Who are Sri Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi
and Swami Vivekanada?
Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), born in modern India, practised various spiritual traditions, and concluded that all religions are but paths leading to the same God realization.
Sri Ramakrishna is looked upon by millions in the same way that Christians look upon Christ and Buddhists look upon Buddha. Sri Ramakrishna was in constant communion with God, which was documented by his authentic biographers. He was the apostle of universalism and religious harmony, as well as a spiritual teacher par excellence.
Sri Sarada Devi (1853-1920), known as the Holy Mother to her devotees, was the consort of Sri Ramakrishna with whom she maintained a spiritual relationship. In Her own right, she is considered one of the greatest woman saints India has produced. She was the embodiment of purity and universal motherhood, and demonstrated in Her own life how the householder can combine secular life and spiritual life and attain peace and perfection.
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), himself a realized soul of the highest order, was the chief monastic disciple and exponent of his Master's (Sri Ramakrishna) message in the world. The swami was an original thinker, an excellent orator and philanthropist, and possessed many sterling qualities of both the head and heart. He founded the Ramakrishna Order with the twin purposes of realization of the Self and service to humanity with a worshipful attitude.
Since their appearance, up to the present day, many national leaders or spiritual teachers and thousands of the common people of India have been impacted directly or indirectly either by Sri Ramakrishna or Swami Vivekananda or both, including Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and Sri Aurobindo. Outside of India as well, they inspired famous personalities such as Romain Rolland, Max Mueller and Leo Tolstoy.
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