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Swami Tapasananda & Swami Atmalokananda, Ramakrishna Monks.

Ramakrishna Monks Commissioned...

Swami Atmalokananda, (1973 to Present): Ramakrishna Monk 1973 to present, Disciple of and Monastic Disciple of President Maharaj, Swami Vireshwaranandaji Maharaj of Belur Math and his sevak for five months in Kolkatta in 1983. Manager of the Vivekananda Monastery and Retreat in Ganges 1983-1992. Trustee and Chief financial officer of Mothers Trust Ashram, Ramakrishna Sarada Universal Temple in Ganges, MI., 1992 to present.

Swami Tapasananda, (1968 to Present): Ramakrishna Monk of President Maharaj Vireshwaranandaji Maharaj and disciple of Swami Bhashyanandaji Maharaj of Belur Math since 1968. Construction Head of the Vivekananda Monastery and Retreat Center in Ganges, MI. In 1976 fell off a 30 ft roof of the shrine room and was never to walk again. Escaping amputation and multiple surgeries and loss of vision he proceeded to surprise his odds and continued from 1976 leading the meetings and planning of the completion of the Vivekananda Monastery in 1990. Commissioned by Swami Bhashyanandaji and Swami Sarvagatanandaji Maharaj, Swami Tapasananda joined his brother monk in helping to construct the Holy Mother Temple for the nuns in the direct monastic lineage of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi, founded by Sannyasini Gauri Mata, monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. Both of the Ramakrishna Monks became trustees and successfully helped women to be independent and dedicated to the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission work as crisis workers, teachers, nurses, psychologist and clergy. The monks and nuns work in mission outreach with mutual equality and respect.

Swami Vivekananda wrote in 1896: "Hence it is my first endeavor to start a math (Convent) for women. Please show this letter to Gauri Ma,Yogin Ma etc., and through them establish a womens math (Convent). Let Gauri Ma be President there.. I shall supply all the necessary expenses for that work."

Swami Atmalokananda and Swami Tapasananda and the formation of Mothers Trust Ashram, Ramakrishna Sarada Universal Temple in Ganges, Michigan.

Commissioned by Swami Bhashyananda and Swami Sarvagatananda, Swami Atmalokananda and Swami Tapasananda are the Monastic Assistants and Trustees to Mataji Gauribrata Puri Devi, President of Mothers Trust/Mothers Place, Ramakrishna Sarada Ashram, Lakeshore Interfaith Community in Ganges, Michigan. Swami Atmalokananda will be the Swami-in-Charge, acting as the Successor to Mataji Gauribrata Puri Devi.

It takes 14 years or longer of serious study and training to receive final vows as a Sannyasin monastic. In the Ramakrishna Sarada Ashram a Mataji-in-Charge, or Swami-in-Charge, will be appointed the President, Head of the Order.

Swami Atmalokananda & Swami Tapasananda, from 1973-1992, constructed the Vivekananda Monastery, in Ganges, Michigan. Both joined the Vivekananda Vedanta Society in Chicago under Swami Bhashyananda in 1973. Both were sent to India, on several occassions, and lived in the Vivekananda Monastery in Ganges, Michigan, where Swami Tapasananda was in charge of construction and Swami Atmalokananda the manager from 1983-1992.

In 1985, after 12 years, 1973-1985, in the Vedanta Society in Chicago, as Swami Bhashyananda's attendant woman disciple and monastic disciple, Eva E. Schroederwas brought by her Guru and Swami Bramarupananda to enter into the womens side of the Vivekananda Monastery in Ganges, Michigan, to create a monastic lineage in the direct order of Ramakrishna/Sarada nuns founded by Sannyasini Gaurima.Sri Ramakrishna's direct monastic disciple. In 1987 Eva E. Schroeder was taken by Swami Bhashyananda and his group to India where she first came upon the oldest womens convent established in 1895 commissioned by, Sri Ramakrishna and founded by Sri Ramakrishna's only woman monastic disciple Sannyasini Gauri Mata Puri Devi, named Sri Saradeshwari Ashram. Again in 1989 Eva E. Schroeder was sent by Swami Bhashyananda to this convent, Sri Saradeshwari Ashram to become the first western woman to receive sannyas from the oldest woman convent in the direct monastic lineage of Ramakrishna/Sarada. Swami Bhashyananda and Mataji Vandana Ma exchanged letters as to the formation of the womens lineage in Ganges.

