Ramakrishna was one of the greatest religious leaders ever born in
India. He believed that every individual must have only one aim in life
i.e., the realization of the Ultimate Reality. To achieve this aim, one
of the preconditions is the purity of mind. He also played a significant
role in the Bengal Renaissance of the 19th century. His disciple, Swami
Vivekanada, founded the Rama Krishna Mission after his demise, to
propagate his teachings throughout the world. Read on the biography
further to know more about Sri Ramakrishna.
As per his life history, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa was born as
Gadadhar Chattopadhyay in the year 1836. When the time came for Gadadhar
to be ritually initiated as a Brahmin, he declared that he would take
his first alms not from a Brahmin, but a certain low-caste woman of the
village. No amount of persuasion could make him budge from his stand.
Finally, Ramkumar, the elder brother of Ramakrishna, gave in to his
wishes. After the passing away of his father, Ramkumar took the position
of a priest in the Dakshineswar Temple. The same position was later
occupied by Rama Krishna, after the retirement of his brother.
A wandering monk, known as Totapuri, initiated Ramakrishna in the
Advaita Vedanta. The initiation took place in the city of Dakshineswar.
It is said that after being initiated by Totapuri, Rama Krishna remained
in a state of absolute meditation, for a period of approximately six
Marriage and Later Life
Ramakrishna married Sarada, when she was only five years old. His wife,
Sarada became his first disciple. After the passing away of Ramakrishna,
Sarada became a religious leader in her own right. With time,
Ramakrishna came to be known as Ramakrishna Paramahansa. He developed
throat cancer in the later years of his life and breathed his last on16
Rama Krishna Mission
Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahansa, founded the
Rama Krishna Mission to promote the teachings of his Guru. Headquartered
at the Ramakrishna Ashram of Belur, the mission aims at helping people
in attaining salvation.
Teachings of Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna believed and taught that