The Life of Sri Ramakrishna

picture of Sri Ramkrishna at http://theolddirtroad.com

A fast look at the life of Ramakrishna – February 16, 1836, to August 16, 1886

Early Life

Gadadhar Chatterjee was born in a remote village named Kāmārpukur in West Bengal. It was an area of rice-fields, banyans, palms, a few lakes, and a nearby mango orchard. A road passed through the village to the great temple of Jagannāth at Puri traveled by workers, farmers, holy men, and pilgrims.

As a child, Gadadhar Chatterjee loved listening to stories from Hindu mythology and the epics. Afterward, he could recite them from memory. This brought great joy to the villagers. He also enjoyed painting and molding images of the gods and goddesses. Mathematics was his greatest dislike. Continue reading “The Life of Sri Ramakrishna”

Ramana Maharshi and Lakshmi

Ramanashramam Entrance, Tiruvannamalai, TN at http://theolddirtroad.com

Lakshmi was one of Ramana Maharshi’s most devoted and enlightened devotees. What makes this story so special and interesting is that Lakshmi was no regular devotee. She was a cow. Continue reading “Ramana Maharshi and Lakshmi”

A Quick Look at the Story of Ramana Maharshi

Ramanashramam Entrance, Tiruvannamalai, TN at http://theolddirtroad.com

picture of Ramana Marharshi

 

Ramana Maharshi was born in 1879 as Venkataraman Iyer, in what is now Tiruchuli, Tamil Nadu, India.  After a near death experience and spiritual awakening in 1896, he had to sneak away from his family because they would not approve of him becoming a sannyasin – one whose life is marked by renunciation of material desires and who detaches from material life. He took a train to Tiruvannamalai and stayed in that area till the end of his life. Continue reading “A Quick Look at the Story of Ramana Maharshi”