This birthday (Jayanthi) celebration is based on the Hindu lunar calendar, which falls on Phalgun Shukla Dwitiya. According to the English calendar or the general Indian Calendar, Sri Ramakrishna was born on February 18, 1836. The Jayanti celebrations of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in 2013 will be observed on March 13. Numerous spiritual programs and discourses are being organized by Ramakrishna mission in
and in several countries around the world on the day. India
Swami Vivekananda about his Guru Sri Ramakrishna
He looked just like an ordinary man, with nothing remarkable about him. He used the most simple language, and I thought, 'Can this man be a great teacher?'
I crept near him and asked him the question which I had been asking others all my life: 'Do you believe in God, sir?' 'Yes.' `How can you?' 'Because I see Him just as I see you here, only in a much more intense sense.'
That impressed me at once. For the first time I found a person who dared to say that he saw God, that religion was a reality, to be felt, to be sensed in an infinitely more intense way than we can sense the world. I began to go to that man, day after day, and I actually saw that religion could be given. One touch, one glance, can change a whole life.