Gadadhar begins His Divine Play
The Vedanta Kesari|September 2021
A fictional narrative based on incidents from the childhood of Sri Ramakrishna.
GITANJALI MURARI

Kshudiram Chattopadhyaya came awake suddenly. Silvery moonlight flooded the small room. A surge of happiness swept over him as he recalled the extraordinary dream. Yes, his pilgrimage had been successful and it was time to make the long journey back home.

Arriving at Kamarpukur on a hot summer day, Kshudiram was hailed by many friends but he hurried on, eager to meet his family. His wife greeted him joyfully, “There’s so much to tell you,” she burst out. Kshudiram was struck by her unusual appearance. Chandramani’s childlike simplicity attracted everyone in the village but now she glowed like a goddess. “I’ve seen so many visions,” she continued, “my friend Dhani tells me I’m having fits but I know it isn’t so…also,” and her voice dropped, “I’m quite certain I’m with child.”

Kshudiram immediately became grave, “Tell me everything.”

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