Ramakrishna Jayanti 2022: Interesting facts about Ramakrishna Paramahansa on his Birth Anniversary

04 Mar, 2022
Ramakrishna Jayanti 2022: Interesting facts about Ramakrishna Paramahansa on his Birth Anniversary

Ramakrishna Jayanti 2022: Sri Ramakrishna’s 186th birth anniversary is celebrated on March 4 in 2022. His birth anniversary is observed on Dwitiya Tithi during the month of Phalguna, Shukla Paksha as per the Hindu lunar calendar. This year, the occasion falls on March 4. 

Shri Ramakrishna Paramahansa was born on 18 February 1836 in the small village Kamarpukur, some miles away from Kolkata in a poor Brahmin family. His childhood name was Gadadhar and was loved by the villagers. He is perhaps known as the best saint of the nineteenth century. He was an ultimate mystic and a true yogi. He was a worshipper of goddess Kali and also believed to be a modern-day incarnation of Lord Vishnu but he never claimed about it. In the revival of Hinduism in Bengal, he became the main figure as at that time Bengal was witnessing an intense spiritual crisis and severe downfall of Humanism. His preaching’s attracted the atheist Swami Vivekananda who became a devoted disciple. Let us study more about Ramakrishna Paramahansa, his philosophy, mission etc. through this article.


Ramakrishna Birth Anniversary: Interesting facts about Ramakrishna Paramhansa

Ramakrishna Paramahansa: Life

From the early days, Ramakrishna declined formal education and worldly affairs. He was a talented boy who could sing and paint well. He was fond of serving holy men and listening to their discourses. He was very often found in spiritual moods like at the age of six, he experienced the first ecstasy while watching a flight of white cranes moving against the black clouds. And this tendency to enter into ecstasy intensified with time and age. Also, he lost his consciousness of the outer world when he was playing the role of Shiva in a school play. He enjoys learning Sanskrit and Mathematics at school. He also likes folk tales told by his mother. After the death of his father, Ram Kumar the elder brother of Ramakrishna took the position of priest in the Dakshineshwar Temple. Later, the same position was occupied by Ramakrishna after the retirement of his brother.

Ramakrishna Paramahansa: Career

Dakshineshawar Temple was established by revered philanthropist Queen of Janbazar, Calcutta, Rani Rashmoni. Ramakrishna became a priest at Kali Temple, Dakshineshwar. He was married to 5-year-old Saradamoni Mukhopadhyay when he was 23. Later, Saradamoni joined Ramakrishna at Dakshineshwar.

Ramakrishna Paramahansa: Guru

Ramakrishna was motivated by a wandering monk known as Totapuri who initiated him in the Advaita Vedanta. It took place in the Dakshineshwar temple itself. It is said that after being initiated by Totapuri, Ramakrishna remained in a state of meditation for around six months.  

Ramakrishna Paramahansa: The Revolutionary

One of the greatness of Ramakrishna is that he believed that every man and woman is holy, and he never once claimed to be greater, but just a common man who viewed Kali goddess like a common woman, truant and benign. He always says that achieving god was not by salvation but through work. He always says that to be kind to humans is to be kind to god because god resides in every man. Do you know that he proclaimed his wife as the embodiment of the Divine Mother and performed the Shodashi Puja with her in the seat of Goddess Kali and so he was revolutionary?

Ramakrishna Paramhansa: Influence

He explains complex spiritual tales in the most lucid or easy manner. He not only practised Hinduism but also other religions like Islam and Christianity and always says that religions have their own or different path but always lead to a single goal that is God.

Ramakrishna Paramahansa: Followers

Some of the followers of Ramakrishna are poet, playwright, theatre director Girish Ghosh, Swami Vivekananda, Zamindar Rakhal Chandra Ghosh etc.

Ramakrishna Paramahansa: Teachings

Ramakrishna taught that

- All living beings are divine. God is present in all men, women etc.

- Human beings are equal and there is the oneness of existence.

- To attain salvation, the main obstructions are lust and greed.

- There is only one God. All religions have different paths to attain salvation but their aim is the same that is God.

- The main aim of each human being is to become one with God.

Ramakrishna Paramahansa famous Quotes

  • "Women are, all of them, the veritable images of Shakti."

  • "Knowledge leads to unity, but Ignorance to diversity."

  • "Lovers of God do not belong to any caste."

  • "Never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false. Know for certain that God without form is real and that God with form is also real. Then hold fast to whichever faith appeals to you."

  • "Rain-water never stands on high ground, but runs down to the lowest level. So also the mercy of God remains in the hearts of the lowly, but drains off from those of the vain and the proud."

  • "As you pray to God for devotion, so also pray that you may not find fault with anyone."

  • "It is the mind that makes one wise or ignorant, bound or emancipated."

  • "It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it."

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