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RAM KRISHNA MISSION TEMPLES

The temples were built and then a search was made for a priest (Pulari) to perform the daily worships. Choice fell upon the young Gadadhar and the inscrutable ways of providence were working again. The boy threw himself into the work with an unsurpassable fervor and would spend hours and hours in Sadhana before the Divine Mother. Great changes were rapidly seen in the boy and people who had eyes to observe saw that he was lifting himself in the spiritual world. Ram Kumar died within a year and Gadadhar got the job of the full priest.

The bereavement only made him hanker more for divine inspiration and he startedmanifestations of getting trances and would often weep, writhe in pain before the image who was to him a living and life-giving mother. In his own words lie had a vision of a Divine Mother. About his experience he said later "I could not bear the separation any longer: life did not seem worth living. Suddenly my eyes fell on the sword that was kept in the Mother's temple. .... I jumped up like a madman and seized it, when suddenly the blessed Mother revealed Herself to me, and I fell unconscious on the floor. Exactly what happened after that, or how that day or
the next passed, I do not know-, but within me there was a steady flow of undiluted bliss altogether new, and I felt the presence of the mother."4

From that day Gadadhar were truly Shri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, a God intoxicated saint who was in perpetual contact with his Divine Mother. He subjected himself to various spiritual exercises and was often taken as insane. The family wanted to cure him of his various manifestations put down to a form of insanity and he was married in 1859 to Saradamoni Devi of Jairambati village. Sri Ramakrishna was then 23 years of age and Saradamoni Devi was a mere child of slightly over 5 years.


****History of the Rama Krishna Math and Mission by Swami Gambhirananda, Advaita Ashrama, Calcutta, p. 11.

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