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

Welfare

One of the important prinicpal idea which Swami Vivekananda combined with the monastic life, which he learned from his master Sri RAmakrishna Paramahamsa was 'to serve Jiva as Shiva'. Instead of serving the suffering and needy out of pity if served as living god' ,Such an attitude helps both the giver and the recipient. Swamiji said, ' He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak and thee diseased, really worhips Shiva; and .... with him Shiva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples.

Swamiji's ideas serve as directive principles in Ramakrishna Missions's service and welfare progarmmes.The Ashrama does following welfare activities.

  1. Butter milk Distribution: During the month of May every year, buttermilk is distributed to the wayfaress. on an average, 2500 peaple are served daily.
  2. Annadana: 180 Children of our Nursery and Primary School, which caters to the underprivileged class, are served with Noon meal on all the working days.
  3. Vidyadana:Educational Help: About Rs. 3 lakhs is given as Educational help to the children studying in the School under the Ashrama.
    • Scholarship: About Rs 50,000 is given as merit cum means scholarship to needy children every year.
    • Hostel Facilities: Free Hostel Facilities and concession in hostel fees are provided to the tune of Rs. 1 lakh to about 10 students.