Swami Sarvagatananda inspired women to leave Chicago and renounce to Ganges, MI, to help consruct the Holy Mother's Temple and womens side in Ganges, Michigan. Swami Bhashyananda and Swami Sarvagatananda commssioned Swami Atmalokananda and Swami Tapasananda to help with the work of constructing a Temple to the Holy Mother and with the blessings of Swami Shraddhananda giving the name, Mothers Trust/Mothers Place, and Swami Sarvagatananda giving the Articles of Association and By Laws for the religious order, organization to incorporate Mothers Trust/the Ramakrishna/Sarada womens lineage and mission work began for abused women and children, hospitals and first response.

Swami Sarvagatananda told Eva, now Sannyasini Gauribrata Puri Devi to take the help of Swami Tapasananda and Swami Atmalokananada and with their help, western women were established in the Ramakrishna Puri lineage and Sarada, Holy Mother lineage of monastics, at the Sri Sri Saradeshwari Ashram in Calcutta, India, established in 1895. Hinduism is traditionally called Sanatana Dharma which means perennial wisdom. It is very diverse and, like a mighty river, it has many sources, most of which are lost in the mists of prehistory. Not until 1987 did the west ever know of the direct women's lineage to Ramakrishna Sarada nuns established in 1895. Not until Swami Bhashyananda, translated the book Sannyasini Gauri Mata Puri Devi did the west ever know that Ramakrishna amongst his 16 male monks had a woman monastic (nun), and honored her on the altar of the Vivekananda Monastery in Ganges, Michigan.

During the largest Vedanta Conference that ever took place in the United States in 1987, Sannyasini Gauri Mata Puri Devi was placed in the shrine room as the 17th monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna in the Vivekananda Monastery, by Swami Bhashyananda, President of the Vivekananda Vedanta Society in Chicago and the Vivekananda Monastery in Ganges, MI. In 1992 the groundbreaking ceremony of Holy Mothers Temple in Ganges, Mi. was blessed by Swami Sarvagatananda and Swami Bhashyananda, with the presence of resident monastics of the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago and the Vivekananda Monastery and Retreat in Ganges MI., Sannyasinni Gauribrata, Swami Chidananda, Swami Tapasananda, Swami Atmalokananda, Swami Yogeshananda and Swami Brahmarupananda.

A truth untold became a reality in 1998 when Mataji Vandana Puri Devi, a disciple of Sannyasini Gauri Mata Puri Devi (from age 7) and President of Sri Saradeshwari Ashram in Calcutta, oldest convent in the lineage of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi, was invited by Swami Bhashyananda to come to the Vivekananda Monastery in Ganges, MI. She accepted the invitation in 1998 when she came to Mothers Trust to inaugurate the Holy Mothers Temple in 1998. (See archives and photos at http://www.motherstrust.org/Saradeshwari-1/).

The Mothers Trust Mothers Place, Ramakrishna Sarada Ashram is dedicated to Ramakrishna Monks and Ramakrishna/Sarada Nuns serving in equality, universal truth, spirituality and mission outreach. We are monastics, western michigan health clergy, administrators, interfaith ministers and parish nurses serving all faiths.

Swami Atmalokananda and Swami Tapasananda and the formation of Mothers Trust Mothers Place, Lakeshore Interfaith Community, Ramakrishna Sarada Universal Temple in Ganges :

Commissioned by Swami Bhashyananda and Swami Sarvagatananda, Swami Atmalokananda and Swami Tapasananda are the Monastic Assistants and Trustees to Mataji Gauribrata Puri Devi, President of Mothers Trust/Mothers Place, Ramakrishna Sarada Ashram, Lakeshore Interfaith Community in Ganges, Michigan. Swami Atmalokananda will be the Swami-in-Charge, acting as the Successor to Mataji Gauribrata Puri Devi.

It takes 14 years or longer of serious study and training to receive final vows as a Sannyasin monastic. In the Ramakrishna Sarada Ashram a Mataji-in-Charge, or Swami-in-Charge, will be appointed the President, Head of the Order.

