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.

171 comments on “Become a Monk

  1. 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

      • Rajeshkumar Narayanan
        December 22, 2015

        Dear Swamiji,
        may I please have any mobile number (Ashram relevant), so that I can send a message of my postal address in a personalized way to collect the spiritual books, rather than disclosing in the public- facebook portal.

        thanks a lot for your personalized attention))

        kind regards
        Rajesh

    • Rajeshkumar Narayanan
      December 21, 2015

      Dear Swamiji,
      I am Rajesh from Chennai, basically I was an inmate of Sri Ramakrishna mission students home (as I had lost my father at the age of 4), Mylapore, Chennai, (from 6th std to Diploma in computer science) and now i am 43 years of age, With all the experience & teachings I had from the Math during my study tenure, was extremely beneficial, and I could clearly perceive that there can be only one objective in life, is to realize / attain the reality within by escaping from illusion. That’s the very purpose of coming into the life of “me and mine” else we are nothing but the absolute.

      At the same time, due to my family background, I feel guilty of running away from the family members (who are extremely dependent on me, as I am the only earning member) as it would put them under terrible problems (I could see that this is also a big sign of bondage)

      I understand spiritually, that the purification of mind is the most important thing and difficult too….there cannot be any compromise on it, as our own mind is our best friend and worst enemy, that it can drag us either to lower or higher state of existence depending upon how we (the self) shape it.(mind)

      I also understand with the teachings that the mind can be controlled by de-identification (treating mind, body, intellect as not associated with us, and seeing like the object outside of us) and perceiving that the Self alone is true rest are changing and they only have a place in illusion.(like in dream)

      Hence I seek advise from you as to what can be best way to attain freedom from the state of life which I am living and how to practice purification of the mind.

      thanks
      Rajesh
      Chennai
      9962505972
      rajesh.0509@gmail.com

      • rkma
        December 25, 2015

        Dear Rajesh,

        De-identification that you write about is one way of purifying the mind, but extremely difficult. The easiest and natural way is to dedicate all our actions to God who is the creator, sustainer and destroyer of the world, simultaneously, repeating His name as continuously as possible.

        Other aids as mentioned in the Gita as moderation in all spheres also help.

        You have not mentioned as to whether you are initiated. Initiation helps greatly in pursuing spiritual life seriously and in a focused way. You may try and seek audience with Revered Swami Gautamanandaji of Ramakrishna Math, Chennai. He is a very senior monk of our Order and is authorised to initiate spiritual aspirants. Another aid could be associating with activities of the Math as a volunteer in your spare time (without hampering your bread-earning activities).

        Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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

  16. phanicherukuri
    July 8, 2015

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

    • rkma
      July 27, 2015

      Dear Phanikumar,

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  17. Moitreya Adhikary
    July 25, 2015

    Maharaj,

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

    • rkma
      July 27, 2015

      Dear Moitreya,

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • Moitreya Adhikary
        July 31, 2015

        Maharaj,

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

      • rkma
        August 2, 2015

        Dear Moitreya,

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

        Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • Moitreya Adhikary
        July 31, 2015

        Maharaj,

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

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

    • rkma
      August 10, 2015

      Dear Ravi Agarwal,

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  19. thomasserrao
    July 27, 2015

    Pranam,

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

    Yours Humbly
    Thomas

    • rkma
      August 10, 2015

      Dear Thomas,

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

      Best wishes, Swami Atmapranananda

  20. Partha Som
    July 28, 2015

    Pranam Maharaj,

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

    Thanks
    Partha

    • rkma
      July 30, 2015

      Dear Partha Som,

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

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

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  21. Narendra Nath
    July 28, 2015

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

    • rkma
      July 30, 2015

      Dear Narendranath,

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  22. Raghav Arora
    July 28, 2015

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

    thanks

    • rkma
      July 30, 2015

      Dear Raghav,

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • ashutosh1526
        August 2, 2015

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

      • rkma
        August 10, 2015

        Dear Ashutosh,

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

        Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  23. dahake8888
    August 5, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,

    My name Shirish R Dahake

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

    Regards

    • rkma
      August 6, 2015

      Dear Shirish,

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

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

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

    Would be very glad to hear from you.

    Regards

    Gangesh

    • Gangesh Matta (@gangesh1)
      August 12, 2015

      I am really looking forward to hear from you.

    • rkma
      August 18, 2015

      Dear Gangesh,

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

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

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

      Please write if you need further clarification.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • Gangesh Matta (@gangesh1)
        August 21, 2015

        Respected Swamiji,

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

        Regards

        Gangesh Matta

      • Gangesh Matta (@gangesh1)
        September 6, 2015

        Respected Swamiji,

        I have gone through idealogies and understood to a point. It gave me some understanding about what I am looking for.
        I needed to ask you a specific question and need your guidance. Can you provide me an email where I can write to you?

        Thank you.

        Regards

        Gangesh Matta

  25. Parthankar Choudhury
    August 12, 2015

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

    • rkma
      August 21, 2015

      Dear Parijat,

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  26. lashkarimitesh
    August 19, 2015

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

    • rkma
      August 21, 2015

      Dear Mitesh,

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  27. PavanShettyN
    August 19, 2015

    Namaskar swamiji

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

    Thanks

  28. Amrendra Sinha
    August 23, 2015

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

    • rkma
      August 25, 2015

      Dear Amrendra,

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

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

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  29. Ubuntu Rattle
    August 26, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,

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

    • rkma
      August 27, 2015

      Dear Friend,

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

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  30. Somasundaram Skc Karpagam
    August 27, 2015

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

  31. Raviraj Hegde
    September 1, 2015

    Hari Om,

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

    • rkma
      September 5, 2015

      Dear Raghuveera,

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

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

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  32. vinodkumar1992
    September 5, 2015

    Respected Swamiji
    My name is Vinod and I’m 23 years of old,I’m from (Anantapur) Andhra Pradesh I’ve completed B.com computers and not interested in any further studies and I’m not interested in doing any job but my parents not agreeing with my and they’re forcing me to do. And im not interested in marriage but my parents always talks about marriage. I’m totally fed up with these things and I want to lead a peaceful life to help the poor in rest of my life and I can’t live in this greedy society. Please allow me to join in your Math as a Permanent member.
    My email ID – kvkgrt@gmail.com
    Mobile no – 9492963960

    • rkma
      September 7, 2015

      Dear Vinod Kumar,

      You are quite young. In my opinion, you should find a job and work for some years. You can either give away the money to your parents, or spend it on poor people. This way, you will have some experience of the work and the world. In your spare time, please render service to society through any voluntary service organisation.

