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Mothers Trust Ashram, Ramakrishna Sarada Universal Temple is dedicated to honor and explore the meaning of the "Motherhood of God", the Universal Consciousness and its implications for renewed understanding of how the sacred wisdom of the world's faith traditions can inform contemporary issues and with compassionate service and compassionate understanding, meet global issues and human needs. We believe in equitable rights of women and men alike. Mothers Trust is an Ashram, which honors the divinity in all and provides a home, family, community, for pilgrims and families of all walks of life. Mothers Trust is an Ashram, a refuge, for all individuals exploring the wonders of the Spirit. We are egar to learn and to practice, while Exploring the Spirit in the Sacred Ways of the World's Great Wisdom Traditions. All are Welcome here!

Swami Shraddhananda, (top left)
Swami Sarvagatananda, (top right)
Swami Aseshananda, (lower left)
Swami Bhashyananda, (lower right)

Mothers Trust Ashram in Ganges, was established in 1990 by several dedicated nuns and monks. Women did not find equitable participation in religious life and therefore with the help of men and women egar to see equality as a model for society, began blue prints that would create a beautiful complex dedicated to the "Divine Universal Mother". The name "Mothers Trust, Mothers Place" was given by a Belur Math Ramakrishna Monk, Swami Shraddhananda (upper left) of California and the "Articles of Incorporation" given by the senior Swami in America, Swami Sarvagatananda (upper right) of Boston and Providence. Swami Asheshananda (lower left), disciple of Holy Mother of Portland, Oregon, encouraged women to renounce and move to Ganges to help Gauri Ma vivefy in the west, as the direct monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. Each of them experienced the presence of the "Universal Mother", as the divine inspiration in building a temple for worship and respect and honor to her daughters in the direct monastic lineage of Ramakrishna-Sarada in Ganges. Swami Sarvagatananda offered the first check to make a truth untold of Sannyasini Gauri Ma. 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". Belur Math Swamis at Holy Mothers Temple in Ganges, Michigan, USA.

Swami Bhashyananda President of the Ramakrishna Order Vedanta Society in Chicago and Vivekananda Monastery and Retreat in Ganges, MI., translated the book, "Sannyasini Gauri Mata Puri Devi, A Monastic Disciple of Sri Ramakrishna". The ground breaking ceremony and dedication of the Mothers Trust Ashram and Universal Temple was celebrated earlier, in Feb. of 1992; with Sannyasini Gauribrata Puri Devi, (monastic resident of Vivekananda Monastery) and disciple of Swami Bhashyananda since 1973; and Belur Math Ramakrishna Monks, Swami Chidananda, Swami Tapasananda, Swami Atmalokananda, Swami Yogeshananda and Swami Brahmarupananda; with the Blessings and preperation of many years by the Belur Math senior Swami's in America; Swami Sarvagatananda Maharaj and Swami Bhashyananda Maharaj. Ramakrishna/Sarada Nuns, Oldest direct monastic lineage of Ramakrishna/Sarada Convent established by Gauri Ma 1895, were finally honored.

Belur Math Groundbreaking Ceremony
Feb 1992, Mothers Trust Temple Ganges.

Mataji Gauri Mata Puri Devi of Mothers Trust and Mother Nandita Puri Devi Trustee of Sri Saradeshwari Ashram, Kolkatta India in Mothers Trust Shrine. Faith Institute Crisis Advocates

Mataji Vandana Puri Devi, President (top left) Kolkatta, India.
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At the invitation of Swami Bhashyananda, President of the Vedanta Society of Chicago; in 1998, Mataji Vandana Puri Devi, President of Sri Saradeshwari Ashram accepted Swami Bhashyanda's invitation and the nuns of the oldest convent in the direct monastic lineage of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi came from Sri Saradeshwari Ashram, Kolkatta India established in 1895 for the inauguration 1998.

Sri Ramakrishna's direct monastic disciple, Sannyasinni Gauri Mata Puri Devi was the Founder of the oldest womens monastic convent. It was this truth untold, that was so important to many of the swamis of Belur Math. Many dedicated nuns and monks came from all over the world. 250 people of all faith traditions attended three holy days of worship, service, lectures, dialogue, music and initiations. Monks and Nuns were established to work and serve in mission with harmony, mutual respect, dignity and equality. Please view Photos Archives.

After 25 years in EXILE by the Ramakrishna Monks of Belur Math Headquarters for building a Universal Temple dedicated to the Universal Mother and All Religions and Faiths; the Trustees and Monastics of Mothers Trust Ashram were welcomed back to the Vivekananda Monastery; home of their Guru Swami Bhashyananda President of the Vedanta Society of Chicago & Vivekananda Monastery Ganges, MI., years (1965-1994).

Mataji Gauribrata President, Swami Atmalokananda head Ramakrishna Monk, Swami Tapasananda and Sannyasini Shaktibrata, Sannyasini Shivabrata, Monastic Trustees were graciously received back to their Vivekananda Monastery in Ganges by the new President of Chicago and Ganges Vivekananda Monastery; Swami Ishatmanandaji Ramakrisna Monastic Order. “Let us work in harmony, equality, mutual respect. The devotees were encouraged and the two Ashrams remain with some mutual interests and very different missions yet good wishes. The two ashrams though with common mutual interests will always remain independent...

Chicago Calling! Nov7-11 Swami Vivekananda's 150 Celebration. Though Mataji Gauribrata, President and Mataji in Charge, did not attend due to Inequality of Gender, Universality and Harrasment. Permission was given to Swami Atmalokananda, Sannyasini Shakti, Sannyasini Shiva and Swami Tapas to Celebrate as Trustees of Mothers Trust Ashram in Ganges.
Mothers Trust Ashram and Vivekananda Monastery remain independent with mutual interests and good wishes.MI. Mothers Trust Monastics trained for 12 years in the Vivekananda Vedanta Society Chicago and Vivekananda Monastery & Retreat in Ganges, MI. They continued education for 2 yrs in New York to be Interfaith Ministers and an additional two years to be Crisis Clergy and Legal Advocates. 1973-1989. The year Mataji Gauribrata was sent by Guru Swami Bhashyananda to receive Sannyas in Kolkatta and be Appointed Mataji in Charge of Mothers Trust Ashram Retreat Center USA. Faith Institute Crisis Clergy and Monastics from 1973-2016.