Srila Prabhupada during a conversation about sakhibekhi(one of thirteen apasampradayas) mentions about Ramakrishna which can be read here

Hari-sauri: Oh, he became a woman sometimes.

Prabhupada: Yes, sometimes. And there was menstrual, menstruation period. He became so perfect, there was menstruation. (laughter) This rascal Ramakrishna did it. And he was going to make experiment of the Muhammadan realization by eating...

Hari-sauri: Meat.

Prabhupada: ...go-mamsa, cow's flesh.

Hari-sauri: I think you said that he...

Prabhupada: Yes.

Hari-sauri: ...was refused entry into some temple because of that

So is it true that Ramakrishna during his time as a muslim, when he stopped worshipping Hindu Gods, ate cow's meat(beef) and for this he was not allowed entry in a particular temple?


Swami Nirantarananda in Prabuddha Bharata (October, 2006) says that Ramakrishna had developed a deep urge for consuming beef but was requested by a disciple not to eat.

Sri Ramakrishna: The Embodiment of All Religions

Swami Nirantarananda


Hindu devotees would be stunned to know that Ramakrishna wanted to eat beef when he was practising Islam. It was only at Mathurmohan Biswas's solicitous request that he refrained from doing so. The Master said, 'I then devoutly repeated the holy name of Allah, dressed like the Muslims, and said their prayers several times a day. Because the Hindu feeling had disappeared from my mind altogether, I felt disinclined to visit the Hindu deities, much less to bow down to them.'

However, Ram Swarup, in Ramakrishna Mission: In Search of a New Identity cites Akshay Kumar Sen's hagiography Ramakrishna Punthi (translated from Bengali verse form to English prose, as A Portrait of Sri Ramakrishna) as saying he consumed beef "astrally" through a dog's body:

During his practice of Islam, Ramakrishna "repeated the mantra Allah, and said Namaz thrice daily." During this while he also dressed and ate like a Muslim. Another hagiograpical work, Ramakrishna Punthie by Akshoy Sen provides some more news. A Muslim cook was brought who stood outside the kitchen and instructed a Brahmin cook made to wear a lungi, inside how to cook in a Muslim way.

We are also told that at this time, Ramakrishna felt a great urge to take beef. However, this urge could not be satisfied openly. But one day as he sat on the bank of the Ganges, a carcass of a cow was floating by. He entered the body of a dog astrally and tasted the flesh of the cow. His Muslim Sadhana was now complete.

  • But why he had to practice Islam? Is there any mentioning on same?
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Jul 20 '20 at 11:37
  • @TheLittleNaruto Check this link. (11. The Master’s resolve afer talking with Govinda: The Master was attracted towards the devout Govinda, and happening to converse with him, was charmed with Govinda’s sincere faith in and love for God. Thus was the Master’s mind now attracted towards the Islamic religion.) Jul 20 '20 at 20:11
  • Thanks bro! @sv. So he was already a realized being when he got attracted to Islam. And thence he saw no difference in Islam and Vedanta.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Jul 21 '20 at 3:31
  • I think It's not easy to understand sages of Dharma.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Jul 21 '20 at 3:32
  • <<He entered the body of a dog astrally>> That itself means he is a great saint Feb 21 at 16:30

Initiated by Sufi Govinda, the Master succeeded in the Sadhana

Thought was immediately followed by action. The Master expressed his desire to Govinda, became initiated and engaged himself in practising Islam according to its prescribed rules.

The Master said, “I then devotionally repeated the holy syllable ‘Allah’, wore cloth like the Muslims, said Namaz thrice daily and felt disinclined even to see Hindu deities, not to speak of saluting them, inasmuch as the Hindu mode of thought vanished altogether from my mind. I spent three days in that mood, and had the full realization of the result of practices according to that faith.”

At the time of practising Islam, the Master at first had the vision of an effulgent, impressive personage with a long beard; afterwards he had the knowledge of the all-pervading Brahman with attributes and merged finally in the attributeless Brahman, the Absolute.

The behaviour of the Master at the time of practising Islam

At the time of practising Islam, the Master wanted, said Hriday(Sri Ramakrishna's nephew), to take Muslim food. It was Mathur’s solicitous request only that made him refrain from doing so.

Knowing that the childlike Master would not abstain from it if that desire of his were not at least partially fulfilled, Mathur had a cook brought, under whose instruction a Brahmin cook prepared food in the Muslim manner, which was given to the Master to eat.

The Master did not even once enter the inner courtyard of the Kali temple while practising Islam, but remained in the mansion of Mathur situated outside.

So Sri Ramakrishna did not partake cow's meat during his practice of Islam.

  • I have read this. I was hoping maybe some other biography of Ramakrishna might have this incident Srila Prabhupada described. Btw is it true that Ramakrishna used to eat meat?
    – RishX
    Jul 15 '20 at 12:43
  • Also what does it mean by "Brahmin cook prepared food in the muslim manner"? What is this "muslim manner"?
    – RishX
    Jul 15 '20 at 12:43
  • @RishX: I could gather this material only. May be Bengali literature may be having different versions, which can be known only if members who have gone through literature in Bengali language Jul 15 '20 at 12:56
  • No, he did not eat meat. VIvekananda says in his Complete Works that if goat meat/soup from a Kali sacrifice was offered to him as prasadam, he would dip his finger in it and put the dip from it on his forehead. Ramakrishna was a strict vegetarian.. Jul 15 '20 at 13:05
  • @RishX Muslim manner might be "halal cooking" Jul 15 '20 at 13:57

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