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Watch this video. You can clearly see a monk of Ramakrishna order is performing the Hindu Ritual Puja. But instead of any Hindu deity, there is an image of Jesus. This 2018 video is from the Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi. They have started doing this in Belur Math also.

I am baffled! What is going on here?

  • Is this the teaching of Sri Ramakrishna?
  • Can they cite a single reference in the Hindu corpus where Jesus puja is mentioned?
  • Did Ramakrishna himself ever perform Jesus Puja?
  • Did the founder of the Mission, Swami Vivekananda, ever offer Puja to Jesus?
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    Shree Ramakrishna Paramhansa was never into other religions support, I have talked to some of the ardent followers to verify that. However their recent followers started disturbing the mission.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Jul 14 at 5:27
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    @MrGreenGold I got this information from a follower that these all publications are false and are made to attract people, but has no real proof to support.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Jul 14 at 9:45
  • @MrGreenGold Uhm? I am not sure where this discussion is going. ^^
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Jul 14 at 11:34
  • The concept of incarnations is not in the vedas, it occurs only in the puranas. To ascribe one person or another as an incarnation is a highly sectarian concept within ALL Hindu sects. If one sect does puja to Vishnu, the Shavites laugh. If Shavites do puja to Shiva, the Vashnavites laugh. Your question is meant to solicit opinions, please see the forum rules. Jul 17 at 6:25

I don't understand what's baffling in this. Modern Yogis of India starting with Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda to Paramahamsa Yogananda, Swami Rama, Shri M, Sadhguru etc. have all considered Jesus as an enlightened master and a manifestation of divinity.

I have heard people saying the stories of Ramakrshna Paramahamsa practising Christianity is made up. I honestly don't know, but I guess there are many books published by Ramakrishna Ashrama itself which says these.

Also if anyone is an authority of Ramakrishna mission it's Swami Vivekananda. Please read the following and then decide yourself what Swamiji's opinion of Christ was.

Jesus Christ was God — the Personal God become man. He has manifested Himself many times in different forms and these alone are what you can worship. God in His absolute nature is not to be worshipped. Worshipping such God would be nonsense. We have to worship Jesus Christ, the human manifestation, as God. You cannot worship anything higher than the manifestation of God. The sooner you give up the worship of God separate from Christ, the better for you [Source]

If I, as an Oriental have to worship Jesus of Nazareth, there is only one way, that is, to worship him as God and nothing else. [Source]

Everything is the living God, the living Christ; see it as such.

Father is the existence out of which everything comes; Son is that knowledge. It is in Christ that God will be manifest. God was everywhere, in all beings, before Christ; but in Christ we became conscious of Him. This is God. The third is bliss, the Holy Spirit [Source]

Had I lived in Palestine, in the days of Jesus of Nazareth, I would have washed his feet, not with my tears, but with my heart’s blood![Source]

I have come to deal with principles. I have only to preach that God comes again and again, and that He came in India as Krishna, Rama, and Buddha, and that He will come again. It can almost be demonstrated that after each 500 years the world sinks, and a tremendous spiritual wave comes, and on the top of the wave is a Christ.Source

In the last saying you can clearly see him comparing Jesus with Rama and Krishna and Buddha. Many Hindu Atheists question that why all the incarnations of God happen only in India. And when Krishna promised he will take birth whenever adharma increases, did he say it applies to only India?

No. But many people say Bharata is karma bhoomi so the incarnation happens only in India.

One can agree that most incarnations of God happen in India but to hold no incarnation of God happens outside India is simply going against the idea of Krishna in Gita. What will happen if Adharma increases in foreign lands? Ramakrishna mission people and many yogis believe that Jesus was one such incarnation of the divine.

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    – TheLittleNaruto
    Jul 15 at 5:15
  • If the bar is performing puja or other christian or christmas ceremony add swami vishwananda. If it is worhsipping and repeatedly referring to christ and the holy spirit then add Mooji too. If it is simply seeing christ as fully enlightened manifestation of God, as God, add Maharshi too: “[Christ was) a Jnani [who] has attained liberation even while alive, here and now. It is immaterial as to how, where and when he leaves his body”
    – Al Brown
    Jul 31 at 2:48
  • Yes, I just took a few examples Jul 31 at 4:02

Sri Ramakrishna had a spiritual experience of Christ that convinced him that Christ was an Incarnation. However, Ramakrishna's Jesus is not the Jesus of Christian faith. Ramakrishna rejected the Christian claim that Jesus is the only way.

