Endless were the contrasts in personality and in view points. Frail, soft-natured Ramakrishna Paramahamsa: physically and intellectually ebullient Vivekananda. Practically illiterate priest: book-devouring youngster, groomed like a “Renaissance” prince, in intellectual pursuits, languages, sports and music. The senior’s deep spiritual trances: the 18-year old rationalist who brutally labelled them as “hallucinations.”

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