Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama
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Ramakrishna Order

Ramakrishna Order

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are worldwide, non-political, non-sectarian spiritual organizations which have been engaged in various forms of humanitarian, social service activities for more than a century. Inspired by the ideals of renunciation and service, the monks and lay devotees of the Math and Mission serve millions of men, women and children, without any distinction of caste, religion or race, because they see the living God in them.


The organizations were brought into existence by Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), the great 19th century saint from Bengal who is regarded as the Prophet of the Modern Age, and Sri Ramakrishna’s chief disciple, Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), one of the foremost thinkers and religious leaders of the present age, who is regarded as ‘one of the main moulders of the modern world’, in the words of an eminent Western scholar A.L. Basham.1863-1902), one of the foremost thinkers and religious leaders of the present age, who is regarded as ‘one of the main moulders of the modern world’, in the words of an eminent Western scholar A.L. Basham.1863-1902), one of the foremost thinkers and religious leaders of the present age, who is regarded as ‘one of the main moulders of the modern world’, in the words of an eminent Western scholar A.L. Basham.1863-1902), one of the foremost thinkers and religious leaders of the present age, who is regarded as ‘one of the main moulders of the modern world’, in the words of an eminent Western scholar A.L. Basham.            

                                                                                                       

Although Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are legally and financially separate, they are closely inter-related in several ways and are regarded as twin organizations. These twin organizations have set in motion a non-sectarian, universal spiritual movement which has been silently working for more than a hundred years to catalyze the spiritual regeneration of humanity.  


 The chief catalyst in this ongoing transformation is India’s ancient religious philosophy known as Vedanta. Although several other systems of philosophy arose in India at different times, they were confined to small groups. Vedanta alone has remained the dominant philosophy of India’s religious tradition from Vedic times to the present day. In modern times this ancient system of thought has been purified, unified and energized by Sri Ramakrishna, and expounded in the modern idiom by Swami Vivekananda and thus made available to all people all over the world without any distinctions of caste, creed or race.


The Ramakrishna Order does not believe in conversion, nor does it indulge in the occult or the sensational. The Order places utmost importance on personal spiritual unfoldment and selfless service. Inspired by the idea of the harmony of all faiths, its centers encourage adherents of different faiths to meet in a spirit of friendship and mutual appreciation, and to learn from one another without having to give up one’s own faith. In the words of Sri Ramakrishna: “God has made different religions to suit different aspirants, lives and countries … all doctrines are only so many paths; but a path is by no means God Himself. Indeed, one can reach God if one follows any of the paths with whole-hearted devotion.”                    

MOTTO: The motto of the twin organizations is ATMANO MOKSHARTHAM JAGAD HITAYA CHA, “For one’s own salvation and for the welfare of the world”.  It was formulated by Swami Vivekananda.

IDEALS: Work as worship, potential divinity of the soul, and harmony of religions are three of the noteworthy ideals on which these two organizations are based.  It is this ideal of service to man as service to God that sustains the large number of hospitals, dispensaries, mobile medical units, schools, colleges, rural development center's and many other social service institutions run the twin organizations.

HEADQUARTERS: The headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are situated at an area named Belur in the district of Howrah, West Bengal, India.  The entire campus of the headquarters is popularly known as ‘Belur Math’.  Sprawling over forty acres of land on the western bank of the river Hooghly (Ganga), the place is an hour’s drive from Kolkata.

Ideology


The ideology of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna 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. The basic principles of this ideology are given below.

God realization is the ultimate goal of life

One of the important discoveries made in ancient India was that the universe arises from and is sustained by infinite consciousness called Brahman. It has both impersonal and personal aspects. The personal aspect is known by different names, such as God, Ishvara, Jehovah and so on. Realization of this Ultimate Reality is the true goal of life, for that alone can give us everlasting fulfilment and peace.

Potential divinity of the soul

Brahman is immanent in all beings as the Atman which is man’s true self and source of all happiness. But owing to ignorance, he identifies himself with his body and mind and runs after sense pleasures. This is the cause of all evil and suffering. As ignorance is removed, the Atman manifests itself more and more. This manifestation of potential divinity is the essence of true religion.

