“Adyashakti is Lilamayi—‘She who is playful’. She’s creating, preserving and destroying. Her name, indeed, is Kali. Kali is Brahman, Brahman is Kali! They’re the same Reality—when She’s inactive—not creating, preserving, destroying, or doing any work—when I think of just this idea, then I call Her ‘Brahman’. When She’s doing all this, then I call Her ‘Kali’, I call Her ‘Shakti’. The one and same Person—the name and form are different.”
Welcome to the Ramakrishna Seminary
for Applied Theological Studies
We are seeking to serve serious and sincere students who desire to:
deepen and broaden their understanding of Hindu spirituality, philosophy and practice, including matters of culture, tradition, and etiquette
commit themselves to personal spiritual development
be of greater service to the Divine in the world
study religion from a non-sectarian perspective
emphasize and invigorate religious pluralism and cultural authenticity
explore the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and of sages, saints and mystics
engage in theological discourse at a post-secondary level
We are accepting applications the 2020/21 school year.
Online courses running now!
Ramakrishna Seminary is an educational institution dedicated to the training of serious spiritual aspirants in aspects of applied theology. The seminary is rooted in the universal teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836-1886), the great world-teacher and incarnation of divinity who taught the transcendent unity of religion, the motherhood of God, and the mystical path of love and devotion.
We offer on campus and distant learning courses covering a wide range of topics such as Hinduism, Tantra, Vedanta, Yoga, ritual, temple worship, meditation, mantra, the Divine Feminine, sacred music,
subtle anatomy, world religions,
Ramakrishna studies, ministry, pastoral care, lives of saints, etiquette, ethics, scripture, interfaith relations, history, mysticism, and
Dean of Seminary
Rev. Swami Dr. Bhajanananda Saraswati is a Hindu monk, priest, author, and educator. He has more than twenty-six years of experience in presenting the teachings and practices of Sanatana Dharma, Indian philosophy and the Hindu devotional schools. He and the faculty and staff are passionately dedicated to developing Ramakrishna Seminary as an institution that strives to approach these practices, systems and customs respectful of traditional understandings while being informed by contemporary scholarship.