Shri Ramakrishna is one the great souls that walked on earth in nineteenth century. He was born to a poor Brahamin family in a small village of West Bengal. Before his birth, his father had a dream from Lord Vishnu stating that a holy child will be born to them.
From childhood Ramakrishna was prone to spiritual visions leading to temporary loss of consciousness. Several incidents are worth mentioning – while he was playing a character of Shiva in a play, he was so deeply dedicated and dissolved in the character that he lost his conscience in the midst. Some critics at his period were suspicious of this being his disease. It was only later when he revealed that we used to go to a state of trance and become one with Paramatma.
He was an ardent follower of Goddess Kali. In his very childhood, he came to Kolkata as a priest in the temple of Dakshineswar. He used to meditate in a sacred place and described how Goddess Kali appeared to him as an ocean of light.People used to perceive him as a mad man for his unnatural behavior.It was later proved by Bhairavi Brahmani, an elder well-known holy woman that it was his spiritual madness to be one with the God. From that point people started treating him with more respect as such symptoms were also found in many saints before him.He found a proper channel under the guidance of Totapori, a great yogi of his time.After a lot a practice,he reached a stage where he could leave his body and travel to the ultimate one and come back again.
From then onwards several disciples started to appear. He had many influential person of his time as his followers, the most noted was Swami Vivekananda. He used to sing to them and give lessons and going in trance state in between. He considered God as both form and formless. He said it can appear to anyone in any form provided there is an eternal greed to be with Him. He provided a Universal Approach to attain god rather than religious. He said God is like a mother who offers different food to her children according to their tastes referring to different religions but one God.
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His family became worried with his endeavors and decided to get him married to make things stable. But when his family members came to him with the proposal and forced him, he gave the direction where to find the bride.Accordingly they found Sarada devi in Jayrambati. Later, Ramakrishna worhsipped her as Goddess.
Several organizations were established in his name.The famous Ramakrishna Math and Mission was founded by Swami Vivekananda.It keeps dissolved themselves in society’s welfare, providing education,lending helping hands during disasters,old-age health care.
Several great personalities like Max Muller, Leo Tolstoy, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru complimented him for his work and contribution for humanity as a whole.
Temple On Ramakrishna : Belur Math, West Bangal
Books on Ramakrishna: The Gospel of Shri Ramakrishna by Mahendranath Gupta
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