Swami Saradananda



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Sarat Chandra Chakravarti
Function: 
Guru
Traditions: 
Advaita
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
December 23, 1865
Place of Birth: 
Calcutta
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
August 19, 1927

Biography

Swami Saradananda (1865-1927), whose original name was Sarat Chandra Chakravarty, first came in touch with Paramahamsadev, with his cousin Sashi Bhusan and others when he was 18 years old. He had joined Calcutta Medical College to study medicine but gave it up to serve Paramahamsadev when he was ill.

When Swami Vivekananda advised him to take up work in the West, he met him in London in 1896 and then sailed for New York. There he remained head of the Vedanta Society until his return to India in 1898.

Back in the country, he was engaged in different types of work and later became the first Secretary of Ramkrishna Math and Mission. He directed the magazine named Udbodhan (Awakening) founded by Swami Vivekananda.

He decided to build a house at Bagbazar that would serve both as an office for Udbodhan and a residence for Saradama. He was author of Sri Sri Ramakrishnalila Prasanga.

Teachings

Through selfless work the mind gets purified. And when the mind becomes pure, there arise knowledge and devotion in it.

Whatever work stands in the way of God-realization and increases discontent is bad work. You should wholly discard it.

The Ramakrishna Mission does not like to express any opinion, good or bad, about political discussions, for the Master did not instruct us to do anything of the kind, and Swamiji asked the Mission to keep itself aloof from such effort. That is why the Mission has been all along engaging itself in spirituality and service to humanity.

Now-a-days there are so many religious societies, but people lose all interest in them after a few days. What is the reason for this? The reason is our words are not in accord with our thoughts. The first step in religion is to be sincere to the core.