      Please read Swami Vivekananda’s life and teachings, especially ‘Lectures from Colombo to Almora’. You will get the guidance you need from his life and works.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  33. ektapranay
    September 7, 2015

    Respected swamiji
    I am 23 yrs female
    In this small age I hv seen many ups and downs in my life.
    I am done with my life
    I feel like to suicide but it will b wrong if I take my life
    I want to take sanyas where I can happily wait for my death
    Plz help me

    • ektapranay
      September 7, 2015

      Respected swamiji
      Sorry I forgot to mention my name
      My name is Ekta
      I m from mumbai

      • samuraisejal26
        September 9, 2015

        Hi Ekta. From which part of Mumbai are you? I have always loved Mumbai city. What do you like about Mumbai? Like most of the people I am fond of its sea shore.

    • Abhishek Gautam
      September 7, 2015

      dear sister ekta till u get any guidance from swamiji..i would like to suggest u something…download some material from net about swami vivekananda…or watch video of spiritual swamiji on u tube..or do meditation…

    • rkma
      September 8, 2015

      Dear Ekta,

      As you would have read on our blog, you will have to contact Sarada Math. Most probably, they have a branch in Mumbai, please find out and visit.

      One of the good causes to which this life can be put to is serving and helping others. If you have nothing to look forward to in your personal life, instead of ‘waiting for death’ as you have put it, it is better that this life is dedicated to serving others.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  34. samuraisejal26
    September 9, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,
    My name is Sejal. I am from Bangalore. I wanted to know where can I get associated with RK mission there. I have all these questions as to what is the purpose of this life is. Why has it been given to me. What is the mission for which I have been granted this lifetime on earth. I have had these questions from quite sometime now. Tried to get answers on my own, by reading, thinking, meditation etc. But have not been able to get even a single satisfactory answer till now. All I want is a starting point. Kindly help.

  35. Raviraj Hegde
    September 10, 2015

    Hari Om,

    Thankyou for your guidance. I had one dought in my mind, please bless me..
    I am single and I want to take up sanyasa, will I be eligible in our ashram. Also I am the only earning member.It is said that path of supreme realization is the highest so please advice. I think, if one leads a life with family, it would not be practically possible to live for the poor and needy and also service his entire life for the good of nature, as he gets carried by marriage, responsibilities and greed and starts forgetting his main goal. As guru is said to be the sakshatkara of the supreme please forgive me if i have written any wrong. Please enlight me to the write path.

    Regards,
    Raghuveera

    • rkma
      September 12, 2015

      Dear Raviraj,

      If you are the only earning member and have parents, then it is better to look after them. So far as your life is concerned, if you think that marrying etc will come in the way of your pursuing the goal of your life, then do not marry. Lead the life of a bachelor and pursue your goal. I have already sent you addresses of two of our centers. Please get in touch with either and interact with Swamijis over there. Both the centers have youth forums. It will help you. Also read life and works of Swami Vivekananda.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  36. Mohan Shaw
    September 20, 2015

    dear respected maharaj ji
    main mohan kumar shaw. main ITI(turner)trade coarse shree ramakrishna mission shilpayatana belur math se kiya hu.esha lagta hain ki main bhi monk ke liye hi aaya hu.abhi main diploma mechanical engineering se padhai kar raha hu,
    eske baad main b tech karunga. aue main monk ke liye apne ITI COLLEGE KE SUPRITENDENT SWAMI GUININDRANAND MAHARAJ (RABI MAHARAJ) SE MEET KARUNGA.
    mohan010795@gmail.com
    contact number 8981817838

    • rkma
      September 23, 2015

      Dear Mohan, Glad to receive your mail. Please be in touch with Swamiji in Shilpayatana. You can keep reading life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. May God bless you is my prayer. Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  37. Abhishek Pratap Singh
    September 21, 2015

    One day i was very confused about my decision, i had to path either go for higher study or take job, somewhere i have read that Bhaghvat Geeta can help to make right decision, so i started reading an English translation of Geeta
    It really helped me to think with clarity in mind now i am doing my M Tech, after that i got to know about RAMAKRISHNA MISSION then i started reading stuff to get some spiritual knowledge.

    Question: Now again i have confusion i am not able to decide but with time passing inclination toward monastic life is increasing, i am a agnostic person and has no strong desire. But some time i feel that i am not getting success in mastering my mind.
    Should i become a Monk or Not ?

  38. Abhishek Pratap Singh
    September 21, 2015

    and my family does not depends on me.

  39. Abhishek Pratap Singh
    September 21, 2015

    i am curious about true form of life and universe, since childhood i was searching answer for questions like what is god, Why do i exist, why space does not change, why i am supposed to live a life what i living. What is the true form of my mind and self, what happens after life etc. to get answer i studied Spiritual Books and watched Spiritual videos from IITK vivekanand samiti club and studied about Quantum Physics, still i am searching for answer for many question That is another reason i want to be a monk.

  40. Abhishek Pratap Singh
    September 21, 2015

    Before replying me Please Read all Three 3 Comments written by me above .
    Thank you

    • rkma
      September 24, 2015

      Dear Abhishek,

      When you say your family does not depend on you, I assume you mean your parents. If you are married, the following answer will not apply to you. Whether one should become a monk or not – that is a million dollar question, the one for which there is no definite answer so far as we mortals are concerned. We cannot really know as to whether a monastic setting or a family setting will help a particular individual advance spiritually. If one does not have strong desires for worldly achievements like making money, having a family, social status etc and simultaneously, if one feels the urge for ‘something beyond the grasp of the senses’, one may think of becoming a monk. This urge for ‘something beyond the grasp of the senses’ is described in various ways. Call is urge for freedom, knowledge of Truth, God realization – or by any other name. Then again there are many spiritual traditions which one may follow in this search, Ramakrishna Mission being only one such. One has to choose a particular tradition that suits ones temperament. You can know more about Ramakrishna Mission by reading life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Also this link: http://belurmath.org/Ideology.htm

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • Abhishek Pratap Singh
        September 26, 2015

        thanks for replying .
        i am single person and i want to be single , i have a fear in future i may abandon my partner like Gautam Budhdha.
        worldly achievements does not attract me, i want to become fully aware and awaken, but i need some guidance in this path of freedom.
        so What is the eligibility to join mission , i can do all my daily task even i have little problem in my right hand fingers. i have been living hostel since i was 11 year old now i am 24 year old so i am independent person. Now i am doing my post graduation in Computer Science from IIT Bombay

      • rkma
        September 29, 2015

        Dear Abhishek,

        By your age, education and marital status, you are quite eligible to join Ramakrishna Order.

        You need to understand that joining a monastic organisation is not like joining a company. It is more like uprooting a tree and planting it in a different place. You need some preparation. It will be better if you complete your studies. Meanwhile, try to know more about Ramakrishna Order as a whole.

