so much family problems in my life. So many times i have tried to face them but i m failed. Thatswhy i have decided that i will dedicate my life to god and to serve people. Is this possible to join ramkrishna mission? Please guide me

    • rkma
      January 10, 2015

      Dear Raghabendra,

      Hope you have visited our website at http://blog.rkmissionashrama.org/become-a-monk/. If not please do visit. With your educational qualification and age, you are on the borderline of permissible age. As such, you need to contact the Belur Math. I would also advise you to get in touch with Ramakrishna Math, Agartala for further guidance, since, unable to solve problems is not a good motivation to become a monk.

      Viveknagar (Agartala) Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission P.O. Viveknagar, Tripura (W) 799130 Phone : 0381-223 0222 & 237 5858, 0381-237 5959 Telefax : 0381-237 5858 & 237 0333 Email : rkmvlya@yahoo.com City/Town/Sub Centre(s) :

      Ramakrishna Mission Gangail Road Agartala, Tripura (W) 799001 Phone : 0381-232 4024

      Ramakrishna Mission Assam-Agartala Road, Dhaleswar Agartala, Tripura (W) 799007 Phone : 0381-232 0220

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

  52. Vidya V Reddy
    January 11, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,

    I’m Vidya, 30 yr old. I have done B Sc. I wanted to ask whether women can also join your ashram? I have visited Sri Ramakrishna Ashram in Thiruvanamalai couple of times. I am fed up with my life and seeking to become Nun. It would be very grateful if u give me details

    Thank you ,
    Vidya
    female_her@yahoo.com

  53. vikasmehra
    January 12, 2015

    Respected Swami ji,

    Do you have any centre in Dubai where i can go and meditate and take instructions from guruji.
    Please help as I am very much impressed with Teachings of Swami Paramhansa and Swami Vivekanand.

  54. Adrija Dey Banerjee
    January 12, 2015

    Respected Swami Ji

    I am Koushik Dey 40yrs old i am very much unhappy,disappointed frustrated in my life and looking for same peace in my rest of life to join in any ashram outside west bengal. .I will do every work of ashram I will serve in the ashram for lifetime .Please give me any ashram’s address where I can live peacefully my email id is koushik.2win@gmail.com and my contact no is +918436166852.

  55. manoyad
    January 30, 2015

    Respected swami ji,
    I want to know complete information like their goal, work, lifestyle, social relation etc. Then I may proceed for the same. I am currently an assistant professor in an university and before that I have done M.Tech from IIT BHU Varanasi.
    Thanks.

  56. Rohit Mishra
    February 14, 2015

    Pranam Swami Ji,
    I am a software engineer in Noida Uttar Pradesh, and about 25 year old. I have some egar to know that waht is the reason behind my weeping without any reason when i read the book of Swami Vivekananda.since 4 year i am fighting from me to become a sanyasi and want to know that whether god is exist or not because every body is telling that god is present . but untill i exeperience i can not beleave . I am searcing a guru that guide me for meditation, although i am doing meditation since 8 year but not even getting anything. that might be cause of lack of guidance. i want to join you please tell me what to do.one thing also i am mentioning i don’t have money , because i don’t want to be with this, but have egar to know about god.guide me please what to do.

  57. Rajarshi Mukherjee
    February 17, 2015

    Pranam Swamiji ,

    I am 27 completed MBA in international business from a reputed college in Kolkata . I would like to thank God for this life and the opportunities he has given me . I have not many complains about my life and feel fortunate .
    How do i change my life to make it more meaningful so that I can contribute something to the world and do justice
    of the life that God has blessed me with

    How do i make myself free from anger , anxiety and fear and learn to be more patient?

    another few questions if you could please clarify my doubts

    Which do you think is more important ” serving the living beings or practicing rituals ” to come closer to The Almighty?

    Do we fear the Almighty or love him as companion , a friend ,a guide ,because almost everybody I know praises him/herself of being God-fearing rather God loving .

    Kindly pardon me for anything wrong

    Kindly suggest
    Regards
    Rajarshi

    • rkma
      February 25, 2015

      Dear Rajarshi,

      Every vocation in life has a social utility. As one earns one livelihood, one should pay more attention to fulfilling that utility. That is the best way one can serve the society. Additionally, if you have time left, you can devote it for social service through any service organization. Conquering these enemies like anger, fear, etc is an internal battle that one has to fight. Repeating Lord’s name as much as possible, and as continuously as possible is the best way to do it. ‘Serving living beings’ and ‘practising rituals’ both are equally effective when undertaken in the right spirit. Without the right spirit, both are ineffective. But for the present age, Swami Vivekananda stressed the former taking into account the social conditions. Yes, to be God-loving is the ideal stage. But it is better to be God-fearing than to have no fear of any higher power at all (as we find in many criminals). But as I said, it is only an intermediary stage. It has to be transcended by being God-loving.

