132 death anniversary of Ramkrishna Param Hans

Avinash Anand

"God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer." 
- Ramakrishna Paramahansa

Ramakrishna Paramahansa was born on February 18, 1836 and.He was an influential yogi and mystic and founder of the Ramakrishna Order. Ramakrishna was interested in spiritual ecstasies from a very young age, and was also influenced by several religious traditions, including devotion towards the goddess Kali, Tantra, Vaishnava Bhakti, and Advaita Vedanta. His reverence and admiration among Bengali elites led to the formation of the Ramakrishna Mission by his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda. His devotees look upon him as an incarnation or Avatara of the formless Supreme Brahman while some devotees see him as an avatara of lord Vishnu.

Facts about his life:
  • He was born in a poor Brahmin family in Bengal, and his birth name was Gadadhar Chatterjee
  • Around 1855, he became a devotee of goddess Kali and lived for the rest of his life in a temple at Dakshineswar near Kolkata
  • During a 15-year period of intense spiritual practice, he mastered all the types of Hindu yoga
  • He is also said to have had mystical experiences through Christian and Islamic worship
  • He concluded that all religions are valid means of approaching God
  • He had little formal learning, but his saintliness and wisdom attracted a large following
  • After his death, his teachings were spread by his disciples and by his wife Sarada Devi
  • Ramakrishna's message of universal religion was carried to the West by Swami Vivekananda.
Golden Words Of Ramakrishna Paramahansa
  • You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. Can you therefore say that there are no stars in the heavens during day? O man because you cannot find God in the days of your ignorance, says not that there is no God.

  • Know the one, and you will know the all. Ciphers placed after the figure 1 get the value of hundreds and of thousands, but they become valueless if you wipe out the figure. The many ciphers have the value only because of their one. First the one and then the many. First God and then the Jivas and the Jagat (creatures and the world)

  • The digit 1 may be raised to a figure of any value by adding zeros after it; but if that 1 is omitted, zeros by themselves have no value. Similarly, so long as the Jiva (individual soul) does not cling to God, who is the One, he has no value, for all things here get their value from their connection with God. So long as the Jiva clings to God, who is the value-giving figure behind the world, and does all his work for Him, he gains more and more thereby; on the contrary, if he overlooks God and adds to his work many grand achievements, all done for his own glorification ,he will gain nothing there from.

  • As a lamp does not burn without oil, so a man cannot live without God.

A Guru-Shishya Conversation

Swami Vivekanand: I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you free.
Swami Vivekanand: Why has life become complicated now?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Stop analyzing life.. It makes it complicated. Just live it.
Swami Vivekanand: Why are we then constantly unhappy?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.
Swami Vivekanand: Why do good people always suffer?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer. With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.
Swami Vivekanand: You mean to say such experience is useful?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.
Swami Vivekanand: Because of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides the way.
Swami Vivekanand: Does failure hurt more than moving in the right direction?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.

Swami Vivekanand: In tough times, how do you stay motivated?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.
Swami Vivekanand: What surprises you about people?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me?”

Swami Vivekanand: How can I get the best out of life?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:  Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.
Swami Vivekanand: One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: There are no unanswered prayers. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live. 

"Any Person can make you realise how wonderful the world is..!
But only few will make you realise how wonderful you are in the world..!"

He died on 16 August 1886 leaving behind a treasure trunk of knowledge and wisdom. 

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