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The first Hindu seminary of its kind rooted in the universal teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, 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.


In this eight-week course we explore Yogic and Tantric understandings of the energetic body and its relationship to the transformative effects of spiritual practice (sādhanā).

Module Topics Include

  1. The Tantric World: Tantra, Yoga, and cosmic evolution

  2. Inner Landscape: antarkarana, koshas, prana, and nadis

  3. The Serpent Power: kundalini and the chakra system

  4. Steering Wheels of Prana: asana, bandha, mudra, pranayama, and kriya

  5. Hidden in the Breath: svara, svara yoga, and yogic therapy

  6. Inner Purification: bhuta shuddi and tantric ritual

  7. Inner Transformation: puja, mantra, dharana, and dhyana

  8. Visualizing the Divine: subtle anatomy and the reading of tantric imagery and myth

“Swamiji creates an accessible explanation of vast topics in the esoteric realm. Along with theoretical discussions RKS also covers practical aspects of worship, mantra chanting and devotion that would help elevate true seekers. …  And this special group of seekers has touched my life in more ways than I can write.” ~ Sundari, RKS student

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

  • receive training in traditional exegesis of Hindu scriptures 

  • explore the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and of sages, saints and mystics

  • engage in theological discourse at a post-secondary level

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 About Us

Ramakrishna Seminary is an educational institution dedicated to the training of serious spiritual aspirants scholars, theologians, teachers, priests, and practitioners in the broad and deep teachings of Sanatana Dharma. We are focused on the practical applications of religious thought and philosophy to the active spiritual lives of our students. Emphasis is given to personal spiritual development, cultural authenticity and service of God in the world.

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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, pastoral care, priest training, lives of saints, etiquette, ethics, scripture, interfaith relations, history, mysticism, and


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 Dean of Seminary

Rev'd. Dr. Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati is a Hindu ascetic, priest, educator, and spiritual preceptor. 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.

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