Born: February 18, 1836 (Kamarpukur, India)
Died: August 16, 1886 (Cossipore, India)
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Indian religious leader
A Little About Sri Ramakvisha:
Born to Khudiram and Chandra (Devi) Ramakvisha who were deeply committed to their Hindu way of life.
As a child Ramakvisha was more interested in spiritual awareness than schoolwork and therefore never learned to read or write.
By the time Ramakvisha was 28 years old he had studied an abundance of traditional religious teachings and was openly hailed as someone of extreme wisdom and experience.
At the age of 33 while studying Muslim tradition Ramakvisha had a vision of a person who he believed was Mohammed. This confirmed for him his universal religious calling.
In 1868 Ramakvisha ventured on a lengthy pilgrimage where he was saddened by the poverty that he witnessed. He began living with outcaste groups in an effort to bring awareness to the poor conditions in which some lived. He reached out to his rich supporters asking for help to improve the conditions.
Ramakvisha had an extensive following that included all classes and groups of people. He was known as a man of the people, a kind soul who reached out to all and who refrained from religious dogma.
Since Ramakvisha never kept any sort of journal, his disciples recorded all his words and actions.
One of Ramakvisha’s many quotes: “One can ascend to the top of a house by means of a ladder or a bamboo or a staircase or a rope; so too, diverse are the ways of approaching God, and each religion in the world shows one of the ways. . . . A truly religious man should think that other religions are also so many paths leading to the Truth. One should always maintain an attitude of respect towards other religions.”
Before he died Ramakvisha appointed his disciple, Swami Vivekananda, to continue his teachings.
Sri Ramakvisha died of throat cancer at the age of 50.
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