Vedanta Kesari

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The Vedanta Kesari  
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Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline spiritual, religious, cultural
Language English
Edited by Ramakrishna Order
Publication details
Ramakrishna Math, Chennai (India)
Publication history
September 1895 to present
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 0042-2983

Vedanta Kesari (The lion of Vedanta) (formerly Brahmavadin) is a spiritual and cultural monthly magazine which has been published in English from the Ramakrishna Math monastery in Chennai, India, since 1895.


Under the inspiration of Swami Vivekananda, a group of his disciples in Madras, which included G. Venkataranga Rao, M.C. Nanjunda Rao and Alasinga Perumal, started on 14 September 1895 a monthly journal bearing the title Brahmavadin. It continued to be brought out regularly for 14 years, until Alasinga’s demise in 1909. From 1909 to 1914, the publication of Brahmavadin became quite irregular. The last issue was brought out in 1914 (March–April). Soon after, the Brahmavadin’s legacy was continued by a new journal, Vedanta Kesari, started by Sri Ramakrishna Math Chennai, and has been in circulation ever since.


As of early 2014, Vedanta Kesari is in its 86th year, making it one of India’s oldest religious magazines published in English. It has a monthly circulation of nearly 10,000 copies of which 4000 go to public and institutional libraries across India. The magazine has subscribers in 40 countries.

Contents of the magazine[edit]

Vedanta Kesari contains articles on Indian spiritual traditions and scriptures, mainly focusing on Vedanta as expounded by Swami Vivekananda, the illustrious disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the nineteenth century mystic of India. The focus of the magazine is to promote a spiritual and matured outlook towards life. It advocates renunciation of selfish desires along with the service to others in a spirit of worshipfulness.

Most articles published in the Vedanta Kesari are originally written for the magazine, though a few transcriptions of the lectures and speeches are also published.

The Vedanta Kesari has a long scholarly tradition. Its contributors include John Woodroffe (Arthur Avalon, the Englishman known for pioneering work in Tantra studies), Mahatma Gandhi, Sarojini Naidu, C. Rajagopalachari (the first Governor General of Independent India), T.L. Vaswani (the founder of Vaswani Mission, Pune), K.M. Munshi (the founder of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan), Dr Karan Singh, H.H.Dalai Lama and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Many learned monks of the Ramakrishna Order also contribute to the magazine.

The usual pattern of the contents published in the Vedanta Kesari include editorial, Simhavalokanam (articles from the Archives of the Vedanta Kesari), articles based on the teachings and incidents in the lives of the Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda - on Vedanta, Indian culture and philosophy, self-improvement and the ideal of service. There is a section on book review where latest books published in religion, philosophy, culture and self-improvement are reviewed by eminent men in the concerned fields. And also a news section detailing service activities carried out by world-wide centres of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Since 1978, the magazine has been regularly bringing out an annual number dedicated to a theme. Some of its popular theme-based issues published so far are: Yoga and its Aspects, Values for the Present Age, Globalization, Religion Today, Culture and Civilization, Channeling Youth Power, Nurturing Inter - personal Relationship, Upanishads in Daily Life, among others.

Many of these numbers have later been made into books and published by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai. Some of the well-known books published from the Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, were originally serialized in the Vedanta Kesari. Among such are included such popular volumes such as Upanishad Series (Sanskrit, with English translation by Swami Sharvananda), Sri Ramakrishna, the Great Master (by Swami Saradananda), Bhakti Schools of Vedanta (by Swami Tapasyananda), and so on.


From May 1914 to April 1928, there was no name of the editor mentioned. Towards the end of the April 1926 issue, page 478 it was mentioned in the News and Reports: “Swami Sharvananda who has been the President of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in Madras since 1911 and has been editing the Vedanta Kesari from its very start is retiring from work after nineteen years of strenuous labour. He means to lead at present a life of perfect solitude and retirement.

Swami Yatiswarananda who has been in charge of the Ramakrishna Ashrama in Bombay for nearly the last two years has come over to take charge of the Math and Mission in Madras. He has spent eight years of his monastic life in South India and has an intimate knowledge of several of its parts. He is the late editor of the Prabuddha Bharata and is well known for his scholarship and literary abilities. He was also intimately connected with the editorial work and the publication of the Vedanta Kesari for a long period. Our Journal will appear under his editorship from May next. All official correspondence must hereafter be addressed to him. We pray to the Lord to crown his work with complete success.'

1928 May onwards, The Vedanta Kesari started printing the names of the editors. It would mention both the names (president of Madras Math and the actual editor) as 'Editors'. September 1993 onwards, nomenclature was changed over to 'Managing Editor & Editor'

Editors of Vedanta Kesari
× Period Editor
1 May 1928 to April 1931 Br. Jnana chaitanya (Swami Taijasananda)
2 May 1931 to April 1939 Swami Tapasyananda
3 May 1939 to April 1941 Swami Vimalananda
4 May 1941 to April 1942 Prof. PN Srinivasachar
5 May 1942 to November 1948 Swami Nityabodhananda
6 December 1948 to September 1951 Swami Kailasananda
7 October 1951 to July 1956 Swami Budhananda
8 August 1956 to April 1962 Swami Swahananda
9 May 1962 to April 1967 Swami Paratparananda
10 May 1967 to July 1971 Swami Kailasananda
11 August 1971 to September 1979 Shri R. Ramakrishnan
12 October 1979 to December 1986 Shri CS Ramakrishnan
13 January 1987 to December 1997 Swami Tyagananda
14 January 1998 to December 2000 Swami Brahmeshananda
15 January 2001 to March 2004 Swami Baneshananda
16 Since April 2004 Swami Atmashraddhananda

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