        Start with reading about life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Hope you have gone through the link that we had sent in last mail. I would suggest you to visit Ramakrishna Math, Mumbai, meet Adhyaksha Swamiji over there and discuss your intention about joining Ramakrishna Order. You will get the books mentioned above to borrow/buy. Please interact with other Swamijis over there as well. You can volunteer your free time for Ashrama activities as well.

        All this interaction will give you further guidance.

        Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Ramakrishna Mission Marg, 12th Road, Khar(West) Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052 Phone : 022-2649 4760 & 2646 4363 Email : mumbairkm@gmail.com, mumbairkm@yahoo.com Website: http://www.rkmkhar.org

        Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  41. Kumudini Chatterjee
    September 23, 2015

    Maharaj,
    Suppose one loves God with all her heart . Now if she feels falling in a kind of possessiveness towards some human being which may be due to any infatuation or any other heart weakening feeling and inspite of total absence of contact with that person sometimes the feeling creeps in then what is her duty Swamiji?
    She Knows all this is after all temporary and only one can be truely loved and that is her God. God is in that human being too. Her mind is fixed on her Lord. But sometimes that old feeling which has never expressed to anyone except her mother lingers in mind and she feels her soul is impure. The divinity of her soul is soiled. She wants to make complete submission at her Lord’s feet but she fears that she has fallen from her path and her endeavour of divine Union is being hampered.
    Please advice Maharaj. She is very honest. Her love for her Lord is 100% pure . Will God not help her out? She wants none other than her Lord . Please Swamiji tell the way to root out all Tamasik thoughts and ways to be a committed devotee .

    • rkma
      September 24, 2015

      Dear Kumudini Chatterjee,

      Thoughts that we get are from our past samskaras and we can hardly control them off hand. But what we can control, what matters most, and this is very important, are our reactions to these thoughts. Whether we are going to follow the impure thoughts to action or deal with them otherwise is what defines one’s future. Though our thoughts are indications of the state of purity of our mind, one need not get totally crestfallen on account of the impure thoughts. One way to deal with such thoughts is neglect. Just as neglected person leaves us, so do neglected thoughts leave us. We should offer even these thoughts at the feet of the Lord and pray for freedom from them. Discrimination is another healthy antidote to such thoughts. By prayer and discrimination, slowly, these thoughts get weakened and vanish. As Sri Ramakrishna says, as one moves towards east, the west is left behind. One need not pay so much attention to the impure thoughts. One should focus on how one can strengthen one’s love for God.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  42. ssaiprathap
    September 23, 2015

    Respected sir,
    I’m sai prathap aged 23 yrs. I completed my medical graduation from kurnool medical college. I’m preparing for Post graduation in hyderabad. I have been reading Swami Vivekananda’s works from about 7 months. A tension in the family life has revealed to me the nature of this association & the misery associated with family life. Im not interested in marriage. I’m confused about the further course of life. With each passing day, I ‘m finding it difficult to continue this life of mine in this whirlpool. Mind yearns for peace. Can u please suggest me something?

    • rkma
      September 24, 2015

      Dear Sai Prathap,

      You are already reading Swamiji’s works, which are a source of strength and peace. Along with reading, please pray to God everyday to show you the right path. Have patience and you will surely see the light. In my opinion, you should focus on your studies and pursue your PG. You can take a call on future course of action later.

      Talking to someone will help you. Please get in touch with Swami Bodhamayanandaji of Institute of Human Excellence, Hyderabad. The address is as under. He will guide you. Ramakrishna Math Domalguda Hyderabad, Telangana 500029 Phone : 040-2763 3937, 040-2763 5545 Email :mathoffice(@)rkmath.org,rkmath_hyd(@)yahoo.com

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • ssaiprathap
        September 30, 2015

        Sir, Im absolutely happy to tell You that I have found calmness. I didn’t meet Swami Bodhamayananda Ji as I thought that Swami was busy with lot of activities. I prayed and meditated to the Holy Trio & Lord Sri Krishna and I have found the peace of mind. I have decided to pursue PG education while continuing the meditation and prayers. Rest of the everything is left to Him. I cannot repay my gratitude to You with any words for Your concern Sir.

  43. Respected Swamiji,

    I’m Mrs. Ghosh 28years old a married woman. I need your guidence in my life. Please guide me a path. I’ve not peace in my life as well as in mind… Always I feel tere is no one in the word for anyone. All are care for one for there own reason, without any reason no one care for another in this selfish world. everybody told that mothers love is always pure, its natural care for her child ,but from my experience I fell she also love us with a motive. after married one day my husband told me that in our relation he’ve not any respect or any love for me ,he just make the relation on the ground of pitty. He do pitty on my parents and me. As a girl I fell insulted by this word and decide to leave this relations but my parents pressurised me to maintain this meaningless relation cause they don’t want their head down infront of this society. they think if I go back to my parents home then it’ll be shamefull incident for them. here is my question arised that if they love me then why they are not concern for me or for my pain. why the society is a matter for them and their child have no value to them. at that stage of my life I feel in this world no one is your own,including my mother also, who give me this life but now she don’t care for this cause she have an another child and luckly the child is a boy. At this situation sometimes I feel to end myself or escape form this condition. So swamiji please guide me what to do inthis condition.

    at last I’ve another question to you that if I want to join saroda mission as aashramika then what I have to do and to whome I need to contact. I live in dumdum.

    Please don’t forget to answer or don’t ignore me like this world. I need your help.

    • rkma
      October 19, 2015

      Dear Sanghamitra,

      It may not be good to judge others by just one action/word. May be your husband said whatever he said in the heat of the moment and does not really mean it. In that case, you should not worry so much.

      As regards your parents, may be they are concerned about you and it is that concern for you that makes them make you stay with your husband. Your parents may be thinking like this – If she comes back home, may be her present problem will be solved, but what about her future?

      Assuming your husband meant what he said and your parents do not want you back for reasons as mentioned by you, even then you should not lose heart. No body can take away our self-esteem unless we give it up. Do not lose your self-esteem. You should be a lady of substance. Prove your worth.

      Best to do now is to pray to any God that you believe in. Pray as frequently as possible for guidance. Also, do your duties as a housewife diligently.

      Since you are married, you may not be able to join Sarada Math, but you can visit and interact with Matajis over there. You can also seek their guidance in person. That will help you.

