The Holy Mother and God’s Motherhood

Her very sight would fill you with indescribable joy. Her very glance would make you a saint, freeing you from all restlessness due to desire for sensuous enjoyment and material gains. She is none other than the Divine Mother descended in this valley of woes to take us across this transmigratory ocean of life and death.

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The Divine Presence by Swami Shraddhananda

The goal of spiritual life is to experience God and to have the divine vision in all that we encounter. The experience must come to us some day in which we feel the presence of God in the heavens, in the air, in the oceans, in the mountains, in the rivers, in the flowers, in all living beings, including ourselves. More... pdf

Chapter 1
From the book  - SRI RAMAKRISHNA and His Divine Play - by Swami Saradananda, translated by Swami Chetanananda
We have mentioned before that those who follow the path of knowledge,
as well as those who follow the path of devotion, have to give up the common conception of the world [that it is real]. The complete eradication of that idea frees the human mind from thought waves and leads it to samadhi.
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Swami Dayatmananda - Controlling Anger  16/08/2013

Aspiritual aspirant should have absolute control over anger. Controlling and expressing anger in a right way is a divine quality. Though extremely difficult it is possible to control anger. More... pdf


Upanishads — The Basis of All World Religions       25/12/12

…..  Swamiji stated: ‘Nearly every chapter (of every Upanishad) begins with dualistic teaching, Upasana. God is first taught as someone who is the creator of the universe, its preserver and unto whom everything goes at last. He is one to be worshipped, the Ruler, the Guide of nature, external and internal, yet appearing as if He were outside of nature and external. One step further, and we find the same teacher teaching that this God is not outside of nature, but immanent in nature. More... pdf


Swami Vivekananda - The Practice of Religion    07/11/1912

We read many books, many scriptures. We get various ideas from our childhood, and change them every now and then.  We understand what is meant by theoretical religion. We think we understand what is meant by practical religion. More... pdf


Questions and Answers  22/10/2012

Answers given by the Swami Dayatmananda to questions put by devotees during a spiritual retreat.
.... But real benefit from meditation does not depend upon the increase or decrease of time. It depends upon our intensity. This is a psychological fact of which most of us are ignorant. More... pdf


How To Become Spiritually Awakened  21/10/12

I hear constant complaints from people, `We are doing our spiritual practice, but we do not make any progress'. The reply is here. At the time of your spiritual practice, are you able, at least to some extent, to free your mind from worldly matters and give your purified mind to God?More... pdf

Sri Ramakrishna - The Greatest of Avataras 27/08/2012

Regarding Sri Ramakrishna, Swamiji told his disciple:

He was the concentrated embodiment of how many previous Avataras! Even spending the whole life in religious austerity, we could not understand it. More... pdf


The Seven Planes of Prajñā   07 /04 / 2012             

Brahman is Satchidananda-existence, knowledge, and bliss absolute-eternal, unchanging, without beginning or end, the plenitude of knowledge, devoid of all activity, transcending all objective categories. More... pdf

The Vedanta Kesari Special Issue (December 2011) 31/01/2011
'Celebrating Sri Ramakrishna'
Commemorating Sri Ramakrishna's 175th Birth Anniversary.

Source: kesarii

•••••Cover Story••••• 
•••••Joy of Spirituality•••••
Joy is the one thing that everyone seeks. Means and forms vary but what is sought is same—joy. Sri Ramakrishna, the Great Master of Spirituality, always insisted that one could find lasting joy only within, This inner joy wells up in mind when we turn away from the lower forms of joy which senses and ego promise, and make the mind free from all impurities and complexes.
In the cover-picture, the bloomed lotus, held near the centre of chest, alludes to the well-known photograph of Sri Ramakrishna in samadhi, taken at Keshab Chandra Sen's house in Kolkata. The bubbling up of the inner joy is symbolized by blossoming forth of 'lotus of heart'—an enduring motif of spiritual awakening and joy. More... pdf

Swami Vivekananda - THE NEED OF GURU -        15/01/12

Such alone are the real teachers, and such alone are also the real students, the real aspirants. All others are only playing with spirituality. They have just a little curiosity awakened, just a little intellectual aspiration kindled in them, More... pdf


Sri Sarada Devi in the Light of the Upanishads        17/7/2011

‘Look, this Sarada is Saraswati herself. She has come down to the world to give knowledge. . . She is no ordinary woman.’ More... pdf


Swami Vivekananda - THE ATMAN - CHAPTER XIII 02/08/2010

All the religions of Europe and Western Asia are dualistic; they have to be. The ordinary man cannot think of anything which is not concrete. He naturally likes to cling to that which his intellect can grasp. That is to say, he can only conceive of higher spiritual ideas by bringing them down to his own level. He can only grasp abstract thoughts by making them concrete.More... pdf


IDEOLOGY of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission


The ideology of Ramakrishna Math and Mission consists of the eternal principles of Vedanta as lived and experienced by Sri Ramakrishna and expounded by Swami Vivekananda.  This ideology has three characteristics: it is modern in the sense that the ancient principles of Vedanta have been expressed in the modern idiom; it is universal, that is, it is meant for the whole humanity; it is practical in the sense that its principles can be applied in day-to-day life to solve the problems of life. More... pdf


Upanishad in the Eyes of Swami Vivekananda      3/3/2010

In the Shvetàshvatara Upanishad you find the rishi giving the clarion call to all and sundry and says: O children of immortality and all the gods residing in the highest spheres, listen, I have known that Being who is as resplendent as the sun; knowing Him alone one can transcend miseries.  More... pdf


Saucha or Purity

Sri Krishna describes saucha or purity as one of the divine treasures. Purity is not merely a virtue but the culmination of all spiritual practices.
The sine qua non of spiritual life is purity of heart. The vision of God, a glimpse of the beyond, never comes until the soul is pure. It is to those who are true in heart, pure indeed, whose senses are controlled, that this Self manifests itself. More... pdf



To summarise what I said today:  
Meditation is not sleep, and it is not mere concentration. Meditation involves total life and it is a movement in consciousness from a lower state of consciousness to a higher level of consciousness. More... pdf