Ramakrishna was a well-known Hindu saint, mystic, and bhakta. Through his life and teachings, he helped people realize that only God is true and that all else is an illusion. His entire life was devoted to religion. His commitment to God was total and one-of-a-kind. His life has been a lesson in piety, dedication to God, self-realization, and Hindu principles and values.
Ramakrishna was born in the hamlet Karmapukur in the Hooghly district of Bengal to a devout Brahmin family of Chatterjee’s or Chattopadhyaya. His father was Khudiram, and his mother was Chandramani. They were simple, devout, God-fearing, and truthful, and they were dedicated to Lord Rama. They have four more children in addition to Ramakrishna.
As he grew older, he would frequently enter a state of trance via profound meditation. In 1843, his father died. It brought about a noticeable change in Gadadhara, and he began to appreciate the company of holy people and sadhus more and more. This contact with monks and other religious figures influenced his meditation practice. He was nine years old at the time and had been endowed with a sacred thread.
His wife became a valued participant in his rigorous austerities, sadhana, and meditations as well. He frequently suffered from heavenly insanity and lengthy spiritual fits, which eventually lead to God-realization. He saw his wife Sarda Devi as a visual manifestation of the Divine Mother.
Ramakrishna had many outstanding and renowned followers, but Vivekanand was the most well-known. Narendra Nath was his given name at birth. After many harsh tests and challenges of his teacher, his profound religious propensity led him to the temple of Dakshineshwar, where he became a devotee and student of Ramakrishna.
Ramakrishna lived with Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar and Bankim Chandra Chatterjee. When he met them, his amazing spiritual nature profoundly affected and impressed them.
During his last years, Ramakrishna suffered from severe throat pain, which was diagnosed as “Clergyman’s sore throat.” It steadily worsened and progressed to malignancy. On August 16, 1886, he died and reached Mahasamadhi.