“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.”

~Sri Ramakrishna

Welcome to the Ramakrishna Seminary

for Applied Theological Studies

We are accepting applications the 2020/21 school year.


Online courses running now!

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

 About US

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.


“Growing up as a spiritually hungry youth, I was constantly searching for a teacher or program that would provide me with an authentic spiritual education. I was very lucky to have been introduced to Swami Bhajanananda and the Kali Mandir satsang during my senior year of high school. After graduating, I moved into Kali Mandir Ramakrishna Ashram and lived there for about 6 years. I was blessed to have had close association with Swamiji and the devotees. Under Swamiji's guidance, I learned the authentic practices of puja, japa, meditation, karma yoga, and most importantly ... how to call on God with a sincere and loving heart. I also attended the courses he taught at UCI in Subtle Anatomy. Swamiji taught me much about Indian Culture and the land that gave birth to all of these incredible practices and philosophies.

Swami Bhajanananda comes from a long line of yogis from the holy city of Prayagraj, India. He intensely holds to authenticity and tradition while at the same time communicating these teachings with love and humor making it enjoyable for all. In a time when yoga has become a crazy marketplace, Swamiji and the Kali Mandir Ramakrishna Ashram and Ramakrishna Seminary provide a safe and practical way for one to immerse themselves in this holy tradition.

As my wife and I now live out of state, we are both extremely excited to continue our study at the Ramakrishna Seminary online via their distant learning program."

Rampriya Das (Trevor Hall)
Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist

Ramakrishna Seminary is an educational ministry of Kali Mandir,

a registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit religious organization founded in 1993

Ramakrishna Seminary 

P.O. Box 4700

Laguna Beach, CA 92652

(949) 715-6712

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All courses, certificates, diplomas and degrees offered by Ramakrishna Seminary are religious in nature and meant for the personal and professional enrichment of mature spiritual seekers.  Prior to enrollment, students should not assume that credits will be accepted by other schools, businesses or governmental agencies.  Learn more>>