Thought for the week

"I have practised all religions—Hinduism, Islam, Christianity - and I have also followed the paths of the different Hindu sects. I have found that it is the same God toward whom all are directing their steps, though along different paths. You must try all beliefs and traverse all the different ways once. Wherever I look, I see men quarrelling in the name of religion - Hindus, Mohammedans, Brahmos, Vaishnavas, and the rest. But they never reflect that He who is called Krishna is also called Siva, and bears the name of the Primal Energy, Jesus, and Allah as well - the same Rama with a thousand names..." Sri Ramakrishna

  • Swami Premananda and Swami Tribhuvan
  • The Holy Trinity – Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda
  • Sri Ramakrishna Dham – Lenasia South, South Africa
  • Dakshineshwar Ashram – Calcutta, India
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Welcome

Headquartered in Lenasia South, South Africa, the Sri Ramakrishna Dham was established in 2001 by Swami Premananda Puri Maharaj to encourage and teach spirituality and Hindu dharma as epitomised by the Holy Trinity’s - Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda - ideals and experiences.

His Holiness Swami Tribhuvanji Maharaj also resides at the Dham.

Upcoming Events

 

Visit the Dham

 

  • 12 June     - Swami Tribhuvanji's 71st birthday - on 10 June
  • 28 May      - Krugersdorp satsung (to be confirmed)
  • 16 June     - Bus drive to PE, leave ashram at 5am
  • 17 June     - Bhajan Samelan - P.E Hindu Seva Samaj
  • 18 June     - Drive back to JHB from P.E
  • 24 June     - Special General Meeting at 6:30pm
  • 8 July        - Annual General Meeting at 2pm
  • 9 July        - Guru Purnima  (09:00 to 12:30)
  • 2 July        - 92nd Birth Anniversary of Swami Nischalananda
  • 8 Aug        - Gita week starts 
  • 15 Aug      - Krisha Janam Ashtamee at 6pm
  • 3 - 5 Sept - Special satsung in Durban, Ram Maharaj
  • 21 Sept     - Navaratri starts 
  • 28 Sept     - Sri Durga Ashtamee Havan at 9am
  • 30 Sept     - Vijay Dashami
  • 19 Oct       - Deepavali - Evening satsung at 6:30pm
  • 25 Nov      - Anniversary of Swami Purushottamananda
  • 28 Nov      - Gita Jayati
  • 12 Dec       - Swami Premananda's 71st birthday - on 16 Dec
  • 23 Dec       - Birth anniversary of Ma Sharada Devi

 

ALL WELCOME

 

 
  • Daily – 09:00 to 17:00
  • Fridays – 19:15 - Children’s programme
  • Tuesdays – 9:00 to 10:00 - Hanuman Chalisa
  • Weekly on Saturdays at 06:00 - Hanuman Chalisa
  • Weekly on Saturdays from 16:00 to 18:00 - Sathsang / service

REFER TO CALENDAR FOR MORE EVENTS

 

 Contributions of Sri Ramakrishna to World culture

 

 

 

The Dham bases its teachings on the System of Vedanta, which combines both the religion and philosophy of the Hindus, especially as explained by Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), his wife and spiritual companion Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi (1853-1920) and his disciple Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) and demonstrated in their lives.

Vedanta teaches that every soul is potentially divine, and that its divinity may be manifested through worship, contemplation, unselfish work, and philosophical discrimination. According to Vedanta, Truth is universal and all humankind and all existence are one. It preaches the unity of the Godhead, or ultimate Reality, and accepts every faith as a valid means for its own followers to realize the Truth.

 

Contributions of Sri Ramakrishna to World Culture:

1. Spiritual Ideal : One of the important contributions of Sri Ramakrishna is the reestablishment of the ideal of God realization in the modern world. In a world in which people’s faith in traditional religions has been considerably reduced by the relentless attack of the forces of atheism, materialism and scientific thinking, Sri Ramakrishna established the possibility of having direct experience of transcendent Reality. His life has enabled thousands of people to gain or regain faith in God and in the eternal verities of religion. As Mahatma Gandhi has stated: “His (Ramakrishna’s) life enables us to see God face to face. No one can read the story of his life without being convinced that God alone is real and that all else is an illusion.”