Swami Atmalokananda & Swami Tapasananda, from 1973-1992, constructed the Vivekananda Monastery, in Ganges, Michigan. Both joined the Vivekananda Vedanta Society in Chicago under Swami Bhashyananda in 1973. Both were sent to India, on several occassions, and lived in the Vivekananda Monastery in Ganges, Michigan, where Swami Tapasananda was in charge of construction and Swami Atmalokananda the manager from 1983-1992.

In 1985, after 12 years, 1973-1985, in the Vedanta Society in Chicago, Swami Bhashyananda and Swami Bramarupananda brought Eva E. Schroeder to enter into the womens side of the Vivekananda Monastery in Ganges, Michigan, to create a monastic lineage in the direct order of Ramakrishna/Sarada nuns founded by Sannyasini Gaurima. In 1987 Eva E. Schroeder was taken by Swami Bhashyananda and his group to India where she first came upon the oldest womens convent established in 1895 commissioned by, Sri Ramakrishna and founded by Sri Ramakrishna's only woman monastic disciple Sannyasini Gauri Mata Puri Devi, named Sri Saradeshwari Ashram. Again in 1989 Eva E. Schroeder was sent by Swami Bhashyananda to this convent, Sri Saradeshwari Ashram to become the first western woman to receive sannyas from the oldest woman convent in the direct lineage of Ramakrishna/Sarada. Swami Bhashyananda and Mataji Vandana Ma exchanged letters.

Swami Sarvagatananda inspired women to leave Chicago and renounce to Ganges, MI, to help consruct the Holy Mother's Temple and womens side in Ganges, Michigan. Swami Bhashyananda and Swami Sarvagatananda commssioned Swami Atmalokananda and Swami Tapasananda to help with the work of constructing a Temple to the Holy Mother and with the blessings of Swami Shraddhananda giving the name, Mothers Trust/Mothers Place, and Swami Sarvagatananda giving the Articles of Association and By Laws for the religious order, organization to incorporate Mothers Trust/the Ramakrishna/Sarada womens lineage and social work began.

Swami Sarvagatananda told Eva, now Sannyasini Gauribrata Puri Devi to take the help of Swami Tapasananda and Swami Atmalokananada and with their help, western women were established in the Ramakrishna Puri lineage and Sarada, Holy Mother lineage of monastics, at the Sri Sri Saradeshwari Ashram in Calcutta, India, established in 1895. Hinduism is traditionally called Sanatana Dharma which means perennial wisdom. It is very diverse and, like a mighty river, it has many sources, most of which are lost in the mists of prehistory. Not until 1987 did the west ever know of the direct women's lineage to Ramakrishna Sarada nuns established in 1895. Not until Swami Bhashyananda, translated the book Sannyasini Gauri Mata Puri Devi did the west ever know that Ramakrishna amongst his 16 male monks had a woman monastic (nun), and honored her on the altar of the Vivekananda Monastery in Ganges, Michigan.

During the largest Vedanta Conference that ever took place in the United States in 1987, Sannyasini Gauri Mata Puri Devi was placed in the shrine room as the 17th monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna in the Vivekananda Monastery, by Swami Bhashyananda, President of the Vivekananda Vedanta Society in Chicago and the Vivekananda Monastery in Ganges, MI. In 1992 the groundbreaking ceremony of Holy Mothers Temple in Ganges, Mi. was blessed by Swami Sarvagatananda and Swami Bhashyananda, with the presence of resident monastics of the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago and the Vivekananda Monastery and Retreat in Ganges MI., Sannyasinni Gauribrata, Swami Chidananda, Swami Tapasananda, Swami Atmalokananda, Swami Yogeshananda and Swami Brahmarupananda.

A truth untold became a reality in 1998 when Mataji Vandana Puri Devi, a disciple of Sannyasini Gauri Mata Puri Devi (from age 7) and President of Sri Saradeshwari Ashram in Calcutta, oldest convent in the lineage of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi, was invited by Swami Bhashyananda to come to the Vivekananda Monastery in Ganges, MI. She accepted the invitation in 1998 when she came to Mothers Trust to inaugurate the Holy Mothers Temple in 1998. (See archives and photos at http://www.motherstrust.org/Saradeshwari-1/).

The Mothers Trust Mothers Place, Ramakrishna Sarada Ashram is dedicated to Ramakrishna Monks and Ramakrishna/Sarada Nuns serving in equality, universal truth, spirituality and mission outreach. We are monastics, western michigan health clergy, administrators, interfaith ministers and parish nurses serving all faiths.