Synthesis of the Yogas

The removal of ignorance and manifestation of inner divinity leading to God realization are achieved through Yoga. There are four main Yogas: Jnana Yoga (Yoga of Knowledge); Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion); Raja Yoga (Yoga of Meditation); Karma Yoga (Yoga of Work). Each Yoga is an independent means of realizing God. But since each Yoga involves the cultivation of one of the faculties such as reason, feeling or will, a combination of all the four Yogas is necessary for the development of a balanced, ‘fully functioning’ personality. It is this synthesis of Yogas that Swami Vivekananda regarded as the ideal of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. These ideal finds expression in the EMBLEM of the twin organizations shown here, which was designed by Swamiji himself.

Morality based on strength

According to Swami Vivekananda, weakness is the main cause of immorality, evil and suffering in life, and the cause of weakness is ignorance about one’s true nature as the Atman. Knowledge of the Atman gives us tremendous strength to overcome our weakness and lead a virtuous life. Everyone is endowed with so many potentialities, but owing to fear and weakness, most of these potentialities remain unactualized. When, through knowledge of the Atman, fear and weakness are overcome, these potentialities manifest themselves. Swamiji called this process ‘man-making education’.

Harmony of Religions

Although the idea that ‘one Reality is known by different names’ (Vedas) and the idea that ‘different spiritual paths lead to the same goal’ (Gita) are found in the Hindu scriptures and in the teachings of several Hindu saints, Sri Ramakrishna was the first person in history to show through direct experience the transcendental unity of all religions. His message implies two kinds of religious harmony: harmony within Hinduism and harmony among world religions.


a. Harmony within Hinduism: Sri Ramakrishna did not identify himself with any particular sect of Hinduism but accepted Hinduism as a whole. He showed that Dualism, Non-dualism and other schools of Hindu philosophy represent different stages of the integral experience of Reality, and that the various Hindu deities are different aspects of one supreme Godhead. His message has brought about a great deal of harmony among the Hindu sects, and Sri Ramakrishna himself has become the symbol of the unity of Hindu religion.


b. Harmony among world religions: It should be noted that Sri Ramakrishna recognized the differences among religions but showed that, in spite of these differences, they lead to the Ultimate Truth. This is the meaning of his famous maxim, Yato mat, tato path“As many faiths, so many paths”. Apart from this, Swami Vivekananda also held that the religions of the world are expressions of one eternal Universal Religion. Since Vedanta contains all the basic principles and laws of the spiritual world, Swamiji regarded Vedanta as the eternal Universal Religion. That is to say, Vedanta can serve as the common ground for all religions.

Avatarhood of Sri Ramakrishna

According to the Hindu religious tradition, God incarnates himself as Avatára in every Age in order to give a new message to humanity suited to the needs of each Age. In the Ramakrishna Movement, Sri Ramakrishna is adored as the Avatára of the Modern Age. What this means is that his life and teachings have opened a new way of salvation for humanity. The uniqueness of Sri Ramakrishna’s Avatárhood is that it embodies the spiritual consciousness of earlier Avatáras and prophets, including those who are outside the Hindu fold, and is in harmony with all religious traditions. In all the institutions of the Ramakrishna Order, worshipful reverence is shown to all Avatáras and the founders of all religions.

A New Philosophy of Work

Swami Vivekananda has given a new philosophy of work for the modern world. All work in the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission is done according to this philosophy of work, which is based on the following principles.            

                                

a. All work is sacred: According to Vedanta, the physical universe is a manifestation of God known as Virát. Hence, as Sister Nivedita has stated, there is ‘no distinction between the sacred and the secular’. What this statement means is that all work is sacred. Even menial work such as sweeping the floor or mending shoes is to be done with as much attention and devotion as work in the shrine.        

