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Swami Vivekananda Sri Ramakrishna Sri Sarada Devi


Sri Ramakrishna, regarded by rising numbers of people around the globe as an Avatar, or Incarnation of God of our modern time, was born in Bengal, India in 1836, and around him gathered a small number of world-renouncing monks (sannyasis), among them the patriot saint, Swami Vivekananda, who represented Hinduism at the 1893 World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. One of the first of these young men to come to Sri Ramakrishna as a disciple was Latu Maharaj, later known as Swami Adbhutananda, who was himself born (circa 1865) in the district of Saran (now Chapra) in Bihar.

 

After a hundred years since the birth of Ramakrishna, and approximately a hundred years after the birth of Latu Maharaj, the message of the Great Master and the influence of the sixteen or so monk disciples of the Master spread across the world and now also is exerting a profound influence over the lives of millions of people the world over in thought and way of life.


This Power of the World Teacher early touched the vast interior parts of northern India and Bihar. As before, to the call of Sri Rama, people awakened again to the infinite potentialities of the human heart and the age-old religion of the Vedas and Vedanta and were re-invigorated. Free India arose and modern Hindu dharma (Vedanta) experienced a rebirth and a broadening of spirit with new emphasis being on the practical application of the ancient ideal— Oneness of Existence expressed in non-dualistic Vedanta (Advaita), and preached and put into practice by Swami Vivekananda and the other monk spreaders of Sri Ramakrishna’s name and teachings.


In the latter part of the 20th century, some lay devotees of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda were inspired to start holding meetings in the name of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Adbhutananda (Latu Maharaj) in Chapra, to meditate and study the Lord's divine play and, if possible, to put its values into practice in their humble lives. The devotees came in touch with the Headquarters and leading monks of the Ramakrishna Mission and got help and encouragement to start an Ashrama in Chapra. The new Ashrama was comemmorating the birth of Latu Maharaj in the place.

 

The year was 1993 when the courageous beginning was made by local devotees. In 2003 the private ashrama, then known as Ramakrishna-Adbhutananda Ashrama, became affiliated in status with other centres of branch the world-wide Ramakrishna Mission Organization, Headquarters at Belur Math near Kolkata. The local devotees rejoiced. The whole society looked ahead to a hopeful future when society, afflicted by lacuna of  ethical and moral values, would again be purified and set on the bright path to spiritual and material regeneration. The Chapra Ashrama became thence known as the Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Chapra.