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  • The Vedanta KesariTHE LION OF VEDANTA

    A Cultural and Spiritual Monthly of the Ramakrishna Order since 1914


    Year of Publication

    F ebruary 2017

    Price: ` 15

    Ramakrishna Math, Antpur, West Bengal


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    Editor: Swami mahamedhananda Managing Editor: Swami GautamanandaPrinted and published by Swami Vimurtananda on behalf of Sri Ramakrishna Math Trust

    from No.31, Ramakrishna Math Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 4 and Printed at Sri Ramakrishna Printing Press, No.31 Ramakrishna Math Road, Mylapore,

    Chennai - 4. Ph: 044 - 24621110

    2 Shivaratri in Belur Math

  • FEBRUARY 2017

    Cover Story: Page 5


    Hastamalakiyam 38

    Editorial Inner Demonetization 39

    Articles With Swami Brahmananda 44

    Swami Tejasananda

    Sri Ramakrishna in the light of Swami Abhedanandas Letters 48Swami Suvirananda

    Sri Ramakrishna and Hiranand Shaukiram: Interface of Bengali and Sindhi Culture 51

    Tapan Kumar Ghosh

    Healing the Hills 56Swami Dhyanasthananda

    Universal Hindu Temple 61Swami Tattwamayananda

    Swamijis Nine Days at Castle Kernan 66Monastic Sojourner

    Reminiscences Reminiscences of Sargachhi 41

    Swami Suhitananda

    Our Heritage ~ Our Heroes 46

    Annual Report Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Synopsis of the Governing Body Report for 2015-16 72

    The Order on the March 74Book Reviews 78


    Started at the instance of Swami Vivekananda in 1895 as Brahmavdin,it assumed the name The Vedanta Kesari in 1914.

    For free edition on the Web, please visit:

    VOL. 104, No. 2 FEBRUARY 2017 ISSN 0042-2983

    The Vedanta Kesari 104thYear of Publication


  • The Vedanta KesariSri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai 600 004h (044) 2462 1110 (4 lines) Website :

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    The Vedanta KesariNew Subscription Rates (effective from Jan 2017 issue onwards)

    Increase in production cost and supporting infrastructure has forced us to increase the price of the magazine by ` 5/-. From the January 2017 issue the price of each copy is ` 15/-. Annual subscription is for 11 months of regular magazine and a Special Issue in December.

    We have also introduced a separate slab for the benefit of our readers in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. We hope this will help more subscribers in these countries to read The Vedanta Kesari. The new subscription rates are as given below:

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  • The Vedanta Kesari is one of the oldest cultural and spiritual magazines in the country started under the guidance of Swami

    Vivekananda. All through these 103 years, every month, the magazine has been carrying the invigorating message of Vedanta

    with articles on spirituality, culture, philosophy, youth and personality development, holistic living, family values, science and corporate values.

    Over the years the production and publication costs have increased manifold, putting a heavy strain on our finances. A non-commercial magazine like this can continue its good work only with

    the generous financial support and active assistance of well-wishers. We request our readers to help in making this magazine self-supporting.Please send your donations to the Vedanta Kesari Permanent Fund by Cheque/

    DD/MO/addressed to Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, VKPF along with a covering note stating that the contribution is towards the Vedanta Kesari Permanent Fund. For Online donations using your Master or Visa Cards please visit our Website: Names of donors contributing more than Rs.2,500/- or $50 will be published in the magazine. All donations to Sri Ramakrishna Math are exempt from Income Tax under section 80G of the [Indian] I.T.Act, 1961.

    Ramakrisna Math, Antpur, West BengalThe Ramakrishna Math temple at Antpur is built on the birth-

    place of Swami Premananda, one of the direct-disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. The activities of the Math are centred around the ancestral house of Premanandaji. Around 50 kms away from Belur Math, the place is sanctified by the stay of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and the direct-disciples. Sri Ramakrishna too had visited the village as a teenager.

    After the mahasamadhi of Sri Ramakrishna, the young disciples visited Antpur in Dec 1886 and while staying there, inspired by Swamijis burning words of renunciation, they took the solemn oath of renouncing the world and living as a brotherhood.

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  • The Vedanta Kesari Library Scheme

    To be continued . . .


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    Sponsors can mention the libraries in India which they wish to enroll, or The Vedanta Kesari will select the libraries on their behalf. The name of the sponsors, along with the libraries enrolled, will be published in The Vedanta Kesari.

    Sponsorship for one library is Rs.2000/- Donors can sponsor libraries in high schools, colleges / universities and institutions of learning in India, including public libraries, which would receive The Vedanta Kesari for ten years.

    Do you feel that Indias timeless heritage of spirituality, values and culture needs to reach a wider section of youth?

    You can send your sponsorship by Cheque / DD in favour of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai VKLF with a covering note / e-mail to The Manager, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai - 04. For Online donations using your Master or Visa Cards please visit our Website: www.

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  • HastamalakiyamIn the introduction to his commentary on Hastamalakas 12 verses, Acharya Sankara says:

    All the creatures in this world wish to experience only happiness. But, worldly happiness born out of the contact between the senses and the objects has two defects: 1) it is always attended with unavoidable misery, and 2) it is not eternal. Some rare virtuous people comprehend this fact and regard worldly happiness as misery itself. So they develop dispassion and try to come out of the cycle of repeated birth and death which is caused by the ignorance of the Self. Therefore, Hastamalaka teaches the Knowledge of the Self. The first verse is as follows:

    nimitta manacakurdi pravttau nirastkhilopdhirkakalpa |ravirloka cenimitta yath ya sa nityopalabdhisvarpo'hamtm || 1

    I am the Atman, who is eternal and is of the nature of Knowledge-Absolute, who is the impartial cause for the actions of mind, eye etc. just as how the sun is the impartial cause of the actions in the world, and who is like the space devoid of any limitations.

    Nature and all the living beings in the world work by the power of the resplendent sun. But the sun is not the direct cause of their functioning, and is not affec