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RIMSE is a premier educational institution run by the Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore, which is a branch of the well known Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Kolkata.

RIMSE occupies a unique place among the educational centres run by the Math and Mission.

In our country, where moral values are fast deteriorating, where our education system is not – so - satisfactory and physical culture is not being given its due importance, RIMSE is striving to rebuild a strong moral and spiritual base by making such values an integral part of education.

Ramakrishna Movement:
Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math:
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, born Gadadhar Chattopadhyay in 1836 in West Bengal, was a revered saint and a Hindu religious teacher. His teachings emphasised God - realization, the oneness of existence, the harmony of religions and service to man as a way of worshiping God.

After the passing away of Sri Ramakrishna in Aug.1886, a monastic order bearing his name was set up by his disciples headed by Swami Vivekananda with a Monastery (Math) at Baranagar near Kolkata. The Ramakrishna Math now has its headquarters at Belur, on the western bank of the Ganga, north of Kolkata. It was registered as a Trust in 1901.

Ramakrishna Mission, the religious organisation was started by Swami Vivekananda in May 1897. The Mission, besides teaching Vedanta (India's oldest philosophy), gives concrete service to the community. Though the Ramakrishna Math and Mission take up charitable and philanthropic activities, the former lays emphasis on training of the monastic members and on religious preaching while the latter is devoted mainly to education and welfare services.

Besides maintaining a number of Ashramas and temples with their programmes of worship, religious services and preaching, the Ramakrishna Math and Mission run several schools, colleges, libraries, Student Homes, sevashrams (hospitals), dispensaries, rural and tribal development centres, mobile medical units, orphanages etc. The Ramakrishna Mission has contributed largely to the upliftment of the downtrodden and has been conferred Gandhi Peace Award by the Government of India for its yeoman service to mankind.

RIMSE - A Profile:
RIMSE is one of the finest residential institutions offering B. Ed degree and diploma courses for men, which includes in the syllabus, compulsory papers on spiritual and moral education.

The Institution is the result of untiring effort of late Srimath Swami Shambhavanandaji Maharaj, an eminent monk of the Ramakrishna order of monks. The foundation of the Institute was laid by Morarji Desai in 1968. The building was constructed over a period of 6 years, with substantial financial assistance from various State Governments besides generous donations from the public. The building was consecrated on 23 May 1974 and the 100 ft high Gopuram atop the prayer hall was consecrated in 1983.

At the core of RIMSE is Swami Vivekananda's philosophy “Knowledge is power” and that teachers have a very important role to play in building the character and knowledge base of students. This requires not only conservative education but also the imbibing of correct moral and spiritual values in children. RIMSE aims at creating role models among the teaching community and help teachers create a sanctuary within themselves, which will facilitate the flow of knowledge to students. RIMSE works with the primary objective of strengthening moral and spiritual values in all those who enroll themselves for study / retreat here. It imparts value - based education in a systematic and scientific method. Along with the Ramakrishna - Vivekananda tradition, RIMSE also draws inspiration from spiritual traditions of various world religions and gives due importance to them in its programmes. It conducts retreats for the benefit of the students as well as the general public.

Programmes offered at the Institute:
RIMSE offers the following programmes:
Two - semester B. Ed degree course called RIMSE Scheme, affiliated to the University of Mysore, and recognized by the National Council for Teacher Education. The course offers a compulsory subject (content - cum - methodology) titled Moral and Spiritual Education, besides content- cum- methodology in two school subjects.

Four - week UGC sponsored Value Education Course for lecturers of Colleges / Universities.
15 - Day course in Value Education for teachers from Navodaya and Kendriya Vidyalayas all over India.
Seven - day course in Value Education for teachers.
Character Development Camps (residential) for tenth standard and plus-two level students.
150 - minute programme on Personality Development for students in the school final and plus-two levels using a multimedia CD produced by this Institute jointly with Indus Quality Foundation, New Delhi, with technical inputs from NIIT, New Delhi.
One day programme on “Personality Development” for High School and College students.
Two - day programme in “Work-skill development” and “Quality Excellence” for Industrial employees.
Summer Youth Camps for rural youths.
Two and three - day programme on “Understanding the roles and responsibilities through values” for KMF functionaries and different organizations.
5 - Day spiritual retreats for the general public, twice a year.

RIMSE- Infrastructure:
Amidst lush green avenues and mini forest pockets, RIMSE is located to the north of the Ramakrishna Vidyashala campus.