                                                                                                                                    

b. Work as worship: The Gita (18.46 & 9.24) states that the all-pervading God is the ultimate source of all work and the enjoyer of the fruits of all sacrifice. Hence all work is to be done as worship and the fruits of actions are to be offered to the Lord.


c. Service to man is service to God: One of the important principles Swami Vivekananda learned from his Master was ‘Shiva Jnane Jiva Seva’‘to serve Jiva as Shiva’. Since man is potentially Divine, service to man is indeed service to God. Instead of looking upon a needy person as an object of pity, he is looked upon as an object of worship. Such an attitude elevates both the giver and the recipient.            

                                                                                                            

d. Focus on service to the poor and the downtrodden: Swami Vivekananda was the first religious leader in India to speak for the poor and the downtrodden and to state boldly, ‘He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak and the diseased, really worships Shiva; and … with him Shiva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples.’ It was Swamiji who coined the word daridra-náráyana to refer to the poor. Swamiji’s love and concern for the poor continues as a directive principle in the Math and Mission’s service programmes.        

    

e. Work is a spiritual discipline: When work, any work, is done fulfilling the above conditions, it becomes a spiritual discipline: the mind gets purified and the potential Divinity of the soul manifests itself more and more. Thus, work done as a worshipful service benefits the doer himself spiritually: it becomes a spiritual discipline or Yoga. It is with this understanding of work as a spiritual discipline (Karma Yoga) that all the service activities of the Math and Mission, such as giving food and clothing to the poor, nursing the sick, etc, are undertaken. Thus, service done as worship of God in man helps in two ways: it helps physically or mentally the person who is served, and it helps spiritually the person who serves.

Motto:

This two-fold aim of service activities, indeed the whole ideology of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, has been put in a nutshell in the MOTTO of the twin organizations, Átmano mokshártham jagad hitáya cha‘, ‘For one’s own salvation and for the welfare of the world’, formulated by Swami Vivekananda.

Emblem




The emblem of the Ramakrishna Order designed by Swami Vivekananda 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 and 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 Kundalini 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.”

History

RAMAKRISHNA VEDANTA ASHRAMA


The Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre of São Paulo was founded in 1974 by a group of devotees of Sri Ramakrishna.  

The center is a legally constituted, non-profit religious, philosophical and cultural institution, affiliated to the Ramakrishna Order in India. It brings together people of all races, religions and beliefs, with the aim to study, practice and spread the universal message of Vedanta philosophy as taught and exemplified by the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda.

History of São Paulo Vedanta Centre

Origin of Ramakrishna Order 

The Ramakrishna Order, which was born in 1886 with the blessings of Sri Ramakrishna, was initially installed in an old and dilapidated building in Baranagore (Calcutta-India). It later moved to other places and finally was located in the current premises at Belur, now known as Belur Math (Monastery of Swami Vivekananda Belur), by Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), disciple of Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), prophet of the modern age. The monastery was consecrated by Swami Vivekananda on December 9, 1898 and transferred to Belur in January of the following year.

Swami Vivekananda’s Prophetic Vision            

On one occasion, Swami Vivekananda related a vision he had in which the flag of Vedanta (banner of Sri Thakur (Sri Ramakrishna)) was being stuck on the peak of the Andes Mountains. His prophetic vision was realized in 1932 when, Belur math, Headquarters, decided to send Swami Vijoyananda, disciple of Swami Brahmananda - the spiritual son of Sri Ramakrishna, to spread the beautiful message of Ramakrishna - Vivekananda in Latin America.

 Early stage of Vedanta movement in 
​ Latin America   

  In 1911, both in Argentina and Brazil, “The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna” and 

  Swami Vivekananda’s “Raja Yoga” were made available to the general public. It was 

  the dawning of an early interest for the neo-Vedanta philosophy in Latin America.



Mahendranatha Gupta and 
Swami Vijoyananda meeting 

Two decades later, in 1932, a group of Argentinian students of Buenos Aires interested in deeply studying Vedanta teachings requested for a Swami from Belur Math to guide them on spiritual subjects related to Hinduism and Vedanta. The one appointed was Swami Vijayananda (Pasupati Maharaj).

