The Concluding Programme of the 125th Anniversary of the Ramakrishna Mission, along with its Foundation Day Celebration, was held at Ramakrishna Math (Balaram Mandir), Kolkata, on Monday, 1 May 2023, starting at 3:45 pm.
Swami Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Mission on 1 May 1897 in a meeting of monastic and householder devotees of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna Deva, held at the sacred house of Balaram Bose, presently Ramakrishna Math (Balaram Mandir), in Kolkata. True to the motto he set before the organization, “atmano mokshartham jagaddhitaya cha” (for one’s own liberation and for the welfare of the world), the Ramakrishna Mission is today well known all over India and abroad for the lofty moral and spiritual ideals it upholds and for its service to humanity – service rendered in a spirit of worship to the Lord present in all beings. The Ramakrishna Mission completed 125 years of its glorious journey last year (2022). To celebrate this significant milestone, a year-long series of programmes and service activities were launched last year at Belur Math.
Several senior monks, scholars and dignitaries shared their views on the subject “Relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s ideas in the modern age“.
The public meeting started with the chanting of Narayana Suktam. Swami Suvirananda ji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, delivered the Welcome Address. It was followed by the reading of the Historical Proceedings of the General Body meetings of the Ramakrishna Mission Association held on 1 and 5th May 1897.
The best wishes Messages for the 125th Anniversary of the Ramakrishna Mission from Smt. Draupadi Murmu – Hon’ble President of India, Sri Narendra Modi – Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Sri Amit Shah – the Union Home Minister of India, Dr. C.V. Ananda Bose – the Governor of West Bengal, and Mamata Banerjee – the Chief Minister of West Bengal were read in the programme.
Swami Satyeshananda read the proceedings. The Benedictory Address of revered President Maharaj, Swami Smaranananda ji, was read by Swami Jnanavratananda. Swami Balabhadrananda gave an overview of the year-long observance of the 125th Anniversary of the Ramakrishna Mission. Swami Bodhasarananda gave an overview of the sustainable projects taken up on this occasion.
Swami Bhajanananda ji, Swami Girishananda ji gave Words of Blessings, followed by Special Addresses by Swami Divyananda ji, Swami Vimalatmananda ji, Swami Krishnanathananda, Sri Sudip Bandyopadhyay (Hon’ble Member of Parliament), Dr. Shashi Panja (Hon’ble Minister of State for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, Govt. of West Bengal), Sri Suman Sengupta (Editor, Desh Patrika) and Sri Srivatsa Goswami (Acharya, Radharaman Mandir, Vrindaban).
Swami Chidrupananda gave the Vote of Thanks.
Closing song was sang by Sri Asim Dutta.