The entire premise is a judicious mix of grandeur and simplicity. The well manicured gardens with colourful flower beds and lawns, numerous species of birds and flowering plants, the little ponds, an in - house nursery, the quiet open space, and the cleanliness, all add to the picturesque setting and provide serenity in abundance. The effort and dedication of the monks of the Ramakrishna Ashram in managing RIMSE is commendable. With a coffee plantation, coconut grove and playgrounds, the Institution provides an ideal atmosphere and ambience for education and self - realization.

The main structure at RIMSE, towering over its dainty surroundings, consists of a spacious prayer hall, an auditorium, a computer room, dining hall, class rooms, a meditation hall, over 100 rooms for the resident students and other facilities to cater to the needs of the students. Each student is provided a single room for stay during the study period. The Institution also provides books, clothes and nutritious vegetarian food to the resident students.

Prayer Hall:
A white marble statue of Swami Vivekananda welcomes at the entrance of the prayer hall. A marble statue of Sri Ramakrishna adorns the semi-curve-roofed hall. Symbols of various world religions are inscribed on wooden plaques fitted in niches on the wall. Around the outer pathway of the prayer hall, quotes from ten major scriptures of various world religions are inscribed on black stone tablets affixed on the walls. This is the place to be, for total devotion and sanctity.

Dining Hall and Kitchen:
The dining hall can accommodate nearly 200 persons. On entering the hall, one faces a small beautiful marble statue of Holy Mother Sri Sharada Devi on a pedestal with a canopy above it. The impeccably clean kitchen has steam and LPG cooking facilities which can be used to cook food for about 400 persons at a time.

Library:
The Institute has a well equipped library containing about 26,000 volumes on various subjects. The library has a qualified librarian assisted by a library assistant. The library functions under the open-shelf system to facilitate study. A reading room attached to the library has a number of selected dailies, magazines, journals and periodicals. A wide variety of books on religion, philosophy, history, literature and psychology are available for reference.

Theological Museum:
The museum is a perfect representation of the ideal of religious harmony. The museum plays an important role in imparting moral and religious values. It provides a holistic experience and is a source of great learning. It has a number of exhibits, beautifully created to represent the ideals of the Institute. The exhibits depict the variety in expressions of worship and prayer. Filled with pictorial illustrations, the museum gives immense information on religion, Indology, temple architecture, and the core and essence of every religion along with the holy books.

Model temples of Siva and Devi, and a sacrificial altar of the Vedic times, the tools used to perform these ritualistic sacrifices as also models of the Buddhist altar, the Catholic mass, photographs of the Namaz and the Mosque are part of the exhibits. The museum is an enriching experience and is truly worth a visit.

Auditorium and Computer Room:
Equipped with a 16 mm projector, a screen and other acoustics, the auditorium at the Institute can accommodate nearly 200 persons at a time. Facilities for audio-visual programmes are also available. The Computer Room at RIMSE has about 30 computers with facilities for internet.

The Retreat:
Conducting spiritual and moral retreats is a unique activity of the Institute. The word “retreat” from the context of RIMSE, means withdrawing one's mind from external distractions and trying to rest it in its source. It provides an opportunity to maintain mental equilibrium and shows the way to a higher life.

In RIMSE, any retreat programme generally includes observance of strict silence, following a strict routine, time for introspection, prayer and meditation, study of scriptural passages or of books on India's rich spiritual and cultural tradition and lecture classes by eminent speakers. The course is entirely residential.

Separate classes are held in English and Kannada and Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, the Yogas, lives and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sharada Devi and Swami Vivekananda and other saints are taught. The Retreats are usually of two or four day's duration, sometimes customized, depending upon the background or age - group of the participants.

Aims and objectives:
1. To provide a calm and peaceful atmosphere conductive to simple living and high thinking.
2. To teach practical disciplines helpful for the control and concentration of mind.
3. To give a basic idea about our cultural and spiritual heritage.

Admission and fees:
The Retreat is open to non - student adults (men) only. The total fees for the entire course, including boarding and lodging, is around at Rs. 700/-. This amount must be paid by Demand Draft (or by cash in person) only after receiving a selection letter from RIMSE.

Mode of Selection:
Preference will be given to first time participants. Among applicants who have participated in earlier retreats, selection will be made considering their age, the gap since their last participation and availability of accommodation.

Accommodation and other facilities:
Participants will be provided with single – seated rooms with good bathroom facilities in each block. Hot water for bathing, bedding, and pillow and mosquito curtain will be provided by the Institute. Only vegetarian food will be served. Radios, tape recorders, newspapers, novels, magazines, etc. will not be permitted in the premises. Only literature of a moral and spiritual nature can be read. Visits from relatives and friends will not be allowed during the Retreat and participants must not leave the campus for any reason during the Retreat.

Courtesy: Star of Mysore

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