There is an interesting incident worthy to be mentioned. The swami didn’t agree to his nomination to Argentina. Mahendranath Gupta, “M”, the author of ‘Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna’, sent for him and rebuked the young Swami: - I could never imagine that you were a coward. Pasupati Maharaj replied: - It’s not a matter of cowardice; I just can’t imagine being far away from Mahapurush Maharaj and the other Sri Ramakrishna’s direct disciples still alive. In this case – retorted “M” – it’s worse than cowardice, it’s selfishness. Don’t you know that Swamiji had a vision in which the banner of Sri Thakur (Sri Ramakrishna) was being stuck on the peak of the Andes Mountains? And you have been the chosen one to realize his dream! The swami came to his senses, tears dropped down his cheeks and eventually accepted his assignment to Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Swami Vijoyananda and Brazil ​(1932 to 1973)

Swami Vijoyananda was the first monk of the Ramakrishna Order to come to South America sent by the Belurmath. He founded the first Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama based in Bella Vista, a city in the Metropolitan Region of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It took some decades more, till 1957, for Brazilian students of Vedanta to write to Swami Vijoyananda asking him to visit Rio de Janeiro. It was only in 1957 that the Swami would make his first trip to Brazil in the month of October, 1957. It was a kind of love at first sight. A disciple of Revered Brahmanandaji Maharaj, Vijoyananda Maharaj had been blessed with the darshan of Holy Mother and of many direct disciples of Sri Thakur. A majestic figure, he lectured in Spanish language in fiery words exposing the unknown ideals of Vedanta.  Strong and genuine spirituality was tangibly felt in the atmosphere. From then on, he used to come every year for a period of ten weeks shared between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Those were unforgettable days of inspiring lessons on Vedanta writes a devotee!

During his visits to Brazil, he planted the seeds of Vedanta. Swami worked mainly in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, where he stayed for approximately two months a year.

Countless spiritual aspirants who lived in these cities were initiated by Swami into spiritual life, as well as people who lived in other cities in Brazil. Under Swami's guidance, some of his disciples founded Study and Meditation Centres in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Finally, Vedanta settled in our country through the faithful groups of disciples in Rio and Sao Paulo who remained cohesive to this day under the direction of the Swami Vijoyananda.

After the demise of Swami Vijoyananda, which occurred in 1973, Vedanta's work in Brazil began to receive spiritual guidance from its successor, Swami Paratparananda (until 1988).

Swami Paratparananda and Brazil  

(1973 to 1988)

Swami Paratparananda was the disciple of Swami Shankarananda (Seventh President of Ramakrishna Order). He was the editor of The Vedanta Kesari magazine, a Vedanta magazine in English of the Ramakrishna Order, from 1962 to 1967 and teacher (acharya) of the Training Centre of Brahmacharis (novices) in the Belur Monastery (Calcutta), the headquarters of the Order.

Initially he was sent by the Order to its branch in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1968 to give assistance to the work of Swami Vijoyananda, a disciple of Swami Brahmananda and the pioneer of Vedanta in South-America. In 1973, he became the spiritual head of this centre after the demise of Swami Vijoyananda . He devoted his life in the west spreading the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda mainly in Argentina and Brazil.  Swami Paratparananda continued visiting Brazil to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo from 1974 to 1988 annually on invitation by devotees in several cities.

He disseminated the message of Thakur (Sri Ramakrishna) by spiritual lectures and talks, spiritual instructions and initiations and above all by his own life and example. The Swamis calm presence won the heart of many devotees. Due to the presence and help of Swami Vijoyananda and Swami Paratparananda the Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was established in 1974.

In 1988, Swami returned to India.

Swami Pareshananda  and Brazil 
(1989 to 1998)

Swami Pareshananda was chosen by the Ramakrishna order as the next successor of Swami Paratparananada of Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama, Argentina from 1988 onwards. During the period, 1989 to 1999, the Ramakrishna Vedanta Movement in Brazil was being expertly led by Swami Pareshananda with his annual visits. Swami guided and inspired many devotees through lectures and talks and initiated many disciples into spiritual life. The Swami has many admirers in Brazil.

