I must tell you an interesting story. This happened when Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was an eight-year-old child, much before he went into Sadhana and got into the practices of meditation and so on. He was one day walking in the village of Kamarpukur with no thought of religion or Kali or God or anything in his mind or spirituality.
He was a sensitive child. That’s it. Period. He was carrying beaten rice, popping some into his mouth and, in general, just looking around, walking through the green paddy fields when suddenly, looking up, he saw a flight of white cranes passing under dark clouds, like a flash of white in the background of darkness. Something happened to him, right then.
Well. Something shook him up, shook his mind and suddenly, it soared. The mind, his mind soared to expansiveness, an infinite expansiveness, and the bliss of great freedom, which, of course he did not know until then. He is said to have just shouted, “Oh my God” and just fallen down.
Some say, he was unconscious but I think he was in an altered state of consciousness where he experienced the infinity at that moment. And, that was triggered by a very simple experience. This was the Ramakrishna, who later became (although he was unlettered) one of the leaders of the spiritual revolution that took place in Bengal and whose illustrious disciple, Swami Vivekananda, travelled all over the world talking of science and religion and bringing about a change in the thinking, especially, of the Western mind.