The Story of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s Enlightenment
August 16 is celebrated as the day of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s mahasamadhi. In this story, Sadhguru tells us of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s enlightenment and his meeting with Totapuri, a great yogi.
 
The Story of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s Enlightenment
 

August 16 is celebrated as the day of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s mahasamadhi. In this story, Sadhguru tells us of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s enlightenment and his meeting with Totapuri, a great yogi.

రామకృష్ణ పరమహంస జ్ఞానోదయం – విశేషాలు

Sadhguru: Ramakrishna Paramahamsa lived as a very intense devotee for most of his life. He was a devotee of Kali. For him, Kali was not a deity, Kali was a living reality. She danced in front of him, she ate from his own hands, she came when he called, and she left him dripping with ecstasy. This was real, it was actually happening. This was not a hallucination, he was actually feeding her. Ramakrishna’s consciousness was so crystallized that whatever form he wished became a reality for him. It is such a beautiful state for a human being to be in. But though Ramakrishna’s body, mind and emotion were dripping with ecstasy, his being was longing to go beyond this ecstasy. Somewhere there was an awareness that the ecstasy itself was a bondage.

 

One day, Ramakrishna was sitting on the banks of the Hoogli River when Totapuri – a very great and rare yogi, very few like that have ever happened – came that way. Totapuri saw that Ramakrishna was a man of such intensity with the possibility to go all the way and attain enlightenment. But the problem was, he was just stuck to his devotion.

Ramakrishna was devoted to Kali and Kali was his only interest. When he was high on her, he would be bursting with ecstasy and dancing and singing.

Totapuri came to Ramakrishna and tried to convince him, “Why are you still so attached to your devotion? You have the potential to take the ultimate step.” But Ramakrishna said, “I want only Kali, that’s all.” He was like a child who wanted his mother. It is not possible to reason with that. It is a different state altogether. Ramakrishna was devoted to Kali and Kali was his only interest. When he was high on her, he would be bursting with ecstasy and dancing and singing. When he got a little low, when he lost contact, he would cry like a baby. This was the way he was. So whatever enlightenment Totapuri talked about, he was not interested in all that. In many ways Totapuri tried to instruct him, but Ramakrishna was unwilling. At the same time, he was willing to sit before Totapuri because Totapuri’s presence was such.

Totapuri saw that Ramakrishna was just going on like this. Then he said, “This is very simple. Right now you are empowering your emotion, you are empowering your body, you are empowering the chemistry within you. You are not empowering your awareness. You have the necessary energy but you just have to empower your awareness.”

Ramakrishna agreed and said, “Okay, I will empower my awareness and sit.”

But the moment he has a vision of Kali, he would again go into uncontrollable states of love and ecstasy. No matter how many times he sat down, the moment he saw Kali, he would just fly off.

So Totapuri said, “The next time Kali appears, you have to take a sword and cut her into pieces.”

Ramakrishna asked, “Where do I get the sword from?”

Totapuri replied, “From the same place you get Kali from. If you are able to create a whole Kali, why can’t you create a sword? You can do it. If you are able to create a goddess, why can’t you create a sword to cut her? Get ready.”

Ramakrishna sat. But the moment Kali came, he burst into ecstasy and forgot all about the sword and the awareness.

Then Totapuri told him, “You sit this time. The moment Kali comes…” and he picked up a piece of glass and said, “With this piece of glass, I am going to cut you where you are stuck. When I cut that place, you create the sword and cut Kali down.”

Again Ramakrishna sat and just when Ramakrishna was on the edge of ecstasy, when Kali appeared in his vision, Totapuri took the piece of glass and cut Ramakrishna really deep across his forehead.

At that moment, Ramakrishna created the sword and cut Kali down, becoming free from the Mother and the ecstasy of feeding off her. That is when he truly became a Paramahamsa, he became fully enlightened. Till then he was a lover, he was a devotee, he was a child to the Mother Goddess that he created.

Editor’s Note: Sadhguru explores the realm of the enlightened in "Encounter the Enlightened."

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2 years 9 months ago

there is no use of dhyanalinga if you are looking for "USE"

3 years ago

This is what I wanted to know about Ramkrishn that how he became Paramhansa... Otherwise I was doubtful between a devotee and an enlightened person. Please ask Sadguru to share something about Meera Bai too.

2 years 2 months ago

kindly read Kathamrita, by Sri M, if not gone through till date

3 years ago

There is no truth in what has been shared here. Thakur, Sri Ramakrishna Parmahansa was an Avatara, God in Human form. He got his first Samadhi when he was only eleven years old, and on every account he would go into samadhi. For right and true account on Sri Ramakirhsina Parmahnsa,If anyone wants to know about Thakur and his teachings one should read-Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita the original spoken Scripture recorded by Sri M.

3 years ago

If you really want to read and know about Thakur Sri Ramakrishna Parmahansa, read Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita by Sri M. It is the direct recorded Scripture of an Avatara till date.

3 years ago

Thanks, I'll read it out.

3 years ago

Sadhguru ji, with utmost respect to you I humbly like to mention that Sri Ramkrishna became known as Paramhansa not because of that experience of nothingness/ samadhi/turiya state as guided by great Totapuri. It was only an experiment for Sri Ramkrishna. He was first initiated by one Yogini/ Vairabi in Tantric way of God realization. And that Yogini first declared Him as an Avatar/ Paramhansa while many of the scholar of 'Shastras' of Bengali society approved that. Totapuri came afterwards and taught him Vedantic Darshan.

3 years ago

Swami Vivekananda had shared about this episode as well. It's the difference between Saguna and Nirguna states of Samathi. What Sri Ramakrishna was achieving until this event was Saguna state. Contrary to how you perceive and portray, this event doesn't take away the greatness of Sri Ramakrishna. It's just how it happened.

3 years ago

One must go beyond the physicality to dissolve within the ultimate reality!!! Pranam Sadhguru!!!

2 years 11 months ago

can you share more details or source of this info?

2 years 11 months ago

Sri Ramamkrishna Parmahansa, had already been declared a Parmahansa by the pundits of that time even before Totapuri came to Him. He was not just a Parmahansa but God incarnate (Avatara). And Thakur was in the bliss of Mother till His last breath in His body. He went through various stages, but ultimate for Him was Mother.

2 years 11 months ago

Will you ask same evidence with Sathguru ? .. Thotapuri is an enlightenened man was a guru for Ramkrishna .. I doubt on Ramakrishna enlightenment by the way he lived. Also what practice he did for enlightenment .. no clue ..

If he come out of Kali madness for enlighentment .. its very clear that Religion wont help for enlightenment .. whats the use of Dhyana Linga then ??