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

  58. OBERON INDIA (@oberonind)
    February 19, 2015

    Pronam Swamiji,

    My name is Subhadeep Mukherjee . I am 27 years, MBA post graduate lives in Kolkata . I have no interest in personal life, I am very interest in Seva . Swami Swahananda was my grand father from my maternal relation and i am great follower of him. I am willing to stay in sanshar but some times it maya of my parents stop me . Please advise me properly on what needs to be done as I have a burning feeling to renounce material life for the spiritual. Please tell me how I can serve as volunteer for the math

    • rkma
      February 25, 2015

      Dear Subhadeep,

      Please get in touch with either Advaita Ashrama (Contact Swami Shuddhidanandaji) or Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture at Golpark(Contact Swami Yadavendranandaji). One of these will guide you.

      Hope you are reading the books on/by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda.

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

  59. Radhe Krishna
    February 20, 2015

    Pranam Swamiji,

    I am 30 year old and a computer science engineer lives in Delhi. I read many spiritual books, watched videos, doing meditation and also visited Delhi center but I still not satisfied. I self want to realize or want to see the truth.
    I always want to know myself, God and truth behind this world and one more think I want to see a Happy world where everyone is living happily.
    I always inspired by Swami Vivekananda from my childhood and he is my real hero. I want to follow him and his path with Sanyas.
    Now I want to became a sanyasi and want to follow him truly and devotedly. Please help me what should I do to become a sanyasi.
    Please also tell me the name of any Swamiji with whom I can meet in Delhi Center and can discuss my problem and who can show me right path.
    I always your thankful for you great help.

    Thanks a lot…….Ohm

    • rkma
      February 23, 2015

      Dear Friend,

      Since you are 30, it is better you contact our head quarters at mail@belurmath.org You may please join the youth forum at Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi or meet Swami Satyaswarupanandaji/Swami Shrutisiddhanandaji.

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

    • rkma
      February 23, 2015

      Dear Friend,

      Since you are 30, it is better you contact our head quarters at mail@belurmath.org You may please join the youth forum at Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi or meet Swami Satyaswarupanandaji / Swami Shrutisiddhanandaji.

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

  60. Pratik Bisen
    February 23, 2015

    I m a graduate . I am 25yrs age. I want to join Ramakrishna Order to serve People & work for god. I only have faith on god. I feel i can only reach god by helping people in need.

    Will you pls help me…inform me in

    • rkma
      February 24, 2015

      Dear Pratik,

      Glad to get your mail. Please let us know a bit more about yourself. Your previous interaction with Ramakrishna Mission or any monks, books that you have read etc. If you share your address with us, we would like to send you few complimentary books that will give you idea about the ideals of Ramakrishna Math & Mission as also the life of monks at Ramakrishna Math & Mission.

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

  61. indranilb2015
    March 1, 2015

    Dear Swamiji,

    I am 31+ and a commerce graduate. Born and brought up in Kolkata. Just after completion of the graduation I started my professional life and pursued MBA in distance education from Sikkim Manipal University as well. So far I have lived a very happy and quality life with my parents. It’s my realization out of my life that whatever I want surely it comes to me though a bit late. because of my middle class family background, I have no big wishes ever in my life. But at this age of my life, I started realizing I want something else. I am unmarried but have no urge to lead a married life like my friends and relatives. Somehow I got the conviction that in difficult time when I called Maa Bipadataroni, she helped me someway. It is really difficult to express in words how I felt in some occasions but now I really want to connect myself with her. recently I read the writings of Swami Abhedanandaji and Swami Satprakashanandaji. I am deeply touched by the philosophy in Upanishads. I don’t know how I will be able to find God. Dear Swamiji…please enlight me. I don’t want to waste my life just earning money and a life that others want. Upanishad says God is always with us. then I want to be with God. I just don’t know how. please enlight me.

  62. Mukesh Kumar
    March 7, 2015

    I am 23 yrs ago.I want to join social work organised by RKM but i don’t know any contact details….so plz suggest me….
    i am b tech final year (MECHANICAL ENGG.) student…
    i am from RANCHI

  63. arvindy786
    March 8, 2015

    Pranam Swamiji,

    I am 25 years old unmarried from mumbai. I have completed M.Tech and also had work experience for 4 years.Now I want to become monk and join Ramakrishna Math. I have read Bhagavat Gita, books on Swami Vivekanad. So please let us know whether I can join RKS mission and can become monk for lifetime or not.
    Waiting for your reply.

