Prabuddha Bharata

The Car Festival of Jagannatha by Swami Achyuteshananda

You cannot fully appreciate the words of Swami Vivekananda that in India, ‘it is religion that forms the very core of the national heart/ unless you visit the land that removes all sins (sarva-papahara-desa), according to the Kapila Samhita (2.2). It is the land that converts a Canda Asoka into a Dharma Asoka —Asoka the […]

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Swami Vireswarananda

Ideals of the Ramakrishna Mission by Swami Vireswaranandaji

An address of Srimat Swami Vireswaranandaji Maharaj, given on the occasion of the release of the souvenir ‘The Ramakrishna Movement’ on 30 December 1979, at the Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi. I shall mention a few of the main ideals that have been cherished and put into practice by the Ramakrishna Mission. The first one is […]

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Srimat Totapuri’s origins in Ladana, Haryana

From Prabuddha Bharata, November, 1977 – The Math belonging to the Guru of Srimat Totapuri -by Swami Alokananda (Published in 1977 – some information regarding heads of Ashrams and directions to Baba Ladana may have changed.) We come across in Sri Ramakrishna the Great Master a reference to the Math (monastery) belonging to the Guru […]

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God is a slave of pure love

Devotees would often complain to Sri Ramakrishna that in spite of their efforts they seem to make no progress in spiritual life. They would also say that even if there is love for God in their hearts, how do they understand that God loves them. Sri Ramakrishna would say that God is a slave of […]

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Sadhana gives one affirmed visions

Devotees would often ask Sri Ramakrishna to enlighten them about the way illumined souls live. They would often express doubts as to how a person, who has attained the highest truth or Samadhi can come down and live in this world. Sri Ramakrishna would explain this idea through a beautiful analogy. He would say that […]

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