Drink, Drink, In front of Me

Although Girish was now always for Sri Ramakrishnaand he had developed most sincere devotion to his Master, still he was not fully able to give up drinking and a few other bad habits. As a result, a few times it happened that he arrived at Dakshineshwar in a carriage and left his bottle of wine inside the carriage.   

Once when Sri Ramakrishna noticed that Girish had come without his wine bottle, he said, “Now that Girish is here with me, the carriage may go away at any moment and then he may become thirsty.” So Sri Ramakrishna sent a disciple to bring Girish’s wine bottle.  

Then Sri Ramakrishna said to Girish, “Please drink it in front of me. Drink, drink in front of me.”  

In this way, with utmost compassion and affection, Sri Ramakrishna conquered the heart of Girish Ghosh and Girish surrendered to him completely. After a few years, Vivekananda commented that he had seen many, many devotees, but he had not seen anybody who was the parallel of Girish Ghosh. Vivekananda said that Girish was unparalleled in self-surrender to his Master

Excerpt from From The Undivine Tree To The Divine Fruit:Girish Chandra Ghosh by Sri Chinmoy.