Advaita Vision

Advaita for the 21st Century

Sri Ramakrishna & Swami Vivekananda

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Sri Ramakrishna Math at Chennai is perhaps the 'root' site for all of the others (of which there are many). It has biographies, books, news, events, audio and video and articles from the English version of the magazine 'The Vedanta Kesari'.


The 'Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna' by M, is in the list of recommended books.

The Vedanta Society of Southern California has information about Vedanta in general and the Ramakrishna order in particular. There are links to other centres around the world, a calendar of events, recommended reading and pointers to bookstores, and photographs for purchase.

"Only two kinds of people can attain to Self-knowledge: those whose minds are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, not overcrowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realize that they know nothing."

The Vedanta Centre UK at Bourne End in Buckinghamshire began its life in London in 1948 but moved to its present location in 1977. Discourses are held on Sunday by its head, Swami Dayatmananda. A wide selection of books may be purchased from this site and, being mostly published in India, these are very reasonably priced. Lectures are also held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London.

"When the jar is full, it does not make a noise any more. So the man of realisation too does not talk much."

The Vivekananda Centre London is not registered or affiliated with any other body and has no actual centre but talks are occasionally organised by Jay Lakhani, who is always happy to speak to interested seekers. The site contains recommendations and material for schools wishing to teach Hinduism. Classes organised in and around London. The complete works of Swami Vivekananda may be read on-line, together with a book on the Vedas by Sister Gayatriprana.

Addresses and telephone/ fax/ email addresses for all of the centres throughout the world are obtainable from this site.

"The magnetic needle always points to the North, and hence it is that the sailing vessel does not lose her direction. So long as the heart of man is directed towards God, he cannot be lost in the ocean of worldliness."

The Ramakrishna and Vivekananda site contains more general information on Advaita, as well as specific material on these two sages. There are lots of articles to read on such subjects as the upanishads and gita, maya, states of consciousness etc. and there is also a poetry section.

See these sites for information specifically on Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and on Swami Vivekananda.

Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna - Provides biographies of all the direct disciples and brief extracts from their teaching.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda are available here.

For many more sites, see the Open Directory listings

Page last updated: 10-Jul-2012