Ramkrishn Paramhans was Born as Gadadhar Chattopadhyay on February 18, 1836 at Kamarpukur village, Hooghly District, Bengal. Ramkrishn was son of Khudiram Chattopadhyay (father) and Chandramani Devi (mother).
Ramkrishn was one of the most prolific Sanatan Hindu religious figures of India during the 19th century. He was married to Saradamoni Devi who joined her husband at Dakshineshwar at the age of eighteen. Ramkrishn proclaimed her as the embodiment of Divine Mother and performed the Shodashi Puja with her in the seat of Goddess Kali. She was an ardent follower of her husband’s philosophies and took up the role of mother to his disciples with much ease. She herself achieved tremendous achievements as a devout sage while leading a devoted sanyasi life with Ramkrishn Paramhans
Sri Ramkrishn Paramhans was a mystic and a yogi who embodied complex spiritual concepts into easy comprehensive manner. Ramkrishn was born in a Bengali rural family in 1836, Ramakrishna was as simple yogi. He pursued the Divine throughout his life in various forms and believed in divine embodiment of the Supreme Being in every individual a corner stone of Sanatan Hindu philosophy.
Ramkrishn was perhaps one of the very few yogis who had tried to experience divinity through a host of different avenues and have not stuck to one single way of spirituality. He schooled under a number of different Gurus and absorbed their philosophies with equal eagerness.
He is believed by some as the modern day reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, Ramakrishna was the embodiment of spiritual salvation to troubled souls from all walks of life. He was a key figure in revival of Hinduism in Bengal at a time when intense onslaught of spiritual crisis and rampant Christian proselytization was gripping the province. His legacy did not end with his death in 1886; his most prominent disciple Swami Vivekananda carried on his teachings and philosophy to the world through Ramakrishna Mission. In essence, his teachings were as traditional as ancient sages and seer, yet he remains contemporary throughout the ages. He died on 16th August, 1886 at the age of 50 year.
A Very Touching Story
Ramkrishn was suffering from throat cancer. Swallowing water or food became quite difficult. So one day, Vivekananda asked his Guru Ramkrishn Paramhans, “Why don’t you pray to Maa Kali for yourself? Within minutes your illness will heal! On this Ramkrishn kept laughing the whole day but, didn’t say anything.
One day when Vivekanand insisted a lot, Ramkrishn Paramhans said – “You do not understand, Narendra. It is necessary to settle the account of karma. Otherwise will have to come again and take rebirth until this account is settled. So let me go through what I’m going through now. It’s not fair to interrupt the flow of Karma.
On that Vivekananda requested his Guru- “Do not ask a lot, at least ask that the throat should be fine enough that water can be drunk while the body is alive! We feel unbearable pain, seeing your this condition. Finally Ramkrishn Paramhans yielded and said” today I will ask my Maa.”
Next morning when Vivekanand and other disciple of Ramkrishn woke up, they saw their Guru laughing loudly. When asked Ramkrishn replied – “It was fun today. You asked me repeatedly to ask my Mother. I asked my mother, then my mother replied – “Why you have to eat from this throat only?” Why don’t you eat from others throat? “
Ramkrishn said laughing – “I also became a fool after by asking! Unnecessarily you insisted. It true, there is no dependency on using my own throat to eat or drink! From today when you eat your meal or drink water, consider that I am eating from your throat. Again Ramkrishn laughed a lot that whole day.
When Doctor came that day and saw him laughing doctor asked, are you laughing? See your body condition, laughing in such as situation must be very painful.
Ramkrishn said – “Laughing because it seems I lost my intelligence and myself did not realize that from everyone’s throats”
Moral: No matter how difficult the situation is, the saints never ask for themselves, the saint never asks for themselves, the one who asks for himself, his sainthood ends. They turn rank into king and king into rank but remain a beggar themselves.
When the soul becomes intimidated with the universe, then there is nothing else left, so the saint does not need to ask for himself because they never lack anything!
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