Thursday, October 13, 2011

Would Ramakrishna Paramahamsa have lived so simple a life?

Modifications to be Aug. 2008 reply:
Quotes of those comments at my post No. 080 reply to Rajesh

Anonymous said...

I am sure that Ramakrishna paramahamsa would have lived simply as Ramakrishna or as Gadadhar if only someone had not taken the pains to foist Narendra into the asramam and then attempt to build a huge institution. He was a Kaali devotee content with that. The trouble was that people did not allow him to live in that mode.
August 9, 2008 2:12 AM
Multisubj Yb TruthSeeker said...

Thank U. U R right. I agree.
August 19, 2008 6:09 AM

Oct 14, 2011: I am modifying my above comment:

First of all, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa did not lead a simple life. He was a Godman of great common-sense and worldly wisdom. Like other Godmen, he knew which bread-loaf of his was buttered and which was not buttered. Simplicity was woven around him by his disciples like Vivekananda.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, if Narendra (Vivekananda) were not available, would have searched for another active zealous (overzealous) disciple and lived a luxurious life. Godmen need three types of disciples: 1. Moneyed disciples to finance. They do not mind even if they are liquor merchants. 2. Official devotees to help work done in Government 3. Youthful or fanatic aged devotees to spread the cult with zeal.

It would work out something like this: Moneyed disciples bought shoes for Ramakrishna. Youthful disciples polished his shoes. Moneyed disciples paid his carriage-fare and bought him expensive clothes. Youthful devotees fetched the carriages and accompanied the guru to Calcutta. They washed his clothes.

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