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PROJECT: A NEW CENTER WITH A RESIDENT MONK FOR RIO

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The Centro Ramakrishna Vedanta, Rio de Janeiro, will become a full-fledged independent center, affiliated with the Ramakrishna Order in India. Finally, it is all approved! This is the result of the extraordinary dedication of Swami Nirmalatmananda, with the blessings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Maa Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda.

Swami Atmajnananda has been appointed the head of our center. He is a senior monk with a sweet and amiable nature, rich experience in spiritual matters and a total dedication in serving the Order.

With the presence of the new Swami the Vedanta movement in Brazil as a whole will be invigorated further.  In addition to providing spiritual guidance, he will be instrumental in creating and fostering new ties and dialogues with the religious, philosophical and philanthropical communities in the country. Brazil has a rich culture of religious diversity and there is a great scope for spreading the universal message of Vedanta in the 'marvelous city' of Rio de Janeiro.


They alone live who live for others.

--Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

A DREAM FULFILLED BY THE APPROVAL OF THE RAMAKRISHNA ORDER

Shanti (Cordélia de Jesus) - a dedicated pioneer of Vedanta in Brazil, who made possible the acquisition of the house for the Ashrama at Santa Teresa in Rio.

 Swami! I have a dream to see something concrete realized for Vedanta in Rio de Janeiro with a resident monk helping the aspirants here with the strength of his constant presence. This will be wonderful and I am ready to donate what I have to make this dream come true!

     --- Shanti ,Cordélia de Jesus 

Be a part in this historic moment for Vedanta in Rio

Swami Atmajnananda's arrives in Rio
Swami Nirmalatmananda has been leading the renovation of our center to welcome the first resident monk Swami Atmajnananda for the Santa Teresa Ashrama.
As a part of the  development of the centre, a new house has been purchased, financed partly by contributions and partly by interest free loan.  
In addition, major renovation work has been undertaken since May 2021 for the main building of the Center (built in 1865) and the work is continuing. Your generous contribution and support are most welcome.                             


It is a great joy for all of us to be able to participate in this very important phase of the Vedanta movement.
Join us in this historic initiative!

