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Activities of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission   

The Order that came into being after Sri Ramakrishna’s passing away to keep alive his ideal has now 177 (excluding sub-centres) branches in and outside India, with its Headquarters at Belur Math. From legal point of view the organization has two distinct wings—the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. But this distinction is tenuous, often overlaps and therefore, more theoretical than real. The Math and the Mission are closely related : the Governing Body of the Mission is made up of the Trustees of the Math and the administrative work of the Mission is fully in the hands of the monks of the Math. Though the origin of both the Math and the Mission can be traced back to the days of Baranagar monastery, the Math was registered as a trust only in 1901, and the Mission, a registered society, in 1909, twelve years after it had been started by Swami Vivekananda on 1 May 1897. People, however, loosely use the name ‘Ramakrishna Mission’ to mean both the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.

Though both the Math and the Mission take up charitable and philanthropic activities, the former lays emphasis on spiritual development of people and the latter gives priority to welfare work. The motto that the twin organizations follow is the same, one that Swami Vivekananda put before them, atmano mokuarthas jagaddhitaya ca—doing good to the world with a spirit of worship and thus paving paths for one’s own salvation. The following paragraphs will show in brief how the Math and the Mission carry out this ideal of Swami Vivekananda into

Relief :

The Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission have been from their very inception doing relief services in times of natural calamities like flood, famine, drought etc. Public support is the principal resource on which relief work depends. During the period 2010-2011, the Mission spent Rs. 3.19 crores in cash on relief and rehabilitation measures and distributed relief articles worth Rs.0.11 crore.

Medical Service :

As part of their programme of service to the sick and the ailing, the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission run indoor hospitals, out-patients’ dispensaries,mobile health units, old-age homes, special eye-camps etc. The Mission also runs a T. B. clinic in Delhi, 5 nurses’ training centres, and a Medical Research Centre attached to the hospital in Calcutta for post-graduate degree and diploma students. During the year 2011-2012, the Mission and Math had the following medical and allied units :

Units No.of Units No.of Beds In- Patients Out- Patients Inmates/ Students

Hospitals

Dispensaries

Mob. Medical

Medical Camp

Old -Age Homes

Nurses' Training School

(a) Colleges

(b) Schools

Institutes for Postgraduate

Studies and Research


Institute of Paramedical
Courses

15

129

60

1,038

5


2

5


2


1

2,269

   -

   -

   -

   -


    -

    -

 

   -


   -

96,045

 

 

   -

   -
   -

 

   -



 

     -

    -


   -


   -


 

 

 

32,77,876

31,75,507

10,99,847

1,74,122

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   -

   -


   -


 

 

 

   -



 

   

         -

         -    

         -

         -     

 184


 

279

470



 

 

 

 

136


83



 

   

 Total
1,257
2,269
96,045
77,27,352
1,152

The Mission has also a T. B. Sanatorium in Ranchi in
Jharkhand State.