Life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Sri Ramakrishna's Appearance in the mid-thirties of the nineteenth century was a landmark in the global history of religion. In a backward village, 98 km. from Calcutta, a boy named Gadadhar was born and spent his childhood. Extraordinary and mysterious, his words and deeds eventually gave rise to the Ramakrishna phenomenon. He was born on 18 February 1836 in Kamarpukur to Khudiram and Chandramani Chattopadhyay. When he was six or seven years old, he had his first experience of cosmic consciousness. Sri Ramakrishna was still in his teens when he came to Calcutta from his village.

A few years later circumstances brought him to the Dakshineshwar temple and later became the priest in the temple where he plunged into a series of intense spiritual practices for about twelve years. While worshipping the Divine Mother, he questioned: 'Are you true? If you do exist, can't I see you? His yearning for God realization became more and more intense day by day. He prayed and meditated almost twenty-four hours a day and on one day when he decided to end his life, he had a marvelous vision of the Mother and from then on the abode of mother disappeared and the Divine Mother said to him "You and I are one . Let your life in this World be deep in devotion to me, and pass your days for the good of mankind".

He realized God in different religions as well as in different sects of Hinduism, and said God is only one, different people call on him by different names. Some as Allah, some as God and others as Krishna, Shiva, Christ and Brahman. The precious jewels of spirituality that he had gathered through hard struggle, now ready to be given to humanity. The well known Brahmo Samaj leader Keshabchandra Sen came to know and admire him, bringing him to the attention of the educated public. Gradually, a small group of householders belonging to middle-class families became charmed by Sri Ramakrishna's captivating personality and teachings and formed a core group of devotees. Now and then he plunged into Samadhi and a beatific smile would light up his face. Returning to normal consciousness he would pour out his heart in talks about God. He popularly known as the Paramhansa and was much sought after by spiritual seekers belonging to different faiths.

Quietly but steadily his life story and teachings spread. His disciples and devotees started coming and he became busy training them to carry out his Mission. He was an extraordinary teacher. Sri Ramakrishna trained each disciple according to his own natural aptitude as he knew everyone's past, present and future. To those young men who were later known as his direct disciples gave them the path of renunciation and made Narendra (later Swami Vivekananda) their leader, who later went to America to represent Hinduism and summarized Ramakrishna's message to the modern world.

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"He is born in vain who, having attained the human birth, so difficult to get, does not attempt to realize God in this very life"

...said Sri Ramakrishna

 

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