Bishwa Nath Singh:
The Holy Ganges has carried spiritual aspirations of millions of Hindus to the 'Ocean of Bliss'. She has nourished and nurtured many Divine souls of past ages down to Swami Ramakrishna Paramhans and other great saga of the present age; and ferried thousands of scorched souls across the 'Ocean of Worldliness'. Swami Ramakrishna Paramha...ns was the epitome of spirituality who will be remembered and cherished for long as a great Holy Spirit. Many of his disciples and devotees believe he was an incarnation of God. He was also referred as "Paramahamsa" by his devotees, meaning "Great Swan” He had experimented with other religions, notably Islam and Christianity, and had said that they all lead to the same God. Though conventionally he was not highly educated but had attracted the attention of numerous intellectuals and was highly adored by over millions of People coming from far and wide.
( Swami Ramkrishna Paramhans)
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Swami Ramakrishna Paramhans, a great saint was born on February 17, 1836 in Kamarpukur, Hoogli of Calcutta to his Parents Khudiram Chattopadhay and Chandramoni Devi. He was the fourth child of his parents, after Ramkumar, Katyayani, and... Rameswar and a sister, Sarbamangala. He was nicknamed as Gadadhar as he was a very reckless but God fearing boy since his childhood, and was deeply devoted to serve the mother Goddess Kali from his childhood..He was the greatest scientist in the field of spirituality. One may call him a sage or a mystic of modern age, a Man of God, God- incarnate, etc. according to one's liking and everyone would be correct in his/her own way of understanding him. This is because he encompasses every aspect of religion and mysticism in his life and teachings. Every soul can take something from this perennial fountain of spirituality and nourish his/her heart with purity, holiness, and selflessness. He was the most 'rational mystic'. With scientific precision he put forward in most simple terms, as parables and stories, the eternal truth regarding God and God realization. Like a scientist in the field of other physical sciences, he talked about God only after directly experiencing the reality of God. He did not theorize or put forward philosophical conjectures to claim the divinity of each soul, but actually realized this truth that the true nature of man is Divine Consciousness. This intuitive knowledge was based on his experiences during various spiritual practices he undertook in his young age. These practices included all traditional Hindu disciplines, and also sadhana of Muslim and Christian faith. During these spiritual practices, he got established in the highest non-dual consciousness and realized the same truth about the Reality, i.e. there is only one and only one Reality (or Truth) which is called as Brahman or God in Vedanta. He was inspired by the various acts and deeds of Lord Krishna and tried to imitate his feats. As a child he was matured for his age and earned the love of all. He had an unusual memory interested in Hindu mythology. Once while playing the part of Shiva in the plays performed during Shivaratri, he attained Vhava Samadhi. His elder brother Ramkumar took him to Dakhineswar to assist him in his works as a priest in the temple. In 1855 Rani Rashmoni of Janbajar offered him the job of the priest of the Goddess Kali at Dakkhineshwar Temple. Onlookers would crowd to see Ramkrishna performing puja as they wanted to see the love and devotion with which he used to perform his Pooja and Archana to Goddess Kali. At the age of twenty three in the month of May 1859, he married Saradamoni of Jairambati, whom he thought would be his ideal life companion. Soon after, the urge of finding the truth of life made him take sannyas under the sage Totapuri who gave him the sobriquet, Paramhansa. His quest for truth continued with Bhairavi Ma and sages in other religion. Though he attained Bhava Samadhi very often, he was inclined to know the truth about human existence. He started Adyitya Sadhana and realised god exist in every form of life. At the age of eighteen Sarada Devi joined Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar.By the time his bride joined him, Ramakrishna had already embraced the monastic life of a sannyasi; as a result, the marriage was never consummated. 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. He regarded Sarada as the Divine Mother in person, addressing her as the Holy Mother, and it was by this name that she was known to Ramakrishna's disciples. Sarada Devi outlived Ramakrishna by thirty four years and played an important role in the nascent religious movement In Jan 17, 1868, he stared for a Tirthayatra along with Mathur Babu and his nephew Hridoy. He visited places like Deoghar, Varanasi and Vrindavan.He even worshipped Saradamoni in the same way he worshipped the mother goddess which was known as Shorshi puja.. He preached universal brotherhood, and soon stalwarts like Kesab Sen, Shibnath Sastri, Girish Ghosh and Narendranath Datta (later Swami Vivekananda) became his disciples. He developed a strange theological relation with Narendranath and soon moulded him in his own way. He taught Naren the truth of life by letting him see a glimpse of the Holy Spirit. He taught Naren the truth of life by letting him see a glimpse of the Holy Spirit. It was Vivekananda in later days, which held high the teachings of Swami Ramakrishna Paramhans to the world by forming the Belur Math. On Jan 1, 1886 in Kashipur Garden an ailing Ramkrishna touched some of his disciples. Those who were touched felt an unearthly feeling never felt before. While some went speechless for a short while, others moved into a state of Samadhi. This incident is remembered by his disciples as Thakur taking the form of a Kalpataru. His closest disciple Narendra (Vivekananda) attained the highest state through meditation after receiving the blessing of the master. At first he felt as if a light had been placed behind his head. Then he passed beyond all relativity and was lost in the Absolute, in Nirvikalpa Samadhi. When he regained a little consciousness of the world, he found only his head but not his body. He cried out, "Ah, where is my body!" In the beginning of 1885,he had suffered from clergyman's throat, which gradually developed into throat cancer. He was moved to Shyampukur near Calcutta, where some of the best physicians of the time were engaged. When his condition aggravated he was relocated to a large garden house at Cossipore on December 11, 1885.During his last days, he was looked after by his monastic disciples and Sarada Devi. He was advised by the doctors to keep the strictest silence, but ignoring their advice, he incessantly conversed with visitors. As per tradition, before his death, he transferred his spiritual powers to Vivekanand and reassured Vivekananda of his avataric status.He had asked Vivekananda to look after the welfare of the disciples, saying, "keep my boys together and asked him to teach them properly and also asked other monastic disciples to look upon Vivekananda as their leader. His condition gradually worsened and he expired in the early morning hours of August 16, 1886 at the Cossipore garden house at the age of fifty.. According to his disciples, this was mahasamadhi. After demise of their master, the monastic disciples lead by Vivekananda formed a fellowship at a half-ruined house at Baranagar near the river Ganges, with the financial assistance of the householder disciples. This became the first Math or monastery of the disciples who constituted the first Ramakrishna OrderHis great disciple Swami Vivekananda made the Vedantic teachings of Sri Ramakrishna broadcast to the both the East and the West. The Holy Ganges has carried spiritual aspirations of millions of Hindus to the 'Ocean of Bliss'. She has nourished and nurtured many Divine souls of past ages down to Sri Ramakrishna and other great saga of the present age; and ferried thousands of scorched souls across the 'Ocean of Worldliness'. Swami Ramakrishna Paramhans was the epitome of spirituality who will be remembered and cherished for long as a great Holy Spirit. Let us pay our humble obeisances to his lotus feet and seek his bliss for well-being of all living-being of this universe!
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Anil Kumar I pray for blessing.