Sri Ramakrishna with Rakhal, Ram, M. With Rakhal, Latu, M. With Rakhal, M. Thakur at the Dakshineswar Temple with M. Sri Ramakrishna with Ram, Baburam, M. Thakur with Latu, M.
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Sri Ramakrishna with Rakhal, Ram, M. With Rakhal, Latu, M. With Rakhal, M. Thakur at the Dakshineswar Temple with M. Sri Ramakrishna with Ram, Baburam, M. Thakur with Latu, M. Sri Ramakrishna with Baburam, Nilkantha, M. Thakur at the Dakshineswar Temple with Rakhal, M.
Sri Ramakrishna with Rakhal, M. At the Shyampukur House with Narendra, Dr. Sarkar, and Other Devotees Section Baranagore Math Index of M. Madhusudan was a bhakta a pious man and Thakur was aware of his bhakti. Mahendra Nath was the third child of Madhusudan. It is said that Madhusudan got this son after performing mental worships of Shiva twelve times one after the other.
For this reason, he had a special affection for this son and he was particularly careful that this child may not come to any harm. The boy Mahendra was extremely good -natured and had great love for his parents. Mahendra could recall many incidents of his early childhood.
For example, he went with his mother to witness the Ratha festival of Mahesh when he was five. On their return journey the boat touched the Dakshineswar ghat. When everybody was busy having darshan of gods and goddesses in the temple, M. And not finding his mother there he began to cry. At that moment somebody seeing him crying consoled and silenced him.
Mahendra Nath used to say that this incident remained always uppermost in his mind. He would witness with his mental eye the bright radiance of the newly constructed and dedicated temple.
He who came to console him was probably Thakur himself. As a boy Mahendra Nath studied in the Hare School. He was a very bright student and always held first or second position in his class.
On his way to and from the school there was the shrine of Mother Sheetla of Thanthania. This shrine can now be seen in front of the College Street Market. On his way to and from the school he would never forget to stand before the deity to pay his obeisance.
By virtue of intelligence and hard work he won scholarship and honours in his Entrance, F. In his Entrance examination he won the second top position. In the F. In his B. He was a favourite student of Prof.
Tony in the Presidency College. While still in the college he was married to Nikunja Devi, the daughter of Thakur Charan Sen and a cousin sister of Keshab Sen in When Nikunja Devi lost her son, she almost became mad with grief. At that time, Thakur would bring peace to her mind by stroking her body with his hand. Before entering the education line, he served for sometime with the government and then in a merchant house.
But he could not stick to them. Thakur had already arranged a different way of life for him. He took up teaching in school and college. That is why they all called him Master Mahashay. Mahendra Nath was inclined towards religion since his early years. During these days Keshab Sen came up as a famous preacher and a founderthe founder of Navavidhan Brahmo Samaj.
These days Mahendra Nath used to keep company with Keshab. He would take part in worship in Navavidhan Mandir, or in his house. At this time Keshab was his ideal. Later, he said that at times during worship Keshab Sen used to pray with such moving words that he looked like a divine personality. Mahendra Nath said that later on when he met Thakur and heard him, he realized that Keshab had derived this heart charming bhava from Thakur himself.
Mahendra Nath met Thakur in Dakshineswar on February 26, As Thakur saw M. At the end of the first meeting when M. But he also told him that there were very good yogi like signs on his forehead and eyes. At that time Mahendra Nath liked to meditate on the formless Brahman. He did not like to worship Bhagavan, or the deity in clay images. He also had mastery on the Puranas, Sanskrit scriptures and epics. He had also studied Buddhist and Jain philosophies. He had digested the Bible, particularly the New Testament, very well.
As a result of all this Mahendra Nath considered himself a scholar. However, during his first meeting with Thakur this pride of his received a blow.
Thakur showed him the insignificance of the knowledge he had acquired. He made him realize that real knowledge is only to know God and all the rest is ignorance. In his very first meeting Thakur taught M. The essence of it can be summed up in this: Do all your work but keep your mind in God. Live with your wife, son, father, mother and others. Serve them taking them to be your very own but know in your mind that none of them is yours.
He understood that the aim of human life is God-realization. Lest he should fall into the whirlpool of household later on, Thakur put him to test from time to time and he would ask him the reason if he did not come to him for long. Thakur knew from the very beginning that M.
So with a keen sight he would keep observing whether some knot was not forming within M. When he made sure that M. Let them know as if you are their own but be sure in your mind that you are not theirs, nor they are yours.
Narada began transmitting Brahmajnana to all to Sanat, Sanatan and others. So Brahma bound him in maya by a curse. Had it not been so, how could your mind have been so much on this side even when lacked nothing worldly.
Otherwise, how will attend to both sides? Let him keep both. What is the need of renouncing all at once? Yet may Thy Your wish prevail. You may make him renounce all later on if that is Thy Your will. Otherwise how would he awake others? Why have you put him in worldly life?
What would have been lost if it had not been so and the same had continued? You too will. You will also not be able to go after women.
Thakur would assure him from time to time and said, "He who has renounced from the mind is a renouncee. Nobody who comes here is a householder. He talked of nothing but Thakur. He thought of Thakur as his only refuge, his most desirable goal and the only one attainable. He had become one with Thakur. Thakur alone was his supreme attainment — Yam labdhva chaparam manyate nadhikah tatah, Yasmin sthito na dukhena guruna api vichalyate.
Morning, afternoon or evening whenever one went to him, one would see him in the company of devotees talking of love of God. It was the story of the Lord which flowed continuously from the Vedas, the Puranas, the Bible, the Quran, the holy book of the Buddhists, the Gita, the Bhagavata, the Adhyatma Ramayana. No weariness, no pause — unceasing talk of Thakur, the embodiment of all faiths and spiritual practices.
What an extraordinary way of serving Thakur! He had dedicated his body, mind and wealth all to his work.
Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita
Early life[ edit ] Birth and childhood[ edit ] Sri Ramakrishna was born on 18 February ,  in the village of Kamarpukur , in the Hooghly district of West Bengal , India , into a very poor, pious, and orthodox Brahmin family. His parents were Khudiram Chattopadhyay and Chandramani Devi. In Gaya his father Khudiram had a dream in which Bhagwan Gadadhara a form of Vishnu , said that he would be born as his son. He used to call me Ramakrishnababu. The family shrine is on the left, birthplace temple on the right Although Ramakrishna attended a village school with some regularity for 12 years,  he later rejected the traditional schooling saying that he was not interested in a "bread-winning education". He could read and write in Bengali.
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