Find out more about Vedanta in Rio de Janeiro

SWAMI'S ARRIVES IN RIO (in pictures)
THE WONDERFUL CITY
The city of Rio de Janeiro is popularly known as the ''Marvelous City'' for its heavenly beauty, pristine beaches, crystalline waterfalls, verdant mountains splashed with the multicolored hues of flowering ipe trees. The city is home to the largest urban forest of the world, with its exuberant fauna and flora extending throughout the Atlantic Forest.
Rio, as we affectionately call it, was the country's former capital and is considered to be one of the most charming cities in the world due to its unique mixture of nature and culture.
Home to one of the seven wonders of the world, the “Christ the Redeemer” receives millions of tourists every year. One of the biggest festivities in the world, the "Revellion of Copacabana" with around 3 million people attending on a single night is held here. It has a population of around 8 million inhabitants. Currently, Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of the same name.
Called the Mecca of world football tradition, the city has all the attractions in its highly concentrated form, capable of delighting anyone on earth and in heaven! Considered a cultural capital with innovative music, art, literature, and culinary delights, this city attracts one and all.
BRIEF HISTORY OF VEDANTA IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Initially the meetings, in 1957, were held in the apartment of the couple Inah and Rogério Pfaltzgraff, in Copacabana.
The Ramakrishna Vedanta Movement in Rio de Janeiro began in 1957 when Swami Vijayananda, a disciple of Swami Brahmananda, was invited by a group of devotees to give some lectures in Rio.
Swami Vijayananda came to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1932 and visited Rio for the first time in 1957. He continued to visit and stay for approximately one month, dividing his time between the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
A Vedanta study group was then started, whose members were the pioneers.
Apart from the studies of Vedanta, conducted and guided by the Swami, the group also engaged in social service activities for the poor & needy families.
This small group built an Ashrama located in a beautiful place in the Jacarépaguá district between 1960 and 1970, which had a temple, meeting hall and residential rooms. Devotees from Rio, Sao Paulo and other places of Brazil took part in this endeavour. The place was visited by Swami Ritajananda - head of the Paris Ashram.
Upon the demise of Swami Vijayananda in 1973, the Ramakrishna Order appointed Swami Paratparananda as his successor. Mr Delphin, a disciple of Swami Vijayananda, the then in-charge of Ashrama, did not accept the authority of Swami Paratparananda and declared himself as the 'leader' of Vedanta in Rio de Janeiro. As a result, there was a split in the group.
A few ardent devotees who did not accept the ways of Mr Delphin and his activites separated. They regrouped in the house of a devotee and tried to continue being faithful to the Ideals and Activites of the Ramakrishna Order by starting a new study group. 
Mrs. Cordelia de Jesus offered her own apartment in the Laranjeiras neighborhood so that the group could meet regularly. Swami Paratparananda visited this group annually for a few days.
For years on end this small apartment was visited by great monks and nuns who stayed for a few days and revived the spirit of Vedanta in the city. 
THE WORK OF SWAMI NIRMALATMANANDA IN BRAZIL
Swami Nirmalatmananda
In March 1999, the group of devotees in São Paulo received its first resident monk, Swami Nirmalatmananda, who has been leading the Vedanta Movement throughout Brazil.
Since 1999, the Swami visted this group regularly in Rio, where he stayed in a small one-room apartment and gave interviews to 
aspirants. He also gave lectures and conducted arati ceremony at the apartment of Mrs. Cordelia de Jesus.
As the number of devotees gradually increased, the need for a bigger place was felt. Subsquently, the one-room apartment and the donation of Mrs Cordelia's own apartment were sold and the present Ashrama premises was purchased.
The Swami has been working tirelessly throughout the Brazilian territory spreading the message of Vedanta to countless people, guiding and motivating them.
THE ASHRAMA
Built in 1865, the building which houses the Ashrama presently, is classified as a Historic Heritage Monument of the City of Rio de Janeiro. It has about 5300 sq.ft of built-up area, with a small garden on both sides, and parking space for 6 cars in the rear. The Ashrama garden has a Bel tree (Aegle marmelos) which is a sapling from the tree planted by Swami Vivekananda himself at Belurmath. The Ashrama has a beautiful shrine, a spacious hall and other basic facilities.
In 2006, this group was officially recognised by the Belurmath as a sub-centre of Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama, São Paulo. 

A wonderful vibrant music group called 'Group Gadai' can sing the traditional arati hyms and devotional songs in Portuguese. It is encouraging to see more and more new and young people visiting the centre.
LEGAL CONSTITUTION AND ACCOUNTING
Front page of the Ashrama constituion

We are a not-for-profit religious institution legally registered and affiliated to the Ramakrishna Order in India.

Our by-laws have well-defined rules, Annual general meetings are held and audited accounts etc are presented.
ABOUT OUR ACTIVITIES

When Swami is present, activities like Aarati, devotional songs by Group Gadai, Meditation, Weekend lectures on scriptures etc are held.  On Mondays, before arati, Shiva Mahimnam Stotram is sung. During  weekdays, at night, satsangas are conducted which attracts a good number of people. Personal interviews are given to earnest seekers. The informal table-talks make the atmosphere of the ashrama very special. Small-scale social work is also carried out. When the Swami is not present, the group meets two days a week. The music group (Group Gadai) makes the Ashrama very vibrant.

Activities at a glance :

Satsanga, lectures & studies

Public lectures on specific themes are held on Saturdays and Sundays, preceded by devotional singing by 'Group Gadai'Scriptural classes are held once a week after Aarati.
Satsanga and question and answer sessions are held on special occasions.
Aarati & meditation and short readings form part of the programme
All are welcome to attend these programmes.


Spiritual counselling

The Swami gives personal interviews to earnest seekers who seek guidance in spiritual matters. Normally, it is done on prior appointments. It is expected to that a seeker is acquainted with the basic ideas of the Ramakrishna Vivekananda Vedanta literature by paticipating in Ashrama events. 

