Monday, October 5, 2009

Project 8


Project 8

Supply Box of Essential Items to 1500 Refugee Families.

Visit the following site for more information.

http://www.freewebs.com/rkmceylon/project8.htm

The Mission needs US$ 30 per family to supply a Box of Essential Items to the refugees.

Appeal for Fund - visit the following Website

http://www.rkmceylon.org/news/latest-news/vanni-refugee-relief-work-for-war-victims.html

Appeal for more funds

http://www.rkmceylon.org/news/latest-news/vanni-refugee-relief-work-for-war-victims.html

Vanni Refugee Relief Work for War Victims

Dear friends,

Ramakrishna Mission Ceylon branch is engaged in relief work for North East war victims - IDPs, refugees and disabled. The Mission organized six trips to refugee camps and distributed essential items worth about US$ 175,000/-

As IDPs are continuing to live in temporary shelters, we appeal again for more funds to continue our People Centered Aid Projects. The humanitarian crisis is huge. The problems
seem impossible to overcome. I would like to urge the global community to come forward and help the IDPs.

Funds available in hand are not enough to continue beyond the current Proposed Project 8. The Ramakrishna Mission will continue the Relief and Rehabilitation work depending on the availability of funds. The Mission needs US$ 30 per family to supply a Box of Essential Items to the refugees.

The Mission assures aid reach direct to refugees. We thank all well wishers and friends who supported to make earlier projects possible to provide relief at the critical time.

Please find the attachment with further detail of progress of the relief work by the Ramakrishna Mission (Ceylon Branch), If you need any more detail or clarification you may contact us.

Swami Sarvarupananda
Swami in-charge


What your donation can do for the Refugees

* US$ 18 buys a pair of Crutches Axillary - Underarm - pair for a disabled
* US$ 20 buys a pair of Crutches - Forearm - Elbow for a disabled
* US$ 25 buys a Gift Box for a Baby
* US$ 30 A box of Essential Items to a refugee family
* US$ 50 Aid for a school student for a year
* US$ 85 buys a wheel chair for a disabled person
* US$ 130 buys a Tricycle for an invalid person
* US$ 150 provides a university scholarship for a year

Ramakrishna mission is a worldwide spiritual movement which aims at the harmony of religions, all around development of human faculties, social equality, and peace for all humanity, without any distinctions of creed, caste, race or nationality. It is politically neutral and committed to religious freedom. Worship of god in man is the guiding ideal of the organization.

Friday, September 11, 2009

What is Ramakrishna Movement ?

What is Ramakrishna Movement?

Sri Ramakrishna’s religious activity and experiences were comprehensive to a degree that had perhaps never before been attained by any other religious genius in India or elsewhere.

Sri Ramakrishna’s life is a story of religion in practice and enables us to see God face to face.

Sri Ramakrishna has realized in himself more fully than any other man the total unity of the river of God which is open to all rivers and all streams.

Sri Ramakrishna is a rare combination of

• Individuality and Universality
• Personality and Impersonality

When Sri Ramakrishna had attained perfection in all sadhanas and had become firmly established in Bhava mukha, he came to certain conclusions. Two of those conclusions are

1. Mother of the Universe would found through him a new Movement to disseminate the universal doctrines illustrated in his own life.
2. She would send dedicated band of workers who would accept him as their ideal and spread his liberal doctrines and spiritual teachings to the world.

Returning to India at the beginning of 1897, Swami Vivekananda had given lavishly his unlimited spiritual and intellectual powers in an attempt to restore the greatness of his beloved Motherland, a greatness deeply rooted, as he again and again reminded the Indian people, in their ancient and incomparably rich religious heritage. Through many lectures and innumerable informal talks Swami had outlined his programme for the revival of a strong, spiritually oriented India, vigorous on all levels of thought and activity. Over and over, in a cascade of words, he had exhorted the Hindu people to live by and for the great ideals that had sprung from the very soul of the country itself, and to make them real. To put his program into operation, he wanted to convert India’s deep-rooted and highly honoured institution of sannyasa or monasticism, into an organized force that would, through service, regenerate the country materially, intellectually, culturally, and, above all, spiritually. To this end, he had organized the Ramakrishna Math and Mission setting in motion the “machine” that was to carry on his work forward and from which his Master’s teachings would spread and, as he said, “penetrate the world to the very bone.”

