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Publications of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission

The Ramakrishna Math and Mission is one of the major publishers of books in India. Through its books the Ramakrishna Movement disseminates some of the highest and noblest ideals and ideas to the modern world. "A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life" this famous statement of Milton is literally true of the books published by the Ramakrishna Movement. Since its books are published without any commercial motive, they are priced very low. In recent years books have become very expensive, beyond the reach of the common man. By keeping the price of books low, often by subsidizing them, the Ramakrishna Math and Mission make quality books available to people all over India.

Three main categories of books are published by Ramakrishna Math and Mission :

1. Scriptures :  Most of the important scriptures of Hinduism such as the Upanishads, the Gita and Brahma-sutras, along with commentaries, and several Prakaran-granthas, Stotras, etc have been translated into English and several Indian languages.

2.Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Literature : Books on Sri Ramakrishna, books by and on Swami Vivekananda, books on the life and teachings of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and on the lives and teachings of the disciples of Sri Ramakrishna, form a class by themselves, and have been categorized as ‘Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature’.

3.Books on general topics : mostly pertaining to spiritual life, religion, philosophy, culture, value education, etc.

Periodicals of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission 

Name
Language
Frequency
Publisher
Bulletin
English
Monthly
Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata
Global Vedanta
English
Quarterly
Vedanta Society of Western Washington, Seattle, USA
Jyoti
English
Quarterly
Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Durban, South Africa
Nirvana
English
Quarterly
Ramakrishna Mission, Singapore
Prabuddha Bharata
English
Monthly
Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata
Vedanta
English
Bi-monthly
Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre, Bourne End, UK
Vedanta Kesari
English
Monthly
Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
Vivek Bhaskar
Assamese
Quarterly
Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Guwahati
Samaj Siksha
Bengali
Monthly
Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur
Udbodhan
Bengali
Monthly
Ramakrishna Math, Baghbazar, Kolkata
Ramakrishna Jyot
Gujarati
Monthly
Ramakrishna Ashrama, Rajkot
Ashramvani
Hindi
Monthly
Ramakrishna Mission, Indore
Divyayan Samachar
Hindi
Monthly
Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Ranchi
Vivek Jyoti
Hindi
Monthly
Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Ashrama, Raipur
Viveka Prabha
Kannada
Monthly
Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysuru
Prabuddha Keralam
Malayalam
Monthly
Ramakrishna Math, Thrissur
Jivan Vikas
Marathi
Monthly
Ramakrishna Math, Nagpur
Vivek Prabha
Odia
Monthly
Ramakrishna Math, Bhubaneswar
Ramakrishna Vijayam
Tamil
Monthly
Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
Ramakrishna Prabha
Telugu
Monthly
Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad
Vedanta
French
Quarterly
Centre Vedantique Ramakrishna, Gretz, France
Fumetsu No Kotoba
Japanese
Bi-monthly
Nippon Vedanta Kyokai, Kanagawa ken, Japan

 

 

Journals published by Ramakrishna Math and Mission

Swami Vivekananda was very much interested in starting journals to spread the ideas of Practical Vedanta and the message of Sri Ramakrishna. He inspired Alasinga Perumal of Chennai to start journals in English and encouraged his own brother-disciple Swami Trigunatitananda to start a journal in Bengali. Among the journals started during the lifetime of Swami Vivekananda were: Brahmavadin, Pacific Vedantin (from USA), and Prabuddha Bharata, all in English, and Udbodhan in Bengali. Some of these journals are still thriving after 100 years. The table gives the list of periodicals being published by the centres of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission along with other relevant details. Special mention must be made of the journals Prabuddha Bharata, Vedanta Kesari and Udbodhan. Prabuddha Bharata was started by Alasinga Perumal and Dr. Nanjunda Rao at the instance of Swami Vivekananda with B. Rajam Iyer as the editor. It was published from Chennai from July 1896 to June 1898. Then the journal had to be discontinued because of the untimely death of its editor. Later, with the help of Capt. Sevier, the journal was republished from Almora in August 1898 where it continued till March 1899 when the editorial office was shifted to the newly started Advaita Ashrama in Mayavati. Since April 1899 it has been published from Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati. It is the oldest journal in English of its kind being published in India. The Vedanta Kesari was started in 1914 and is being publi­shed by the Ramakrishna Math, Chennai. Udbodhan, a journal in Bengali, was started in 1899 by Swami Trigunatitananda, a brother monk of Swami Vivekananda.

Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Literature in Cyberspace

With the advent of modern computers and Internet, the world of literature has now been introduced to a new medium. Today digitization is a global phenomenon. In recent times many of the well-known publishing houses have digitized (or have started digitizing) their important publications. The publishing houses of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission have not lagged behind in this. To keep up with the needs of the changing times, the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature too started appearing in digitized form. It all began with Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata, which brought out their first CD, an e-book called Swami Vivekananda — Life, Works, and Research, in 2001. It contained the nine volumes of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, the two volumes of Life of Swami Vivekananda, and the six volumes of Swami Vivekananda in the West — New Discoveries, a massive literary matter of approximately 10,000 pages. A better version of this e-book was released in 2003. In the same year it brought out another e-book called Vivekananda for Children. It comprises illuminating stories for children told by Swami Vivekananda. The stories are colourfully depicted to attract the young minds. The Ramakrishna Ashrama, Chennai (T. Nagar), brought out an e-book named An Integrated E-book on Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi in the year 2003, commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi. This CD contains the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (translated by Swami Nikhilananda), Sri Ramakrishna, the Great Master (translated by Swami Jagadananda), Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna (an exhaustive collection of Sri Ramakrishna’s sayings), Gospel of the Holy Mother (the English translation of the Bengali book Sri Sri Mayer Katha), Sri Sarada Devi the Holy Mother (by Swami Tapasyananda), and The Teachings of Holy Mother. In 2004 it released Shastrani, a CD containing the important Hindu scriptures. In the same year, Udbodhan Office, Kolkata, brought out a CD under the title Sri Ma Sarada Devi, the life of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi in Bengali by Swami Gambhirananda. In September 2005, it released the e-version of all the Udbodhan articles in 21 CDs. Advaita Ashrama too has taken up the task of digitizing its esteemed journal Prabuddha Bharata, which may take a few years before it sees the light of day.

                These are the major digitized works of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature now available to the computer users all over the world. In future we can expect to see even the other important works on Ramakrishna-Viveka­nanda ideology and Vedanta digitized. Also with the launching of websites by our centres all over the world, our literature is being made available to millions of computer users worldwide. With the entry into cyberspace, Rama­krishna-Vivekananda literature has been ushered into the most modern medium of information dissemination.


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