About Joining the Ramakrishna Order - Requirements
Every healthy, educated young man *
under twenty-five if he is an under-graduate, or under thirty if he is a graduate.
who is attracted by the philosophy followed by the Ramakrishna Order, is eligible for admission into the Ramakrishna Order (marks sheets and degree certificates necessary). A thorough reading of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature is very necessary. Association with any centre of the Ramakrishna Order will give him some acquaintance with the associated lifestyle.
He must also be free from undischarged family duties that are likely to weigh on his conscience and which may act as a disturbing factor in his proposed monastic career.
It should be noted that he shall not be any paid any monetary compensation as wages, salary etc., and he shall stay of his own freewill, following the rules and regulations of the Order.
Life in the Ramakrishna Order
One may join in any of the centres associated with the Ramakrishna Order, in India. He will be a pre-probationer for one year and undergoes a further two years of probation. During this period, the novice gets an opportunity to study and practice of devotional life. He may be a working member of the joining-centre or any of the branch centres. Then he is required to spend two years at the Training Centre at the Headquarters at Belur Math. He will get there systematic instuctions in the scriptures and philosophy, and will also be put into touch with the traditions of the Order.After this training, if found eligible, he will be formally initiated into Brahmacharya. On completion of four years as an initiated Brahmacharin, he may be admitted into Sannyasa and full membership of the Order. Thus, he is given this long period of nine years to examine his own fitness for his choice of the monastic way of life.
*Women may kindly enquire at branches of the Sri Sarada Math and Ramakrishna-Sarada Mission, headquarters at Sri Sarada Math, Dakshineshwar, Kolkata 700 076
Spiritual Practice, by Swami Ashokananda, publ. Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata
For Enquirers about Ramakrishna Math And Ramakrishna Mission, by Swami Tapasyananda, publ. Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
Renunciation does not mean simply dispassion for the world. It means dispassion for the world and also longing for God.
They know not truth, who dream such vacant dreams
As father, mother, children, wife and friend.
The sexless Self! whose father He? whose child?
Whose friend, whose foe is He who is but One?
The Self is all in all, none else exists;
And thou art That, Sannyasin bold! Say-
'Om Tat Sat, Om!'
- Swami Vivekananda, Song of a Sannyasin
"...the goal of human life is to become a knower of Brahman by embracing this vow of renunciation. The supreme end is to enter the life of Sannyasa. They alone are blessed indeed who have broken off from worldly life through a spirit of renunciation."
Swami Vivekananda, Conversations & Dialogues