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Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita - Volume IV

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Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita
by Mahendranath Gupta
Sri Ramakrishna
Volume I V of V
Table of Contents
Publisher's Note
Prayer
Life of Thakur as Told by Himself
Acknowledgements

Section 1. Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar Temple with Rakhal, Prankrishna, Kedar, and Other Devotees
Section 2. Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar Temple with Rakhal, Ram, Nityagopal, Choudhury, and Others
Section 3. At Balaram\u2019s House with Narendra, Rakhal, and Other Devotees
Section 4. Sri Ramakrishna at the Nandan Bagan Brahmo Samaj with Rakhal, M., and Other Devotees
Section 5. Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar Temple with Rakhal, Ram, Kedar, Tarak, M., and other Devotees
Section 6. Sri Ramakrishna with Rakhal, Ram, M., Bhavanath, and Other Devotees at the Panihati Festival
Section 7. Sri Ramakrishna as Guru at Dakshineswar with Intimate Disciples
Section 8. Sri Ramakrishna in the Role of Guru at the Dakshineswar Temple with Devotees
Section 9. At the Dakshineswar Temple with Rakhal and Other Devotees

Section 10. With Rakhal, Latu, M., Mahima, and Others at the Dakshineswar Temple
Section 11. With Rakhal, M., Manilal, and Others at the Dakshineswar Temple
Section 12. Sri Ramakrishna with Rakhal, Ram, Nitya, Adhar, M., Mahima, and Other Devotees at the Dakshineswar

Tem ple
Section 13. Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar Temple with Vijay, Kedar, Rakhal, Surendra, and Other Devotees on His
Birthday
Section 14. Sri Ramakrishna at the Dakshineswar Temple with Surendra, Bhavanath, Rakhal, Latu, M., Adhar, and Other
Devotees
Section 15. Sri Ramakrishna with Devotees at Balaram\u2019s House on the Day of the Return Car Festival
Section 16. Thakur at the Dakshineswar Temple with M., Rakhal, Latu, Balaram, Adhar, Devotees from Shivapur, and
Others
Section 17. Thakur with Narendra and Other Devotees at Adhar\u2019s House
Section 18. Sri Ramakrishna with Ram, Baburam, M., Chuni, Adhar, Bhavanath, Niranjan, and Other Devotees at the
Dakshineswar Temple

Section 19. Thakur at Dakshineswar Temple with Narendra and Other Devotees
Section 20. Thakur at Dakshineswar with Mahendra, Rakhal, Radhika Goswami, and Other Devotees
Section 21. Thakur with Latu, M., Manilal, Mukherji, and Other Devotees at the Dakshineswar Temple
Section 22. Sri Ramakrishna with Baburam, Nilkantha, M., Manomohan, and Other Devotees at the Dakshineswar Temple
Section 23. Car Festival at Balaram\u2019s House
Section 24. Thakur at the Dakshineswar Temple with Rakhal, M., Mahimacharan, and Other Devotees
Section 25. Sri Ramakrishna with Rakhal, M., Pundit Shyampada, and Other Devotees at the Dakshineswar Temple
Section 26. Thakur with Devotees at the Dakshineswar Temple on Janmashtami Festival Day
Section 27. With Doctor Sarkar, Narendra, Sashi, Sarat, M., Girish, and Others at the Shyampukur House
Section 28. At the Shyampukur House with Narendra, Dr. Sarkar, and Other Devotees
Section 29. The House in Shyampukur - Thakur with Narendra, Mani, and Other Devotees
Section 30. Sri Ramakrishna with Hariballav, Narendra, Mishra, and Other Devotees at the Shyampukur House
Section 31. With Narendra and Other Devotees at the Cossipore Garden House
Section 32. Sri Ramakrishna with Narendra and Other Devotees at the Cossipore Garden House
Section 33. Sri Ramakrishna at Cossipore Garden House with Narendra and Other Devotees

Appendix A. Baranagore Math
Index of M.'s visits to Sri Ramakrishna
M. (Mahendra Nath Gupta)

Mahendra Nath was born on Friday, 14 July, 1854, 31st of Ashadha, 1261 B.Y., on the Naga
Panchami day in Shiva Narayana Das Lane of Shimuliya locality of Calcutta. Mahendra Nath\u2019s father
was Madhusudan Gupta and mother Swarnamayi Devi. Madhusudan was a bhakta (a pious man) and
Thakur was aware of his bhakti. Mahendra Nath was the third child of Madhusudan. It is said that
Madhusudan got this son after performing mental worships of Shiva twelve times one after the other.
For this reason, he had a special affection for this son and he was particularly careful that this child
may not come to any harm. The boy Mahendra was extremely good -natured and had great love for his
parents. Mahendra could recall many incidents of his early childhood. For example, he went with his
mother to witness the Ratha festival of Mahesh when he was five. On their return journey the boat
touched the Dakshineswar ghat. When everybody was busy having darshan of gods and goddesses in
the temple, M. somehow got lost and found himself alone in the Nata Mandir in front of Bhavatarini
shrine. And not finding his mother there he began to cry. At that moment somebody seeing him crying
consoled and silenced him. Mahendra Nath used to say that this incident remained always uppermost
in his mind. He would witness with his mental eye the bright radiance of the newly constructed and
dedicated temple. He who came to console him was probably Thakur himself.

As a boy Mahendra Nath studied in the Hare School. He was a very bright student and always held
first or second position in his class. On his way to and from the school there was the shrine of Mother
Sheetla of Thanthania. This shrine can now be seen in front of the College Street Market. On his way
to and from the school he would never forget to stand before the deity to pay his obeisance. By virtue
of intelligence and hard work he won scholarship and honours in his Entrance, F.A. and B.A.
examinations. In his Entrance examination he won the second top position. In the F.A. examination
though he missed one of his Mathematics papers, he was placed fifth in the merit list. In his B.A. he
stood third in the year 1874. He was a favourite student of Prof. Tony in the Presidency College.
While still in the college he was married to Nikunja Devi, the daughter of Thakur Charan Sen and a
cousin sister of Keshab Sen in 1874. Sri Ramakrishna and the Holy Mother had great love and
affection for Nikunja Devi too. When Nikunja Devi lost her son, she almost became mad with grief.
At that time, Thakur would bring peace to her mind by stroking her body with his hand.

Before entering the education line, he served for sometime with the government and then in a
merchant house. But he could not stick to them. Thakur had already arranged a different way of life
for him. He took up teaching in school and college. In Rippon, City and Metropolitan colleges, he
taught English, Psychology and Economics. When he started going to Thakur in 1882, he was the
headmaster of the Shyampukur branch of Vidyasagar\u2019s school.

Rakhal, Purna, Baburam, Vinod, Bankim, Tejachandra, Kshirode, Narayana and some other intimate
devotees of Thakur were all students of his school. That is why they all called him Master Mahashay.
For the same reason, he became famous in Sri Ramakrishna\u2019s group of devotees as \u2018Mahendra,\u2019
\u2018Master,\u2019 or \u2018Master Mahashay\u2019. Thakur also called him \u2018Master\u2019 or \u2018Mahendra Master\u2019.

Mahendra Nath was inclined towards religion since his early years. During these days Keshab Sen came up as a famous preacher and a founderthe founder of Navavidhan Brahmo Samaj. These days Mahendra Nath used to keep company with Keshab. He would take part in worship in Navavidhan

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