Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are twin organizations forming the core of a worldwide spiritual movement (known as Ramakrishna Movement or Vedanta Movement), which aims at harmony of religions , harmony of the East and the West, harmony of the ancient and the modern, spiritual fulfilment, all-round development of human faculties , social equality , and peacefor all humanity , without any distinctions of creed , caste, race or nationality.
RAMAKRISHNA MATH is a monastic organization for men brought into existence by Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), the great 19th century saint of Bengal who is regarded as the Prophet of the Modern Age.
RAMAKRISHNA MISSION is a registered society in which monks of Ramakrishna Math and lay devotees cooperate in conducting various
types of social service mainly in India. It was founded by Sri Ramakrishna's chief apostle, Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902),
one of the foremost thinkers and religious leaders of the present age, who is regarded as 'one of the main moulders of the
modern world', in the words of an eminent western scholar A. L. Basham.
The Headquarters of these centres are situated in Belur Math, Howrah, W.B. All branch centres of the Ramakrishna Math come under the administrative control of the Board of Trustees, whereas all branch centres of the Ramakrishna Mission come under the administrative control of the Governing Body of the Ramakrishna Mission.
The motto of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission is: ‘Atmano mokshartham jagad hitaya cha: For one's own liberation, and for the welfare of the world. Although Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are legally and financially separate, they are closely inter-related in several other ways, and are to be regarded as twin organizations. The Math and the Mission together have 172 branch centres all over India and in different parts of the world.
RAMAKRISHNA MISSION is a registered society in which monks of Ramakrishna Math and lay devotees cooperate in conducting various types of social service mainly in India.
Registered in 1909 as the Ramakrishna Mission under act XXI of 186
The Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University came into existance by virture of a Gazette Notification dated 5 January 2005 of the Government of India. The notification was mooted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act of 1956. The formal inauguration of the university took place on 4 July 2005, Swami Vivekananda’s Mahasamadhi day. The first convocation of the university was held on 2 September 2006 at its first off-campus centre of Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education, Coimbatore.
Swami Vivekananda envisioned that Belur Math would be a centre of great harmony and synthesis, not only of all religious beliefs and traditions, but also of arts and sciences and the various branches of knowledge, both secular and spiritual. It would be the centre of great spiritual and cultural awakening.
The present university is intended to actualize Swami Vivekananda’s fundamental educational ideas of imparting life-building, man-making and character-building education by combining the best elements of the East and the West. The aim of the Faculty Centre is to provide opportunities for education and research in the disciplines of agriculture and spiritual studies. Value education will therefore be an essential component in all the courses.
The University will be an international university that could operate through and from any of the branch-centres of Ramakrishna Mission in India and abroad. It is a cluster of institutions, all of them belonging to branches of Ramakrishna Mission, with headquarters at Belur Math.