The Biography of Ramakrishna. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa as The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (Mylapore: Sri Ramakrsna Math, ), Book 1, p. Born in a rural Bengal village in India, Sri Ramakrishna was the fourth of five children . and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. “Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa born Gadadhar Chattopadhyay was a Hindu religious teacher and an influential figure in the Bengal Renaissance of the.

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As a young man, he was artistic and a popular storyteller and actor. Inhe became a priest at a recently dedicated temple to the Goddess Kali located near Calcutta on the Ganges River.

For hours he would reminisce about his own eventful spiritual life, tell tales, explain abstruse Vedantic paramzhamsa with extremely mundane illustrations, raise questions and answer them himself, crack jokes, sing songs, and mimic the ways of all types of worldly people—visitors were kept enthralled.

God, as a Mother, therefore makes different religions and belief systems according to each person’s needs and tastes. As a priest Ramakrishna performed the ritual ceremonies—the Shodashi Puja the adoration of womanhood —and considered Sarada Devi as the Divine Mother. He recited in solitude the name of Allah and meditated upon Jesus Christ. After the departure of Totapuri, Ramakrishna reportedly remained for six months in a state of absolute contemplation.

The most popular religious practice by far in India is bhakti, or devotion to a deity.

A short biography of Ramakrishna

These devotees saw him as a great teacher and bhakta who sang the names of God and talked incessantly about God.

InRamakrishna was initiated into sanyassa by a vedantic ascetic, a wandering monk named Totapuri. Academic Paul Deussen Daniel H. AboutKeshab Chandra Sen made his acquaintance and became very interested in him Ramakrishna. Under her guidance Ramakrishna completed all 64 sadhanas of tantras, even the most intricate and demanding of them.

His legacy did not end with his death in ; his most prominent disciple Swami Vivekananda carried on his teachings and philosophy to the world through Ramakrishna Mission.


The Personal and Impersonal are the same thing, like milk and its whiteness, the diamond and its lustre, the snake and its wriggling motion. Ramaswamy, Krishnan; Antonio de Nicolas Fourth, the author has been shown to have difficulty understanding the nuances of the Bengali culture in general as well as the Bengali language in which Ramakrishna’s biographical texts are written. Young Ramakrishna was prone to experiences of spiritual reverie and temporary loss of consciousness.

For More Information Hixon, Lee. As a priest Ramakrishna performed the ritual ceremony—the Shodashi Puja —where Sarada Devi was made to sit in the seat of goddess Kali, and worshiped as the Divine Mother. In the course of explaining the word trance in the poem The Excursion by William WordsworthHastie told his students that if they wanted to know its “real meaning”, they should go to “Ramakrishna of Dakshineswar.

Both of us behaved as if we were the handmaid of the Divine Mother. Sources of Indian Tradition: These waves arising from the Great Ocean merge again in the Great Ocean.

And what I saw was an infinite shoreless sea of light; a sea that was consciousness. Those who followed the Vedic prescription of religious universalism summed up in the phrase “There is but one Truth, but sages call it by different names” noted that Ramakrishna practiced the rituals of many religions, and found that they all brought him to the same divine reality in the end.

Religion in Modern India. Views Read Edit View history. Some former Brahmos proclaimed Ramakrishna’s message to the educated public of Bengal through their speeches and writings, published in several newspapers and journals. He was moved to Shyampukur near Kolkata, where some of the best physicians of the time, including Dr.


Ramakrishna’s father died inafter which family responsibilities fell on his elder brother Ramkumar. He gave them the saffron robe, the sign of the Sanyasiand initiated them with Mantra Deeksha. Spiritual struggles That temple complex—one of the most impressive in the area—had been parqmahamsa by a wealthy widow of low caste whose spiritual ideal standard was the mother goddess Kali.


In a vision he saw Jesus in his glory. At the end of he started the practice of Christianity, when his devotee Shambu Charan Mallik read the Bible to him. Monastic disciples Shuddhananda Virajananda Swarupananda Paramananda.

In preparation for monastic life, Ramakrishna ordered his monastic disciples to beg their food from door to door without distinction of caste.

Keshab also publicized Ramakrishna’s teachings in the journals of New Dispensation over a period of several paranahamsa, which was instrumental in bringing Ramakrishna to the attention of a wider audience, especially the Bhadralok English-educated classes of Bengal and the Europeans residing in India.

Ramakrishna experienced a deep form of trance nirvikalpa samadhi under the guidance of this teacher. He looked upon all women as incarnations of the Divine Mother and he worshipped them as sti. This state can be described as complete absorption of the soul into the divine ocean of consciousness.

When Ramkumar died inRamakirshna took his place as the priest of the Kali temple. One author has claimed that Ramakrishna’s mystical states and through generalization all mystical states are a pathological response to alleged childhood sexual trauma. Vidya maya, on the other hand, represents higher forces of creation e. Biogrwphy with time, his health started deteriorating and he was taken to a large house at Cossipore.

Sri Ramakrishna Biography

Even though he had a band of dedicated renunciates, he never asked householders to renounce their family life. His words flowed from a deep sense of belief in the Divinity and his experience of embracing God in a very real form. Many are those who have become and are becoming his followers to-day.

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Sumit Sarkar argued that he found in the Kathamrita traces of a binary opposition between unlearned oral wisdom and learned literate knowledge. The Life of Ramakrishna.