      You can visit this site to know more about Sarada Math and find out the branch nearest to you to visit: http://www.srisaradamath.org/

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  44. Abhishek Nandan
    October 16, 2015

    Dear Swamiji,
    Perhaps this is not the apt way to reach out but this is the best I could do considering my present constraints.
    I am Bengali, 27 years old, born on 12th January,1988. I want to join the holy order of renunciation at Ramkrishna Mission. I have done MBA from IIM Kozhikode. I am currently working in Bangalore.
    I want to devote my life and capabilities for the greater good. I am aware that people probably send 100s of such mails asking for membership and initiation but please consider this as a formal request for information.
    I am aware of the requisites for initiation viz; celibacy, renunciation, obedience and the will force to perform Karmayoga, Gyanyoga, Bhaktiyoga and Rajayoga. I have been practising yoga since I was a kid I have been following Swami Sarvapriyananda and his lectures and I hope my message reaches him. I have written to Belur Math. Please bless me and show me the right way.
    Thanks and Regards

    Abhishek Nandan
    Haridevpur, Kolkata-700082
    Phone 9900912161

    • rkma
      October 19, 2015

      Dear Abhishek,

      Since you have written to Belur Math and that being Head Quarters, let us wait for the reply. If you do not get any, please write back.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  45. Navin Nakrani
    October 16, 2015

    respected swamiji
    i am Navin Nakrani, 35 yrs old belonging from business family, i want to know the realing meaning of life, and why i am getting continuous thoughts of joining the ashram and serve the world, i am doing well in business then also i am confused about my thoughts, 4 years back i left my home and my family without their knowledge and came back after 25 days, i had stayed in isolated place for peace of my mind, swamiji i want to meet the person who can solve my problem can u suggest i am ready to stay in ashram also i want to make guru to help me to find me a path of life. please swamiji help me.
    atharvaa.prop@gmail.com

    • rkma
      October 19, 2015

      Dear Navin Nakrani,

      Since you are 35 years old, joining the Ramakrishna Math & Mission may not be possible. But that does not prevent you from searching and finding answers to the ultimate questions of life.

      Reading life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda will guide you. You may also visit any center of Ramakrishna Math & Mission near you and seek guidance from the Swamiji there. The list is here: http://belurmath.org/centres/branchcentres.htm

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  46. Aaditya Vashist
    October 17, 2015

    Dear Sir

    I am still waiting for your response. please reply.

  47. Arpan Mitra
    October 18, 2015

    Respected Maharaj-ji,
    Please accept my pranam first. I am Arpan Mitra from Howrah, west Bengal. Now I am working at a nationalized bank and for job purpose I live in Bhubaneswar now (near to Ramakrishna math, Bhubaneswar). I also have regular interaction with Rev. maharajjis of Bhubaneswar and belur math. My family is associated with Ramakrishna movement from 70’s. From the very childhood, I am attracted with the ideals of Thakur- Maa- Swamiji. At the age of 12, I got spiritual initiation from 13th president Maharaj-ji.
    I am 24 now. From childhoohood, my dream is to spend the whole life with discussing Holy Trio’s life and works. Worldly attachments, a handsome salary at the end of a month don’t attract me at all. I am not interested in marriage also, even if I cannot become a monk. But my only complication is my mother. She has sacrificed a lot for me, though she and my father is economically independent. Thinking that she will be shocked if I live family, I cannot dedicate myself to the holy feet of Holy Mother. But the desire of dedicating myself is growing day by day, the ugly face of world is also revealing to me day by day which draws me nearer to Holy Trio. Reiterating the words of Holy Mother—“whenever you are in distress, just say to yourself I have a mother” is the only solution to me now. What can I do maharaj ji? I shall be grateful if you kindly reply.
    Pranam.

    • rkma
      October 22, 2015

      Dear Arpan Mitra,

      Glad to receive your mail. The predicament you are going through is experienced in lesser or greater degrees by many who join the Ramakrishna Order. It is your attachment to your parents/mother. Nothing new in it. From your mail I assume that you are a single child. Either ways, finally it all boils down to how much you are willing to sacrifice. If you cannot, you may lead the life of a celibate and participate in the activities of Ramakrishna Math/Mission as a volunteer.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • Arpan Mitra
        October 24, 2015

        Thanks Maharaj-ji for your reply. Please accept my Vijaya-pranam. One request to you, kindly bless me and pray for me so that I can overcome the last worldly bonding( i,e, with my mother) and spend my whole life in “lila-anudhyan”. Nothing will be a better vijaya blessings than that.
        Jai Maa !!

      • rkma
        October 26, 2015

        Dear Arpan,

        Glad to receive your mail. My warm Vijaya greetings to you. I sincerely pray to our Holy Trio to guide you and lead you towards Them.

        Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  48. Veerendra Babu
    October 20, 2015

    Respected Swamiji,

    I am Veerendra, aged 27 from Vijayawada. Finally from lot of confusions and questions about materialized world, life, god, soul and spiritual life, I got good answers. I want to join in Ramakrishna Order. My qualification is MCA.
    Let me know the complete procedure to join in your ashram. I am totally free from all bonds. Please give me your valuable guidance.

  49. Veerendra Babu
    October 20, 2015

    I forgot to mention that I am unmarried. My mail id is veerendra.kuppala@gmail.com

    Thanks & Regards
    Veerendra

    • rkma
      October 22, 2015

      Dear Veerendra,

      Since you are from Vijayawada, please get in touch with our Vijayawada center. The address is:

      Ramakrishna Mission Ramakrishna Mission Road, Sitanagaram, Tadepalli Mandal, Dt. Krishna, Andhra Pradesh 522501 Phone : (08645) 272248 & 272656, (0866) 2570799 Email : vijayawada@rkmm.org, rkmvijay@gmail.com Website: http://www.rkmissionvijayawada.org

      or

      Ramakrishna Mission Gandhinagar Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh 520003 Phone : 0866-2570799

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  50. Sujit Kumar Gouda
    November 10, 2015

    Dear swamiji,

    I am a 12th passed student and I am 18 years old I want to join your math in a different perspective. I want to do the graduation in psychology and further thereafter. I have seen in most of the times , People think that being a monk is totally different from being a normal human being. As swamiji believed that everyone can search for the ttruth.. So please tell me if it is possible to do the both.

    • Sujit Kumar Gouda
      November 10, 2015

      Sir if it is not possible. Please tell me if there is any chance that I can stay there as part-time desciple and continue my studies.

      • rkma
        November 25, 2015

        Dear Sujit,

        You have referred to Swami Vivekananda’s ideas about pursuit of truth through pursuit of science. I am not going to comment on that here.

        So far as your joining Ramakrishna Math & Mission is concerned, as of now, Ramakrishna Math/Mission does not have any protocol/set procedure to admit monastic aspirants while they are still pursuing their education. Nor is there any such concept of ‘part-time disciples’ as mentioned in your mail. It is advisable that you complete your education and then approach us.

