Sri Ramakrishna, who was born in 1836 and passed away in 1886, represents the very core of the spiritual realizations of the seers and sages of India. Sri Ramakrishna was born in the village of Kamarpukur about sixty miles northwest of Kolkata. His whole life was literally an uninterrupted contemplation of God. He reached a depth of God-consciousness that transcends all time and place and has a universal appeal. He inspired the creation of Ramakrishna Math which has over 200 branches. His teachings were recorded in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, which was released in 1942. His main teachings were The goal of human life is the realization of the Ultimate Reality which alone can give man supreme fulfilment and everlasting peace, the Ultimate Reality is one, through spiritual practices man can overcome his evil tendencies, and divine grace can redeem even the worst sinner, God realization is possible for all, God dwells in all people and since God dwells in all people, helping the needy should be done as a humble service to God. He had many disciples the foremost among them was Narendra nath, who years later, as Swami Vivekananda.