Swami Abhedananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, born in a fairly well-to-do family. His pre-monastic name was Kali Prasad Chandra. He had a great eagerness to learn yoga from his boyhood. He gained a good grounding in Sanskrit and English. At the age of 18, when he was studying for the school final examination, he went to Dakshineswar and met Sri Ramakrishna. Under the guidance of the Master, Kali practised meditation and was soon blessed with several visions.