Ramakrishna Mission Chief Swami Atmasthananda passes away

Jun 19, 2017 12:09 IST

Ramakrishna Mission Chief Swami Atmasthananda passes awayRamakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission President Swami Atmasthananda passed away on 18 June 2017 after a prolonged illness. He was 98.

Swami Atmasthananda was elected as the President of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission on 3 December 2007.

About Swami Atmasthananda

Born on 10 May 1919, Swami Atmasthananda was the fifteenth president of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.

He received spiritual initiation in 1938 from Vijnanananda.

He joined the Ramakrishna Order at Belur Math on 3 January 1941 at the age of 22 years.

In 1949, the then-President of the Order Swami Virajananda gave him Sannyasa vows and the name Atmasthananda.

He was elected a trustee of the Ramakrishna Math and member of the governing body of the Ramakrishna Mission in 1973.

He was elected as the 15th President of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission on 3 December 2007.

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About Ramakrishna Mission

Ramakrishna Mission is an Indian religious organization, which forms the core of a worldwide spiritual movement known as the Ramakrishna Movement or the Vedanta Movement.

The mission is a philanthropic, volunteer organisation founded by Ramakrishna's chief disciple Swami Vivekananda on 1 May 1897.

The mission is headquartered near Kolkata at Belur Math in Howrah, West Bengal.

It is affiliated with the monastic organisation Ramakrishna Math, with whom it shares members.

The mission conducts extensive work in health care, disaster relief, rural management, tribal welfare, elementary and higher education and culture.

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