Divine Life of Bhagwan Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Chapter X

  • In The Company Of Devotees – Part I
  • The Master’s yearning for His Own Devotees
  • Coming of Devotees

The Master’s yearning for His Own Devotees

The jewels of spirituality that Sri Ramakrishna had gathered during three-quarters of His life spent in hard struggle were now ready to be given to humanity. In 1875, Sri Ramakrishna met Keshab Chandra Sen, the leader of Brahmo Samaj who was a popular hero of the time. Keshab and his followers began publishing the fascinating life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna in their journals and as a result many people came to know about the saint of Dakshineswar.

Contact with the Brahmos increased Sri Ramakrishna’s longing to encounter aspirants who would be able to follow His teachings in their purest form. As a loving father is anxious to leave his accumulated wealth to his children, so a true guru wants to give his spiritual treasures to his disciples. Here is a testimony in Sri Ramakrishna’s own words about His longing for the aspirants: “There was no limit to the longing I felt at that time. During day-time I somehow managed to control it. The secular talk of the worldly-minded was galling to me, and I would look wistfully to the day when my own beloved companions would come. I hoped to find solace in conversing with them and relating to them my own realizations. Every little incident would remind me of them, and thoughts of them wholly engrossed me. I was already arranging in my mind what I should say to one and give to another, and so on. But when the day would come to a close I would not be able to curb my feelings. The thought that another day had gone by, and they had not come, oppressed me. When, during the evening service, the temples rang with the sound of bells and conch-shells, I would climb to the roof of the kuthi in the garden and, writhing in anguish of heart, cry at the top of my voice: ‘Come, my children! Oh, where are you? I cannot bear to live without you.’ A mother never longed so intensely for the sight of her child, nor a friend for his companions, nor a lover for his sweetheart, as I longed for them. Oh, it was indescribable! Shortly after this period of yearning the devotees began to come.”

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