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745, 459. 5 A Restatement of Religion dreaded acquiring them even for his own self. 11 To possess occult powers was troublesome. Once Hriday, Ramakrishna’s nephew, egged him on to pray to Kali for bestowing Ramakrishna some occult powers. In his childlike gullibility, Ramakrishna did exactly that. Here is his account of the consequences of the prayer: The Divine Mother at once showed me a vision. A middle-aged prostitute, about forty years old, appeared and sat with her back to me. She had large hips and wore a black-bordered sāri.
Gospel, p. 336. 46. , pp. 701-2. 47. , p. 702. 48 But a householder also has to surmount impediments that lie in the way of practising spiritual discipline. 49 After producing one or two children, the ideal way forward for the husband and wife is to live like siblings. In doing so, they can continue to practise seven kinds of sexual intercourse. 50 Sitting with a woman, talking to a woman for a long time, listening and enjoying a conversation with a woman, to speak about a woman, to whisper to her privately, to keep something belonging to a woman, and enjoying it and touching a woman are the seven kinds of sexual intercourse Ramakrishna permits householders.
I am very much afraid of women. When I look at one I feel as if a tigress were coming to devour me. Besides, I find that their bodies, their limbs, and even their pores are very large. This makes 52. , p. 387. The phrase about a monk enjoying a woman being similar to licking one’s own spittle after having spat it out once appears again on p. 701. 28 Ramakrishna’s One-fourth me look upon them as she-monsters. I used to be much more afraid of women than I am at present. I wouldn’t allow one to come near me.