    Thanks Swamiji
    arvindy786@gmail.com

    • rkma
      March 10, 2015

      Dear Arvind,

      I would advise you to get in touch with Ramakrishna Math, Pune.

      Ramakrishna Math 131-1A, Near Dandekar Bridge Pune, Maharashtra 411030 Phone : 020 – 2432 5132 & 2433-3727 Email : rkmpune@gmail.com Website: http://www.rkmpune.org

      Please write to Swamiji over there. I would advise that with his permission, you may go and stay there for few days before taking the final call.

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

  64. arunavajoy
    March 9, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,

    I am from Kolkata,WB. Currently my age is 29 yrs. 5 months and from educational perspective I am a postgraduate. Am I still be considered eligible to become a formal member of the Ramakrishna Order of Monks.
    I think it is up to Ramakrishna math that Whether a person is eligible to join in Ramakrishna order of monks despite that person’s eagerness to join. Not all the persons having desire to be a monk are selected by the Math.
    My nearest Ramakrishna Centre is “Ramakrishna Mission Calcutta Students’ Home, Belgharia”.
    Are you acquainted with someone in the aforesaid center, with whom I can share my concern and discuss about it.
    I will be eagerly waiting for your reply.

    Yours sincerely,
    Arunava

    • rkma
      March 10, 2015

      Dear Arunava,

      Pl get in touch with Swami Dhyeyanandaji (Sanjiv Maharaj) at Belgharia centre. He will guide you further.

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

  65. Om Puri
    March 11, 2015

    As swami Vivekananda has written, take idea and focus on it and execute it, I have idea of establishing Technology centers across the India to train the under prevailed students, Is it possible that after completion of monk practices?? I can execute my Idea.

    • rkma
      March 13, 2015

      Dear Friend,

      I do not understand what you mean by “after completion of monk practices??”. As a matter of obedience, the monks of Ramakrishna Math/Mission do not choose their area of service. It is best left to the Institution. So, no, sorry, it cannot be promised that you will be allowed to pursue your dream of establishing technology centers across India after joining as a monk.

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

  66. Seo Ace
    March 17, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,
    I am 28 year old,I have done post graduation.I have keen interest in ashtanga yoga and do meditation regularly…can I join your ashram.

    • rkma
      March 26, 2015

      Dear Friend,

      Surely, by your age and qualification, you can join Ramakrishna Mission. But since you mentioned Ashtanga Yoga, I would like to point out the ideology of Ramakrishna Order. It is best described here: http://www.belurmath.org/Ideology.htm

      Please go through life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.

      If you feel, this suits you, please revert back to us.

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

  67. Seo Ace
    March 17, 2015

    I have read a lot of books Bhagvad Gita,Biographies of saints,books on Adhyatma and Yoga but I am searching for GURU who can show me right direction.

    • rkma
      March 19, 2015

      Dear Friend,

      When the field is ready, seed comes of itself. Prepare yourself with prayers, purity and aspiration and you will find a Guru.

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

  68. Seo Ace
    March 20, 2015

    Thanks SwamiJi !

  69. priyantrix
    March 24, 2015

    Pranam Swamiji,

    Im 27 years old ,female,unmarried from west bengal,kolkata. I have completed M.Phil in phillosophy and now doing B.ed. As I am looking for paramananda may I serve people?swamiji I want to spend rest of my life as a sannyasin. With whom I should concern and where should I go? show me the right way. hope for your blessings. Thank you.

  70. Subho Pal (@Subho99)
    March 26, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,

    I am from Kolkata and 26 years of age. I am a Btech Graduate. I am deeply inspired by Swami Vivekananda and want to follow in his footsteps.. Am i eligible for the life of a monk , I want to help people and live a spiritual life and achieve inner peace .. please Guide me ,

    • rkma
      March 28, 2015

      Dear Subho Pal,

      By your age and qualification, you are very much eligible. Suggest you to go through this link: http://belurmath.org/Ideology.htm.

      Hope you have read books on and by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.

      Please visit any of the centers of Ramakrishna Math/Mission near you. You may interact with Swamijis over there and also, if possible, volunteer your services. That way, you will come to know more about the ways of monks. This will also bring more clarity in your ideas.

      The list of Ramakrishna Math/Mission centers is here: http://belurmath.org/centres/branchcentres.htm

      Please revert if you need any clarification.

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

  71. Pratik Khanal
    March 28, 2015

    Respected Swamiji !

