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Sri Ramakrishna is commonly seen as one of the renowned Hindu mystics of modern India. Some of his followers conferred on him the yogic epithet Paramahamsa (“Exalted Swan”), indicating discernment. However, in his day, the key to his popularity would seem to rest not so much on his penchant for mystical experiences…

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Sen, Amiya Prosad, “Ramakrishna”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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