An Episode from life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa

The young generation of India is so highly influenced by westernised culture that they have hardly any time to pay respect to their teachers, parents and elders. Through this short story I want to emphasize on greatness of our Indian spiritualism, culture and tradition that will remain firm in our minds for endless decades. This inspirational episode highlights the last days of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, his devotion to god and his dedication to imbibe the moral ethics, culture and spiritualism in minds of students studying in his ashram. There was such divine charm in his spiritual teachings that it attracted several students to attend his discourse on Hindu puranas and epics. The ashram of Ramakrishna was marked by arrival of a young, charismatic disciple named Narendranath who was keen to enquire about the existence of God by teachings of Ramakrishna. In a few days, the disciple became the favourite of Ramakrishna through his dedication, commitment and his unconditional urge to serve mankind.

Even though Sri Ramakrishna was suffering from throat infection, he never cared for his health and continued to teach his disciples. The condition of Paramhansa became so worse that he faced severe throat pain even while taking his meals and had to undergo medication. Sri Ramakrishna was diagnosed with throat cancer and the Doctor had advised that the people serving Ramakrishna Paramhansa should take special precautions. With a fear of getting contracted from the disease, not a single disciple took the initiative and effort to serve their guru. But Narendranath continued to serve his guru with his fullest dedication and care day and night. Day by day, Ramakrishna’s condition worsened to such an extent that blood oozed continuously out of his throat and Narendranath used to collect the blood from the throat in a vessel and clean it with fresh water. Even in these worse circumstances, not a single disciple came forward to support the disciple in serving Ramakrishna. This young disciple later came to be known as Swami Vivekananda who carried the spiritual legacy started by his guru and represented India at Parliament of the World’s religion event held in Chicago. What a great disciple of a great guru! Even though Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Swami Vivekananda are no more, they are still alive inspiring and motivating the masses through their teachings.


3 Replies to “An Episode from life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa”

  1. I am so sorry to say that this story does not present the complete facts. While it was true that among all direct disciples of Bhagvan Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda was the favourite because of so many reasons, it was also true that other disciples like Jogin (Swami Premananda), Nityaniranjan Ghosh, (Swami Niranjanananda), Sharat Chandra (Swami Saradananda), Shashi (Swami Ramakrishnananda) and many more served The Master 24/7 during his terminal illness till the Mahasamadhi.
    Kindly read the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna for further details of the level of devotion and dedication of these mortals towards their Divine Master.

    Jai Sri Guru Ramakrishna

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