One day Naren ( Vivekananda ) was telling Hazra ( a devotee of sri Ramakrishna) about Vedantic non - dualism and his unwillingness to accept it. " Can it be," he said, " that the water pot is God, that the drinking vessel is God, that everything we see and all of us are God?" Naren laughed Scornfully at the idea and Hazra joined in.
While they were laughing, Ramakrishna came up to them. " what are you two talking about? " Ramakrishna asked Naren affectionately.
Then without waiting for an answer, he went into Samadhi (superconscious state) and touched Naren.
Naren related the effect of the touch : " At the marvellous touch of the master, my mind underwent a complete revolution.. I was aghast to realize that there really was nothing whatever in the entire universe but God. I remained silent, wondering how long this state of mind would continue.
It didn't pass away all day. I got back home, and I felt just the same there : Everything I saw was God. I sat down to eat, and I saw that everything - the plate, the food, my mother who was serving it, and I myself - everything was God and nothing but God.
I swallowed a couple of mouthfuls and then sat still without speaking. My mother lovingly asked me : " Why are you so quiet? Why don't you eat? That brought me back to everyday Consciousness and began eating again.
But from then on I kept having the same experience, no matter what i was doing - eating, sitting, lying down, or going to college. It was a kind of intoxication that i can't describe!
During that time i had no sensation in my hands or feet.
When the first intoxication lost some of its power, I began to seethe world as though i were dreaming. When i went for a walk around Hedua, or Cornwallis Square ( now Azadhinind Bagh), I would knock my head against the iron railing to see if they were dream - railings or real ones.
The loss of feeling in my hands and feet made me afraid that i was becoming paralyzed.
When i did at last return to normal consciousness, I was convinced that the state I had been in was a revelation of nondualistic experience.
Source : ' Ramakrishna As We saw Him' by Swami Chetananada - 21 minutes ago