I remember a story that I heard/read long ago that Ramakrishna Paramahamsa told Swami Vivekananda that what you are seeing before is the same Rama and Krishna who incarnated earlier.

Is it recorded in any biographies? If yes, is it true in advaitic sense that everything is one? Or did Ramakrishna Paramahamsa meant he was incarnation of Vishnu? Any other instances where he said similar thing?

  • " If yes, is it true in advaitic sense that everything is one?" What do you mean by everything is one here?
    – The Destroyer
    Feb 7, 2019 at 7:25
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  • @TheDestroyer I meant 'everything is Brahman'. Here I am asking if RamaKrishna himself said that he is incarnation. It is not a duplicate.
    – user16895
    Feb 7, 2019 at 7:48
  • Still i'm not clear with that. How is "everything Brahman" related to Avatar?
    – The Destroyer
    Feb 7, 2019 at 8:13
  • @TheDestroyer since everything is Brahman. I can say I am Vishnu who is saguna brahman.
    – user16895
    Feb 7, 2019 at 10:00

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Yes; on his deathbed, when he sensed Vivekananda still had doubts:

Page 430:

the thought flashed across the mind of Noren, “He has said he is Divinity-Incarnate. If he now says in the midst of the throes of death, in this terrrible moment of human anguish and physical pain, ‘I AM the God Incarnate', then I will believe " It was but a dare he had ventured to make in the inmost recesses of his own mind, without thinking for one single moment as to the results. Suddenly the Master turned towards him and summoning all his energy, said, “O my Naren, are you not yet convinced He who was Rama and Krishna, is now Ramakrishna in this body, not, however, from the standpoint of your Vedanta, but literally so"

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    Thanks. Swamiji regarded as the Incarnation of the Divine Mother Kali which again prove to His followers that Vishnu and Shakti are One.
    – user17294
    Feb 7, 2019 at 13:20

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