Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Beloved Pranams at the holy feet of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa ji Maharaj. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is a legendary figure in India’s spiritual arena. He was a great Bhakta as well as a great Jnani. He was a Jivanmukta, a liberated soul even while in the physical body. His life was literally a constant contemplation of God. He was a devotee of Mother Kali and conversed with her as though she were in physical form before him. He did intense Sadhana for several years. He also practiced different means to reach God and thus proved the equality of different religions. There is hardly anybody in India and perhaps in the whole world who hasn’t heard of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Sri Ramakrishna was born in 1836 in Bengal in a pious Brahmin family. He showed his spiritual inclinations right from the childhood. The worldly affairs did not attract him. After growing up, he moved from his native place of Kamarpukur to Dakshineshwar in Calcutta to assist his elder brother, as a priest in the temple of Mother Kali. Eventually he became the priest after his brother retired. He began to question if he was worshipping a piece of stone or a living Goddess. If he was worshipping a living Goddess, why should she not respond to his worship? This question nagged him day and night. Then, he began to pray to Kali: “Mother, you’ve been gracious to many devotees in the past and have revealed yourself to them. Why would you not reveal yourself to me, also? Am I not also your son?” He would weep bitterly and sometimes even cry out loudly while worshipping. At night, he would go into a nearby jungle and spend the whole night praying.

The peaceful atmosphere of Dakshineshwar was ideally suited for Sri Ramakrishna to practice spiritual austerities. He was initiated into Advaita Vedanta by a wandering monk named Totapuri. He became absorbed in Samadhi for 6 months after this.

Sri Ramakrishna was married to Sarada Devi. She was Sri Ramakrishna’s first disciple. He attempted to teach her everything he had learned. She mastered every religious secret as quickly as Ramakrishna had. Impressed by her religious potential, he began to treat her as the Univeral Mother Herself and performed a puja considering her as veritable Tripura Sundari Devi. He said, ‘I look upon you as my own mother and the Mother who is in the temple’.

The key concepts in Ramakrishna’s teachings were the oneness of existence; the divinity of all living beings; the unity of God and the harmony of religions; that the primal bondage in human life is lust and greed(kamini and kanchana).

Sri Ramakrishna left behind a devoted band of 16 young disciples headed by Swami Vivekananda who propagated his message throughout the world.

12 thoughts on “Sri Ramakrishna”

  1. Namaskar,
    I came across your website via Swami Vimokshananda’s blog. It is a very good resourceful site. I would like to know if you have the Bhajans of Ramakrishna Ashram in sanskrit. Could you please let me know your email address so so that I can be more specific in my request?

    Thank you very much
    kannan

  2. Namaskars
    this is a very nice article which gives a good picyure of sri Ramakrishna paramahamsa .I would like to read more about Him.which website do i look for it?

    Thank you
    swathi

  3. Hi, this is sri. can you write the actual Sundarakandam with their Slokas in Telugu language in the given website address?
    I want to learn them, please.

    Thank you,
    honey sri velamuri
    1146 rt.202/206north.
    Bridgewater NJ, 08807

  4. i have really impressed by thoghts of shri ramkrishan paramhansa & this web has really supported me lot of information about him

  5. jai sri ram

    this is one of the most aesthetic and inspiring site.
    great format and visually pleasing.may all the blessings on all.

  6. sir, your work is beyond any appriciation, simply becaz no words can describe work done on life of great saints ever absorbed with Great God.

    sir, will u please incorporate one more great saint called Jagadguru Baghvaan Gopinathji (1898-1968) in kashmir. i am sur once u read about this saint u would say that “Gopinathji is verily God Incarnaion”
    pls get back on my email or mob: 09419853112

  7. A VERY USEFUL WEBSITE, THANKS, AND YOU HAVE KINDLY INCLUDED
    SRI RAMAKRISHNA, WHAT ELSE I NEED. IF I GET SRI RAMAKRISHNA,
    I DO NOT NEED ANYTHING ELSE. HE IS EVERYTHING.. HE IS
    INCARNATION OF ALL THE GODS AND GODDESSES..HIS TEACHINGS
    ARE FOR MODERN DAYS HUMANS. ONE OF HIS BEST TEACHINGS IS:
    “AS SOON AS YOU RECOGNISE ‘MAYA’, IT WILL FLY AWAY”.. HIS
    VERY NAME WILL PURIFY OUR DIRTY MIND… HE ONLY WILL HELP
    US GET CLOSER TO HIM. JAI SRI RAMAKRISHNA, JAI SRI SARADA MAA….. CHATUR L. GURNANI

  8. Can somebody tell me the shlok spoken by Sri Ramkrishna Paramhans. I only know the last words of it i.e. Jagrohi Jagrohi…

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