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Sri Ramakrishna
God-realized being of nineteenth centaury India, was born of poor but pious parents in a small village kamarpukur in West Bengal. He nevertheless exercised a profound spiritual influence on the people of the world over this fifty-year period.
With her overflowing affection, the Holy Mother was an unfailing solace to all the troubled hearts that sought refuge at her feet for eternal peace and liberation from the worries and anxieties of worldly life. Men and women who approached her in season and out of season to be relieved of the extreme tension in their afflicted souls, became recipients of her immortal blessings and sweet words of love and wisdom which stilled the throbbing pains of their hearts forever. Her life was a synthetic embodiment of the perfect ideals of Jnana (knowledge) Bhakti (devotion) and karma (work) which are rarely to be met with in such a harmonious blending anywhere else in the world in her life of artless simplicity, purity, piety, and self dedication, the modern Hindu has discovered the perfect ideal of womanhood held forth by his culture. She is unique in being the devoted wife, perfect sannyasini, affectionate mother and ideal teacher in one. She was indeed "Sri Ramakrishna's final word as to the ideal of Indian Womanhood". After the passing away of Sri Ramakrishna, it was the Holy mother who took upon herself the responsibility of looking after his spiritual children and gradually the great Ramakrishna order grew up around her. The Holy Mother entered into Mahasamadhi (passing away) on July 20, 1920 at Calcutta.
In 1855 Ramkumar was appointed as the priest of Dakshineswar Kali Temple, built by Rani Rashmoni—a rich woman of Calcutta who belonged to the kaivarta community. Ramakrishna, along with his nephew Hriday, became assistants to Ramkumar, with Ramakrishna given the task of decorating the deity. When Ramkumar died in 1856, Ramakrishna took his place as the priest of the Kali temple.
After Ramkumar's death Ramakrishna became more contemplative. He began to look upon the image of the goddess Kali as his mother and the mother of the universe. Ramakrishna reportedly had a vision of the goddess Kali as the universal Mother, which he described as "... houses, doors, temples and everything else vanished altogether; as if there was nothing anywhere! And what I saw was an infinite shoreless sea of light; a sea that was consciousness. However far and in whatever direction I looked, I saw shining waves, one after another, coming towards me."
 

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