Philosophy of the Ramakrishna Order

"The aim of the Sangha is to propagate the values, which Shri Ramakrishna advocated and practiced in his life to help others in their mental and spiritual development. Understanding that all religions are the manifestations of one eternal religion; the objective of the Sangha is to make an effort to establish brotherly feelings in the followers of different religions."

- Swami Vivekananda

"Atmano Mokshartham Jagat Hitaya Cha - For the emancipation of one's self and the good of the universe" is the raison d'etre of the Ramakrishna Order.

The truths Bhagawan Shri Ramakrishna directly perceived and imparted to his disciples, broadcasting those truths to society at large and striving for the material and spiritual elevation of mankind are the Order's basic goals. Once, while discussing liberation, Swami Vivekananda expressed his desire for personal liberation. Shri Ramakrishna, expressing his disappointment, said, "I thought you will be a gigantic banyan tree giving shade and comfort to the people". Realizing the true import of his expression, Swami Vivekananda translated his Master's wish by founding an organization, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, where people from all castes, religions, and economic & social strata are welcome.

The narrowness of "organizational culture" is incompatible with the motto of Ramakrishna Order. Nevertheless it fervently adheres to Shri Ramakrishna's cardinal teaching: the divinity of man and the service of God in man. Swami Vivekananda realized this teaching in his own life. "Shiva Bhave Jiva Seva Service to God-incarnate as humanity" is the principle which the Swami taught . He inspired Sannyasis to be not only concerned with their own self-realization but wished that, seeing Narayana in all, they engage in selfless service of the destitute, the weak, the homeless, the crippled, and the needy. That is why he founded the Ramakrishna Order with well defined guidelines.

The Ramakrishna Order is not bound by any sectarian ideology or religion or methodology. It was the dream of Swami Vivekananda to bring the lofty ideals of Vedanta, which were confined to forests for centuries, into the daily life of individuals.

Ramakrishna Order is a prime movement giving expression to his dream. A broad and liberal outlook, the well-being of humanity, has motivated it from its very inception. That is why it has several branches not only in India but also abroad.