Sep 27

Sri Ramakrishna and the Great Disciples



Today is supposed to be a somewhat amazing day along with the eclipse this evening. All sorts of energetic and enlightening things are purported to be happening not the least of which a day of spiritual ascension has been forecast. The best time to view the eclipse at its max will be 8:47 PM here in the Mountain Time Zone. If you do have a fabulous spiritual experience today, please come back and hit “reply” on the newsletter and let me know about it!


At 16 minutes 29 seconds, this is one of the longer videos, and if you really are pressed for time, jump ahead to the 4:44 mark and watch from there….


I was reminded of Sri Ramakrishna while scarfing around for some “I know this stuff is in a safe place….but where???” items a few days ago. Along with the item I sought, and a few I didn’t but was happy to rediscover, was a book I purchased in Mysore, India at the Ramakrishna Ashram book store titled Bhakti Yoga by Swami Vivekananda.


Not many people in the West are familiar with Sri Ramakrishna, but many are familiar with Swami Vivekananda who was a student of Ramakrishna. In Particular, Swami Vivekananda is known for a speech he gave in 1893 in Chicago. You may listen to that in a virtual Satsang on the Kirtan Community blog: Satsang With Swami Vivekananda. http://kirtancommunity.blogspot.com/2012/07/2012-07-13-satsang-swami-vivekananda.html


In today’s video, you will see some of the places I visited during my stay in Paramhansa Yogananda’s Yogada Satsanga Ashram in Dakshineswar, across the river from Kolkata (Calcutta). In particular, the Sri Sarada Math & Ramakrishna Mission (an ashram for women) was right down the street from the Yogananada Ashram, and I passed it every time I went to the cyber cafe to send an email. I did visit the Ramakrishna Mission, and it was quite beautiful! Here is a link to the website: http://www.srisaradamath.org/home.php


The Kali Temple complex in Dakshinewar was about a 45 minute walk from the Yogananda ashram and we (me and a Canadian family I befriended at the ashram) visited it a couple of times. Aside from the Kali Temple Altar area itself, the most amazing thing we did there was to sit in meditation for about 30 minutes in the room of Sri Ramakrishna – he had a bedroom in which he lived in the Kali Temple compound.


The temple complex of Belur Math where Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, and others had temples and living areas was across the river from the Yogananada ashram, and we visited there but, as was always the case, cameras were not allowed. You will see a few pictures of it in the video. (A Math is a sacred complex.) http://belurmath.org/


Truly, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa was a Master of Masters. I also found it joyfully enlightening to recall that the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna aligned so perfectly with the teachings of A Course In Miracles in that the purpose of life is to align with your own divinity. EnJOY the video!


Sri Ramakrishna and the Great Disciples – Documentary 16:29

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