        Meanwhile, please keep reading life and works of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Visit any branch of Ramakrishna Math or Mission whenever possible. List of Ramakrishna Math & Mission Branches in Karnataka is here: http://belurmath.org/centres/branchcentres.htm#KAR

        Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

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

  51. murugesh01
    November 11, 2015

    Swamiji i am an engineering student final year. I want to join ramakrishna ashram and become a monk to achieve enlightenment. I am staying in davangere Karnataka. Whom should I contact? Could you please give the address?
    Thanks. :)

    • rkma
      November 12, 2015

      Dear Murugesh,

      It will be good if you can visit Belgaum Ashrama sometime, may be on a weekend. Please inform earlier.

      In order to join Ramakrishna Order, you need to have an understanding about the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. You also need to have idea about the ideas and ideals of Ramakrishna Order. If you send us your postal address, we will send you some complimentary books.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  52. Sarikaa Tribedi
    November 16, 2015

    Respected maharajji,i am 29 years old unmarried girl,i have completed my M.sc & B.ed degree,but still now i don’t get any job,i became frustrated,I like to pray god all time,please maharajji give me suggestion and also i am failure in love relation,day by day i becoming too much fustrated,please swamiji give me suggestion.
    Thank you

    • rkma
      November 20, 2015

      Dear Sarika,

      Life sometimes does become difficult, when everything seems to fall apart. It is then that we need to have patience. The difficult times do not last long. These too shall pass. Please find out as to why you are not getting a job. If there are any more additional courses you need to study in order to be employable, please undergo the same. You can seek help from professionals in order to make yourself employable. Simultaneously, please keep praying to God. Pray for patience and fortitude. I am sure by God’s grace, things will be bright for you. Please read life and teachings of Sri Sarada Devi. You will get guidance and solace there.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  53. devang14
    November 17, 2015

    Dear sir i am devang gadhvi from surat age 24 currently pursuing pg in agriculture . I had curiosity frm my childhood days about cosmos which lead me to the path of learning indian vedas gita and to know about the absolute and unity of soul to the absolute ie brahma . I want to join ramakrishna mission but my parents wont allow is there any way to still join?

    • rkma
      November 20, 2015

      Dear Friend,

      It is up to you to convince your parents. But in some cases, parents do not initially agree. In that case, it will be your call as to whether you want to go against wishes of your parents and still join. But more important than that is your preparedness to join. In order to join Ramakrishna Order, you will need to have a good knowledge about the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda as also the ideas and ideals of the Ramakrishna Math & Mission. I would advise you to get in touch with any center of Ramakrishna Math or Mission nearest to you and discuss with Swamijis over there. The list of all center is here: http://belurmath.org/centres/branchcentres.htm

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  54. Soutrik Ghosh
    November 21, 2015

    Sir,I am 32 and unmarried,i used to work for Department of atomic energy ,I hold a degree in engineering and a diploma in management from a premier business school.But I had quitted my job and engaged with several NGOs.I want to devote my entire life for the service of mankind and god .Is it possible at my age to join the monastic school or join as a fulltime volunteer of RKmission.

    • rkma
      November 21, 2015

      Dear Soutrik Ghosh,

      Since you are beyond the prescribed age, you will need to contact our headquarters at mail@belurmath.org

      Hope you are acquainted with the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda as also the ideas and ideals of the Ramakrishna Math & Mission.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  55. Amit Singh Sengar
    November 28, 2015

    Respected swamiji,
    I am Amit Singh Sengar,23 years old,i am preparing for bureaucracy and as all people say i genuinely want to help the poor n needy and ignorant as well as myself.In my perception one needs to transcend oneself from the ordinary to the realm of consciousness and i also think one should be spiritually conscious and financially independent to lead a healthy life.But,some times in the midst i get so much frustated by seeing that every1 is after something and they want a thing things n things.People can do anything to get rich,i known i am complaining too much but this is truth.The more i known and think about the world,it all seems just theoriticaly divine and practically evil.I really want to help people and learn as much as i can in this birth and want to attain the stage of samadhi.But again there is a problem i am an atheist and as i said i read too much about the politics,economy,philosophy and history.but whenever i complete a book i left with the evil attach with the world.I have read narendra ji and i am really inspired with his ideology and intelligence.I aslo want to serve the true divinty,the world but whenever i see a man rising financially he becomes ethically corrupt,is there is something i am missing.All this make me sad,i want to become enlightened swamiji,i am in love with vedantic philosophy.I too want to serve like swami vivekananada like subhash chandra bose did but i am alone and cursed with the reality.I want to become spiritually enlightened so that i can serve this cosmic creation.I want to join the monastery please help your younger brother.

    • rkma
      November 30, 2015

      Dear Amit,

      Not all successful people have become so by wrong means. There are many, who have become successful by right means. Level of corruption in society keeps rising and falling over time. That seems to be the nature of the world. We need to focus on what we want out of our life. Swami Vivekananda placed a twin ideal before us – ‘For the salvation of the self and for the good of the world’. This ideal can be pursued by both types of persons, lay as well as monks. Each one has to find his/her way to pursue this ideal. I would suggest you to read Swami Vivekananda’s life and his works, mainly his ‘Lectures from Colombo to Almora’. Also please visit this link. http://belurmath.org/Ideology.htm

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  56. Amit Singh Sengar
    November 29, 2015

    swamiji reply please as soon as possible,i am eagerly waiting for your message.

  57. Vaibhav Pai (@vbv1988)
    December 1, 2015

    Dear Swamiji,

    Pranams.
    I am a resident of Manipal, Karnataka. I’ve been reading Sri Ramakrishna’s and Vivekananda’s books for quite a few years now. I am 26 and I am working as a teacher. I visit the nearest Ramakishna Ashram in Mangalore (about 60Km from Manipal) whenever I find time to listen to the evening bhajans. Recently, along with my friend, we met one of the Swamijis there, after the bhajans. The Swamiji was young and I had asked him some questions about leading a spiritual life. He told that bachelors within the age of 30 could join as trainee brahmacharis.

    Swamiji I believe both married life and the life of a sanyasi are equally difficult. Now i have two choices ahead of me-getting married or taking this path. I know what married life constitutes as we see lots of married people around. I am curious about renunciation but that is all. Both intimidate me. :)

    Swamiji, it is this choice that has riddled me. No doubt, the life of a renunciate may be peaceful and fruitful, but to think about it now, for me , is like being given a choice to have a dip in the ocean. I am interested and curious Swamiji, but I am intimidated. I am not sure if it is dispassion. How does one go about looking for a Guru?

    How can I convince my parents? Thoughts about my relatives’ opinions constantly troubles me. How does one convince oneself and then his family about it? Also, who will inspire us Swamiji, the present generation? Swami Vivekananda and others had Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi who were so close to the Lord.

    Also, I am worried about failing, once I choose this path. What do I do? Kindly guide me.

    Pranams,
    Vaibhav

    • rkma
      December 10, 2015

      Dear Vaibhav,

      You have asked multiple questions.