2. Harmony of Religions: Sri Ramakrishna, however, is more well-known all over the world as the Prophet of Harmony of Religions. He did not say that all the religions are the same. He recognized differences among religions but showed that, in spite of these differences, all religions lead to the same ultimate goal, and hence they are all valid and true. This view is nowadays known as “Pluralism”: Sri Ramakrishna is its primary originator. The uniqueness of Sri Ramakrishna’s view is that it was based, not on speculation, but on direct experience gained through actual practice. Since conflicts among religions and the rise of religious fundamentalism are a major threat to the peace, prosperity and progress of humanity, Sri Ramakrishna’s doctrine of harmony of religions has immense importance in the modern world. Regarding this, the distinguished British historian Arnold Toynbee has written: “… Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of non-violence and Sri Ramakrishna’s testimony to the harmony of religions: here we have the attitude and the spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together into a single family – and in the Atomic Age, this is the only alternative to destroying ourselves.”


3. Bridge between the ancient and the modern: Sri Ramakrishna is the real link between the ancient and the modern. He showed how the ancient ideals and experiences could be realized even while following the normal modern way of life.


4. Boost to moral life: Sri Ramakrishna’s emphasis on truthfulness and renunciation of lust and greed has given a great boost to moral life in modern times. He also cleansed religious life of immoral practices, external pomp, miracle mongering, etc.


5. Divinization of love: Sri Ramakrishna elevated love from the level of emotions to the level of the unity of all Selves in God. Although the principle of oneness of the Supreme Self and its immanence in all beings is a central point in the Upanishads, it was seldom applied in practical life. Sri Ramakrishna saw the Divine in his wife, in his disciples, in others, even in fallen women, and treated them all with respect. The famous dictum of the New Testament, “God is Love”, found its verification in Sri Ramakrishna. Divinization of love and human relationships is another contribution of Sri Ramakrishna which has immense significance for the welfare of humanity.

 

 

Some sayings of Sri Ramakrishna:

  • You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. Can you therefore say that there are no stars in the heavens during the day? O man, because you cannot find God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.
  • One cannot have the vision of God as long as one has these three – shame, hatred, and fear.
  • Be not a traitor in your thoughts. Be sincere; act according to your thoughts; and you shall surely succeed. Pray with a sincere and simple heart, and your prayers will be heard.
  • Do not let worldly thoughts and anxieties disturb your mind. Do everything that is necessary in the proper time, and let your mind be always fixed on God.
  • You should remember that the heart of the devotee is the abode of God. He dwells, no doubt, in all beings, but He especially manifests Himself in the heart of the devotee. The heart of the devotee is the drawing room of God.
  • Who is the best devotee of God? It is he who sees, after the realization of Brahman that God alone has become all living beings, the universe, and the twenty-four cosmic principles. One must discriminate at first, saying 'Not this, not this', and reach the roof. After that one realizes that the steps are made of the same materials as the roof, namely, brick, lime, and brick-dust. The devotee realizes that it is Brahman alone that has become all these — the living beings, the universe, and so on.
  • I tell you the truth: there is nothing wrong in your being in the world. But you must direct your mind toward God; otherwise you will not succeed. Do your duty with one hand and with the other hold to God. After the duty is over you will hold to God with both hands.
  • The breeze of His grace is blowing day and night over your head. Unfurl the sails of your boat (mind), if you want to make rapid progress through the ocean of life.

 

......continued in discourses

 

Prayer

Sthapakaya ca dharmasya, sarve dharma svarupine

Avatara varishthaya, Ramakrishnaya te namah

O Ramakrisha, the establisher of religion universal and the embodiment of all religions to thee the noblest of divine incarnations, I offer my salutation.

Jananim sharadam devim, Ramakrishnam jagat gurum

Pada padme tayoh sritva, prananami muhur muhuh

Taking shelter at the feet of Sri Sarada Devi, the universal Mother, and Ramakrishna the teacher of the world, salute them again and again

Namah sri yati rajaya Vivekananda suraye

Saccit sukha swarupaya swamine tapaharine

Salutation to that king of renouncers and controller of passion, the sage Vivekananda, who is Satchitanand (existence, knowledge and bliss absolute) itself, the spiritual preceptor and the remover of distress.

Gurur brahma gurur Vishnu, gurur devo maheshvarah,

Gurur sakshat param brahma, tasmai sri gurave namah

I prostrate to the Sri Guru who is himself Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshvarah and who is verily Supreme Absolute itself.