SUPPORT THE FIRST HINDU SEMINARY OF ITS KIND
A message from our Dean
During this end-of-the-year Giving Season we are raising funds for the students of 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.
Recognizing the need for educating and training the next generation of scholars, theologians, teachers, priests, and practitioners in the broad and deep teachings of Sanatana Dharma as exemplified by Sri Ramakrishna and his disciples, Ramakrishna Seminary was started as an educational ministry of Kali Mandir. The seminary is run primarily by ordained priests and monastics as a service to the Divine Mother and Her devotees, combining Eastern and Western, practical and academic, ancient and modern, traditional and progressive methods and approaches to religious education.
At Ramakrishna Seminary, we hold our educational resources and scholarship to a high standard of academic rigor, while focusing 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. Presently we are serving around seventy-five students.
In India's traditional gurukula system of education, knowledge was considered so sacred that it could not be sold. Education was given free of charge to gifted students, and the teachers and their institutions were supported by the larger community and by the patronage of well-wishers. While modern realities can and do present challenges to such an arrangement, this ancient system is our ideal.
Our goal is that no sincere student should be denied the opportunity to study because of limited finances.
With the generous support of patrons like you, we will be able to keep tuition cost low and continue to offer partial and full scholarships to qualified students.
In service of the Divine Mother,
Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin, DD
(Jagaddhatri Puja, 21 November 2023)