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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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


  • 22 July      - The Birth Celebration of Sri Swami Nischalanandaji (4 to 6pm)
  • 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




  • 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



 Swami Nischalananda - Gurudev

Talk by Sister Desiree Pillay





In 1942, when Swami Nischalananda was barely 17 years old he read the book on the Life of Swami Vivekananda which was so awe-inspiring and its transforming effect so definitive that he decided to go to the Himalayas to lead a monastic life in keeping with Swami Vivekananda’s concept of renunciation and service. Time was not ripe yet for this move. However, he cherished this dream while he completed his studies at Sastri College, Durban and at the same time he started the Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa in Seaview - Durban where a group of young men molded their lives according to Swami Vivekananda’s teachings.

Swami Nischalananda’s pre-monastic name was Sri Dhanagopal Naidoo, he started to correspond with the then 6th President of the world-wide Ramakrishna Order, Swami Virajananda, who was a disciple of the Holy Mother. Swami Virajananda responded to Dhanagopal with letters of affection and blessings.
In 1947 Dhanagopal sailed for Kolkata. There he saw places of Sri Ramakrishna’s existence and came into contact with a number of senior monks who had lived with the disciples of Takur.

......continued in discourses



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.