    I am interested to eradicate the suffering of humans but, I think I am more suffered than any other person. I need to go through a meditation programme and end my sufferings ! I know my suffering is due to the desirous mind. But I need a peaceful place to meditate and a guru. And since past 3 days I can’t explain what suffering I am going through. This all started while doing meditation 3 days ago, I experienced a perfect bliss concentrating on my breath. But suddenly a desire provoked my mind and I started to type a message to my friend in my mobile. After that my heart-beat rise to 100+……And thought I was going to die………… and I could not sleep for whole night. I do meditation whole day but after leaving to do meditation suffering again captures my conciousness. What to do swamiji ? How long should I need to do meditation ? please guide me……………………….

    Swamiji I can’t live a life with this suffering. And Swamiji today is my birthday.

    • rkma
      March 28, 2015

      Dear Pratik,

      Wish you many happy returns of the day. I pray to God to guide you along the path of peace. I will reply to your letter later, may be in a day or two.

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

      • Pratik Khanal
        March 30, 2015

        Thank you Swamiji for your reply ! I must admit swamiji that the life i am living is not really easy now as it used to be. Neither I can eat too much nor read nor meditate nor sleep as I used to do before. I do not know what is happening ! Swamiji can you help me to point out that how much food, sleep and meditation is required to live the life without suffering ?

  72. 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

  73. 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

  74. 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

  75. 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.

  76. 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

  77. 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

  78. 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

  79. 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

  80. 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

  81. 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

  82. 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

  83. 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

  84. 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

  85. 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

  86. 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

  87. 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

  88. 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

  89. 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

  90. 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

  91. 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

  92. 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

  93. 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

  94. 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.

  95. toomajj
    June 26, 2015

    I would like to know what should a person do if he realizes the identity of the self and the Self outside the framework of any particular religion?
    I am 34 now. I lead a life of reflection and contemplation of truth from childhood. I didn’t practice any spiritual discipline but longed intensely, day and night, from childhood to know the truth. I studied western philosophy and got a degree in physics with the hope of knowing the ultimate nature of reality, but none of them were satisfactory because they did not feel like leading to truth. Continuing a life of contemplation and longing one night I have a transcendental experience, lasting 15 minutes perhaps, in which me, my mind and body, and the whole of the phenomenal world including space and time disappeared. There was only a pure consciousness in void, unmoving, still, and eternal. Immediately there was the certainty of immortality since time was no more. There was only an eternal now. This experience is of course inexpressible but I am trying to give certain marks. I cannot even speak of it as an experience since there was neither a subject not an object but pure knowledge, or I may say a nondual Self-Knowledge. The so-called “I” or Self that was left was infinite, unblinking, and nothing else was there. It was as if the phenomenality of the world was seen through. Another enigmatic thing was that I immediately recognized that state as if I have always been there; it was like a lasting and certain sense of de javu which unlike worldly experience was present with absolute certainty. It was as if I had already had that experience at some point but nothing that I remember in my life. In that experience all the questions were answered, including those of my origin, etc. I felt all things are done and nothing is left undone. Oh, indescribable that was. For a few days I lived in abundant joy since I knew I was not the mind or body. But then, I felt I could go crazy because I had seen that nothing of this world, including myself and even the thoughts of that experience are real. I started searching the internet to see if anyone had this experience; I had some spiritual or mystical experience before but this was entirely different since it was absolute and never faded away. Anyways, searching with some marks of that experience I came upon some works called Upanishads. I bought and read some of them and I was shocked and also relieved because they described precisely what I had experienced, especially the concept of Turiya made perfect sense. I read more of them and instantly knew that these text speak an immutable and absolute truth. I lost interest in all things but reading the Upanishads and other Hindu text. I knew that I wanted to devote myself to that truth and communicating to people that this ancient tradition contains the truth itself. I visited a Vedanta Center in Washington DC are and became initiated into the Ramakrishna order, however the desire for enlightenment or any spiritual experience was no more in me after that transcendental experience. I didn’t get to tell this experience to the swamis at the center since I felt it may sound egotistic or something. I spend all my days reflecting on that truth and finding ways of expressing it in terms of Advaita Vedanta and Hindu tradition. I am inclined toward metaphysical exposition and Jnana Yoga. I love to become a Monk of Ramakrishna Order but I am 34. My only desire now is to preserve and promote the Hindu tradition because I know it contains a truth that is not theoretical or intellectual but can be realized. However, I am not sure how I can perform this function without being a monk. I appreciate your help and apologize for lengthy question.

    • rkma
      June 29, 2015

      Dear Friend, Glad to receive your mail. I would suggest you to talk to Swamiji who initiated you. You need not feel diffident about it. He will understand and guide you. Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  96. 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

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