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Durable Link to this BlogWednesday, February 09, 2011

God-realization of Shri Ramakrishna

Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836-1886) the great Seer, had attained God consciousness at a very young age. He tried various spiritual disciplines of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam and experienced divine bliss every time. A band of educated youngsters were drawn to him. Swami Vivekananda was one of them who spread his message far and wide. At home, disciples of Shri Ramakrishna tried to preserve his utterances which greatly helped seekers of spiritual truth. Among them, "M" was in close contact with this Guru and has left a mine of information about the Master"s conversations with one and all, educated and uneducated who came to seek spiritual solace. With homely similes shri Ramakrishna tried to convince the infinite nature of God. One of his frequently quoted instance of God-seekers is that of an ant. Once an ant went to a sugar-hill and finding that one grain of sugar filled its stomach, thought that the next time, it would take the entire hill into its hole.

Here is the Master's experience with God in the form of Divine Mother.

"Who can ever know God? I don"t even try. I only call Him as Mother. ......... My nature is that of a kitten. It only cries, "Mew, Mew!" The rest it leaves to its mother. The mother cat puts the kitten, sometimes in the kitchen and sometimes on the master's bed..... The young child wants only his mother. He doesn"t know how wealthy his mother is. He only knows "I have a mother; why should I worry?" Even the child of the maid servant knows that he has a mother. If he quarrels with the son of the master, he says: I shall tell my mother. I have a mother. My attitude too is that of child"

The disciples of the Master had seen him talking to the Divine Mother, at time in whispers. When in spiritual ecstasy they saw him weeping and smiling. His prayers were in all humiliation, seeking her blessings. He saw her as embodiment of Om. He declared that he did not know anything about Her and took only refuse at Her feet.

Shri Ramakrishna told that God was both with and without form. He assumed forms for the sake of devotees. Everything was possible with God. He pervades the entire universe of the living and non-living, said the Master.

Source (From the "Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna").

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