Swami Vivekananda and Ramkrishna Paramhansa

Image
02

Sri Ramakrishna was the enlightened soul behind Swami Vivekananda. He gifted the world with that wonderful brain of Swami Vivekananda who dazzled the world with the profound knowledge of Advaita.Narendranath Dutta became Swami Vivekananda because of Sri Ramakrishna. Let us explore their beautiful Guru-Shishya relationship.

01
02

Ramakrishna Paramhansa disliked going to school and so he never studied. According to him education and knowledge were two entirely different things. He strongly felt that education did not provide the means and opportunity to realize God through direct perception.

01
02

He loved Nature and spent his time in fields and fruit gardens outside the village with his friends. Now and then, he went into ecstasies. A line of white cranes against black monsoon clouds, singing religious songs or acting in a religious drama sent him to ecstasies.

01
02

When Vivekananda came to Ramakrishna his name was still Narendranath later on Ramakrishna named him Vivekananda. When he came to Ramakrishna he was extremely argumentative, an atheist, a rationalist. He wanted proof for everything.

01
02

Ramakrishna looked at Vivekananda. This youth had great promise, great potential; much was ready to happen within him. There was a great treasure with which Vivekananda was unacquainted. Ramakrishna looked into, peered into, the past lives of this youth. Vivekananda had come carrying a great treasure, a great treasure of integrity, but it was suppressed under his logic. Seeing this, a cry of anguish and compassion must have risen from Ramakrishna's heart. He said, "Forget all this. We'll talk about proof and such things later on. I have become a little old, I have difficulty reading; you are young, you eyes are still strong read from the book lying there."

01
02

It was the Ashtavakra Gita. "Read a little out loud to me." It is said that Vivekananda saw nothing wrong in this, this fellow was not requesting anything special. He read three or four sutras and every cell began trembling. He started to panic and he said, "I cannot read on." Ramakrishna insisted, " Go ahead and read. What harm can there be in it? How can this book hurt you? You are young, your eyes are still fresh, and I am old, it is hard for me to read. I must hear this book read it out to me."

01
02

It is said that Vivekananda kept on reading aloud from the book and disappeared in meditation. Ramakrishna had seen great potential in this youth, a very promising potential, like that of a bodhisattva who one day or other is destined to become a buddha. Sooner or later, no matter how much he wanders, he is approaching buddhahood.

01
Share facebook twitter gplus

Related Slideshows