      Fear of failure: It is better to try and fail than not to try at all. To not to try would be the biggest failure. Lack of personalities to guide: God in our heart is our best guide and He is ever present. Which path to choose: To be a house holder or a monk. This is the trickiest part since it is most subjective. Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi used to advise aspirants according to their samskaras to choose either of the paths best suited for their development. But no mortal can do that. We can only guide you to find out what is best for you. Some think that as creations of God, it is our duty to continue His creation. As such one should marry and perpetuate the creation. Others feel that to serve parents is our prime duty and as such we should lead a house holders life and fulfill our duty. For such ones house holders life is best. Some feel that being born, our prime duty is to know our creator, i.e. God and serve His creation. They also feel that one can do both of these by leading a house holders life. Then there are others who feel that to know God and to serve His creation, it is necessary that one should renounce. Such ones do not want to get diverted by being house holders. They take to the path of renunciation. None of the above is right or wrong, it is only a question as to which category one belongs to. Depending on that one should choose a path. The most important quality necessary is sincerity and catholicity. We should be sincere in our efforts and accept other ways also as valid ways. Once you are clear about your path, others opinions matter little.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • vbvpi
        December 15, 2015

        Thank you Swamiji for your kind words. Could you please suggest me as to what I could do next for
        guidance?

  58. Sagar Pandey
    December 3, 2015

    Dear Swami ji,
    I, Sagar, currently Pursuing BA From ignou. and preparing for IAS. 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 is 18 and unmarried.

    • rkma
      December 7, 2015

      Dear Sagar,

      You are quite young. What you want now is guidance to lead a good life and focus on your goal. Please read life and message of Swami Vivekananda. Especially Swamiji’s ‘Lectures from Colombo to Almora’. You will get lot of guidance in these. If you send us your postal address, we will send you few complimentary books.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • swamiji thank you for you appreciation, please send me the lectures and books of swamiji to this address
        Sagar pandey, 30/60 new rajawat building near rajkumar bridge vallabh nagr indore pin 452003

      • rkma
        December 11, 2015

        Dear Sagar Pandey,

        We have sent you few books. Please read these. Also, you may contact Swamiji of Ramakrishna Mission, Indore and seek further guidance from him. Of course, you are always welcome to write to us.

        Ramakrishna Mission Ramakrishna Ashrama Marg, Kila Maidan Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452006 Phone : 0731-241 1621 & 241 4430 Email : indore(at)rkmm.org, rkmindor(at)gmail.com Website: http://www.rkmindore.org

        Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  59. manasamanumanu
    December 5, 2015

    I am manasa 24 years female
    I want to get sanyas due to problems
    Can you give guidance for me.
    I am from karimnagar telangana

  60. manasamanumanu
    December 6, 2015

    Swamiji please give your suggestions

  61. Vaibhav Pai (@vbv1988)
    December 7, 2015

    Swamiji eagerly waiting for your reply… Please give me some advice…

  62. Tikeswar Bariha
    December 13, 2015

    pranam swamiji….i am tikeswar bariha 22 year old pursuing Bsc in ignou …i inspired by swami vivekananda,M K gandhi,binova bhave…Buddha and christ give me deep influenced on me….i read about Bhagat singh and subash ch bose …many freedom fighter and i cry out…the dedication toward the nation selflessly feel my heart spread ….i don’t know how long universe is wide but i know everything is made on one single pure thing…….i inspired by also mother teresa and florence nightingale…..This is my holly country where Maharshi Balmiki,Vedvyas ,Patanjali,Shankara charya ,Guru Nanak ,Ramakrishna paramhansha Born….where Raja Harichandra ,Srabhan kumar made our land pure…..One Man Swami Vivekananda totally change my life …the view toward society is changed ..i have glow on my face a smile on my face…compassion and kindness in heart ….i also deeply inspired on Gandhiji …Simple living,truth,non violence,peace this necessary now as considering global warming…and terrorism ……i do not if i want to be saint or not because i am the only boy child on our family….But i want to live an unmarried and pure unselfish life for the society ,for the poor and needy…….I find every thing in Swami Vivekananda life and teaching …….Swamiji can inspire all people…..He said god in all of us ….Just believe in yourself ….poor,rich,black,white ,upper ,lower all are the son on God……..I think Swami vivekananda is the Soul of India……I want to meet some one who is free from all bondage and attachment …i want deep conversation with him….And Do for Bharat maa all my life…..thank swamiji

  63. Dear Swami Ji,
    i am Kapil. I am 23 years old unmarried and B.Tech Graduate.i very much admired with the ideology and work of RK mission.i want to achieve something that can,t be taken away from me.i am not hungry of these worldly things.so i want to know more about process of becoming a monk and serve for others.i want to learn more about the Trios of RKM. may i get some complementary books of them to start with . my postal Address is
    H.no.597,flat no.206,ward 3,Mehrauli,
    New Delhi,110030
    mail-kapilb62@gmail.com

    Regards
    Kapil

  64. Shan Kam
    December 17, 2015

    charansparsh swami ji,

    i am dhananjay tripathi ,resident of Lucknow ,Uttar Pradesh.i am 23 years old.the thoughts have been arising in my mind to search a peace place just to focus on the life and purpose and goal of life .but due to so many distraction not able to focus .even somtimes thoughs of being a monk came in my mind. and still at this age my mind is not stable.and after reading previews comments from my friends its seems i still need to find purpose and even i searched the book u recommended ” colombo to Almora” for finding the path in Life..but havent got on maker bookersellers so if i can get that will be very helpful..and can you tell me the place where i can live the life of Brahmacharya and maintain celebacy.. and i want to study very very much in my life this thing i know about myself..pranam swami ji ..will wait for your reply

    • rkma
      December 17, 2015

      Dear Dhananjay,

      Since you are in Lucknow, please contact Ramakrishna Math, Lucknow at the following address. You will definitely find the book. You also, if possible, subscribe for library membership and read other books of Swami Vivekananda. Please interact with Swamijis over there. They will surely guide you.

      Ramakrishna Math Nirala Nagar Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226020 Phone : 0522-2787191 & 2787143 Email : lucknow@rkmm.org, rkml@ramakrishnalucknow.org

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  65. Dear Swami ji
    please reply to me.i am waiting.

    Regards
    Kapil

    • rkma
      December 20, 2015

      Dear Kapil,

      We have sent you few complimentary books. You will receive those shortly. We have a center in New Delhi. It also conducts a Youth Forum. The address of the center is given below. Please get in touch and join the youth forum. You will surely get necessary guidance.

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

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  66. vbvpi
    December 20, 2015

    Dear Swamiji

    This is Vaibhav from Manipal.This is regarding the previous post of mine.
    This time I am writing using a new account on WordPress. Thank you Swamiji for your kind words of advice. They’ve helped me dispel my doubts.
    Swamiji, who can I approach for guidance? Do I need to get in touch with the local RK Ashram or contact Belur Math? Could you please suggest what to do?

