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Emblem of Ramakrishna Math & Mission

The emblem of the Ramakrishna Order designed by Swamiji is a unique and unparalleled work of art created by one of the richest minds in contemporary history in an exalted mood of spiritual inspiration. It is a profound symbol of harmony and synthesis for reverential meditation in this present age of conflict and disharmony. This symbol is the epitome of Swamiji's message of harmony and synthesis, leading to life's fulfilment. This is indeed the most eloquent expression of what he really preached, what he wanted every man and woman to be, to realize, either in the East or in the West. The goal is to realize, even in this very life, one's real Self, the self-effulgent Atman, the Swan in the emblem and through this realization to be free of all limitations, all bondages, all littleness. This spiritual freedom is one thing to be aspired for and achieved in this very life. It releases one from one's prison-house of limited individuality and confers upon him or her, the blessing of universal existence. He then becomes one with Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute. 'Be free. This is the whole of religion' said Swamiji. The meaning behind this emblem, in the language of Vivekananda himself:

'The wavy waters in the picture are symbolic of Karma, the lotus of Bhakti, and the rising-sun of Jnana. The encircling serpent is indicative of Yoga and awakened Kunadalini Shakti, while the swan in the picture stands for Paramatman. Therefore, the ideal of the picture is that by the union of Karma, Jnana, Bhakti and Yoga, the vision of the Paramatman is obtained'

"Good motives, sincerity, and infinite love can conquer the world. One single soul possessed of these virtues can destroy the dark designs of millions of hypocrites and brutes." -Swami Vivekananda

Ideology of Ramakrishna Math & Mission
Ramakrishna Math - It is a monastic organisation for the people brought into existence by Sri Ramakrishna, the great all-time saint of Bengal, who is regarded as the Prophet of Modern age. Ramakrishna Mission - It is a registered society in which monks of Ramakrishna Math & lay devotees co-operate in conducting various types, of social service mainly in India. It was founded by Sri Ramakrishna's Chief apostole, Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), who is regarded as 'one of the main molders of the modern world' in the words of an eminent western scholar A.L.Basham. Although Ramakrishna Math & Mission are legally and financially separate they are closely inter related in several other ways, are to be regarded as twin organisation.
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 of; it is practical in the sense that its principles can be applied in day-to-day life to solve the problems of life.
Swami Vivekananda spread the message of his Master, Sri Ramakrishna to the West.He taught that human beings are basically divine and not sinners. The impact of the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna can be clearly observed as the people all over the world have realized and accepted the concept of “service to humanity is service to God” and that the spread of good will to all, irrespective of caste, colour, creed and religion, will ultimately bring an end to all evils ushering in thereby a new civilization based on harmony, good will, peace and service to humanity.
Ideal : Freedom of the self and service to mankind.
Aim : Practice and preaching of the Sanatan Dharma, the eternal religion as embodied in the lives and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna.
Motto: Renunciation and service, Harmony of Religions.
Method : Work and worship.
Activities : Worship, training of monastic aspirants; religious preaching; general and technical education with an ethical and spiritual background, medical service,famine and distress relief work, rural enlistment and work among the toiling and emerging people of all classes, cultural activities.

"Good motives, sincerity, and infinite love can conquer the world. One single soul possessed of these virtues can destroy the dark designs of millions of hypocrites and brutes." -Swami Vivekananda

"Every man should follow his own religion. A Christian should follow Christianity, and a Mohammedan Mohammedanism. For the Hindu, the ancient path, the path of the Aryan Rishis, is the best." -Sri Ramakrishna

"Many think of God only after receiving blows from the world. But blessed indeed is he who can offer his mind, like a fresh flower, at the feet of the Lord from his very childhood. One should practice renunciation in youth." -SriSri Maa Sarada Devi

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