 Swami Nirmalatmananda and  Brazil  (1999 onwards)

​         The First resident monk of Ramakrishna Order

The devotees of the Brazil appealed to the Belur math, Headquarters for having a resident monk in Brazil. The Belurmath, headquarters agreed, approved and lovingly sent Swami Nirmalatmanandaji Maharaj in March 1999 to assume the spiritual direction of the existing various Study Centers and to spearhead the pioneering work of Vedanta movement in Brazil.

The arrival of the first resident Swami after a long maturation of 42 years, cheered all the devotees and Vedanta students in Brazil and felt that their prayers are answered and felt that they definitely received Thakur’s Blessing.  The Swami arrived in Brazil on 27th March, 1999.


Thus, Sao Paulo centre known as “Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama” became the first official centre of Ramakrishna order in Brazil with Swami Nirmalatmanandaji Maharaj as its spiritual director.

The coming of Swami Nirmalatmananda in 1999 brought countless benefits to all Vedanta devotees and sympathizers in Curitiba, Belo-horizonte, Rio de janeiro. He has been coming regularly every couple of months; has lectured at the Center and elsewhere with the aim of spreading Vedanta and the message of the Masters; and has given spiritual guidance and initiation to sincere spiritual aspirants.


Under his able spiritual ministration, and the great aspiration of devotees and Vedanta students, in March 2006, centers in Rio de Janeiro , Belo Horizonte and Curitiba, were affiliated to the Ramakrishna Order of India, as sub-centers of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama, São Paulo.


Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama of São Paulo is the main centre in Brazil guided under the direction and leadership of Swami Nirmalatmananda Maharaj. Together with sub-centres at Brasilia and Belo Horizonte and other independent centres at Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba. All centres are affiliated to Ramakrishna order in India.


Swami Nirmalatmanadaji Maharaj lives in Sao Paulo ever since and continues to inspire the earnest seekers with Vedantic teachings. 


All these centres are religious, non-profit organization, maintained by devotees, friends and supporters through generous contribution.

President of Ashrama

Srimat Swami Nirmalatmanandaji ji Maharaj

Swami Nirmalatmananda ji Maharaj is the President of Ramakrishna Vedanta Movement in Brasil and Spiritual director of Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama, Sao Paulo. Revered Maharaj currently resides in Sao Paulo.

E-mail                  – [email protected]

Phone                    +55 11 97559-8394

Designation        – President of Ramakrishna Vedanta movement                                        in Brasil

