According to Sri Ramakrishna ‘There is only one Rama and He has a thousand names.’ To restate Sri Ramakrishna’s words, ‘There is only one Ramakrishna and He has a thousand names.’ In other words, Sri Ramakrishna is ‘Sarva Deva Devi Swarupa,’ the personification of all gods and goddesses. Swami Vivekananda has said: ‘Sri Ramakrishna was the embodiment of infinite ideas... He is the embodiment of infinite spiritual ideas capable of development in infinite ways. Even if one can find a limit to the knowledge of Brahman, one cannot measure the unfathomable depths of the Master’s mind.’ This book is based on all these ideas. It is a detailed study and exposition of the fundamental truth that Sri Ramakrishna is ‘Sarva Deva Devi Swarupa’, the personification of all gods and goddesses...
This book published by Advaita Ashrama, a Publication house of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, India contains short life-stories of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the 19th century Indian saint of Dakshineswar, of Sri Sarada Devi, the divine consort of Sri Ramakrishna, and of Swami Vivekananda, the chief disciple of Sri Ramakrishna who proclaimed the universal message of Vedanta in the West as well as in India. Also included are some of their teachings.
Madras or Chennai has a long association with the Ramakrishna Movement from its inception. It was the people of Madras who first recognized the genius of Swami Vivekananda. Apart from Swamiji, the Holy Mother, Swami Brahmananda, Swami Ramakrishnananda and eight other direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna too visited Madras on different occasions. The first monastery of the Ramakrishna Math in South India was started in Madras by Swami Ramakrishnananda. In the pages of this book the reader will find narrated these associations of the Great Ones with Madras.
Swami Ramakrishnananda popularly known as Shashi Maharaj as the torch-bearer of the message of Sri Ramakrishna worked tirelessly to spread the ideal of renunciation and service in different parts of South India. This book will help the reader to know about his life and how he was able to establish a firm base for Ramakrishna Math and Mission by preaching the message of Sri Ramakrishna in South India. The reader can also find the reminscences by various disciples and devotees of the Swami published as the second part of this book are both interesting and important in themselves.
Many philosophers took birth in India from time to time who continued with the tradition of ancient Vedic saints. Swami Vivekananda is one among them—a Philosopher-thinker of modern India. He was the very epitome of lofty human values of generosity, kindness, celibacy etc. For him every creature was a part of the Supreme Being.
His power of contention was matchless. During the Chicago World Religion Congress his personality and oratorical skills made the whole world spellbound. He became very popular with the western world and delivered discourses in various places. This way the world had a true glimpse of the Indian Vedanta. Many people from America and Europe became his disciples.
Swami Vivekananda, on the one hand, propagated equality of all religions while, on the other hand, he was proud of being a Hindu.
Through this book we have endeavoured to present in brief the whole life history of Swami Vivekananda.
Sri Ramakrishna's life is a life of spirituality in practice, a sublime sonnet with a singular note of God consciousness, a summary of all that the scriptures of the world have to say, and even much more. To contain such a boundless life and personality within a few pages is certainly as audacious a task as to attempt to contain the ocean in a pot. Yet this book published by Advaita Ashrama, a Publication House of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, humbly attempts to portray his life and personality in a clear and candid style.
Swami Ramakrishnananda or Shashi Maharaj was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. Having spent more than a decade in the Baranagore Math, the first monastery of Ramakrishna Order, Shashi Maharaj came to Madras in 1897 at the instance of Swami Vivekananda. Enduring many hardships and overcoming numerous obstacles, he founded the Ramakrishna Math at Mylapore in Madras. His unequalled devotion to Sri Ramakrishna, pure life, saintly personality, and love and concern for others left an indelible impression on all those who came in touch with him. This book contains the available reminiscences of the monks and devotees who came in touch with him. Besides reminiscences, the book has all the letters Swami Vivekananda wrote to Shashi Maharaj, as also several appendices. Enriched with numerous pictures of Shashi Maharaj and the places and people associated with him.
In the present age, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, the divine consort of Sri Ramakrishna has become a symbol of moral and spiritual perfection for men and women, for the married and the unmarried, for the householders as well as monks and nuns all over the world. This book comprises of Sri Sarada Devi's life and teachings in a detailed manner.
Youth cannot hope for a better friend, philosopher and guide than Swami Vivekananda, and this short sketch of his great biography is intended to be an introduction to his profundity. It is under his banner that Indian youth can safely march ahead. A perusal of it will be an impulsion to boys and girls to take to a more detailed study of his life and message.
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