Saturday, September 22, 2007

Dakshineswar Kali Temple is situated alongside the Vivekananda Bridge north of Calcutta, about 20 km. from BBD Bagh. It is famous for its association - with Ramkrishna who achieved spiritual vision here. This temple was built by Rani Rashmoni in 1847. The 12- spired temple with its enormous courtyard is surrounded by 12 other temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.

It is a world famous place of pilgrimage and it was here that the Sri Rama Krishna Paramahamsa achieved his spiritual vision and preached the unity of all religions.Guru maharaji (Sri Ramakrishna) served as temple's head priest. From the first days of his service in the shrine of the goddess Kali, he was filled with love for the Goddess known in Hinduism as maha-bhava. Worshiping in front of the statue of Kali, Sri Ramakrishna would be overcome with such ecstatic love for the deity that he would fall to the ground and immersed in spiritual trance, lose all consciousness of the external world.
Sri Ramakrishna fully realized the infinite and all-inclusive nature of the divine.

Sri Ramakrishna, the Great Master

"Whenever virtue subsides and vice prevails, I come down to help mankind," declares Krishna, in the Bhagavad-Gita

Many devotees were drawn by his sweet, unfailing words. Many householders lay bare their aching hearts and the soothing words of the Sri Ramakrishna acted as a balm. He constantly urged them to condemn lust and money and to divert one’s attention completely to God realization as the only aim of human life. Many pure young men devoted themselves in his service and soon were realized what is the spirituality, one of them is Swami Vivekananda.

Sri Ramakrishna words of wisdom were recorded by a devotee and later published as the 'Kathamrita' or 'The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna'. We can also say the “Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna “as Spiritual Dictionary which is useful for the people those who are willing to attain the spirituality.