None can deny the fact that the Ramakrishna Movement has become a mighty source of power and glory. It has become a living symbol of Truth, Service, Renunciation, Universal Peace and Harmony in a world torn by mutual hatred and discord.

Naturally, then, the question rises whether this Movement is a new shoot of an old tree or a new shoot of a new tree. As in the case of the glacier ‘Gomukh’ giving birth to the mighty Ganga, a tide of noble thoughts with vast mass of spiritual energy flew out of the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, and manifested as the Ramakrishna Movement.

Thus, the Ramakrishna Movement is its twin aspects of Math and Mission is the Divine Will of the Mother of Universe crystallized into an organization through Sri Ramakrishna and his apostles led by Swami Vivekananda.


(Taken from “The Ramkrishna Movement in Sri Lanka with a brief introduction to the life of Sri Ramakrishna” by Swami Virupakshnanda)

Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna

When Sri Ramakrishna had attained perfection in all the sadhanas and had become firmly established in Bhava mukha, he came to certain conclusions regarding himself and spiritual matters in general.

Regarding himself he had the conviction that

1. He was an Incarnation of God, an Adhikarika Purusha all of whose spiritual strivings were for the sake of others
2. As long as the work of Iswara’s doing good to jivas continues, he has to reincarnate himself from age to age and carry out that mission
3. He knew the time of his passing away long before his mahasamadhi

Regarding spiritual matters in general he came to realize both by reason and through his yogic insight that

1. All religions are true and the various faiths are but so many paths to The One Godhead
2. His advent was to reveal this truth to the world and arrest the decline of religions and the quarrelling among themselves
3. The doctrines of dualism, qualified monism and monism influenced each one according to his spiritual progress
4. They are not contradictory, but complimentary to one another, depending on the evolution of the human mind
5. the non-dual state of Consciousness which is beyond the range of thought and word, is the ultimate goal to be realized
6. only the state up to qualified non-dualism can be grasped, by the mind and intellect and expressed in words, and in that state both the Absolute and the relative are equally eternal
7. The Lord Himself, His Name and His Abode are all of pure Consciousness
8. To the ordinary people attached to worldly enjoyments, the practice of dualism consisting in the disciplines of singing aloud the Lord’s name and form, His glory and powers, as presented in Narada Pancharatra, one of the devotional scriptures, is commendable
9. Performing one’s duty with a spirit of resignation to the will of and solely depending on God, the constant singing of God’s name together with meditation of Him which is Karma Yoga in practice is befitting the people of this age
10. The Mother of the Universe would found through him a new Movement to disseminate these universal doctrines illustrated in his own life
11. She would send dedicated bands of workers who would accept him as their ideal and spread his liberal doctrines and spiritual teachings to the world.

Ref:
Sri Ramakrishna the Great Master: Published by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Madras 600004, 1952 edition; Pages: 302-4

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Project 7 - Completed - 12-9-2009

Ramakrishna Mission (Ceylon Branch)
Vanni IDP Relief Work.

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Project 7 Completed - Supply of Essential Items to 2000 families in Vavunia IDP Camps. Budget US$ 50,000/-

Distributed on 12-9-2009 in Cheddykulam Refugee Camps.

Project 6 In Progress - More Funds needed - To Enable the Disabled - in IDP Camps.

For More information Visit http://rkmceylon.wetpaint.com

Monday, August 10, 2009

Maxims of Swami Vivekananda

Maxims
http://www.frankreport.com/Vivekananda/Maxims.html

Presented below are a number of short philosophic and moral precepts culled from Swami Vivekananda's works and utterances.Some will also be found in the section on quotations as part of a particular quotation and again in his teachings. In this section, we have attempted to choose statements of force and brevity - which stand alone as, perhaps, a complete lesson in and of themselves.

* Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success, and above all, love
* Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man
* Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man
* The only worship is love
* Truth never dreams

* No one can get anything unless he earns it. This is an eternal law.

* The more you fly from nature, the more she follows you; and if you do not care for her at all, she becomes your slave
* There is no virtue higher than non-injury.

* By truth we attain fruits of work.

* Chastity is the basis of all religions.

* He who has conquered the internal nature controls the whole universe; it becomes his servant.

* As soon as you make a sect, you protest against universal brotherhood.

* Through truth everything is attained. In truth everything is established.

* Mercy shall not be for men alone, but shall go beyond, and embrace the whole world.

* The worm that crawls under your feet today is a God to be.

* That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.

* There is no other teacher but your own soul.

* The totality of all souls, not the human alone, is the Personal God.

* Each individual has to work out his own salvation; there is no other way, and so also with nations.

* The strong, the well-knit, the young, the healthy, the daring alone are fit to be Yogis.

* To the Yogi everything is bliss

* Misery is caused by sin, and by no other cause.

* From contentment comes superlative happiness.

* Everything is fraught with fear: Renunciation alone is fearless.

* Friendship with many is good at a distance.

Never swerve from the path of truth.

Should the worst come to the worst, never swerve from the path of truth.”

One day the schoolboy Naren (Swami Vivekananda) got this bold and precious advice from his mother after his return from school.

A sad incident had taken place in the class. The geography teacher had said, “Naren, what you say is wrong.” “No, Sir, it is right.” “I say, it is not in the book.” “No, Sir, it is.” “No argument, I shall beat you black and blue.” Smack went the cane repeatedly. Yet Naren’s sincere and bold heart would not acquiesce in what he knew to be wrong.

After a while the teacher opened the book. To his extreme sorrow and shame he found Naren to be perfectly right.

As Naren was wont to disclose everything to his dear mother, this sad incident too he related to her. A tender smile played upon her lips. She fondly caressed and blessed her son, saying,

“I am really happy and proud of you, my son. Should the worst come to the worst never swerve from the path of truth.”

Monday, July 27, 2009

Vanni Relief Work for Victims of War.
http://rkmceylon.webs.com/

RELIEF WORK FOR WAR VICTIMS - IDPs - REFUGEES & DISABLED.
Jaffna - Vavunia - MannarĂ¯¿½Trincomalee

Relief work is being done by

Ramakrishna Mission (Ceylon Branch)

For More information Visit

http://rkmceylon.wetpaint.com/



Project 1 Completed

Project 2 Completed

Project 3 Completed

Project 4 Completed

Project 5 Completed

Mainly for IDP Health Care.

Project 6 In Progress - More Funds needed -

To Enable the Disabled - in IDP Camps.


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Serve God in All - Ahimsa

Truth

Purity

Compassion
Faith in Self



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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hold Yet A While

HOLD ON YET A WHILE, BRAVE HEART


If the sun by the cloud is hidden a bit,
If the welkin shows but gloom,
Still hold on yet a while, brave heart,

The victory is sure to come.


No winter was but summer came behind,
Each hollow crests the wave,
They push each other in light and shade ;

Be steady then and brave.


The duties of life are sore indeed,
And its pleasures fleeting, vain,
The goal so shadowy seems and dim,
Yet plod on through the dark, brave heart,

With all thy might and main.


Not a work will be lost, no struggle vain,
Though hopes be blighted, powers gone ;
Of thy loins shall come the heirs to all,
Then hold on yet a while, brave soul,

No good is e'er undone.


Though the good and the wise in life are few,
Yet theirs are the reins to lead,
The masses know but late the worth ;

Heed none and gently guide.


With thee are those who see afar,
With thee is the Lord of might,
All blessings pour on thee, great soul,

To thee may all come right!

Swami Vivekananda
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Light

I look behind and after
And find that all is right,
In my deepest sorrows
There is a soul of light.



- Swami Vivekananda