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1836 - 1886

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Ramakrishna Paramahansa (Bengali: রামকৃষ্ণ পরমহংস, romanized: Ramôkṛṣṇo Pôromohôṅso; pronounced [ramɔkriʂno pɔromoɦɔŋʃo] , 18 February 1836 – 16 August 1886), also spelled Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, born Gadadhar Chattopadhay was an Indian Hindu mystic and spiritual leader. After adhering to various religious practices from the Hindu traditions of Vaishnavism, Tantra, and Advaita Vedanta, as well as from Islam and Christianity, Ramakrishna proclaimed the world's various religions as "so many paths to reach one and the same goal", thus validating the essential unity of religions. His parable-based teachings espoused the ultimate unity of various religions as a means to enable the realization of the same God. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ramakrishna has received more than 4,179,781 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Ramakrishna is the 71st most popular philosopher (down from 67th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from India (down from 9th in 2019) and the most popular Indian Philosopher.

Ramakrishna is most famous for his teachings about the unity of all religions. He believed that all religions have the same goal, which is to help people find the truth.

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Among philosophers, Ramakrishna ranks 71 out of 1,081Before him are George Berkeley, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Arius, Antonio Gramsci, Karl Jaspers, and Rudolf Steiner. After him are Epictetus, William of Ockham, Xenophanes, Jürgen Habermas, Ibn Arabi, and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling.

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Among people born in 1836, Ramakrishna ranks 1After him are Wilhelm Steinitz, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Léo Delibes, Sophia of Nassau, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Francis II of the Two Sicilies, Marie Henriette of Austria, Henri Fantin-Latour, Sakamoto Ryōma, Ferdinand Cheval, and James Tissot. Among people deceased in 1886, Ramakrishna ranks 2Before him is Franz Liszt. After him are Ludwig II of Bavaria, Emily Dickinson, Leopold von Ranke, Chester A. Arthur, John Deere, Amilcare Ponchielli, Alexander Ostrovsky, Ilya Ulyanov, Alexander Butlerov, and Prince Louis, Count of Trani.

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Among people born in India, Ramakrishna ranks 12 out of 1,493Before him are Narendra Modi (1950), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), Amitabh Bachchan (1942), A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), and Vivien Leigh (1913). After him are B. R. Ambedkar (1891), Nagarjuna (150), Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887), Rudyard Kipling (1865), Indira Gandhi (1917), and Kālidāsa (400).


Among philosophers born in India, Ramakrishna ranks 1After him are Nagarjuna (150), Bodhidharma (483), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Kabir (1440), Adi Shankara (788), Padmasambhava (717), Vyasa (-390), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), and Paramahansa Yogananda (1893).