    Regards,
    Vaibhav

    • rkma
      December 25, 2015

      Dear Vaibhav,

      Please think over our previous mail and try to figure out your thoughts/position on the subject. You may please contact Swami Jitakamanandaji, Adhyaksha of Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore. He will guide you further.

      Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Mangaladevi Road Mangalore, Karnataka 575001 Phone : 0824-241 4412 & 241 9097 Email : mangaluru@rkmm.org; mangaloremath@gmail.com Website: http://www.mangaloremath.in

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  67. m2chaitanya
    December 20, 2015

    pranam….ji
    I am chaitanya from aswaraopet, khammam district. I am 30 years old. Will get 31 in 3 months. ..I completed engineering and did job for 5 years and left it…I am unmarried and want to renounce worldly desires. Since my childhood onwards I am very much fond of swami Vivekananda

    • rkma
      December 23, 2015

      Dear Chaitanya,

      Since you are 30 years old, please get in touch with our headquarters, Belur Math at this address: mail(at)belurmath.org They will guide you further.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

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

  68. h (@hemanthdr2)
    December 23, 2015

    Dear Swami ji,
    Myself Hemanth. My age is 24 years. I am from Karnataka. I am completely fed up with materialistic life and realized that no one can achieved complete bliss in materialistic life. Like other ordinary people I had done some mistakes in my life. I always believe helping needy people who comes into my contacts. i always try to burn my all bad habit. I really want to realize this universe. I am looking for a place where I can practice spirituality and Swami Vivekananda teachings and render the service to society. Please help me out.

    • rkma
      December 23, 2015

      Dear Hemanth,

      Please let us know your marital status. You need to know about life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri sarada devi and Swami Vivekananda before you can take a decision. If you let us know your postal address, we will send you some complimentary books and also guide you to the nearest center.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

      • h (@hemanthdr2)
        December 24, 2015

        Dear Swamiji,

        Thank you for your suggestions and support. I am waiting for directions to move in right path.

        My postal address is
        Hemanth DR,
        DHFL
        1st Floor, Krishna Towers
        M G Road, Chikmagalur,
        Karnataka – 577101

      • rkma
        December 25, 2015

        Dear Hemant,

        We are sending you few complimentary books. Please go through. You will get guidance. You DID NOT write your marital status as requested in our mail. Be it as it may, please get in touch with Swami Jitakamanandaji of Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore. The address is: Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Mangaladevi Road Mangalore, Karnataka 575001 Phone : 0824-241 4412 & 241 9097 Email : mangaluru@rkmm.org; mangaloremath@gmail.com Website: http://www.mangaloremath.in

        He will guide you further.

        Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  69. h (@hemanthdr2)
    December 26, 2015

    Dear Swamiji,

    I am um married. Thank your for your guidance & support.

  70. Mohit Chitte
    December 26, 2015

    Swamiji,

    swamiji i am 25 year old, I want to become a monk, please guide for that

    Regards,
    Mohit Chitte

    • rkma
      December 29, 2015

      Dear Mohit,

      Please read this carefully and answer to the point covering all the points. Please write a little more about yourself like: your qualification, marital status, your exposure to life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda either through books or through interaction with any center of Ramakrishna Math/Mission, if possible your postal address or at least the city/state you are located in.

      This will help us guide you.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  71. Payal Deb
    December 29, 2015

    hii..

    What is the criteria for unmarried woman to become a monk?

    Thanks
    Payal

  72. Rajveer Immortal
    January 3, 2016

    Swami jee My name is rajveer mallick,i live in asansol,wb.I am doing electrical engineering ,i m in final year..i saw some videos of swami sarvapriyananda jee maharaj..i m reading bhagwat geeta nd other spiritual book..i don’t know what is this spirituality is something that inforce me to be with this.. maybe as swami jee says this is the maturity of soul or anything else ..i wanted to meet with swami sarvapriyananda jee maharaj .,spend my life in his view .ami akhan asansol e achhi maharaj..plz apni bolun ami ki kore onar sisyo hobo..???
    Thanks .
    Regard-Rajveer Mallick
    Asansol,WB.

  73. akhila (@akhilabr7)
    January 4, 2016

    Respected swamiji,
    I am amitha (girl) from mysore karnataka and my age is 28. I am not interested in samsara (marriage and marriage life) and like to take sanyasatva in order to gain moksha to my soul. Even from childhood me and my family members got attracted to adopt spiritualism in life. We got spiritual initiation on 2003. I am single and completed BE, MBA.

    Now please give complete the guidelines for ladies to join your ashram( complete address, phone, email id). I am totally free from all bonds. Please give me your valuable guidance as early as possible

    • rkma
      January 4, 2016

      Dear Amitha,

      As you would have read on our website, you need to contact Sarada Math, web address of which is also given there – http://www.srisaradamath.org Unfortunately, we don’t have more information.

      Best wishes, Swami Atmapranananda

  74. Gurender Singh
    January 6, 2016

    Namaste Swami ji.

    i am boy who is deeply interested in vedanata teachings/study, i have read upnisahads(3), i am reading puraans, i am deeply touched by the work of Respected Adi Shankaracharya ji, this whole study changed my perspective towards life, everything is changed.. i do understand the concept what is taught in vedanata, well it would not be correct to say that i do understand, there’s no one who can understand the turiya/brahman.

    So being that said, i was looking for a guru, i did & i am doing max at my own level to understand and realize the teachings of vedanata but guru is required, there are doubts in my mind which are to be cleared, i tired to search for answers i do find them but are they correct ones?

    During my own self-study of vedanta, i watched some videos of Respected Swami Sarvapriyananda ji.
    He taught what exactly is written in upnishads, everything was more clear to me, i felt a sense of progression towards vedanata study.

    Now the question is: is it possible to contact Respected Swami Sarvapriyananda ji?, i want him to be my guru, honestly, he taught vedanata in that 1 hour session like NO ONE ever did, at least for me, i felt like learning from each and every word coming out from swami ji.

    If it is possible please let me know, it will help me a LOT, my life is already changed, only thing is left is a guru, if i get that, nothing is left to be taken.

    Thank you very much.

