Modi wanted to be a monk of Ramakrishna Mission

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    HOWRAH: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had apparently wished to be a monk of the Ramakrishna Mission (RKM) order in his youth but was turned away thrice. On the last occasion, he had met Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj — now president of Ramakrishna Math and Mission — at RKM's Rajkot centre. The monk headed the centre at Rajkot from 1966. It was under Atmasthanandaji's tutelage that Modi increased his knowledge about Swami Vivekananda's teachings and the scriptures.

    "It was Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj who told Modi that his calling lies elsewhere and he is not meant to become a monk. On Tuesday, when Modi met the Swami at Belur Math, he offered his gratitude for the advice," a source at Belur Math told TOI.

    Modi reached Belur Math around 7.30am and went to the main temple before visiting the Adi Mandir. He then went to Swamiji's 'Abas Griha' (living quarters), where some of Vivekananda's personal belongings are kept. Modi meditated there for nearly 20 minutes before visiting the Brahmananda Mandir, Sarada Ma's Temple and the museum. He spent more than 20 minutes at the museum and then went to meet Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj. Modi spoke to the RKM president for nearly 25 minutes in the presence of other senior monks.

    "Modi was influenced by Swami Vivekananda's teachings from his childhood. When he was a youth, he wanted to become a monk of the Ramakrishna Mission and came to Belur Math. Swami Madhabanandaji Maharaj was then the president of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. After being turned away from Belur, Modi went to RKM's centre in Almora and finally Rajkot where he met Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj. On Tuesday, Modi spoke of all this when he met the president and other senior monks. He has had a long relationship with the Ramakrishna Mission and said whatever he is today is due to the blessings of the maharajs. He also expressed his personal gratitude to the president for having guided him so many years ago," sources said.

    While leaving the mission, Modi told reporters, "This is my first visit to Belur Math as chief minister. RKM is involved in a lot of good work. It has influenced my life greatly. I am a follower of Swami Vivekananda and his message that India will lead the world one day. My mind has been purified after this visit. I am very happy today."

    According to Swami Subiranandaji Maharaj, assistant secretary of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, there was a lot of personal interaction between the Gujarat CM and the maharajs. "He reminisced about the past and sought the blessings of the president maharaj. He was presented with a shawl and prasad by the Ramakrishna Math and Mission," he said.
    http://m.timesofindia.com/city/kolkata/Wanted-to-be-a-monk-rejected-thrice/articleshow/19468165.cms

    Modi should have a book commissioned asap !



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    I would suggest all to visit Belur Math at least once in your life time... It is such a calm and quiet place it gives you a peace to your mind... If you happen to go to the library and read the life and works of Vivekananda... It is very inspiring to all...
     
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    First goto dakineshwar temple and then take the boat to belur math. 👍


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    Do they still do the barbaric practice of sacrificing innocent animals in the Dakineshwar Temple?
     
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    Not in Dakineshwar Temple.


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    I do not hear much now days any more in Bengal, although it was widespread in past...

    Kamakhya temple in Assam has practice of animal sacrifice...
     
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    Yes I went there in 2006, the inner sanctum resembled a slaughterhouse with blood smeared on the floors and walls, A truly horrifying experience.
     
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    You are confusing Dakineshwar Temple with Kalighat Temple


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    I was talking about Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati :dude:
     
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    Cool. Kamakhya, yes.


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    It is said that it might have been an ancient Kashi sacrificial site before the temple came.. till today large number of animals were sacrificed every day... one have to have a strong nerve to go the temple.. the site of numerious buffalos being slaughter needs a strong mentally to take it... not all can see the blood......
     
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    Interesting...presently all the Khasis are Xtian if I am not mistaken. Maybe they still follow blood sacrifice after all Christianity is a cult of human sacrifice.
     
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    A flame post.

    Animals sacrificed on Id are guilty, you mean? It is a civilised you mean? Abolish all animal sacrifice.

    It has derailed the thread.
     
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    Eid-ul-Adha is very cruel in the painful way the animals are slaughtered. The Hindu jhatka method is much more humane thought I don't condone that either.
     
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    I do not condone animal sacrifice, but I do not launch a crusade too.

    Can we go back to the topic?
     
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    :rofl::rofl:
    Mr.Mark katju was right,
    added to the cheap political stunts of God MAaan
     
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    Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj did not reject or spurn Modi. But he guided him to his true karam bhumi.
     
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    My grandpa (mother's own paternal uncle) is a maharaj & general secretary at RKM. Another grandpa (mother's own paternal uncle) also wanted to join, but was denied by RKM. He later became one of the leading authority of railway points and crossing and was sent all over the world by Indian railway for consultation work.

    Point is, RKM is very choosy with very strict guidelines for induction. Brahmacharya can be taken by wish alone but anyone who wants to take saffron needs to be very highly educated/qualified as well as be in a position to do good to society.

    Anyone whose contribution to society would be barred by adopting saffron is turned away.

     
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