Shri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Rajkot

Publication : History

Rajkot Ashrama's Contribution

Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, at Rajkot, was started in 1927. It brought out for the first time, the Gujarati translation of Swami Saradananda's monumental work Sri Ramakrishna Lilaprasanga in 1930. All the five volumes were translated by Harishankar N. Pandya, a disciple of Swami Shivananda, and published by the Ashrama in 1930, 1931, 1942, 1945, and 1961 respectively. Since 1927 the Ashrama has published more than 170 titles on Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature and Vedanta, which in itself is a major contribution to Gujarati literature. Sri Ramakrishnadeva-Jivan Charitra published by the Ashrama in January 1964 was adjudged the best book in Gujarati during the year 1964 by the State Government.

The publication of books in Gujarati by the Rajkot Ashrama and its extensive propaga- tion among the masses received an impetus during the period 1960-67. This included the Birth Centenary Year of Swami Vivekananda. Thus a massive project of publication and distribution of Swami Vivekananda Granthamala Series (I, II and III) was undertaken. Granthamala-I consisted of 12 volumes of about 500 pages each. The first two volumes were the lives of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda.

Volume 3 to 12 constituted the Gujarati translation of the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Vivekananda Granthamala. Granthamala-II consisted of small books like Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Jnana Yoga. Granthamala-III consisted of 12 small booklets like the short lives of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ma, and Swamiji. Thanks to the grant of Rs. 50,000 received from the Central Government and Rs. 25,000 from the State Government, the Granthamala Series I, II, III was made available at a highly subsidised price of Rs. 60/- per set for distribution among more than fifteen thousand gram panchayats of Gujarat. Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature thus reached all corners of Gujarat.

In order to have a wider reach of the message of Sri Ramakrishna-Sri Sarada Devi-Swami Vivekananda, the Rajkot Ashrama started a Gujarati monthly, Ramakrishna Jyot, in 1989. The inaugural function for launching Ramakrishna Jyot was presided over by revered Swami Atmasthanandaji (now a Vice-President of the Ramakrishna Order). Sri Harindra Dave, an eminent Gujarati writer and poet, released the first issue. The magazine has been effectively carrying out this task ever since. Besides general readers, the magazine has more than 1500 public libraries in Gujarat on its roll.

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.- Swami Vivekananda

A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.- Swami Vivekananda

Arise ! Awake ! And Stop Not Till the Goal is Reached.- Swami Vivekananda

All power is within you, you can do anything & everything !- Swami Vivekananda

To be good & to do good, that is the whole of religion.- Swami Vivekananda

Purity, Patience & Perseverance are the three essentials to success, and above all Love !- Swami Vivekananda

Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny !- Swami Vivekananda

We are what our thoughts have made us, so take care about what you think.- Swami Vivekananda