Remembering Vivekananda, I recollect Swami Ramakrishna!
Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda!
Vivekananda and Ramakrishna!
Yes, just now i have gone through a beautiful hub on Swami Vivekananda to commemorate His 150th birth anniversary. He was born on 12 January 1863 on the holy day of Makarasankaranthi. Such great souls appear on the earth very rarely! The spiritual Guru Ramakrishna born about 27 years earlier was anxiously awaiting for his disciple in the form of Swami Vivekananda. At that time, his name was Narendranath and he is accosted as Naren by the Master!
Ramakrishna never forced any to follow him or his way. He allowed them to exert their free will in this choice. Yes, initially Naren was in no mood to visit the Master after his first visit. But something pulled him to the presence of Ramakrishna. Against his will, Naren had to go there. Still he was not impressed. He feared the ways by which Ramakrishna behaved with him. Ramakrishna used to shed tears if Naren is not visiting him. He used to plead with mother Kali, the goddess, "When Naren will return again". None new the intimate spiritual connection between the two. In fact, Naren had a strong will power. He will not be made to oblige any against his will. Yet to his surprise, he was visiting the Master again and again without his volition.
Ramakrishna judged the spiritual caliber of Vivekananda in the first meeting itself. He knew in His soul that Naren will undertake monumental works in the future mission of Ramakrishna. Hence he has not forced him. Yet, he will ask him when he will come again? The vital question asked by Naren to Ramakrishna is basic. "Mahasaya! have you seen God? Ramakrishna replied in the affirmative, "Yes, as I see you and others, I have seen God". It was authentic to the core. Once it so happened that the Master touched Naren! Immediately every thing was whirling with great speed. Naren could not make a head and tail of it. He feared that the Master is enticing him. He cried in fear, "what you are doing to me, leave me, I have to go back". He thought that the master is mesmerizing him! He never understood that it is just a spiritual initiation by the Master. Then Ramakrishna reverted him to his normal self and allowed to go back. Even after these encounters, though Naren feared to go to Ramakrishna, yet he was going there. That is the attraction of Guru to the disciple!
While we remember Swami Vivekananda during his 150th birth anniversary, we have to recollect the greatness of Ramakrishna. He was born due to the boon of Lord Mahavishnu who came in the dream of his father when he made a pilgrimage to Gaya, a holy place for Hindus to visit. The Lord has promised that he will be born in the house. As promised, a son was born to him during 1836 and he was named Gadadhar in the memory of the Lord. He was innocent to the core, but he enjoyed nature and learned many great things about Gods and scripture. He learned to chant the names of God from his childhood days. He was interested more in play than in studies. Whenever any recluse visited the village, he used to go them and learn many stories of the greatness of God. He learned by heart many songs on God and he used to mimicry other's nicely. He was able to act the roles of great people after hearing or reading about them.
Though his father was rich earlier with landed property, he was straightforward and stood for Truth. When a Zamindar asked him to give false witness for him in the court, he refused flatly. The zamindar planned treachery against him and usurped all the properties. Hence when Gadadhar was born, the family had little means to sustain. Rest in next Part.