Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama

T. Nagar, Chennai

Rain water never stands on high ground, but runs down to the lowest level. So also the mercy of God remains in the hearts of the lowly, but drains off from those of the vain and the proud.

-Sri Ramakrishna

I tell you the truth : there is nothing wrong in your being in the world. But you must direct your mind towards God.

-Sri Ramakrishna

All religions are true. God can be reached by different religions. Many rivers flow by many ways but they fall into the sea. There all are one.

-Sri Ramakrishna

The earth is enjoyed by heroes”—this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.

-Swami Vivekanada

A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss.

-Swami Vivekanada

Be brave! Be strong! Be fearless! Once you have taken up the spiritual life, fight as long as there is any life in you. Even though you know you are going to be killed, fight till you “are killed.” Don’t die of fright. Die fighting. Don’t go down till you are knocked down.

-Swami Vivekanada

I am the mother of the wicked, as I am the mother of the virtuous. Never fear. Whenever you are in distress, just say to yourself 'I have a mother.'

-Sri Sharada Devi

Shrine

Ashrama maintains a shrine where daily worship and vesper services are performed. The spacious prayer hall provides serene and calm atmosphere for meditation and prayer. Daily in morning and evening prayer and bhajans are conducted. Songs composed by Swami Vivekananda on Sri Ramakrishna is sung daily in the evening. Bhajans and Hymns composed by various saints in Tamil, Kannada, Sanskrit and Bengali are also sung daily. Vedic chanting, Upanishad Chanting and Bhagavad Gita chanting is done in the morning prayer. A number of devotees visit the shrine daily and take part in prayer etc., besides the boys staying in the Hostel. Ram-nam is conducted on Ekadasi days.

Prayer Hall Timings

  • 5.00 am to 12.00 noon
  • 3.30 pm to 8.00 pm
  • 6.00 am to 6.15 Morning Prayer
  • 7.30 am to 8.30 pm Daily worship
  • 6.15 pm to 7.00 pm Evening Worship and Prayer.

Celebrations

Every year the Birthday Celebration of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda is celebrated. The celebration will consists of :

  • Mangalarati, Suprabhatam, Vedic Chanting
  • Special Puja and Bhajans
  • Homa
  • Talk in English
  • Talk in Tamil
  • Arati
  • Prasad Distribution
  • Aratrikam & Bhajans

Birthdays of monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna and other religious founders and incarnations are also celebrated throughout the year in a simple manner with special puja and offering, and prasad distribution in the evening. Details of the festivals can be seen in the Festival Calendar.

Vidyarthi Homa is performed every year welcoming the new boys. The Boys take the following vows of student career based on the values of life.

  1. 'Body is the first (Primary) means of practising Dharma' - In view of this dictum of wisdom I shall try my best through observance of health-rules to keep the body healthy and capable of hard labour.
  2. 'Students must undergo the austerity called study'. In view of this advise of smritis, I shall try my best to devote myself to studies in a disciplined manner in order to bring out my talent.
  3. 'Truth alone wins, and not untruth. By truth is maintained for ever the path called Devayana (the path of Gods)'. Comprehending this vedic dictum ,I shall try my best to be truthful in mind, speech and body.
  4. 'One who considers others' interests as his own , is the great one among the good people.' - In view of this utterance of great men, I shall try to shelve all the impure tendencies born of my selfishness like mean mindedness, cruelty, hypocrisy (showyness) etc., and try to inculcate in myself catholicity, humility, respect for others, love for the country, dedication to the service of man as God.
  5. Well-managed and well directed power of unity is the only means to achieve the good of the society. Therefore "Be thou all of one mind, be thou all of one thought, speak thou in one voice" - Comprehending this vedic dictum, which dictates the establishment of unity and evokes the power of integration, I shall resort to honest means and try to get all of us properly united.

Discourses

Weekly classes and lectures on spiritual topics are given by the monks of the Ramakrishna Order. On every sunday Bhagavad Gita Lecutre at 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm is given. Lectures are also given by the eminent monks from the other centres of the Ramakrishna Order on various scriptures and spritual topics frequently.