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Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa
Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar
Birth Date (1836-02-18)18 February 1836
Kamarpukur, Bengal Presidency, British India (present-day West Bengal, India)
Died on 16 August 1886(1886-08-16) (aged 50)
Cossipore, Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (present-day Kolkata, West Bengal, India)
Birth name Gadadhar Chattopadhyay
Guru/teacher Totapuri,Bhairavi Brahmani
Philosophy Advaita Vedanta, Bhakti, Tantra, Sarva Dharma Samanyaya
Titles/honors Paramahamsa
Quotation

He is born in vain who, having attained the human birth, so difficult to get, does not attempt to realise God in this very life.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (17 February 1836 – 16 August 1886), born Gadadhar Chattopadhyaya, was an Indian Hindu mystic, saint, and religious leader in 19th century Bengal. Sri Ramakrishna experienced spiritual ecstasies from a young age, and was influenced by several religious traditions, including devotion toward the Goddess Kali, Tantra, Bhakti and Advaita Vedanta.

As a priest at the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, his mystical temperament and ecstasies gradually gained him widespread acknowledgement, attracting to him various spiritual teachers, social leaders, and lay followers; he eventually taught disciples, who would later form the monastic Ramakrishna Order. He was generally revered by Bengali elites and within religious circles, which led to his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda founding the Ramakrishna Math, which provides spiritual training for monastics and householder devotees and the Ramakrishna Mission to provide charity, social work and education.

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