Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Rama­kri­shna
(1836–1886)

Sri Rama­kri­shna, born in Kamarpukur, an obscure vil­lage not far from Cal­cut­ta, became one of the world’s most high­ly revered saints with­in a few years of his pass­ing away. His mes­sage of the har­mo­ny of reli­gions, based on his own real­iza­tions of the truth of var­i­ous reli­gious paths, opened the way for a new era of mutu­al under­stand­ing among the world’s great reli­gions. His spe­cial mes­sage was the one­ness of exis­tence and the divin­i­ty of humankind. He taught that God, or the high­er Self, could be real­ized in this very life­time through the paths of knowl­edge, med­i­ta­tion, ecsta­t­ic love and self­less ser­vice.

Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda said of him:

In the pres­ence of the Mas­ter I found out that man could be per­fect, even in this body. Those lips nev­er cursed any one, nev­er even crit­i­cized any one. Those eyes were beyond the pos­si­bil­i­ty of see­ing evil, that mind had lost the pow­er of think­ing evil. He saw noth­ing but good. That tremen­dous puri­ty, that tremen­dous renun­ci­a­tion is the one secret of spir­i­tu­al­i­ty.