Address                – Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama

                                  Largo Senador Raul Cardoso, 204 & 146

                                  Vila Clementino - São Paulo - SP 

                                  CEP: 04021-070

  • Swami Nirmalatmananda, 64, is the President and Spiritual Director of Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama of Sao Paulo, an affiliated branch of Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission of India, a monastic order founded in 1886 and established in several countries with multifarious activities.
  • The Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission have 221 branch centres all over the world : 167 in India, 15 in Bangladesh, 14 in USA, 2 each in Brazil, Canada, Russia and South Africa, and one each in Argentina, Australia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, UK and Zambia. Further, there are 44 sub-centres (21 within India, 23 outside India) under different centres.
  • Swami Nirmalatmananda arrived in Brazil on March 27, 1999 as our first resident monk to inaugurate and to assume the first officially affiliated Center of the Ramakrishna Order in Brazil, and he is dedicating himself to spread the message of Vedanta and the ideals of Ramakrishna Vivekananda in Brazil. He is keeping close contact with the other sub-centres of Vedanta in other capitals in Brazil like Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, where, besides giving talks, he receives for interviews earnest seekers of the spiritual life.
  • Inspired by the readings of Swami Vivekananda and by the ideals and ideas of Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekanananda, Swami Nirmalatmananda joined the Ramakrishna Order as a Brahmachari at the Center in New Delhi, on October 1975, shortly after finishing the graduation in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (an integrated degree with the three disciplines) in the University of Madras.
  • Five years after joining, Swami was sent to Belur Math, Calcutta, for intensive training at the Headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math & Mission, having received, in 1982, the preliminary vows of monastic life. In 1974, he received spiritual initiation (mantra diksha) from Swami Vireswaranandaji Maharaj, disciple of Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother, and the 10th President of the Ramakrishna Order. In 1985, the final vows of sannyasa.
  • Before coming to Brazil, he served for 17 years at the Headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, at Belur Math, where he had acquired training in meditation and spiritual practices, administrative experience of the monastic order, the study of the sacred books, Sanskrit, literature of Ramakrishna Vivekananda, contemplation and meditation, counselling and correspondence with the devotees, etc.
  • Swami Nirmalatmananda, who lives in São Paulo performs daily the worship ritual (Arati) followed by meditation and reading, and receives the devotees for talks on spiritual subjects, besides the interviews of spiritual counselling. He visits the other centers regularly at Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, continues to give Spiritual initiation and spiritual guidance, as well as lectures and retreats. Practical and straightforward in nature, Swami manages to be both sweet and firm, serious and good-humored. and receives the devotees for talks on spiritual subjects, besides the interviews of spiritual counselling. He visits the other centers regularly at Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, continues to give Spiritual initiation and spiritual guidance, as well as lectures and retreats. Practical and straightforward in nature, Swami manages to be both sweet and firm, serious and good-humored. and receives the devotees for talks on spiritual subjects, besides the interviews of spiritual counselling. He visits the other centers regularly at Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, continues to give Spiritual initiation and spiritual guidance, as well as lectures and retreats. Practical and straightforward in nature, Swami manages to be both sweet and firm, serious and good-humored. and receives the devotees for talks on spiritual subjects, besides the interviews of spiritual counselling. He visits the other centers regularly at Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, continues to give Spiritual initiation and spiritual guidance, as well as lectures and retreats. Practical and straightforward in nature, Swami manages to be both sweet and firm, serious and good-humored. and receives the devotees for talks on spiritual subjects, besides the interviews of spiritual counselling. He visits the other centers regularly at Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, continues to give Spiritual initiation and spiritual guidance, as well as lectures and retreats. Practical and straightforward in nature, Swami manages to be both sweet and firm, serious and good-humored. 
  • With his arrival, a new dynamism permeated the meetings and studies of Vedanta in Brazil.
Centres in Brasil

Centres in Brasil

-: Branch Centres :-

The Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission have Five branch centres in Brasil. Vedanta centres are located at Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba. There are two Vedanta sub-centres at Belo-Horizonte and Brasilia under Sao Paulo main centre.               

Centro Ramakrishna Vedanta - Rio De Janeiro

Address

Rua Paula Matos, 162

Santa Teresa - CEP 20251-550

Rio de Janeiro - RJ

Phones

(21) 2224-3295 (Ashrama)

(21) 2551-1208 (Luis Antonio)

(21) 3872-3183 (Pedro Gentil)

Email

Minister-in-charge 

Swami Atmajnananda

Activities

  • Daily prayers and Meditation group
  • Celebration of the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, as also Christmas Eve and Durga Puja.
  • Satsang, Lectures and Study on Vedanta texts
  • Regular visits by monks
  • Interview to sincere spiritual seekers
  • Hatha Yoga Classes (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Study Group (on Fridays, from 8 pm to 9:30 pm)
  • Meetings on every Sunday from 5pm to 8pm
  • Chanting Shiva Mahimnam on every Monday
  • Bookstore

Photo Album

Centro Ramakrishna Vedanta - Curitiba

Address

Street Prof. Hostílio de Araújo, 120 Little Pillar - CEP 82110

130, Curitiba - PR

Phones

(41) 3027-2102 (Ashrama)

(41) 99963-2732 (Elias)

Email

Minister-in-charge 

Swami Prajnatmananda

Activities

The centre was started in 1980. It came under the fold of the Ramakrishna Math in 2006 as a sub- centre of Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama, Sao Paulo and was later affiliated directly with the Ramakrishna Math in 2020. Swami Prajnatmananda is its minister -in-charge.

  • Daily prayers and Meditation.
  • Celebration of the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, Durga Puja, Christmas Eve and also other religious festivals.

