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.
Being a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Ramakrishnananda popularly known as Shashi Maharaj worked tirelessly to spread the message of Sri Ramakrishna and the ideal of renunciation and service in different parts of South India. His un parallel devotion to Sri Ramakrishna, pure life, saintly personality and love and concern for others are objects of meditation. This volume aims at providing his life and teachings in a concise and handy form for the benefit of greater number of people.
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...
In the pages of this book published by Advaita Ashrama, a Publication house of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, India, will be found the story of a life which was lived so silently and unostentatiously that its very simplicity was bewildering. Yet the depth of its richness seemed unfathomable even to those who were universally respected for their spiritual greatness. Indeed such a life defies analysis, and it is much more difficult to portray it. Even if we fail to comprehend the greatness of this Great Wonder fully, still will not even a partial glimpse of it bring us infinite good? Thus this attempt to portray the life of Sri Sarada Devi, the spiritual consort or Sri Ramakrishna, in short.
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.
The life and message of Swami Vivekananda are a source of great inspiration to many in their individual as well as collective life. The present short biography published by Advaita Ashrama, a Publication House of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, is intended to meet the needs of those who have neither the time nor the opportunity to read bigger works about the Swami. A versatile genius as the great Swami was, and many-sided as were his activities, it is idle to hope that a complete picture of his wonderful life could be given in such a small compass. Here an attempt is made to give only a glimpse of this great personality so that people may become interested to know more about him.
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 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.
This book contains the teachings of the Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi that gives a proper guidance to the readers for a content life in this world and finally for realizing God. One can easily comprehend her teachings and instructions to be of more practical value since these are backed by her own life.
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. The complete collection of lectures, writings and letters of Swami Ramakrishnananda have been published in 3 Volumes of which this is the second.
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