Aarati, Meditation, etc.

Regular Aarati(Evening Vesper servie) followed by devotional singing and meditation is held in the temple. All are welcome to participate.


A small book sales section and a library are maintained for the benefit of devotees.

Devotional music

In 2002, 'Group Gadai' was formed to train and perform devotional singing in the temple & in all public events. Quite a few young devotees are taking interest in this devotional practice. They can chant Vedic hyms and sing a lot in Portuguese and a few in Sanskrit including  traditional songs of the Ramakrishna order. 



Special events

Vedanta encourages dialogue on inter-faith, Science and Spirituality, Self-devolpment & Psychology topics. Experts in these areas are invited to present their views. These activities are organised occassionally.

Voluntary service

Practice of Karma yoga is encouraged through voluntary service. Devotees are encouraged to offer voluntary service in these areas : Shrine mainatnence, gardening, kitchen service, general cleaning , office support, maintaining audio and video systems and accounting. 

Voluntary service helps to reduce the cost of overall maintaneance of the Ashrama. You are most welcome to take part in Karma yoga.                                                    

SANTA TERESA NEIGHBORHOOD

The charming neighborhood of Santa Teresa where our Ashrama is located (in pictures):

​PROJECT: A NEW CENTER WITH A RESIDENT MONK FOR RIO

The project is divided into three parts. Your generous support in the form of donations and contributions will be highly appreciated. Please encourage your friends, relatives and well-wishers to take part in this noble endeavour. 

Acquisition of Swami's Residence
​"Shanti Nivas"

R$  610,000.00

"Shanti Nivas", a new resindential property, measuring 146o sq. ft, was acquired in July 2021 to accommodate the Monastic members. 

The house is located at Rua Pintora Djanira number 22 in Santa Teresa, a one min walk from the main centre at Rua Paula Matos, 162, Santa Teresa.

Ashrama Repairs and Renovation
​R$ 120.000,00

The main building of the Ashrama dates back to 1865. It is a protected heritage building. Being an old construction, it needs constant repairs and restoration. From May 2021, we have undertaken extensive repair and renovation work to solve  recurring problems like waterproofing of the roof, painting, repair of the walls, renovation of the Shrine and the rooms, among others.

New Audio and Video Systems
R$ 25.000,00

Our multimedia equipment has not been updated in twenty years. We are in urgent need of latest audio and video equipment like microphones, speakers, internet signal routers, overhead projectors, projection screen, film cameras and computers. This will facilitate the efficient organization of our events.

The Swami's residence (in pictures)

Ashrama renovation works (in pictures)

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FOR THE OVERALL PROJECT
ACQUISITION OF SWAMI'S RESIDENCE 'SHANTI NIVAS'
ASHRAMA REPAIRS AND RENOVATION
NEW AUDIO AND VIDEO SYSTEMS

​​Status Report

SEE THE LATEST REPORT OF THE PROJECT


Centro Ramakrishna Vedanta Rio de Janeiro


NAME OF THE PROJECTPROJECT VALUEDONATIONS RECEIVEDUPDATE AS ON
ACQUISITION OF SWAMI'S RESIDENCE 'SHANTI NIVAS'            R$ 610.000,00R$ 250.000,0001/10/2021
 ASHRAMA REPAIRS AND RENOVATION R$ 120.000,00R$ 70.000,00  31/09/2021
 NEW AUDIO AND VIDEO SYSTEMS R$ 25.000,00

Arise! Awake! Stop not till the goal is reached.

~ Swami Vivekananda~

Swami Vivekananda

​CONTACT

We will be happy to answer your questions.

LOCATION

Rua Paula Matos 162, Santa Teresa - Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brasil

CEP: 20.251-550

PHONES

Landline: +55 21 2224-3295

Cell phone 1: +55 21 99306-0603  

Cell phone 2: +55 21 9931-56158  

ON THE WEB

Email   : [email protected] 
Website : www.vedantarj.org.br 


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