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Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti 2019 date - Birth Anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in 2019

Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti (birthday) celebration is based on the Hindu lunar calendar. According to the Gregorian or English calendar, Sri Ramakrishna was born on February 18, 1836. Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti 2019 date is March 8 as per Hindu Tithi.

Sri Ramakrishna took the journey of seeking God to a new level and he unveiled the mystery of God and His working in the language of the common man. He showed the world through example how to go about seeking the Truth.

In the Vedic age, the Upanishadic sages declared that the truth is one and wise men call it by different names. Sri Ramakrishna, who was born in the middle of the last century, found out through his spiritual striving, that all religions are but different paths leading to the same supreme truth. His life itself is a spiritual laboratory. (Swami Vivekananda)

Numerous programs are being organized by Ramakrishna mission in India and in several countries around the world on the Jayanti day.

As per Hindu lunar calendar, Sri Ramakrishna was born on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dwitiya or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month.

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.

Ramakrishna a Living Commentary on Veda and Vedanta

Swami Vivekananda, while speaking on Sri Ramakrishna, says his Master’s life is a living commentary on Veda and Vedanta.

His life itself is the essence of all the scriptures, of all the religions and of all the philosophies. He did not come to this earth to rejuvenate any particular religion. A person increases faith in one’s own religion by reading the Master’s life. Also, he develops respect towards followers of other religions also.

He did not read different scriptures. He practised the essence of the scriptures and experienced the truth. His words are not words of a scholar but words of a mystic. He has directly experienced truth. Hence, his words contain beauty and strength of that truth. A lamp burns nourished by the oil. In the same manner, the oil of God-realisation gives sustenance to Sri Ramakrishna’s words.

Simple Words and Simplicity the Highlight of Sri Ramakrishna's Teaching

His words are so much simple. Even children can understand the intricate philosophy of Vedanta. He speaks in such a manner. This is an art, all cannot have. This is an innate capacity, a few possess. Sri Ramakrishna’s words are so simple that they are also attractive and charming.

We feel surprised and thrilled on observing that one single individual can practise so much spiritual practice in his life. He takes up one spiritual practice after another and attains its goal dedicating all his energies. The truth is realised through this type of spiritual striving. He achieves in a few days, what a normal man takes years to accomplish engaging in sadhana. Hence, Sri Ramakrishna is not an ordinary mortal. He is parama purusha, great personality.

Source of Vivekananda' words - Swami Somanathananda, Gurudeva Sri Ramakrishna (Kannada) (Mysore: Ramakrishna Ashrama, 1989).

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