Swami Adbhutananda

Adbhutananda was a disciple of Ramakrishna, and he is considered as a great spiritual saint and obedient disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. His birth name was Rakhturam.

Though he has not studied much, Adbhutananda was considered as a best saint with great spiritual powers by the followers of Sri Ramakrishna, and Swami Vivekananda has praised him as the best saint. His teachings are mainly based on not finding fault with others, to show love and affection over others, and to live a disciplined life.

Adbhutananda was born in Chapra district of Bihar, and his parents were ardent devotees of Lord Rama. After the death of his parents, he was taken care of by his uncle who has showed love and affection on him, and brought up him in a proper manner.

Rakhturam took the cows and sheep for grazing and also done farming activity. He also enjoyed the village life, and used to describe about his young age days to his fellow disciples eagerly. In course of time, due to severe poverty, Rakhturam and his uncle travelled to Kolkata and both of them worked as attendants under a Ramakrishna devotee. Rakhturam served his master faithfully and earned a good name.

Once, Rakhturam went along with his employer and met Sri Ramakrishna, and after meeting him,he was very much attracted with Ramakrishna’s teachings.After the divine touch of Ramakrishna, Rakhturam attained a spiritual state, and he has lost his senses, and he was enjoyed a great sense of mental satisfaction. In the year 1881, he joined Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar as his attendant, and also helped Mata Sarada Devi in her daily activities. Both of them kindly moved with him, and didn’t treat him as their servant, but treated him as their own son.

At Dakshineswar, he had attained the spiritual bliss by Ramakrishna’s grace, and also served him perfectly.

He properly took care of Ramakrishna during his last days. After Ramakrishna’s death, he went on holy pilgrimages. Vivekananda gave him the monastic name Adbhutananda, and he stayed in the Ramakrishna Ashram. He died in the year 1920.

Let us worship the great saint and be blessed.

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