Kolkata, June 19: Ramakrishna Mission has been working for the nation since colonial time. Yesterday, the Mission has faced the great loss of Swami Atmasthananda ji. He was the president of Ramakrishna Mission for 10 years. The great soul passed way on Sunday after spending 98 springs in the earth. The Monk was in Social service for 8 decades. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Governor Keshreenath Tripathi have condoled the demise.
The mortal remains of him are now kept in the cultural hall of headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission in Belur Math. "The gates of Belur Math will remain open all through the night of the 18th and through the 19th till the last rites are completed," the Math and Mission said in a statement. The cremation will take place at Belur Math at 9.30pm on Monday.
At the age of 21, he joined Belur Math. He received his mantra Diksha in 1938. Swami Atmasthananda joined Ramakrishna Mission TB Sanatorium as assistant secretary in 1952. His efforts for the expansion of the center were remarkable.
"The demise of Swami Atmasthananda ji is a personal loss for me. I lived with him during a very important period of my life. Swami Atmasthananda ji was blessed with immense knowledge and wisdom. Generations will remember his exemplary personality. Whenever I would visit Kolkata, I would always make it a point to seek the blessings of Swami Atmasthananda ji. As President of Ramakrishna Mission set up by Swami Vivekananda, Swami Atmasthananda ji worked tirelessly and spread its influence globally", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a statement.
West Bengal CM expressed grief, “Saddened that Rev. Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Mission passed away today at Seva Pratishthan”.