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There is no Indian saint that is more of an archetypical prophet than Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa He was an extraordinary and mysterious man nothing less than a phenomenon His entire life was devoted not only to the Goddess Kali whom he worshipped but also to his many devotees As he lay on his deathbed his body in immense pain he proclaimed I will give up a thousand such bodies to help one man It is glorious to help even one man Schiffman 216 This was the type of man he was he would sacrifice a great deal in order to aid others Much in the way the Dalai Lama suffers through samsara to help all those on the path to enlightenment Ramakrishna devoted himself to helping others on the path to moksha sacrificing his body in the end to lead the way for his faithful followers He had an exuberant personality and was often mistaken for a madman His most faithful devotee said of their first encounter I was altogether taken about by his conduct Who is this man whom I have come to see I thought he must be stark mad Sil 57-8 After the seeming insanity ceased no one doubted this mans astounding powers Ramakrishna was born into a family that had a history of psychic visions to almost all of its members Sil 96 During pregnancy his mother had frequent visions of gods which she spoke of casually as if it was not at all abnormal After Ramakrishnas birth in 1836 there were several occurrences that made the child seem quite extraordinary Right after birth his mother had laid the baby down turning away for only a second found he had rolled across the floor The astonishing thing is that the baby lying in the ashes of the fireplace and still unwashed from birth had not uttered a single sound His size was also quite unusual he appeared to be the size
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