Eight years later, some time in November 1874, Sri Ramakrishna was seized with an irresistible desire to learn the truth of the Christian religion. He began to listen to readings from the Bible, by Sambhu Charan Mallick, a gentleman of Calcutta and a devotee of the Master. Sri Ramakrishna became fascinated by the life and teachings of Jesus. One day he was seated in the parlour of Jadu Mallick's garden house (This expression is used throughout to translate the Bengali word denoting a rich man's country house set in a garden.) at Dakshineswar, when his eyes became fixed on a painting of the Madonna and Child. Intently watching it, he became gradually overwhelmed with divine emotion. The figures in the picture took on life, and the rays of light emanating from them entered his soul. The effect of this experience was stronger than that of the vision of Mohammed. In dismay he cried out, "O Mother! What are You doing to me?" And, breaking through the barriers of creed and religion, he entered a new realm of ecstasy. Christ possessed his soul. For three days he did not set foot in the Kali temple. On the fourth day, in the afternoon, as he was walking in the Panchavati, he saw coming toward him a person with beautiful large eyes, serene countenance, and fair skin. As the two faced each other, a voice rang out in the depths of Sri Ramakrishna's soul: "Behold the Christ, who shed His heart's blood for the redemption of the world, who suffered a sea of anguish for love of men. It is He, the Master Yogi, who is in eternal union with God. It is Jesus, Love Incarnate." The Son of Man embraced the Son of the Divine Mother and merged in him. Sri Ramakrishna realized his identity with Christ, as he had already realized his identity with Kali, Rama, Hanuman, Radha, Krishna, Brahman, and Mohammed. The Master went into samadhi and communed with the Brahman with attributes. Thus he experienced the truth that Christianity, too, was a path leading to God-Consciousness. Till the last moment of his life he believed that Christ was an Incarnation of God. But Christ, for him, was not the only Incarnation; there were others — Buddha, for instance, and Krishna.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Introduction, translated by Swami Nikhilananda

It has been mentioned that the above story is not genuine according to some people. So I am now posting a chat between Sri M and Sri Ramakrishna that confirms the above passage.

M: "It is indeed difficult to understand that. One cannot quite grasp how God, Perfect Brahman that He is, can dwell in that small body."

The Master quoted from a song:

Oh, no one at all has found out who He is; Like a madman from door to door He roams, Like a poor beggar He roams from door to door.

M: "You also told us about Jesus."

MASTER: "What did I say?"

M: "You went into samadhi at the sight of Jesus Christ's picture in Jadu Mallick's garden house. You saw Jesus come down from the picture and merge in your body."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Chapter 43, Visit to Nanda Bose's House

  • "However, Ramakrishna's Jesus is not the Jesus of Christian faith". Just curious which Jesus is being worshipped by Ramkrishnaites today? Jul 14 at 12:42
  • What I mean is that according to Christian faith Jesus is the only way. Ramakrishna did not accept that idea. This is what I mean by the statement that Ramakrishna's Jesus is not the Jesus of the Christian faith (who according to the Christian faith is the only way to salvation). Ramakrishna's Jesus is one particular way to moksha. There are other ways to attain moksha. Jul 14 at 12:51
  • @AmritenduMukhopadhyay yes whenever a divine being happens a religion will be build around him. Like the Krishna of Ramakrishna, is he the Krishna of Isckonites?? Jul 14 at 12:58
  • @TheLittleNaruto this is the story Jul 14 at 13:00
  • @MrGreenGold Similar to Mohammad vision this story is also scripted. That's what I learnt from one of the follower.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Jul 15 at 9:10

Lord Kṛṣṇa said in Bhagavad Gita,

ये यथा मां प्रपद्यन्ते तांस्तथैव भजाम्यहम् |
मम वर्त्मानुवर्तन्ते मनुष्या: पार्थ सर्वश: ||4:11||

In whatever way people surrender unto me, I reciprocate/reward with them accordingly. Everyone follows My path, knowingly or unknowingly, O son of Pritha.

As a Kṛṣṇa devotee, neither do I complain about someone worshipping some manifested Godlike character, nor I appreciate it. I grew up near a Ramkrishna Mission temple and seen this incident recently as early as 5-6 years ago. I don't know why they do it but it is not mentioned in any of the religious scriptures.

N.B. I am not a member of a follower of ISKCON or so. I just follow Bhagavad Gita as a spiritual guide.

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