The Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission Mumbai has begun a year-long celebration to mark its 100 years of spreading spirituality and service to humanity. The inaugural function was held at the Rang Sharda Auditorium on April 21st and started with the chanting of Vedic hymns after the arrival of Most Rev Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, Vice President of the Ramakrishna Mission order.
Welcoming a packed audience comprising a galaxy of monks and devotees, Adhyaksha Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission Mumbai Rev Swami Satyadevananda Maharaj mentioned the presence of the Governor of Maharashtra, Ramesh Bais, who had accepted the invitation to grace the occasion despite his busy schedule. Bais was also the chief guest of the inaugural function.
Bais expressed his deep respect for the Ramakrishna Math & Mission order, stating that it was one of the very few organizations that maintained the right balance between spiritual development and service to humanity. He also appealed to the organization to intensify its efforts to spread the message of Swami Vivekananda amongst today’s youth. Bais fondly remembered his association with Ramakrishna Mission since he was ten years old and how his thinking had been influenced by Swami Vivekananda’s teachings.
The event saw the felicitation of Chief Guest, Governor of Maharashtra Ramesh Bais by Adhyaksha Maharaj and other senior monks. Most Revered Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj shared some incidents of Ramakrishna Mission Mumbai and how he fondly remembers his stay while he was posted there. Revered Swami Suvirananda Maharaj mentioned that it is heartening to note that the Govt of India has come forward on its own to observe the 125 years of Ramakrishna mission.
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