  75. ananygulati
    January 23, 2016

    Respected Swamiji,
    I am a class XII, male student from Lucknow. In the last few months, I have been greatly influenced by spirituality and want to attain self-realization. I want to get rid of the burning passions that toil in the human body and lead a life of purity and bliss. Although, I have little experience, but I can say for sure that there is something greater than the materialistic worldly possessions. Please guide me.
    Hari Om

    • rkma
      January 28, 2016

      Dear Friend,

      You are quite young. Please complete your education. Meanwhile please keep reading life and message of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi. Please also be in touch with Ramakrishna Math, Lucknow. Once you complete your education, you can take the call.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  76. Ashish Gambhir
    January 24, 2016

    Hi from last 7 years i have been fighting with my evil habits and 5 vikaras but still struggling with them deep down in my heart i am living in this society but i am not happy .I have a feeling of dispassion and some time guilt and fear that I may die like this fighting with my vikaras .i do not want to marry with my this vikaras i really want to live a spritual life and i really want to live me remaining life as blissfull . i love sprituality but living a life in this modern world like this is impossible .help me

    • Gurender Singh
      January 24, 2016

      The thing is my friend, you are concentrating on the wrong side, it happened with me too, the secret of this is only the one, that is focus on good or spiritual path if you want to call it rather than fighting with your body, trust me, when you will cover sufficient distance in spiritual path, everything will be cleared & once cleared nothing more is required.

      Living life in world is not impossible my friend, it is difficult when you keep this world as source of your happiness or sadness, you are beyond this, the thing is, you have to look for right path.

      You yourself said it, you will die fighting with them, it is true, to defeat them you have to cut the roots and purify your mind, that can only be done when you will focus on spiritual path, now what is spiritual path?
      There are many to be followed, you name it.
      There are many yogs you can follow, like Raj Yog, Janana Yog, Bhakti Yog, Karam Yog, each of these yog will help you purify yourself and will make you realize and then my friend, everything will change for you in given moment.

      “Don’t hate the world, the one supreme reality illuminates them all, once realized,you will attain the permanent never-ending bliss”

      All the best.

      • Ashish Gambhir
        January 24, 2016

        I tried and some hwo being succesfull but when again fall in the traps of maya i feel irritated and feel like there is no life

      • Gurender Singh
        January 24, 2016

        haha :) my friend, that is job of maya, that is the nature of maya, why you being irritated ?
        there is life everywhere, the thing is to realize.

        the reason for your irritation on failure(or the failure itself) is the sign that your base is not clear friend you are focusing in wrong direction.
        there are series of steps you have to follow and with these series of step you need a strong will or i must say that strong Will generates by itself when you will follow these…

        Steps are :
        1- Read what is written.
        2- Understand what is written, try to think of it(Vichaar).
        3- Realize(which the rishis called Moksh, mukti etc).

        Now, question arises what is to be read?
        The scriptures friend, there are many to be read, you name them, there are many, infinite ocean of knowledge.

        Friend, people will say first two steps are easy 3rd is hard but no, first 2 are hard and 3rd is easy compare to them.
        It can’t be understood or read since it can’t be defined, it can only be realized but reading and doing vichaar acts as fuel & direction for the process.

        Don’t worry when you fall, step up, there are two ways of doing it, either by guidance or by will power.
        for guidance you need a good guru & in case of will power you need a good starting, once started you won’t ever look back.

        The maya originates from that one and only, the thing is you are not familiar with real self, read about it, try to do vichaar on him(meditate on him), it is very near and believe me, once you will realize there is nothing left to be taken.

        Why do you worry about a world that is temporarily reflected in mirror despite the fact that you are the mirror and there is no world outside to be reflected?

        Ignorance, error these are very small things infront of real you, trust me friend, when you will realize the real self, you will dance over them(ignorance,error), you will enjoy the creation, you will enjoy everything, infinite ananda.

    • rkma
      January 28, 2016

      Dear Ashish,

      You have not mentioned your age and educational qualification. I understand you are unmarried. Vikaras are natural and human. All spiritual aspirants struggle with these. The point is not to fight these for the sake of fight itself but in order to attain something that is far greater than the vikaras, i.e. God. So please channel your energies on achieving something positive. Also, it is not possible to conquer vikaras only with self-effort. One needs God’s grace. So please pray to God, chant His name and strive for something positive in your life.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  77. Chirag Mittal
    January 25, 2016

    dear swamiji
    myself chirag mittal(boy). i am 17 years old. i want to join ramakrishna mission in future. i live in jaipur. i am going to pursue my ug in btech. after that i aspire to join ramakrishna math. but i want to know that is there any living cost in math.

    with regards
    chirag mittal

    • rkma
      January 27, 2016

      Dear Chirag,

      Glad to receive your mail. Please be informed that, once you join Ramakrishna Order, you do not have to pay anything, for a simple reason that you will not have anything to pay except your body, mind and soul. It is only those who are willing to renounce everything that join Ramakrishna Math & Mission.

      Please be in touch with Ramakrishna Mission Jaipur center to keep up your aspirations.

      Ramakrishna Mission ‘C’ Scheme, Gautam Marg, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001 Phone : 0141-222 8704 & 511 8804 Email : jaipur(at)rkmm.org, rkmpinkcity(at)gmail.com Website: http://www.rkmjaipur.in

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

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

  78. aniruddhadesite
    January 30, 2016

    Dear Swamiji,
    I am 17 years old. I passed out from Baranagore ramakrishna Mission in last year and now I read in rahara ramakrishna Mission. I am greatly interested in Ramakrishna’s order. In future I want to be a monk. Please suggest me.

    • rkma
      February 3, 2016

      Dear Aniruddha,

      You are living in Ramakrishna Mission and asking this question to me! Please read life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Please interact with Swamijis at the Mission. I do not know whether you have a warden Swamiji, if yes, you may seek guidance from him. Else, meet any Swamiji and seek guidance. Anyway, you better complete your education before taking a final call.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

  79. Sandeep Verma
    February 5, 2016

    Namaskaar swamiji
    I m 22 year old from Rishikesh, i have completed my graduation(bca).,I have been reading “Vivekananda” from nearly 3-4 years ,I’ve just started on “gosple of sri Ramakrishna” ….. i want to join the order as a monk please guide me…

  80. Ahamjit Dasmahapatra
    February 7, 2016

    Dear Swamiji,
    I wish to get introduced to the philosophy and works of the ramakrishna Mission. I have often been attracted to this but don’t know the rules in details. I am an engineer and currently working for a PSU.

    • rkma
      February 9, 2016

      Dear Ahamjit,

      We cannot answer you by mail, but may be, can point you in the right direction. You will have to look for answers yourselves. Please visit this link: http://belurmath.org/Ideology.htm This will give you a decent idea. You may also visit other links on this website. This is the website of the Belur Math – Head Quarters of Ramakrishna Math & Mission. Many centers have their own websites as well. A few resource books: 1. For enquirers about Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission by Swami Tapasyanandaji 2. History of Ramakrishna Math & Mission by Swami Gambhiranandaji 3. The Story of Ramakrishna Mission – This is a voluminous book.

      Regards, Swami Atmapranananda

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