The Ramakrishna Mission

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The Ramakrishna Mission was founded by the Bengali saint Vivekananda Swami (1863-1902) in the name of his guru, Ramakrishna (1836-1886).  Vivekananda Swami was expert in presenting Advaita Vedanta from Shankara and greatly impressed the Western World in his presentation to the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. It is headed by a well-disciplined and organized body of sannyasis (renunciates). It is well known for its social and educational programs.