RAMAKRISHNA PARAMHANS

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RAMAKRISHNA PARAMHANS

(Perfect Master)

Ramkrishna Paramhans was the Perfect Master (God-realised) and Vivekanand was His chief disciple whom He revealed glimpse of His divinity in a flash by putting His hand on Vivekananda’s head.

Swami Ramakrishna, once insulted (His close disciple) Vivekananda by telling him in a harsh, derogatory tone to go away and never come back; but, shortly afterward, He had him called back and consoled him. It is My love that has been the cause of humiliating you before the others. Baba then embraced Adi.

On 12 August 1924, inquiries were made about visiting Dakshineshwar and the temple where the Sadguru Ramakrishna Paramhansa once lived. On 12 August, they boated across the Hooghly River to visit the shrine. Near the bank of the river, they came across a blind beggar sitting in squalor. Baba and the men swept the filthy area, and then fed and comforted the destitute man.

Belur Math, the temple and headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, is situated on the banks of the Hooghly River, not far from Dakshineshwar Village. The main temple is a beautiful structure, surrounded by twelve smaller ones. The shrine is a peaceful and quiet sanctuary, located at the edge of the teeming city's slums. Baba and the men made obeisance in the room used by Ramakrishna for his Universal work. In another room, they viewed the statue of Kali, which Ramakrishna worshiped, and the relics associated with the Perfect Master's life (such as his sandals).  They also viewed the rooms used by Vivekananda and Ramakrishna's other disciples.

While returning, Baba noticed a humble Hindu temple and went inside. Here a sincere devotee had lovingly kept Ramakrishna's large photograph in perfect condition. Baba greeted him, and after an inquiry, gave the man some advice about his meditations.

The Sadguru is like an ocean. He does not give anything, but when He gives, He gives the Ocean and you become realized."

Baba quoted the instance of Ramakrishna Paramhansa of Calcutta and his disciple Swami Vivekananda. Eruch narrated some incidents from Vivekananda's life which showed how he tested his guru in many ways. Baba concluded, "Had Vivekananda come in contact with a wali (saint) instead of a Sadguru like Ramakrishna, he would have been doomed for life!"