Dec 18, 2008

Swami Ranganathananda Stamps from INDIA

Stamp name:Swami Ranganathananda
Issue Date:15th DEC'2008
Details:In 1926 he joined the Mysore branch of Ramakrishna Math. He obtained his final vows of monasticism from Swami Shivananda (also known as Mahapurush Maharaj) in 1933. He spent the first 12 years of monasticism in Mysore and Bangalore branches. He served there as the cook, personal attendant to Swami Siddheswaranandaji. He is said to have rendered remarkable service as the secretary and librarian at the Rangoon branch of Ramakrishna Mission from 1939 to 1942. He then served as the president of the Karachi centre of math from 1942 to 1948 until the partition of India.
From 1949 to 1962, he served as a secretary at the Delhi centre. Then from 1962 to 1967, he served as the Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, director of School of Humanistic & Cultural studies, editor of mission's monthly. Then he served as the president of the Hyderabad branch for a long period. He was elected to the post of vice-president of Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1989 and then as the president in 1998.
A man with a great insight into the problems of India and the world, Raganathananda was a great orator and scholar. He undertook extensive lecture tours from 1946 to 1972 covering over 50 countries in North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe, including Russia, Poland and Czechoslovakia. From 1973 to 1986 he annually visited Australia, USA and Europe, spreading the message of Vedanta. Thus he served as a cultural and spiritual ambassador of India,
He declined the Padma Vibhushan as it was conferred on him in his individual capacity but accepted the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in 1987 and the Gandhi Peace Prize in February 1999 as both were conferred on the Ramakrishna Mission.
Raganathananda lived the last days of his life in the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission at Belur in West Bengal.
He attained Mahasamadhi at Woodlands Medical Centre, Kolkata, at 3:51 p.m. on Monday, 25 April, 2005, owing to cardiac arrest. He was 96. His mortal remains were kept for darshan at Belur Math (near Kolkata) on that day, and were consigned to flames at 12.30 p.m. on 26 April, 2005.
Prominent works by Swami Raganathananda
  • Eternal Values for a Changing Society (Vol- I to IV)
  • Philosophy & Spirituality
  • Great Spiritual teachers
  • Education for Human Excellence
  • Democracy for Total Human Fulfilment
  • The message of Upanishads
  • A pilgrim looks at the World (Vol. I & II)
  • Swami Vivekananda and Human Excellence
  • Vivekananda : his Humanism
  • Science and Religion
  • The essence of Indian Culture
  • An introduction to the study of Gita
  • The spiritual life of Indian people
  • Vedanta and the future of Mankind
  • The charm and power of the Upanishads
  • Bhagawan Buddha and our heritage
  • The Christ we adore
  • Practical Vedanta and the Science of values
  • The Indian vision of God as Mother
  • Essence of Indian Culture
  • The approach to Truth in Vedanta
  • Divine Grace
  • Democratic administration in the light of Practical Vedanta
  • Universal message of Bhagavad Gita (vol I to III)
  • Message of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Website on Life of Swami Ranganathananda and his views on education and philosophy

Remark:Nice FDC but stamps & FDC not available on the issue date

1 comment:

Brian said...

Nice posting. Do you know about this edition of the Gita?


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