Spiritual & Religious activities

Regular Activities

  • Daily Dashopchar worship and evening Arati (vesper service) attracts devotees in and around and adds to the grave spiritual ambience.
  • Daily readings from the Ramakrishna Vachanamrut (Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna) inspire the minds for individual spiritual thought and practice.
  • The musical utterances of Ramanam SanKirtan (कीर्तन) and other bhajans elevate the minds of the devotees on Ekadashi days.
  • The main weekly attraction however is the discourses and deliberations of Secretary on Sunday Mornings on scriptures as well as on life and teachings of the holy trio. This is sometimes conducted by guest monks.

Birthday Celebrations

Birthday celebration of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Holy Mother Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda are special annual celebrations. These are marked by special Shodoshopchar Puja (षोडशोपचार पूजा) at the shrine, followed by Homa and then Prasad distribution among the devotees and students present. Discourses on spiritual truth as exemplified in the Life and teachings on Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Holy Mother and Swami Vivekananda on those special days provides food for thought for every searching soul. Bhajans sung by monks on those days elevates the mind to a different spiritual plane.

Other celebrations

Among other religious celebrations major Hindu festivals, including Maha Shivaratri (महा शिवरात्री), Rama Navami (राम नवमी), Krishna janmasthami (कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी) and Durgashtami (दुर्गाष्टमी) can be of special mention. On these days there is special worship at the shrine, Kirtan (कीर्तन) and readings from scriptures.

1st January of every year is celebrated as Kalpataru Day to commemorate special grace exhibited by Sri Ramakrishna.

Spiritual Initiation

Spiritual Initiation or Mantra Diksha (मंत्र दीक्षा) is meant for those spiritual aspirants who seek deeper insight and fulfillment in their spiritual life. "Spiritual initiation is initiation of a spiritual aspirant into a spiritual tradition with a sacred name (or a mantra which is a set of sacred words) by a competent Guru (गुरु) along with his blessings and counsels." It is this path shown by the Guru (गुरु) that helps the aspirants to achieve their supreme goal. In the Ramakrishna Order, the unique tradition of direct spiritual initiation from the President or Vice-President Maharaj of the order marks one's formal entry to spiritual life.

The aspirants are suppose to read few Books on Life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda and then register themselves in the Ashram Office. They are intimated whenever Dates are confirmed of the arrival of President / Vice president Swami to grace them with initiation.

Spiritual retreat camp

With a view to bringing the initiated and other devotees into closer contact with the Ashram and its traditions Spiritual retreat camp is organized once every year. This inspires devotees and spiritual aspirants to lead a meaningful & peaceful life by following some spiritual practices.

Interested aspirants may register themselves beforehand. The day is spending in Chanting, guided meditation, Japam, Prayer, Bhajan etc. This way they withdraw themselves from the mundane world for a day as directed by the Master, as he says "good of holy company is that it begets yearning for God. It begets love of God"

 

Sub Centre Omkareshwar

The second destination Omkareswar Temple in the route of Omkareswar Parikrama is the Sri Ramakrishna Sadhana Kutir (Safed Kutir), A monastic retreat centre on the bank of holy Narmada.

The hermitage is meant to provide spiritual ambiance for the monks of the order to practice spiritual Sadhana in solitude. Lay devotees while making Parikrama can have a look through the glass window into the small shrine.

This place got affiliation from Ramakrishna Math and Mission in the year 1999 and was included as a sub centre of Indore Centre. Although this centre is meant for spiritual practices (Sadhana), poor children are served under Gadadhar Swastha Pariseva Prakalpa through provision of nutrition and education.

On special occasions the Parikrama Pilgrims are served with water/cool drinks. From time immemorial saints and sages have chosen the banks of river Narmada for their Sadhana or spiritual practice. Between the steep hills of the Vindhya on the North and the Satpura on the South, Narmada flows westward from Amarkantak to Baruch to merge into Arabian sea.

About 77 km south of Indore the holy Narmada branches into Kaveri and the two again join back to form the sacred island of Omkareshwar. Nature blessed this island with two hillside ranges that reveal the sacred symbol "OM", visible in an Aerial view from above The existence of one of the twelve Jyortirlinga of Lord Shiva has made it a coveted destination for saints since ages. The meeting of Adi Shankaracharya with his Guru (गुरु) Govindabhagvatpad in this divine place is of great significance.

Swami Vivekananda during is Wandering days had visited Khadwa and then traveled towards Indore. He is believed to have passed through this place and had stopped here. The Jyotirlinga is believed to have split into Omkareshwar and Mamaleshwar (ancient name Amareshwara) on both sides of River Narmada.

Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Shiva. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river; the shape of the island is said to be like the Hind symbol OM. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar (whose name means "Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of the Om Sound") and one to Amareshwar (whose name means "Immortal lord" or "lord of the Immortals or Devas"). But as per the sloka on dwadash jyotirligam, Mamleshwar is the jyotirling, which is on other side of Narmada river

The intense penance made by sages from centuries have added to the spiritual vibration of the surrounding and in turn has attracted more and more holy men to visit this place not merely for pilgrimage but rather as a place of Sadhana. The place has all basic amenities of modern world while retaining the olden fervor of this ancient site.

Sister Nivedita's 150th Birth Anniversary

Celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of Sister Nivedita.

 

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"He is born in vain who, having attained the human birth, so difficult to get, does not attempt to realize God in this very life"

...said Sri Ramakrishna

 

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