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Ramakrishna was born on February 18, 1836 in the village of Kamarpukur in the district of Hooghly in Bengal, of a pious Brahmin family. His parents named him Gadadhar. From his very birth, Gadadhar cast a spell not only over his parents and relatives, but also over his neighbors. He began to show wonderful intelligence and memory even at the early age of five.

As Gadadhar grew older, he began to have trances whenever his religious felings were roused. On account of family circumstances, he came to Calcutta where he was entrusted with the duties of a priest. At that time there was living in Calcutta a rich widow of great piety named Rani Rasmani. She built a Kali temple at Dakshineswar where Gadadhar felt quite at home and found greater opportunities to pursue his spiritual practices. Gadadhar was married at a young age to a girl-wife, Sarada Devi, who later became known as the ‘Holy Mother’ to the devotees of Sri Ramakrishna.

Some sayings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
God is formless and God is with form too, and He is That which transcends both form and formlessness. He alone can say what else He is.
It is ignorance and folly to attempt to circumscribe god. He is both attribute less and with attributes at one and the same time. He is also beyond both. Take the instance of ice, water and vapor.
God with form is visible, nay we can touch Him, as one does his dearest friend.
As long as the sound of a bell is audible, it exists in the region of form; but when it is no longer heard, it is form less. Similarly, God is both formless and with form.
The sunlights up the earth, but a small cloud hides it from our view. Similarly, the insignificant and all-witnessing Satchidananda.
When shall I be free? When ‘I’ vanishes. ‘I’ and ‘Mine’ is ignorance; ‘Thou’ and ‘Thine’ is knowledge.
By acquiring the conviction that all is done by the will of God, one becomes only a tool in His hands. Then one is free, even in this life.
If you want in right earnest to be good and pure, God will send you the right teacher. Earnestness is the one thing necessary.
As a boy holding a post whirls about it with headlong speed without fear of falling, so perform your worldly duties, fixing your hold firmly upon God, and you shall be free from danger.
A person living in society, especially as a householder, should make a show of the spirit of resisting will for purposes of self-defence, but at the same time, try to avoid paying back evil for evil.