The Mission was founded by Swami
Vivekananda on Saturday 1st May 1897 with the main aim of serving
people in distress and for guiding the future generations in the glorious path
of Service. The main object of the Mission is
to carry on in conjunction with lay workers religious, philanthropic and
charitable activities looking upon all men, women and children irrespective of
caste, creed, nationality, sex and colour as veritable manifestations of the
Though the Math and the mission take up
charitable and philanthropic activities, the Math dedicates itself more to the
spiritual development of people through service with prayerful attitude.
Ramakrishna Math and Mission are controlled
by the same governing body, headquartered at Belur Math, Howrah district, West
Bengal, PIN – 711202.
The founding of Sarada Math in 1954 as
womens’ monastic wing of the movement is a landmark. Inspired by the same
ideals of the holy trinity, they specialize in serving women and children
through many centres in India and abroad.
These are the overseas centres from where
the Ramakrishna Movement spreads the Universal teachings of the sages of India.
Manava Seva, Madhava Seva
If indeed God had created this world, why
should there be so much misery and so much suffering?
This question has been defying the
intellect of even learned men down the centuries. The entire creation is just a
Divine play – leela – so say the elders. One reaps as one sows is the rule of
the game. Sufferings are therefore the result of one’s bad actions just as one
is rewarded for good actions or actions of virtue. The suffering person needs
succour. On the other hand, there are persons aspiring to know the Truth
underlying Creation. It is exactly here that the welfare of the world is
reconciled with the spiritual need of the aspirants.