Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are non-political, non-sectarian spiritual organizations founded by Swami Vivekananda in the name of his Guru Shri Ramakrishna, who is regarded as a prophet of modern age. It has set in motion a universal spiritual movement having its headquarters at Belur Math, (Dist. Howrah, West Bengal – India).
Aim: Practice and preaching of the eternal religion as embodied in the lives and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ma Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.
Motto: ‘Atmano mokshartham jagad hitaya cha’. ‘For one’s own salvation and for the welfare of the world’.
- God realization is the ultimate Goal of life.
- Service to man is Service to God.
- Synthesis of Four Yoga.
- Harmony of Religions.
- Renunciation and Service.
Inspired by the above ideals, the monks and lay devotees of the Ramakrishna Order serves millions of people through various spiritual, cultural, educational, medical, relief – rehabilitation and humanitarian activities without any distinctions of caste, creed and religions.
In the emblem the wavy waters represent Karma Yoga; the lotus flower represents Bhakti Yoga; the rising sun represents Jnana Yoga; the coiled serpent represents Raja Yoga; the Swan represents the Supreme Self. Swami Vivekananda regarded synthesis of these four yogas as the ideal of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.
This emblem was designed by Swami Vivekananda.