  • Online discourses are conducted every Friday and Saturday.
  • A library with religious books.
  • Interview to sincere spiritual seekers

Photo Album

Centro Ramakrishna Vedanta - Belo Horizonte

Address

Rua Faria Lobato, 20 (formerly 389),

Santa Amélia Neighborhood - Pampulha

CEP - 31.555-050 | Belo Horizonte – MG

Phones

(31) 3427-5995 (Centre)

(31) 9608-6654 - Talitha

(31) 9329-3729 – Ana

Email

Minister-in-charge 

Swami Nirmalatmananda

Activities

  • Meetings on Saturdays from 5:00 pm
  • Regular visits by monks
  • Hatha Yoga Classes
  • Beneficial Bazaars
  • Weekly Meditations (Every Thursday at 8:00 am)
  • Celebration of Special Dates (please consult the calendar)

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Centro Ramakrishna Vedanta - Brasilia

Address

SRIA QI 9, Suite F, 

House 65 - Guará 

I - CEP 71020-068

Phones

Lívia (61) 9-9984-5688

Edvan (61) 9-8226-9824

Email

Minister-in-charge 

Swami Nirmalatmananda

Activities

    • Study and Meditation Group (Wednesdays from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm)
    • Regular visits by monks
    • Celebration of Special Dates (please consult the calendar)
    • Study Group (two Saturdays a month, from 5 pm to 7 pm)
    • Singing of Shiva Mahimna and Meditation (one Monday per month, 6:30pm to 7:30pm)na and Meditation (one Monday per month, 6:30pm to 7:30pm)na and Meditation (one Monday per month, 6:30pm to 7:30pm)na and Meditation (one Monday per month, 6:30pm to 7:30pm)na and Meditation (one Monday per month, 6:30pm to 7:30pm)na and Meditation (one Monday per month, 6:30pm to 7:30pm)

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Centro Ramakrishna Vedanta - São paulo

Ramakrishna vedanta ashrama

Address

Largo Senador Raul Cardoso, No. 146 and No. 204

Vila Clementino - 04021-070

Sao Paulo-SP

Phones

(11) 5572-0428 (No. 146)

(11) 5908-1970 (No. 204)

Email

Minister-in-charge 

Swami Nirmalatmananda

Activities

                                

The centre was started in 1974 and made a branch of Ramakrishna Math in 1999. Swami Nirmalatmananda is its minister-in-charge.

  • Daily prayers and meditation, and reading from sacred Vedanta texts.
  • Discourses on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Celebration of the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, as also Christmas Eve and Durga Puja.
  • Publication of Vedanta, a quarterly magazine in Portuguese (7th year).
  • A library.
  • Welfare work by providing nutritious food to poor families every month and non-formal education to poor students.
  • Lectures in universities, colleges and other institutions, regular participation in inter-religious meetings, and interviews to spiritual seekers.
  • The swami and other monks of the Ashrama visited several cities of Brazil and conducted retreats and other activities.
  • Retreats at the Ashrama’s retreat centre at Embu Guacu, 45 km from the Ashrama.

Address –   Retiro Espiritual do Embu-Guaçu

strada Mathias Schmidt, 502

CEP: 06900-000 - Embú-Guaçu - SP

Fone: (11) 4661-1395

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Centres in World

RAMAKRISHNA MATH AND RAMAKRISHNA MISSION

The Headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are situated at an area named Belur in the district of Howrah, West Bengal, India.  The entire campus of the headquarters is popularly known as ‘Belur Math’.  Sprawling over forty acres of land on the western bank of the river Hooghly (Ganga), the place is an hour’s drive from Kolkata.

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 Branch Centers all over the World

The Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission have 221 branch centres all over the world: 167 in India, 15 in Bangladesh, 14 in USA, 2 each in Brazil, Canada, Russia and South Africa, and one each in Argentina, Australia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, UK and Zambia. Further, there are 44 sub-centres (21 within India, 23 outside India) under different centres.

How to get the address and other details of our Branch Centres 
Centres are organized in country wise alphabetical order. You can click the photo link to know more about the centres.

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