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Sri Ramakrishna merging in Nirvikalpa Samadhi

Sri Ramakrishna merging in Nirvikalpa Samadhi:

Vedanta Sadhana Events:

Ref: Sri Ramakrishna the Great Master - Part 2 - Ch 15: Sri Ramakrishna merging in Nirvikalpa Samadhi: Sri Ramakrishna said:

After initiating me, the naked one taught me many dicta conveying the conclusion of the Vedanta, and asked me to make my mind free of function in all respects and merge in the meditation of the Self. But it so happened with me that when I sat for meditation I could by no means make my mind go beyond the bounds of name and form and cease functioning. The mind withdrew itself easily from all other things but, as soon as it did so, the intimately familiar form of the universal Mother, consisting of the effulgence of pure consciousness, appeared before it as living and moving and made me quite oblivious of the renunciation of names and forms of all descriptions. When I listened to the conclusive dicta and sat for meditation, this happened over and over again. Almost despairing of the attainment of the Nirvikalpa Samadhi, I then opened my eyes and said to the naked one. "No, it cannot be done; I cannot make my mind free from functioning and force it to dive into the Self".

Scolding me severely, the naked one said very excitedly, "What, it can't be done!" What utter defiance! He then looked about in the hut and finding a broken piece of glass took it in his hand and forcibly pierced with its needle-like pointed end on my forehead between the eye-brows and said: "Collect the mind here to this point". With a firm determination I sat for meditation again and, as soon as the holy form of the divine Mother appeared now before the mind as previously, I looked upon knowledge as a sword and cut it mentally in two with that sword of knowledge. There remained then no function in the mind, which transcended quickly the realm of names and forms, making me merge in Samadhi.

Totapuri was astonished: Totapuri remained sitting in the hut beside Sri Ramakrishna for a long time. Then he silently came out of the hut and closed the door from behind so that no one enters the hut. He took his seat under the Panchavati not far from the hut. Three days passed away. Totapuri was astonished and curious. He entered the hut and saw Sri Ramakrishna still in Samadhi. He examined Sri Ramakrishna and found that he was in Nirvikalpa Samadhi. Totapuri was astonished that Sri Ramakrishna attained the highest state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi in a day which took him forty years of austere Sadhana.

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