Birth Anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna
Sri Ramakrishna is regarded as the avatara of the modern age by millions of people.
This popular adoration is not the result of any propaganda. There are thousands of
homes, some even in the most unlikely places, in which Sri Ramakrishna is worshipped
by people who know little about him. In spite of his homely appearance, there is something
in his personality that radiates divinity. Nearly a century ago a senior monk of our
Order once showed a photograph of Sri Ramakrishna to Sri Narayan Guru, the great saint
and social reformer of Kerala, and asked him, ‘What do you think of this person?’ After
looking at the picture intently for a minute or two the Guru replied, ‘If Brahman be given a Form, it would be like this’. He then asked the swami whose picture it was, and
was immensely pleased to know that it was the picture of the guru of Swami
For a person who was to be regarded as the modern incarnation, Sri Ramakrishna was born in a most favourable place, time, and culture. It is doubtful whether there was any better part of the globe for an avatara to be born in than India and, more particularly, Bengal. India is, in the words of Swami Vivekananda, ‘the land where humanity has attained the highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness, above all, the land of introspection and of spirituality’. The Indian ethos provides the most favourable soil for saintliness and spirituality to flourish, flower, and fructify. This is the land where saints, sages, and spiritual teachers are venerated as gods. Hinduism is a vast conglomeration of sects, cults, beliefs, philosophies, practices, and traditions and is an inexhaustible storehouse of vast spiritual power accumulated by thousands of rishis, yogis, munis, jnanis, bhaktas, monks, lay people, saints, and sages through several millennia. The whole of this vast spiritual power was available to the new avatara to draw upon.
Naturally endowed with many extraordinary qualities and capacities, Sri Ramakrishna
was out from the ordinary run of people. From his childhood, he seemed to have an
awareness of his inherent divine nature and the uniqueness of his personality; he also
had the awareness that he was born with a great mission in life. This awareness made
him think independently and not follow the herd, while maintaining at the same time an
uncompromising adherence to truth all through his life. Since he knew the limitations of
secular knowledge, he refused to have more than two or three years of formal schooling.
He had a sharp intellect, gigantic willpower, equality of vision, equanimity of mind, unconditional
love for all, deep compassion for suffering people, openness to diverse views, and an attitude of harmony and acceptance towards life.
The birth anniversary of this great soul is observed by lots of devotees around the world . In all branch centres of Ramakrishna Math and Mission celebrate this holy occasion with due solemnity. Ramakrishna Math, Prayagraj also observe the day with whole day programme. Celebration consist with special puja, havan, melodious bhajan, discourses on Life and teaching of Sri Ramakrishna by Swami Akshayanandaji Maharaj, Secretary of Ramakrishna Math and last but not the least Prasad distribution among devotees. More than 550 devotes took sacred Prasad on that holy day. This day long programme sanctify the mind of devotees and place them on a higher spiritual plane.