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At Dakshineswar, Ramakrishna's mystical tendencies reached new heights. He longed for an actual vision of the Divine Mother. His longing grew so desperate that one day he grabbed Kali's sword from behind the altar, ready to end his own suffering. At that moment, the Mother appeared to him, enveloping him in what he described as "an infinite, conscious sea of light" (Mahendra Nath Gupta. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1984).
From that moment, Ramakrishna lived a double life, hovering between the material world and the Divine Consciousness. His behavior turned so strange that rumors of insanity began to circulate, but the benefactor of the temple, a rich woman named Rani Rasmani, retained faith in Ramakrishna and decreed that he be allowed to worship as he pleased.

In answer to Ramakrishna's prayers, a series of teachers came into his life to introduce him to traditional practices and help him interpret his ecstatic experiences.
Sri Ramakrishna Murthi
Sri Ramakrishna Murthi
He studied the paths of Tantra and Vedanta, as well as those of non-Hindu religions: Islam and Christianity. One day he had a vision of Christ, who merged right into his body. These experiences convinced him of the essential unity of all religious paths, echoed later in his dream instructions to Annada Thakur and the architecture of the Adyapeath temple.
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